blo Teens Read and Write: QUESTION OF THE DAY - What Books Would You Save in an Emergency?

Monday, October 4, 2010

QUESTION OF THE DAY - What Books Would You Save in an Emergency?

inspired by Eleni @ La Femme Readers

During our recent experience when we had to evacuate because of a fire, THE BOOK VIXEN sent well wishes (as did many of you - thanks!), but she also had a great question that we wanted to put to you.

In an emergency when have limited time and space, which books would make it into your already crammed car? 

In our recent case, we took the practical approach. We grabbed library books, ARCs we had been given for review and our cherished author-signed copies - i.e. HUSH HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick among others. Anything else we figured could be replaced. 

So how about you? What books would you be frantically grabbing?


Blodeuedd said...

Kind of easy since most of my books are at my parents place..yeah not enough room. So I would take a big black trash bad and dump all om ARCS and my keeper shelf, and my TBR there. It would work since yes, so few

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

My Bible would be first - it has years and years of notes and memories in it.

From there - wow... probably whatever I was currently reading (if it was good ha ha) as I would probably need a reading break to calm down after a fire.

I have a little book that belonged to my dad when he was in Vietnam and it has the language for him to interpret. We did have a house fire in 1980 and this book is burned but survived, my dad did not make it out of the house from that fire so the book has even more meaning to me.

Library books of course and then like you said, the others are replaceable.

celi.a said...

I love my books, but I'm not particularly attached to any one copy. I know I can replace all of them, and I've never had a book signed by someone so famous that I'd regret losing it. Not sure that's a good thing...

WAIT. I thought of one. A Christmas Card for Mr. McFizz by Obren Bokich. One of my favorite picture books of all time, and out of print now.

Juju at Tales of said...

My TBR shelf and some vintage irreplaceable ones :)

I'm soooo sorry you had to go through that recently.
Sounds awful!

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Linda: Nice of your parents to store them for you. Glad it would be easy and give you one less thing to worry about.

Sheila - Your Bible with so much history is definitely a keeper - sounds like it is almost somewhat of a diary as well. The book of your father's is a rare and beloved treasure, I'm so very sorry about your father. I can't imagine the loss you must feel and hope his book brings you joyful memories.

Celi.a: Yes, it's really only those irreplaceable ones that we would worry about.

Juju: Hope your TBR shelf isn't as big as mine! It was scary but no worries, all is well. Thanks! Here's hoping none of you ever have to go through anything like that!

Teens Read and Write

thekams said...

Mmm, good question.

I would save my copies of Bridge to Terabithia, Awake and Dreaming, Logan's Run and The Second Son - they are all irreplaceable unless I could find them at second hand stores (they're either out of print or have new covers).

I'd also take ARCs, signed books, and Harry Potters 3 and 7 (3 because my parents wrote happy thirteen birthday in it, and 7 because I went to the midnight release for it).

Jessica said...

Oooh! My personalized first edition of "The Hunger Games," My signed copy of "Ascendant" by Diana Peterfreund, my ancient copy of "Alanna," by Tamora Pierce and as many ARCs as I could carry...oh, my Nook, too, of course!

Ashlie Swainston said...

I would definitely grab my Harry Potter books. I have a Harry Potter trunk that I got in 8th grade from my parents that I put them in when I move, so I could easily get them in there and out a door/window whatever. I'm nerdy like that. I'd also have to save my Hunger Games books and My Cassandra Clare books as well. I'm too addicted. That would be all I could take, books! Haha. I'd have my hands totally full-oops!

Alyssa, in answer to your comment on my Fallen review, I just posted my review of Torment. It was great and better than Fallen.

Take care,

<3, Ashlie
Page Turners Gone Wild

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I guess this is were a Kindle would really pay off. ;)

I'm not sure. I would probably burn to death before I decide. There're too many books I would want to save.

pussreboots said...

I'd save the library books. Everything else is insured and can be replaced. I have a complete inventory stored in a database off site.

Lori said...

Tough question and it makes me nervous to even think about it!

I would probably get my first edition copy of Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier, my ARCs and my Bible. Everything else could probably be replaced.

Anna said...

The books people i love gave to me!
Also,i've got an award for you here

Missie said...

What?! A fire? Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear about that. I hope you all are okay.

Though it would be hard to lose any of my books, I would say my signed books, and hardbacks.

Cleverly Inked said...

I would bring my phone it has access to any book I can want. If I had to pick a actual book, I would pick my sons picture book :)

brizmus said...

whoa, this is a super hard question. Especially since most of my books are already in storage anyway. But I think I'd like to have a copy of American Gods by Neil Gaiman with me. And the first Harry Potter. And maybe the first Princess Diaries book.
And Pippi Longstocking.
And some Roahld Dahl.
And Sherlocke Holmes.
And are all of these going to fit into my car, because there are oh so many more!

Dawn_4_JJ said...

Oh its soo tough..

Deffo my Dark Hunter books by Sherrilyn Kenyon they're soo addictive !

Then probably all my vampire books and theres alot, then my Harry Potter books.

And then if I didnt have them all run back into the fire and save them x :D

I <3 Books (if u didnt guess)

Lauren x

The Book Vixen said...

I'm definitely grabbing my signed books and books that I haven't read but I really want to read.

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