Top 5 Books I Would Save in a Fire

If there was ever a fire that threatened to burn my house down, I would literally start chucking things out of my bedroom window. One of my windows overlooks the front of my house so it’s perfect for saving things. Among the first things that would go would be my notebooks, my favorite polka dot dress, my RM photocards, and the quilt my grandmother made for me. I would also try to find some way to get my nice iMac out of the house too, before I made my escape.

Honestly, my book collection would probably be one of the last things on my mind if this scenario was real. Most of the books in my personal library can be replaced. There are a few special things, but they’re not as special to me as let’s say my collection of converse sneakers (I know this seems random, but I love my converse).

For the sake of fun, and this week’s Top 5 Tuesday, I’m going to figure out which 5 books I would save if I had the chance. Let’s go!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme that the lovely Bionic Bookworm does. If you are interested in doing any of her topics on your blog she welcomes it! Don’t forget to check out her upcoming topics if you’re interested in participating in future Top 5’s! 



1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I was obsessed with the Disney adaptation of this book and went through a giant Alice in Wonderland phase when I was 16. Admittedly, I have yet to finish the original story. I’ve started it a few times, but then got distracted by other things. It’s on my bucket TBR list and I will get to it eventually.

I currently own two copies of the book. One is a Barnes and Noble classics edition that is a bind up of Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandThrough the Looking Glass, and other short stories Lewis Carroll wrote. The other copy is a beat up old print version I stole from my grandparents’ house. Even though the Barnes and Nobles edition is much nicer aesthetically, the older copy is the one that’s going out the window. The fact that it’s from my grandparents’ collection makes it irreplaceable.



2. The Fairy Tale Book (A Collection of 28 Fairy Tales)

This is another book from my grandparents’ collection that I just can’t part with. These were the stories that my grandpa used to read to me before bed when I stayed over their house. I loved hearing these stories, and always imagined that I would read them to my children and grandchildren. This book is one of a kind, and literally cannot be replaced. Seriously, I don’t even know where I would go about finding this. It’s falling apart though, so it will have to come with me and my iMac when we make our escape as it would not survive the fall from the window.



3. Winter by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #4)

Okay, so admittedly this is a random choice, but this book has been haunting me since the day I accidentally set it down. I was so excited for this book to come out, but also sad that this series was coming to an end. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my all time favorite series. Sometimes when I love a series so much, I dread the end and put it off for as long as possible. In my head, if I haven’t finished it that means it’s not over yet (at least not for me). There’s still new material to be absorbed. For example, I still have not watched the last season of Psych, which is up there with Arrested Development for my favorite TV series.

So when I got Winter in my hands, I wanted to read it as slowly as possible, because I didn’t want it to end, but I also NEEDED to know what happens next. This was a recipe for disaster, because one day I got distracted and moved onto something else. Then once I remembered I wanted to read Winter again, I LOST THE BOOK! I found it a year later with my shoes (I have a serious shoe addiction). Since finding it, I have been waiting for the right opportunity to binge read the series so that I can appreciate the finale in all it’s glory.

I feel like I’ve been on a journey already with this book, and I’ll be damned if it burns in a fire before I get the chance to read it! So it’s coming with me, if only so I can finally read the god damn thing!


harry potter hufflepuff

4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling (Paperback Hufflepuff House Edition)

This is another random choice since Harry Potter isn’t one of my all time favorite series. With that being said, I have lots of house pride (GO HUFFLEPUFFS) that legit came out of nowhere. Don’t ask me why, I cannot come up with an answer that makes sense. I’ve tried. It wasn’t due to this book, though me buying this book didn’t help.

Anyway, I’m obsessed with the paperback version of the Hufflepuff House Edition. It’s bright yellow with bright yellow sprayed pages, and has all these cool facts. It’s one of the most aesthetically pleasing books I own. I just love this copy so much and can’t be without it. Theoretically, I could buy another version of this edition, but in the heat of the moment, with my house burning down around me, I’m not taking any chances.


Uncommon Criminals

5. Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter (Heist Society #2)

Watching your house burn down is some serious trauma, so if I was ever in this situation I would need a good book to read while I dealt with all this trauma. All of the books I’ve already listed are great options, but I’m going to need one of my all time favorites to get me through this situation. And right now Uncommon Criminals is calling me, begging me to save it from the fire.

If you know me, then you know that I love a good heist story and the heist in this book is particularly good. It is the second book in the Heist Society series by Ally Carter, and I think my favorite in the series. This book is a ton of fun, and I have a blast every time I reread it. It is just the escape I would need if I was ever in this situation.

Those are the 5 books I would save if there ever was a fire in my house. This was such a fun scenario to think about and it better stay fictional. While those are the 5 books I would save, I don’t want to part with a majority of my books. They’re too precious to lose in flames, along with the rest of my stuff.

Let me know which books you would save (and link me to your Top 5 Tuesday post if you created one). I would love to hear your answers and talk about all things books.




8 thoughts on “Top 5 Books I Would Save in a Fire

    • Thank you!! My copy of Alice also has really nice end pages. It has like a colored mix of some of the illustrations.

      I’m definitely still into Alice stuff, I still need to actually read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I’m a bad fan haha

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      • Goodness, that’s awesome! The only I have is the signet classics version… I wanted to buy The Complete Alice (the huge hardcover one with red pages), but when I saved enough money, it sold out 😂

        Please do read them! I think you’ll like then or at least amused by them. Then be sure to share your thoughts here, because I really want to know how it goes! 😀

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      • Oh no, that sucks! I would check Book Depository for that edition. I know they always have lots of editions of things.

        I will get to them at some point (hopefully soon). When I do, I will definitely be sharing my thoughts on here!


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