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! 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

P.S. HUFFLEPUFFS FOR LIFE!

 

 

Top 5 Books That I Think Will Be 5 Star Reads!

Recently, I’ve been trying not to set high expectations for books because I’m afraid they will let me down. There’s nothing worse than thinking you’re going to fall in love with a book and have it just miss it’s mark. *cough Six of Crows cough*

With that being said, I think this trend is so interesting and fun. I love hearing people’s thought processes behind their book selections, so I thought I would take a stab at it myself.

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! 

 

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1. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn #3)

This is a given (or at least I hope it is). I loved the first two books in The Mistborn Trilogy (The Final Empire and The Well of Ascension). They were my favorite reads of 2017. I love the characters, the world, and need to see what happens after the ending of The Well of Ascension. Plus, Branderson is excellent at writing conclusions. The first two books had solid endings, so I have faith that he’ll bring things home with an epic conclusion. Also, I gave both of the previous books a 5 star rating, so the third book has got to be a 5 star read too, right?

 

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2. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #2)

I have yet to officially start The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare. Most of the people I’ve heard talk about it say that it’s her best work yet. I really enjoy the Shadowhunter Chronicles world as a whole, but not every single book has blown me away. In fact, I feel sort of meh on The Mortal Instruments series. Literally, the only reason I read it was so that I could see the crossover with The Infernal Devices (which I LOVED) and so that I could read The Dark Artifices. I say again, I hear it’s epic and blows the other two series away.

The reason I chose Lord of Shadows over Lady Midnight for the 5 Star Rating is because I’m really not sure what I’ll think of Lady Midnight. I don’t hand a lot of 5 Star Ratings out, so while I know I will like the book, I’m just not sure if it will completely blow me away.

Lord of Shadows on the other hand has literally blown away everyone who has read it. I feel like I have not come across a review that wasn’t a rave review. Plus, it’s supposed to hit you hard in the feels and I’m more likely to give a book a higher rating if it hits me hard in the feels.

 

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3. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (Book of the Ancestor #1)

Okay, so now is when things get hard for me. As I said before, it takes a lot for me to give a book 5 Stars and it’s hard to predict what will be my new obsession. So the first book I’m going out on a limb on is Red Sister.

I’ve really gotten into the fantasy genre in the past year or so. This is a fantasy that has been on my radar because there are assassins and I live for assassins. Not only does this book feature assassins, but it’s all female assassins who I think are nuns? That concept just hooks me. Plus we get to see assassin school, which is always a good time. This book sounds like it is exactly what I’ve been in the mood for lately, so I’m hoping for 5 Stars.

 

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4. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

I have lots of good feelings about this book. I recently read Truly, Devious by Maureen Johnson which I loved and am obsessed with (seriously, I need the sequel now). That book is a mystery like this one, and since reading it I’m in the mood for a good mystery.

Not only does this sound like a good mystery with an complex plot, but it gives me Inception/Memento vibes. It follows Aiden Bishop who is always too late to save Evelyn Hardcastle, so he is forced to repeat the same day over and over again. In order to get out of this loop, he has to solve the mystery. Playing with time and dimensions is a Christopher Nolan thing, and this sounds exactly like the kind of film he would direct. Christopher Nolan is my favorite director of all time, so the fact that it’s giving me these vibes tells me that this book could be next obsession.

 

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5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Even though this book has a very similar title to the previous book, it is completely different. Honestly, this is probably my most random pick on the whole list because it’s literary fiction. Literary Fiction and I don’t always see eye to eye. It just is a genre that is hard for me to get into, because I’m usually bored by the story. I think this book might be different though.

It has gotten great reviews from a lot of BookTubers, one of them being Emily from Books with Emily Fox. I think that our taste in books is very similar, and she gave this book a great review! She described it more like chick lit than literary fiction, and I’m all about chick lit. Especially, chick lit that hits me in the feels, which it sounds like this book will do. So I think it’ll be a book outside of my reading preferences that will blow me away.


Those are the 5 books that I think I will end up giving 5 stars. This honestly was SO much harder than I thought it was going to be. Now I’m afraid that I won’t end up loving any of these books like I thought, but I’ll just have to read them and see.

When I do eventually read these books, I will do an updated post and let you know what I ended up thinking of them. Maybe try it again? I don’t know, we’ll see.

For now, let me know if you gave any of these books 5 Stars. Also, let me know which books you think you will give 5 Stars. I just want to know, because I think this topic is so interesting.

P.S. I’m back 🙂