And I have a lot of books. They're all books I love, or at least really really like, and I'm glad I'm not in a position where I have to get rid of all of them, but I know that if I had to I'd be okay. My books are not the most important thing in my life.
But. Something else I think about sometimes: not getting rid of all my books, but the hypothetical situation of what if I could only keep a few? Five? Or ten? What if I had to fit my life into a suitcase or a couple of boxes? Which books would make the cut? Obviously there'd be my Bible, and a notebook. But I'm talking novels, memoirs, etc. You know.
So as of now, here's my list:
- Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta - because it's such, such a personal story for me.
- Sweethearts, by Sara Zarr - again, so personal, and one i tend to reread fairly often.
- Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins - this one has plenty of my own notes in it and it's a sweet book that would obviously make whatever situation i'm in where i can only have ten books more bearable.
- serafina67, by Susie Day - favorite ever ya novel. i need my fictional personality doppleganger with me.
- The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss - just so incredibly beautiful.
- Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell - my favorite book.
- Bloomability, by Sharon Creech - another personal pick, and one that brings me back to my childhood.
- Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech - another brilliant book.
- To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - i just love this one.
Alright, excellent counters will notice that there are only ten books on that list. My last spot is open. And honestly, making that list was harder than I thought. Not because I wanted to keep all of them, but because there were very few where I felt like oh, I need this book. And even though I've often been known to refer to my books as "my friends," and I do love having shelves full of my favorite books, I think it's a good thing I didn't have too hard of a time imagining getting rid of most of them.
But now I ask you -- ten books only: which ones would you keep? And would you be able to do it?