If your house was burning down and you could save just one book from your collection … what would it be?
(And, for the purposes of this discussion, we’ll allow series to count as “one” long, multi-volume book.)
And Booking Through Thursday returns! I missed it last week.
I’m quite torn. On the one hand, my regular library. On the other hand, my collection of out-of-print American editions of The Lord of the Rings, which will probably go up like nothing else, and I can’t take the whole thing. Hmm. I’ll file that under collectibles and somehow manage to save it.
So! One book from my regular library! It’s a bit cluttered at the moment, as my mother likes to stack things on my bookshelf, but if I had to grab one book, I think I’d grab my autographed copy of There and Back Again by Sean Astin. Not only did I buy the book from a now defunct Walden Books that I quite liked (being the only bookstore in the mall whenever my mom was shopping), but I also got it signed at one of my first Dragon*Cons, and Astin was an absolute dear to petrified little me. It’s a very particular object to my history. So are a lot of other books in my collection, of course, like my signed copy of Anansi Boys and the books I bought during my trip to Ireland, but that’s the one that goes the furthest back.
So I guess I’d grab that one.