Top Ten Books I’d Quickly Save If My House Was Going to Be Abducted by Aliens

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is the top ten books you would save if your house was about to be under attack by aliens (or any other kind of disaster).

Now, a rational person would choose light books that aren’t going to slow them down as they flee to safety (if they stopped to grab their books at all). Not me! If my house was in imminent danger, these are the books I would risk alien abduction for:

#1. Pendragon #7: The Quillan Games by D.J. MacHale—This is definitely the book I would save. It’s a first edition hardcover, signed and personalized by the author. Getting this book signed is my favourite literary memory. It was at Book Expo Canada 2006 and I got to chat briefly with D.J. (that’s right, I call him D.J.) about the series which was beyond cool. This is the only book on the list where I have met the author. Hobey Ho!

#2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer—This is a signed hardcover. Sadly I had to work the day she came to Toronto, but a lovely coworker who went to the event was nice enough to get my copy signed.

#3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green—I was so excited when I found out that John signed all of the copies that came in the Chapters when this book was first released. So I now possess a signed hardcover copy, complete with Hank’s angler fish!

#4. Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel—I have a signed, hardcover 10th anniversary edition. I remember my grade seven teacher encouraging me to read this series and I’m so glad she did. When I found this edition I just had to get it.

#5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling—I wish this book was signed! Unfortunately it is not. It took me a while to narrow down the series to just one book. This one is nothing particularly special in the grand scheme of things, it’s just a worn out paperback with a few humorous editing errors. But I say the first Harry Potter book because it is the book that started it all. It opened to the doors to many hours of joy, tears and magic.

#6. Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques—I have almost every Redwall book in hardcover (I’m still trying to track down a few) and if I could I would take all of them with me but that would definitely slow me down… So I would take Martin. It’s the one I’ve read most.

#7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins—These are such amazing books and definitely worthy of making the escape with me. It’s a hardcover box-set so I really see no reason to split them up.

#8. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke—I adore this story. It’s a love letter to books and so beautifully written. It just wouldn’t seem right to leave it behind.

#9. The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm  translated by Jack Zipes—This brick of a paperback is filled with stories that encouraged so many more tales. It’s fascinating to learn what some of the early versions were of the stories we still imagine today

#10. Whatever book I am reading at the time of the alien attack. In all likelihood it would be very close to hand anyway. At the present moment that book would be The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

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