Blog Hop: Five Books to Grab

I’m joining in with the Book Blogger Hop again today, when bloggers discuss bookish topics!

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This week’s question is: What are the top 5 books you would grab in an emergency?

I’m not entirely sure what this question means…I mean, the five books I would read during a personal crisis are not necessarily the same five books I would choose if I was only going to have access to five books for an extended period…  But let’s assume the point here is, which five books would you choose if you could only have five books.  Say, on an extended spaceflight to Mars.  I like that better than the idea of being stuck on a desert island, where I’d need books about survival on a desert island!

So if I was on a long spaceflight and could only bring five books…

1) The Bible, although that’s so obvious it almost feels like cheating.

2) The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (unabridged), because I read so quickly, I’d need something that would last.  Which is an argument in favor of the Bible too, apart from spiritual inspiration.

3) Susan Kay’s Phantom because, I mean, it’s Susan Kay’s Phantom and I just madly love it.

4) The Little White Bird by J. M. Barrie because it’s a wonderful, lovely, magical book.  Plus, even a spaceflight to Mars would probably have its alarming and homesick moments, and this would make a perfect comfort read.  George Davies, the boy who inspired David in the book, brought a copy with him to the trenches in World War I.

5) And finally, The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery, because I couldn’t possibly get by without any Montgomery, and this is my favorite of her novels.  Though I’d be tempted to bring Volume I of her journals instead.

And if, as I know I surely would, I decided to toss a pair of shoes out of my luggage and squeeze in two more books…

6) The Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce–there is an omnibus edition, so it could be counted as one.  Alanna is the most inspiring of heroines, and every so often, everyone needs to believe that they can do anything.

7) Something Terry Pratchett…possibly Night Watch.  Because of course I’d need something funny too.

And then I’d probably have to discard some more clothes so that I could bring something by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and also If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland, and a spaceflight to Mars really would be a good moment to read some favorite Star Trek books, and so we begin to see why I have three enormous bookcases in my small apartment!

So if you had to grab five books, for a spaceflight to Mars or maybe if you were on a desert island, what would you snatch up?

14 thoughts on “Blog Hop: Five Books to Grab

  1. I might have to look into The Little White Bird, as I am not familiar with it but I love the movie Finding Neverland about Barrie and the Davies boys. On that note, I haven’t read Peter Pan either; I guess I need to check them both out!

    1. They’re wonderful books! You might want to start with Peter Pan; it’s probably the more accessible one. If you like that one, and especially Barrie’s narrative style, then The Little White Bird is wonderful as well–it’s very autobiographical, and includes a prequel story about Peter!

  2. dianem57

    I am touched by the story that George Davies brought a copy of “The Little White Bird” into the trenches in WWI. That was his comfort – very sweet.

  3. Oh how could you just pick 5 books?! I do agree with your first two choices though, The Bible and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare would be essential for me too. I would also have to take The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien as a comfort read. After that I find it too hard to narrow it down 😛

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