Monday, August 23, 2010

Musing Monday #1

I came across this interesting weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading and I thought it would fun to be a part of. I love some of the questions that are asked and really get me thinking. The question this week is actually something I've thought over for the past month and so I KNEW I had to at least attempt answering it. So here it is...

"If your house was burning down –and you could SAFELY grab a book on your way outside to safety– what book would you make sure you ‘rescued’? Why?"
The idea of any of my books burning is a panic inducing experience. I tried to think what I would grab and I honestly have NO idea. I'd like to think the only thing on my mind at that moment is to make sure my family and chihuahuas get out safely. Books can be replaced (although the idea of losing the thousands of dollars I've spent on books nauseating) and so I would probably grab my laptop because I've catalogued my library. Slowly after time I'd rebuild and everything would be peachy. BUT for arguments sake, what would I pick? I don't know. The only thought I can think right now (and maybe it's crazy) but I have so many favorites it's like asking me to choose which of my children to save. I'm an emotional reader and so the books in my library I've felt a connection with and so naturally (at least to me) I would want to save them all. I know that's not realistic so I'm willing to compromise. I'm going to have my husband put a moveable shelf by my door and I'll try to keep a pile of a 100 or so books (that's a great compromise seeing I have over 1000) . That way when my house is in fire, on my way out I'll grab the shelf and pull it out with me. Yep, that's what I'll do. Chest pains easing. No need for Pepto Bismal.


Madigan McGillicuddy said...

Because I work with books, and have such easy access to replacements, the only reason I could think to save something would be if it was autographed, or had an inscription in it.
Even then... how would I pick just one?? I think it would actually be easier to leave them all and start completely fresh.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

The shelf by the door seems to be a recurring theme...and a great idea! Especially if it's easily moved.

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Kate said...

I know what you mean. It would break my heart to leave most of my books behind.

caite said...

awww...see, all my books are cataloged on Library Thing, so I could access that from anywhere.

Matt said...

I'll grab my journal or the Kindle!

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