Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I'd Save If My House Was In Peril

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week a new Top Ten list topic is posted and book bloggers fill in their own choices.  I'm a list girl (as in, I don't function without them), so I thought this would be a good choice for me!  This week's theme is "Top Ten Books I'd Save If My House...".  This one hits close to home because my parents' house was a complete loss to fire a couple of years ago.  Most of my stuff had moved south with me long ago, but all of my artwork from HS and college was still there.  It makes you think.  Anyway, here are my Top Ten Books I'd Save...

Top Ten Books I'd Save If My House Was In Peril

1. My Bible~ I've had the same one since I was 15 years old, and over the years I've made a lot of notes in the margins and highlighted a lot of verses that meant something to me at the time.  I would hate to lose that.

2. My Kids' Baby Books~ They may not be complete, but they have enough in them that I would definitely want to save them.  As they get older, I find that I've forgotten a lot of stuff that I thought I never would.  My baby book and all my baby pictures were lost in the fire at my dad's house, and I hate it that I don't have that stuff to show my kids.

3. The Stand by Stephen King~ This is a signed 1st Edition that was my mom's.  I have NO idea what it is worth, but it has to be a lot.  It is my favorite of his books, and is a very prized possession.

4.  My High School Yearbooks~ I know most people would like to forget HS, and I certainly have memories that I would like to forget, but overall, I liked HS.  My BFF from HS is still my BFF almost 18 years after graduation, and I have *mostly* fond memories of those years.  Also, since I no longer have photos of young me, it's the only proof I have for my snarky oldest daughter that I used to be hot.

5.  Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling~ My grandmother gave me my copy when I was a little girl.  We used to read it together, and it was one of my childhood favorites.  She died of cancer when I was very young, and it is one of my very few concrete memories of her.

6.  My Childhood Diaries~ I used to write in my diary often, and I did it from the time I could write, through college.  Now I go back from time to time and read the ones that are relevant to the ages my daughters are so that I can be better in touch with where they are emotionally.  It's easy to forget how a 10 year old thinks.

7.  The Twins' NICU Journals~ My twins were born over 14 weeks early (25 weeks), and spent over 4 months in the NICU.  During that time I kept journals; I wrote letters to them, I tracked their ups and downs, noted every weigh-in, surgery, and infection, and poured out my feelings during those months.  I will give those to them one day so that they will understand how far they've come.

I don't really have any more to list.  Most books are replaceable.  As you can see from my list, the only ones I've listed aren't (and some might argue that they don't even really count as "books").  What would you save?


  1. I love how all your books are sentimental. My school never did a yearbook, but I'd definitely save all my photos from prom and high school. As you said, most books are replaceable, and I completely agree. :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Good choices. I too have the realistic list (scriptures, family albums and such) My kids are adopted and their birth mothers kept journals through the pregnancies for our kids when they get older. I am going to go move them to a better spot so I could grab them quickly. Thank you for the reminder!

  3. Great choices! I'm very envious of your copy of The Stand--love that book. As for my yearbooks, I'd part with those things gladly lol :-)

  4. Even if they are counted as actual "books," they definitely still matter! I haven't had my own babies yet, but these kind of books would definitely had made my list if I had them. Great choices and thanks for stopping by :)

  5. High School Yearbooks are a good choice. Thanks for visiting mine! :)
    SarahS @ WondrousReadings

  6. All of the books you mentioned are definitely worth fighting those green men for. Your Twins will really appreciate the journals someday. I wish my mom would have kept something like that for me to read when I have my own children(I was premature too).

  7. great list! i'd definitely need to grab my childhood diaries too!

  8. Journals! Of course! I'd have to swap out something for the holiday diaries we've written over the years!

    And that 1st edition Stand? Wow.

  9. I love that you wrote journals for your kids while they were in NICU! I am also planning on keeping journals when I have kids -- I'm hoping to get them started when I find out I'm pregnant and keep them until they graduate from high school. We'll see if my plans and my energy line up, haha.

  10. Great list! I would have to get my children's books as well as my Bible. Forgot to add those on my list! =(

    Thank you for stopping by my blog!

    Megan @ Between the Lines

  11. You are good documenting things that matter and you should take all of them with you! I forgot to include my Bible and would take my kids pictures (but I guess those don't count).

    Thanks for stopping by!


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