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?