Tuesday 21 February 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I'd Save If My House Was Going To Be Abducted By Aliens

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Okay, I've thought long and hard about this one. I decided to pick, for the most part, books that hold sentimental value to me - any others could be replaced, but for various reasons these would be a massive loss.

The Chalet School in Exile by Elinor M Brent-Dyer - My auntie read this when she was a child, and put it in a box of books to be stored. Years later, I was going through the box with my Nain (grandmother) and found it and was immediately hooked. As well as being the best of the CS series which I loved reading when growing up, this has huge sentimental value due to the link with my Nain, who passed away last year.

Jennings Follows A Clue by Anthony Buckeridge - My favourite of the Jennings stories, in which the titular schoolboy and his best friend Darbishire set up a detective agency, with predictably hilarious results. Again, sentimental value here as my dad loves the series, and this book in particular.

Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett - Pterry was the first author I ever met in real life, in a signing down in Exeter. This was the one he signed for me.

The Death of Superman by Dan Jurgens - I have an old copy of this lent to me years ago by someone who was a close friend at that time. Since then, we've drifted apart somewhat, and I haven't been in touch with him for 18 months or more. This book reminds me of happier times. (Plus, I'd be incredibly embarrassed if we got back in touch and I had to admit I'd let it be abducted by aliens!)

The Long Weekend by Savita Kalhan - Interviewing Savita just after reviewing this book for the Bookbag was what really got me hooked on blogging. I was stunned that the author of such a fabulous novel would take time to actually answer my questions.

Ballet for Drina, Drina's Dancing Year, Drina Dances in New York, Drina Goes On Tour and Drina Ballerina by Jean Estoril - Sentimental value as they were introduced to me back in primary school by my best friend at the time - who, 20 years later, is still one of my best friends. They're also the five best books in my favourite ever series, and they're out of print so would take some tracking down to replace.

I found that one quite emotional to write, which I wasn't expecting when I started it... great idea for a list!


  1. Thanks for participating! I really like your list, especially the reasons for why you'd save them! :)

  2. I confess that I haven't heard of most of these books or authors but I can tell that they are "old friends."

  3. I had a Pratchett book on my list too. :) His stuff is definitely worth saving.

    I loved the "shoes" books. Drina was my favorite as well.

    See what I'd save from a fire.

  4. I really like your list - even thought I've never read any of the books... But now I'll have to check some of them out! Thanks for linking me! ;)

  5. Great choices! I haven't heard of most of these, but I'm glad you went with the sentimental choices rather than just any book (that you could technically just buy another copy of..) :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Michele | Just a Lil' Lost

  6. Fabulous list there - Exile is definitely one of the best of the Chalet Schools, and I'm a great fan of Jennings, too. Love Drina, of course, and aren't they hard to get hold of? Especially if you want nice hardbacks...