Thursday, October 11, 2012

Booking Through Thursday: Just One Book

This week’s question from Deb at Booking through Thursday:

If your house was burning down and you could save just one book from your collection … what would it be?

(And, for the purposes of this discussion, we’ll allow series to count as “one” long, multi-volume book.)

Ah… Had this been last week, I’d have had trouble choosing, but now the answer is simple: I’d grab my Kindle! (which already holds more than a hundred downloaded books) ;)

Honestly, though, I’d probably be thinking of my laptop before the Kindle, and old photo albums rather than books. Because – presuming we’re talking about a local fire and not a world-wide break-down of the whole modern society – gadgets and printed books can be replaced, but personal notes and photos cannot.

But if it must be a book… My first Bible, because of the personal notes and markings in it.

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17 comments:

  1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one that thought of it being an ordinary fire vs end of the world. I don't know that I'd grab paper books in an ordinary fire because they can be replaced easily. Great answer! Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Megan, I always has a tendency to "think too much" on questions like this. If a sudden fire really broke out, I'd probably grab something totally irrational and just run...

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  2. For an actual book,the KJV Bible I was given at confirmation when I was about 12. Tho not exactly a book, I would like to grab a book of family photos, since those are not replaceable.

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  3. Oh wow a tatted bookmark very nice.

    If a kindle or laptop was allowed I'd go for that and certainly physical photos would be higher priority but I always envisioned myself saving my books if I could.

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    1. If I did lose all my books in a fire, I'm sure it would feel very strange to build up a home again without any of them left.

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  4. I like your answer. Most books can be replaced, but there's a lot of personal things that could not. Thanks for dropping by my post earlier.

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  5. haha clever answer! thanks for sharing and stopping by today! I also considered the hypothetical kindle that i do not yet own. :p but it's true.. photographs and notes cannot be replaced.. so let's just hope my memory stays with me for a while. Because otherwise, I would lose lots in that fire.
    hop on over anytime!

    aspen
    http://inner-aspen.blogspot.com

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  6. Same here - books would be relatively easy to replace, but things like my personal documents (most of the important stuff is in my wallet anyway) would mean a lot of hassle, so I'd make sure my handbag, my mobile phone and my camera were with me before leaving the house. Before March, I would have made sure first thing that my cat was safe. Now that she's dead and I have no other pets, I wouldn't worry that much about all the other stuff.

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    1. I have no pets but I suspect it's an instinct with most people to think of living creatures before inanimate objects.

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  7. As you say printed books can generally be replaced although I have one or two that are very precious. Photos and other documents are quite another thing, though, because they are generally irreplaceable.

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    1. GB, I noted with interest at BTT that most answers included a book that was a gift, or had been in the family for generations, or some such reason to make them special.

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  8. Okay, so in case of zombie apocalypse...what would you grab? Me, I'd probably grab the telephone book - does the most damage to zombies out of all books out there.

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    1. Erlessard, not being really familiar with the concept of zombie apocalypse, I'd probably still grab the Bible ;)

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  9. the photo of the Bible is just stunning, I love that cross. i was going to say Kindle when i saw the question, but you are right, kindles can be replaced. in case of fire, we have a plan, we keep two leashes in the bedroom and 2 in the garage, because we think first of the dogs, we are to grab the silver box that has all our most private things first, if i had time i would not grab a book but grab the laptop.

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  10. I'm with you, I'd grab my Kindle and my Bible, it dates to my baptism when I was 7.

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  11. Hi! Thanks for dropping by my blog!

    Good answer! I've got the same thoughts too. Anything personal that cannot be replaced is more important. :-)

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