Way back when we first started the blog (has it really been more than a year?) each of us posted in our introductions our list of romance novels we’d save from fire if the house were burning down around our ears. We only allowed ourselves five books, no more. I actually came up with my list of five to save fairly quickly.
All of us agreed that coming up with three wasn’t so bad, but getting that fourth and fifth one was a lot tougher. Which ones stay and which ones go? Did we have sentimental attachments? Was that copy of X novel our very first? Or was it an autographed copy we stood in line for hours to get? In the end we did all come up with five romance novels each and we collected everyone’s in a Pinterest board for you.
It turns out that our “save 5 from fire” question ended up becoming a staple “fun” question for guests we interviewed at Teatime too. Of course, when the ladies of Teatime initially answered, we didn’t allow “my eReader” as one of the selections. Our guests on the other hand? Well, we cut them a little more slack and we opened it up to all books they’d save, not just romance novels. Still, we love it when they share those treasured gems that they really wouldn’t want to give up. We collected them in another Pinterest board.
As I was chatting with friends this past weekend at our annual Halloween party, the idea of this “save them from fire” reading materials came up in conversation. The books were fairly wide ranging as MrMr and I hang with some scary smart people. A few of them approached this similarly to the “you’re stranded on a deserted island” question where you’re required to pick 10 things you wanted to have with you while you waited for rescue. Others approached it similarly to how many a guest has: emotions and fond memories ruling the day. One friend said he’d save his Bible because his grandpa gave it to him. Another lady said she’d save her children’s books because her fondest memories are reading with them when they were young. There were the inevitable “but I’d take my eReader” attempts, which I quickly squashed because I really wanted to know which books would matter.
So now I’m curious about you, my friendly reader:
Which romance novels would you save from fire and why would you save them?*
For that matter, would you save romance novels or other books like my friends at the Halloween party this past weekend? Go ahead and pick up to five books. And no, your eReader can’t be one of them.