This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is actually a freebie, which means that you get to make up your own topic or choose one of the past topics that you missed or want to redo.
When I scrolled through the list of past topics my eyes quickly lighted upon this one, which I felt I had to do for the title alone. I mean, abduction by aliens? I’m pretty sure that’s an unnatural disaster if ever there was one…
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Top Ten Books I’d Quickly Save If My House Was Going To Be Abducted By Aliens
(or any other unnatural disaster)
1. My signed hardback copy of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart. Because getting to meet E Lockhart after having loved her books for years, in a room full of people who also loved her books (and this after years of feeling like one of about three people in the UK who’d even read her books) was so cool and I’d want to have this book to remember it by.
2. My signed copy of Kiss and Make-Up, by Sarra Manning, which contains my favourite bits of the Diary of a Crush trilogy. I met Sarra and had it signed back in 2010, at a Chicklish event at Dulwich Library. I was unbelievably excited because a) it was the first YA book event I’d been to b) I got to meet some bloggers for the first time c) as well as Sarra Manning, who had been my hero when I was 14, I got to meet Keris Stainton, Luisa Plaja, and Simmone Howell. It still remains the only multi-author event I’ve ever been to where I’d read at least one book by every author!
3. My copy of Burning Your Boats, by Angela Carter
4. My copy of The Curious Room, by Angela Carter
5. My copy of The Magic Toyshop, by Angela Carter
6. My copy of Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales…because they’re all fancy hardbacks and the first two are definitely out of print and the bottom two might be.
7. My hardback copy of The Diviners, by Libba Bray, because it’s a way nicer cover than on the paperbacks and I want to get it signed one day.
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8. My childhood copy of The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, because I read it so many times it’s all battered and worn-in and a new copy would never be the same.
9. My childhood copy of Matilda, by Roald Dahl, for the same reason.
10. My first edition, second printing, of The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls, by Emilie Autumn, because even if I don’t decide to keep it I could sell it on eBay for monies. Ditto for all of my digipak CDs.
What books would you save? Have you met any authors and had any books signed? If you did Top Ten Tuesday this week, which topic did you choose?