Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I'd Save from My Burning House

 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today's topic is:
Top ten books I'd save from my burning house.

Now books to me can be replaced. The ones I would save from my house if it were burning down would be the ones that I got signed by the author.

Therefore, all of my selections this week are signed books:

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Signed copy, first edition. Need I say more?

2. Paper Towns by John Green
After TFIOS, Paper Towns is my favorite John Green novel. And unlike TFIOS, Paper Towns is actually signed TO ME. Every so often, I pull the book at my shelf just to look at John Green's writing of my name. Is that weird?

 3. Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
Whale Talk is by far my favorite Chris Crutcher book. It is so emotionally wrenching but an important book to read. I met Chris at NCTE back in November and was able to tell him how much the book meant to me.

 4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I remember going to the event  for this book back in October and being completely enraptured by Laini's presentation. She wasn't showy and didn't make a big spectacle. Instead, she was quietly dignified. In fact, for someone who has bright pink hair, I was amazed at how quiet and almost introverted she is.

5. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Despite having a ridiculously long signing line at NCTE, Laurie Halse Anderson made time to talk to every person and listen to their story, and even pose for pictures if they wanted.
 6. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Same as above.

 7. Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel
Kenneth Oppel doesn't get as much publicity and recognition as I think he should. Maybe he does in Canada, where he's from, but here in the US, dude needs to be given way more props. He is such an amazing author and I was grateful to have met him at NCTE for him to sign all of my favorite books. Half Brother is my all-time favorite Kenneth Oppel book that I would want to save.

8. Feed by M.T. Anderson
Again, meeting M.T. at NCTE was such a thrilling experience. He was so gracious and spent a few minutes chatting with me since he didn't have a line. (There's something wrong with the world if M.T. Anderson doesn't have a line!)

9. As You Wish by Jackson Pearce
I feel like a broken record, but meeting Jackson at NCTE was awesome. I walked over to the Anderson's booth and Laurie Halse Anderson had this huge line, but Jackson was sitting all by herself signing books (again, there's no justice in the world if Jackson Pearce has no line!) so I walked up to her and said, "Do you seriously not have a line? Well, then, could you sign this book for me?" She was very excited that I actually owned her first book. And then she was nice enough to take a picture with me.

10. The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller
Not only did Donalyn sign my copy of her book (yes, at NCTE) but this book is my classroom Bible. And it is covered in highlights and post-it flags. The idea of losing all those notes and highlights terrifies me. Then again, having to re-read this book in its entirety would not be a tragedy as it is THE most inspiring teaching book I've ever read.


  1. Wow. A lot of your favorite books are also my favorite books. Did you attend the Tour du Nerdfighters to get your signed copy of The Fault in Our Stars?

    1. Anne, I WISH I had attended the Tour de Nerdfightning, but alas, they came nowhere near where I live (Detroit).

  2. I just finished The Fault in Our Stars-it was so painful that I can never read it again. I totally forgot about saving signed book! I have signed Uglies series and Forest of Hands and Teeth that would definitely be saved. I keep meaning to read Half Brother.

  3. I have quite a few signed books, but only a few that are really meaningful to me. I definitely like having them though, and I LOVED The Fault in Our Stars.

  4. Interesting about Laini Taylor. I thought it was very funny to see her picture a little while after I started the book, considering the hair of the main character!

  5. Awesome list! How great to have all those signed copies! Paper Towns and TFiOS and Will Grayson, Will Grayson are tied for my top John Green books. And my Paper Towns and TFiOS copies are signed by John and Hank and personalized and TFiOS has a Hanklerfish, so I would have to save those, and I totally get when you say you like to look at your name written by John! ;) I really want to read Feed and Daughter of Smoke & Bone. One of these days...