Thanks to Shanah AKA the Bionic Book Worm for the second prompt of this month!
So I like to think that I’m not a very sentimental person because I like to pretend that I’m not capable of human emotion but this couldn’t be further from the truth, particularly when it comes to books or journals or anything with a cover and pages. You may have guessed, if you’ve read a few of my posts on here, that I’m a fairly critical person (this may be an understatement), and because of this I have a very limited number of favourite books. But, because I’m so particular about what falls into that category, you bet your ass that I love those books.
That being said, here are some books (five to be precise) that, because of how amazing they are, I would save from a burning building, or a burning car, or a burning airplane, or anything else that is otherwise on fire.
- Watchmen by Alan Moore
Not only is this graphic novel absolutely visually gorgeous, it tells a tremendous and exciting story. With a focus on character development and relationships, through interesting and unique ways of storytelling, Moore is able to create a beautiful world that you won’t want to put down. I couldn’t bare losing this book and it’s one of the jewels of my collection. It was also super expensive so there’s that too.
- The Pleasures of the Damned by Charles Bukowski
Oh, Charles Bukowski, love of my life, fire of my loins. My favourite poet in the whole world and a man who has lived an intriguing life to say it softly. I’m not going to say that I want to be like Bukowski but… I want to be like Bukowski. Not really though, he’s kind of an asshole. But I think that he has a lot to share with the world and that’s important.
- The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Oh, Ray Bradbury, the other love of my life but not quite fire of my loins. This man is honestly magical. His prose is some of the most beautiful I’ve ever come across, he paints beautiful pictures with beautiful metaphors and never ceases to amaze me. The Illustrated Man is Bradbury at his finest, weaving tales of science fiction and humanity that are sure to leave you thinking and inspired.
- The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
This book sends me back to high school, although I never had to read it for a class specifically. I think, like a lot of people who read this book at this time, they saw someone in Holden Caulfield that they could relate to in some way. It’s an important novel about personal struggle and whole bunch of other sappy shit that I normally don’t like but the way Salinger approached the topic was raw and real. It was exactly what I needed at the time and it delivered.
- Winnie The Pooh by A. A. Milne
Winnie the Pooh is arguably the most wonderful character in all of history in the whole world. This book is filled with childhood nostalgia and beautiful sketches and I would 100% save it from a fire.
Let me know if you like any of these books! Or if you disagree with me, I’d love to hear your thoughts.