The Ultimate Choice

This is a bittersweet post. It’s my fourth BE Spring post, but also my last don’t cry don’t cry don’t cry. Before I explain what this ‘ultimate choice’ is, let me tell you something more about BE Spring. Bookending Events is an event created by Clo@Book Dragons and Sam@Fictional Sam. Every season they have a certain theme and feature a gaggle of hosts who come up with awesome prompts (one of them is me yay!). This season is spring (duh) and takes up the whole month of April. And like I said, this is my last post. I had an amazing time hosting, and I’m really looking forward to seeing all your posts, and see Haley‘s posts as she is the next host. But for now, let’s go back to that ultimate choice.

So here is the thing. Your house.. it’s on fire. Yeah it definitely is. Your entire bookcollection is in danger. You don’t have time to grab a bag and can only carry five books. Doesn’t matter where they are, if they’re in boxes, in this scenario, they’re all in front of you. And yes, that also goes for those of you that read ebooks. Think of the fire as a virus, and you can save five books before you get the ereader equivalent of the blue screen of death. There is no discussion here, it’s the prompt. That also means you can’t save your ereader/kindle whatever you call it, since it won’t have any books exccept those five books on it.

It took me a while before I had five books that I just had to save. These books all have different meaning to me, I either read them when I just got into YA, when I was having a tough time, or I just like them. These are the books I would save:

Shards & Ashes was probably one of the first introductions I had to dystopian stories and while I usually don’t reread books, I have probably read this one at least 6 times. I absolutely love the stories and I’ll probably reread it again after writing this :’)

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda was such an eyeopening book for me. My coming out was stolen for me aswell, but that’s not why this book is so important. The story in general is, as well as Simon’s parents, how they responded to him coming out. I really wish I had that.. but I know because of this book, that even though that doesn’t go the way you want, it’ll be okay in the end.

Descendant of the Crane hadn’t been on my rader for long before I got the opportunity to read an eARC. It ended up one of the best books I had read in my 27 years of life. It is such a good read, with twists and real people that deal with anxiety and other issues. I definitely need this book to reread so I would save it.

Oh Illuminae. This series is definitely one of my favourites, I love the characters, I love space, I love the interactions, I love AIDAN, I love the layout. I can’t leave this one behind, I just need it with me okay.

Ready Player One is basically an 80s treasure hunt, which is why it is one of my favourites. I don’t know that much about the 80s since I wasn’t born yet, but this books really incorporates it in such a way that it’s not that much of an issue. Yes, there are a bunch of problems with the story and I acknowledge that, but just the treasure hunt makes it worth reading (only if you don’t ignore the problems)

I had such a hard time choosing these five, and I’m pretty sure I’ve missed so many books that I might rather save. There’s nothing to be done now, so I just have to suck it up. Thankfully my house isn’t actually on fire and I still have my beautiful books. But please remember no book is important enough for you to risk your health. If your house really is on fire, save yourself. Everything is replacable. Losing first editions or signed editions is not the end of the world.

And that’s it. My hosting days for BE Spring are over! I’m surrendering my crown to Haley @ The Caffeinated Reader, and trust me, she’ll do great. Since her first post is tomorrow, please spend some time on her other posts, because they really are amazing and so is she. I’ll be back in a few days with my own posts again, but I would really love to see your take on what books you would save if your house was on fire. Can’t wait for your posts!

Until next time,

13 thoughts on “The Ultimate Choice

  1. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites says:

    ….. but can I save my Kindle with the caveat that it only has five books on it? because logistically speaking, it’ll slow me down less as I flee the building 😜 at times like this I would definitely also go for books that have strong value/memories for me! so while I adore Simon vs. and DotC I don’t know that they’d make my list – instead I’d grab Inkheart, The Little Prince (a present from my lovely third grade teacher), The Raven Boys (always makes my heart happy and my best friend got me into the series), This Is How You Survive by Lana Rafaela Cindric (poetry collection by a Tumblr friend who is an amazing writer; these poems got me through a rough period), and of course The Night Circus!

    btw your prompts are all amazing, and I’m hoarding them for low-inspiration blogging days 😉


  2. My Bookish Blog - Ayushi says:

    Oh God, I love this prompt! Although I wouldn’t dare to participate because I think by the time I select my five books I’ll be turned to ashes!! And I really must read Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda!! Thanks for reminding me 😊

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    • Michelle says:

      YESS READ IT IT’S SO GOOD!! And if you’re invested in Simon, you should also watch the movie, Love Simon. But do that after, so you’re still surprised by the book ❤ And nah, this fire that's burning your house is polite, it won't burn you or your books until you made the choice (but a choice you have to make!)

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  3. Clo @ Book Dragons says:

    This prompt is mean and I love it xD I’d probably save my special editions tbh and erm…the clockwork prince if there’s room? I think that’d be 5…yeah I think that’s five and I’ll go sob at having to leave behind my other signed copies. Also I’m gonna go snoop about Shards and Ashes cause it looks like an anthology *peers at it on GR*


  4. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious says:

    This prompt is freaking MEAN, Michelle! But I definitely support your choices of Illuminae and Descendant of the Crane! (also horrible to have that e-reader virus clause.)

    I think I would have to rescue Gemina, Ignorance by Milan Kundera, my collector’s edition for American Gods & Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, and Descendant of the Crane by Joan He.


  5. Meeghan reads says:

    For me, books are replaceable, so the books I save would be special or limited editions. I’d get my Goldsboro Godsgrave, my ARC of Godsgrave, my Waterstones Nevernight, my signed The Scorpio Races (Maggie doodled a horse head in it when she personalised it) and … I have a spare, I guess, as even my other signed copies could be replaced. Probably my Goldsboro Aurora Rising when it comes!


  6. TheCaffeinatedReader says:

    This was my favorite prompt for BE in general, because it’s the perfect setup to really think about which books are important to you. Totally agree, no book is worth your health in the event of a real fire…but Descendant of the Crane and Ready Player One definitely come close 😉 I love those as well, and I hadn’t heard of Shards and Ashes until you but part of me really wants to read a book that means so much to you! I’ve really enjoyed your prompts, I’m so glad you signed up for BESpring and that Sam and Clo have put together such an awesome event!

    I’m off to see what five I would save!


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