My house is being abducted by aliens? Sweet! Let me grab a notebook and pen, and I'm all ready for my new life among the extraterrestrials.
When I was little, I always used to think about which books I'd save in case of a fire. I felt obligated to go for my Torah and Siddur and kept them on the shelf closest to my bed. Next closest to my heart? My father's copies of Lord of the Rings, which I brought into my room for safekeeping. Unfortunately, the family's copies of the Complete Works of Shakespeare and Pride and Prejudice were stored downstairs, so I despaired of saving those.
1. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Specifically, my father's old paperbacks from the 1970s, but I have multiple copies...
2. The Torah
I have a nice copy and if I needed to start a new civilization or educate aliens about human society, I'd want this.
3. Siddur (prayer book)
See above. Also, got this for my Bat Mitzvah.
4. A Tangled Web by L.M.Montgomery
I can read this book over and over again, for whatever reason, it's my go-to comfort read and it would be like a security blanket for me on an alien planet.
5. Trixie Belden mysteries by Kathryn Kenny
I have 5 or 6 of these old hardcover books that belonged to my mother's mother. I guess they're kind of heirlooms at this point.
6. Harry Potter books 1-7 by J.K. Rowling
I have all the original American hardcovers. These are the books I read from 2nd grade to 12th grade, read to my sister, read to my brother, and waited in ridiculously long lines for.
7. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
I begged my mother to buy the box set for me at the school book fair and read them over and over till they're literally falling to pieces. Priceless.
8. The Complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I have the fancy gold-edged hardcover =)
9. The Source by James Michener
My grandfather bought this for me because he really liked it and I'm so glad I got to read and discuss it with him.
10. Elizabeth I by Margaret George
My beautiful hardcover copy is SIGNED by Margaret George!