#FEBBL Day 2: Three Books You’d Save From The Floods
Three Books You’d Save From The Floods. These can be three books you really own and would save in a disaster, or three you wish you did own and would save from a library, shop, etc. if you witnessed the disaster.
Oof, this is a hard one! I’ve read quite a few in my time but unlike Dave I have no qualms about reading digital editions. I am relentlessly unsentimental about most things, in fact I’ve gotten rid of almost all of my physical books in favour of digital editions. So I don’t really have a bookshelf to glance at for inspiration, nor would I have to worry about saving them from any sort of disaster as they’re all safely stored up in the cloud… But lets pretend none of that is the case. The first book I would have to save would be the first “grown-up” book I really read, which was Pet Sematary by Stephen King. I was 13 and going abroad on holiday with my family for two weeks and wanted a big book to read. I saw that one in the airport and got it. It scared me to death, but I’ve been a fan of King’s ever since.
The second would have to be The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I read this in my mid-to-late teens and literally couldn’t put it down. On re-reading some of the dialogue is starting to show its age but as a work of literary creation and world-building its depth and breadth is unparalleled.
Finally, there has to be a spot on this list for one of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett, specifically his last full novel involving the Ramtop witches, Carpe Jugulum. Granny Weatherwax is my favourite Discworld character and Carpe is the last novel (as of this writing) in which she is a central character, the Tiffany Aching books notwithstanding. I’ve spoken before of how much the Discworld books have formed my character and how painful it is to know that Sir Terry is enduring Alzheimer’s, a disease which will eventually rob him (and us) of his ability to continue creating Discworld.