This week, The Broke and the Bookish asks which books we would save if the house was being abducted by aliens, or on fire, or something similarly horrible.
I’m a sentimental person, but I hate hoarding. So I do not, as a rule, own books that are simply reading books.
All of the choices bare some sentimental history (and often they’re just plain expensive too!).
PostSecret by Frank Warren: I have professed my love for PostSecret so much, I should get royalties. I will definitely save this book.
Life and Soul by Karina Turok: It’s about wonderful South African women and I bought it with school prizegiving money – sentiment right there.
28 Stories of AIDS in Africa: A gift from my mom and the reason I came to med school.
Romantic Charm of Unique Mountains at Zhangjiajie by Zhou Mingfa: reminiscent of my wonderful trip to China and absolutely beautiful photographs. Also, it is a signed copy.
A Century of Sundays: an expensive book bought with my first ever waitressing earnings. I hated waitressing. It is a lovely South African book with lots of history (my other love).
The Roald Dahl Treasury: I really wanted this for Christmas and my parents and siblings got it for me without being asked (maybe they read my blog). Dahl has played a significant role in my life. And it is colour-illustrated.
English Alive Anthologies 2004-2011: published by the South African Council for English Education annually, I always look forward to the excellent poetry and prose written by South African high school learners. My own work was published in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 editions.
Mark Twain Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches & Essays 1891-1910: this book was given to me by Steve and Jackie from Youth Journalism International during my visit to them in 2010. They took me on lovely trips through West-Hartford, Connecticut – and to Mark Twain’s house. They also wrote messages in the book, which is irreplacable.
Matric Book: at the end of high school, I bought a beautifully-bound notebook in which my friends and teachers wrote. These messages are genuine and remind me of who I am and what I can achieve. These people believe in me. When I feel down and uninspired, this notebook is the cure.
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine: an absolute necessity and very expensive in ZA (I had to apply for a book bursary to afford it). C’mon, you didn’t expect me not to have a medical book in there somewhere did you?