Five books I would never throw away

As much as electronic books have been a lifesaver, or more appropriately a shoulder/back saver, the book lover in me still loves possessing physical copies of books, especially when they hold special memories for me. Below are five books that are very dear to me, with little stories of their own and I cannot see myself throwing them out anytime soon.

Let me know down below if you have any books that you love so much that you will not part with it so easily.

Murder on the Orient1. Murder on the Orient Express
One of the masterpieces of English writer Agatha Christie, it is a must have on the bookshelves for all die-hard fans of ‘The Queen of Crime.’ I absolutely adore this book and think that it epitomizes the beauty of her huge collection of crime fiction writings.

Rousseau2. The Social Contract
“Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains. Those who think themselves the masters of others are indeed greater slaves than they.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
This is the first political philosophy book I ever had and I remembered Rousseau’s ideas about democracy were so radical that it left a deep impact upon my young and impressionable mind. This copy that I have with me, I have read it to death, having flipped through, highlighted and scribbled on it so many times.

Harry Potter3. Harry Potter series
Ok, I know that I am cheating here because the Harry Potter series contains more than one book, but still, Harry Potter was the bomb for most of us who grew up with it and fantasized endlessly about Potterland. Unlike the collector’s series available these days, my books have different covers and designs because I was never too picky about the exterior or whether it was hard or soft cover. Instead, my main concern was which bookstores I was able to place my pre-order for the upcoming installment since they always sold like hot potatoes even before they were officially released. There was always so much anticipation and buzz amongst my siblings as we waited with bated breath for the next Harry Potter book.

Element4. The Element
This book has been mentioned several times on my blog because it was truly made an impact upon me. Written by renowned educationalist Ken Robinson, I first read it when I was freshly out of college and in need of some advice before making life choices. The book came in handier than I ever imagined, inspiring me to make some hard choices. Looking at the book now just reminds me of the crossroads I once stood at.

Nina5. 寫給你的日記 Nina’s Journal
A travelogue/diary by Taiwanese author Nina Chung Wen-yin during her stay in New York as an art student, she wrote in beautifully poetic manner about her desire for independence yet a longing for her loved ones back home. Reading this during high school empowered me to be a stronger woman who would not be afraid to take the leap of faith when necessary. And if you are wondering, this book is written only in Mandarin Chinese and yes, I am able to read and understand completely in Chinese.

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52 thoughts on “Five books I would never throw away

  1. I would never throw away any of my books. I guess that’s why i don’t have any more place for any new books. But I would definitely never throw Hobbit or Where’d You Go Bernadette. And Eat, Pray, Love. And all other books which are standing on my bookshelf 😀

  2. Printed books will always find their lovers. They also have some advantages, compared to eBooks. We can better remember, what we read, if we use several of ours senses. Feeling a book, seeing, how much one has read and remembering, if something was written on the right or the left page and also smelling a new book, all helps to remember.

  3. Afraid I might have to cheat on this one too 😛
    1. City of Bones Series – the complexity of the characters, the way she managed to leave you hanging through every novel she wrote and just when you thought you had it all figured out she went and blew your mind all over again!
    2. The Inferno Club Series – Because he can’t resist a naughty series full of spy’s and beautiful women of the 19th century 😉
    3. Sherlock Holmes – Because it’s an absolute classic
    4. The Golden Compass – One of the very first books I ever read that got me into reading.
    5. The Serpents Egg Trilogy – One of the first series I read that proper got me into reading. Even won a signed copy of the book from the author 🙂

  4. Glad you know what books are most important to you. I read all sorts of books– books friends give me (like JUST KIDS, by Patti Smith), English major sorts of books (like THE JUNGLE, by Upton Sinclair), contemporary literature (like THE CORRECTIONS, by Jonathan Franzen)–and mysteries–I recommend C. J. Sansom.

  5. Oh yes – I still have a room of books, including 40 books of Agatha Christie and as long as I have room enough I would never part with them. That is a memory of a time 30, 40 years ago – when I was young! Harry Potter books I had to read because of my grandchildren and I saw every film with them too.

  6. Just found this and I love it! I’ve only read the first book on this list, but hoepfully I can find the chance to read some more.

  7. 1. The Black Count by Tom Reiss
    2. The Mighty Aztecs by Gene S. Stuart
    3. The Diamond Triangle by Leonard (E-Book)
    4. My Thoughts Be Bloody by Nora Titone
    5. Sacajawea

  8. so many great agatha christie books, but this one never never tires. how wonderful that you found such a great friend in aggie to follow you through life 🙂

  9. Had to think about it but yes I do have two: My facsimile copy of Jung’s “Red Book” and my reproduction of Sun Wen’s “Dream of the Red Chamber” paintings. Thanks for reminding me 🙂

  10. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. “That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.”

  11. Thanks for inspiring us to take inventory of our favorite books. I find it very hard to part with my collection and of course there are some favs which I read, reread and rereread. Okay, here goes:
    Nectar in the Sieve -Kamala Markandaya
    A House for Mr. Biswas – V.S. Naipaul
    O’Henry’s Short Stories
    The Good Earth – Pearl Buck
    I will add The Element to my lit.

  12. I like your mixture of fiction and non fiction. My number one choice of a novel I will never throw away is Middlemarch by George Eliot and for non fiction it would be Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course which has seen me through many large Christmas family celebrations

  13. Agatha Christie and Harry Potter will definetely join my list. I will add some classic african author books amongst which “Perpétue” from author Mongo Beti, a sad tale around a young woman which is unwilingly married. I would also add “Candide” of the french writer Voltaire.

  14. Love this list! I’m gonna check some of these books out now. Definitely Harry Potter for me too, can’t imagine being without it. I’d also have to say The Outsiders, I read it every year and I love it every single time.

  15. Great list. For me I think my list would have to include ‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley, as I can remember it being the first proper adult book I ever read, and the resolution isn’t a happy one, which has had a massive impact on me as a writer. Also ‘The Elfstones of Shannara’ by Terry Brooks because he’s a fantastic fantasy writer, which is my genre of choice. It’s the same with Canavan, Rowling and Tolkien for the same reason, as they’ve all had a massive impact on me as a fantasy novelist.
    Other than that I’m very passionate about books and choosing some is very hard.

    1. Hahaha I understand what you mean by being unable to throw away books but because I live in a tiny apartment, space on my bookshelf is prime property and I just cannot afford to keep all my books, unless if I am never buying any new ones (which is very unlikely).

  16. Fascinating choices. I saw Ken Robinson speak at a conference in New York about 15 years ago. Still think about it all the time. I have many signed first editions of science fiction — none of which I could ever part with.

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