The Broke and the Bookish’s  Freebie week is upon us again. And we’re tackling a topic we had missed out on earlier.



1. Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling


Yes, I realize I’m counting the entire series as one, but I cannot play favourites.

If I must strive in the dark ages of Aliens, I will require the friendship of the inseparable trio, comfort of Hogwarts, wisdom of the other magical beings, and constant reminders to’’ Switch the light on in the dark’’ .The books have always been an inherent part of my life growing up, and I cannot imagine a world without them.

2.The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky


How well I could relate to Charlie, his awkward nature, and his struggle to be present in life, Is why I’m attached to this book.

Stephen does a wonderful job of expressing Charlie’s battles, life and development.


3. The Mediator (Love You To Death) – Meg Cabot


I cannot stress how much I adore this series. Choosing to save a single book out of the series is an excruciating task.

But, this is my precious. The very book that introduced me to the world of Suzannah Simons – the mediator with a kick-ass attitude and slick mediating skills.

Also, Jesse with his partially unbuttoned skirts and golden abs was my first book boyfriend!


4. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins


Catching Fire is by far my favourite book of the trilogy. The story gets grittier, powerful and has better pacing.

Also, this book delivers some of the best Katniss / Peeta moments.


5. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen


It is a truth universally acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice is one of the finest classics.
Elizabeth Bennett is the most well rounded heroine ever created.

She is independent, outspoken, refuses to be taken lightly, and believes in love. Her casual use of dry wit is remarkable.

Oh, and then there is Fitzwilliam Darcy. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love Mr. Darcy. He has bewitched me body and soul, and I love, I love, I love him.



6. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

aka the book that got me to switch from French class to Literature, when I was in the 8th grade.

I have a very old, unabridged copy of this. And I would  stick my head in a guillotine before I let aliens get their grubby hands on it. GIVE ME SYDNEY CARTON OR GIVE ME DEATH.

7. The Bartimaeus Sequence – Jonathan Stroud

I cheating a little by picking a series instead of one book. I can’t choose. Bartimaeus is a very big part of my love for YA Fantasy. I don’t think I was properly obsessed with genre until this book came along. Sure, Harry Potter had me obsessed with magic and fantasy and all that jazz, but until Bartimaeus came along, I don’t think it ever occurred to me that there was more stuff like this out there in the world.

Also, I have a HUGE soft spot in my heart for Barty and his snarky, wry ways. More like BAEtimaeus, if you ask me.

8. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austin

I know Manushi already has this on her list, but it’s too close to my heart for me to ignore it for the sake of diversity. I first read this book in grade 9. For lit class.  I have read this book 6 times since. I have watched the movie 28 times. Elizabeth Bennet is one of my all-time favorite heroines. Fitzwilliam Darcy is one of my all-time favorite heroes. I cannot imagine living life without a copy of this book in my home. I just can’t.

9. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres

More required reading for my highschool lit classes. I didn’t expect to love this book the way I did. Heck, I didn’t even expect to like it. The beginning was slow and, I’ll admit, a little wtf-ish, but damn. A few chapters into it, I was in love. I was in love with the beautiful descriptions and the wonderful characters and … just all of it. The aliens will pry this out of my cold. dead. hands.

Maybe not even then.

10. The Green Mile – Stephen King

I read this in grade five.

It was my first Stephen King novel (obviously) and it had me weeping by the end of it. It was the book that started my love affair with horror novels, the book that put Stephen King on my insta-buy list. I will never forget this book, even if aliens manage to take it away from me. BUT THEY’RE GONNA HAVE TO FIGHT ME FIRST.

That’s our list done. Now you tell us, which books would YOU save from those cruel, book-stealing aliens? We’d love to know.


  1. Caitlin Stern says:

    I might save P&P, too. I have a beautiful leather cover with quotes from the book stamped into it.
    Loved Cabot’s books when I was a teen! Have you seen the novella and new book coming out for the Mediator series?


    • Gabrielle says:

      Haha, right? I can’t imagine anyone taking those books away from me. I haven’t around to reading The Raven Cycle yet, but I keep hearing lots of good thins about it.
      Thank you!


    • Gabrielle says:

      Oh wow, that sounds so much less nerve wracking that have tons of physical copies. This topic actually made me properly terrified of aliens stealing my books. 😀


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