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Lets say SHTF or was going to happen in about 1 week...and you are allowed only 6 books that you can save from being destroyed.... what are your choices..

Holy Bible (King james Version)

The complete works of Shakesphere

Romeo and Juliet

complete set of sheet music of Mozart for piano (all of it)

Catcher in the Rye

George Orwell 1984
 

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I'd go with:

KJV Bible
War and Peace
The Illiad
Watership down
Budhist Analects

Edit to add 6 as said in the title but not the body.

The Giving tree
 

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KJV Family Bible

Where There Is No Doctor or similar Field Medicine/Trauma manual

Encyclopedia of Country Living

Family Recipes Cookbook

FoxFire Books Complete Series - useful and entertaining

Alaskan Bootlegger's Bible
 

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the silmarilian
the hobbit
the fellowship of the ring
the two towers
the return of the king
6th one doesnt matter.
Trixie wouldn't be a little obsessed with the LOTR and Tolkien would he? :D:

I would go with the Trilogy of the Lord of the Rings books. Although I have read them 4 times on my mtn retreat when I am up there from June to Nov. Need good stuff to read when it rains and snows up there. Not sure if I really want to read them again. Maybe any others who might be around would like to read them.

But books I would save and value are the KJV - Bible

Several survival books to be able to re-build the world or a new small community.
Which I would have to think a little more about exactly which ones. Maybe others will give more good books.
Although I own a 100 plus book Survival Library which I greatly value. 6 books are too few.

But this one which I greatly value and bought the hard copy about 20 years ago and is now a Free online book >
www.oism.org/nwss Which every survivalist should own, read and use. Or at least have it available in case it becomes necessary to use.
 
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The Bible for sure.. but NOT fiction like many are listing here.
How many times can you read the same book?
Music makes sense for those who can read it (not me). Fox Fire makes a lot of sense.
I have a US military survival hand book that was given to me by a friend who used to be an instructor... looks like a city phone book. That would make my list.
I really like Figs and have a signed copy of Ira Condit's "The Fig" written in 1947. Its a rare book and has good information on growing what I consider an excellent SHTF fruit tree. I can copy any of my figs in the yard by taking cuttings and move them to another location or share them. They become productive in a few years...sooner if grown in a pot and given some protection. Other trees take much longer.
Guides are very valuable. Eddible plant guides.... small engine repair etc...
I'd skip the fiction. You need a reference library not cherished entertainment.
 

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I think the idea was to save it from destruction. Not so much about what you'd keep for your own reading only.
Well, there is a lot of good "non-fiction" that could/should be saved from destruction that many would appreciate I would think . . .
 

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The Outline of History: H.G. Wells
The Origin of Species: Charles Darwin
Animal Farm: George Orwell
Works: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
The Art of War: Sun Tzu
SAS Survival Handbook: John Wiseman
 

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Lets say SHTF or was going to happen in about 1 week...and you are allowed only 6 books that you can save from being destroyed.... what are your choices..

Holy Bible (King james Version)

The complete works of Shakesphere

Romeo and Juliet

complete set of sheet music of Mozart for piano (all of it)

Catcher in the Rye

George Orwell 1984
Erm...Romeo and Juliet would be in the works of Shakespeare.

My 6 picks would be:

The Holy Bible (KJV)
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
Complete New York Times Crossword Puzzle
The Art of War
As mentioned by someone else...John Seymour's The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency
Complete set of Sherlock Holmes
 

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Interesting thread. I wonder how many of you who already answered the question, would change your answers given you have a week to decide. The thread stated you would have a week to decide.....and I think it would take me the whole week to come up with a final answer. Theres a lot of good anwers already, but damn I need some time to change my mind a few times. I get with you in a week.
 

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1. The Bible
2. The book I put together of my children growing up
3. An army field medical book of some type
4. A book on edible plants
5. Tale of two cities
6. Wuthering Heights

if I could cheat:

7. Things Fall Apart
8. The Awakening
9. Vanishing Point
 

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Bible
Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery
3 of the best of the Foxfire series. I'd have to go back through them and it would be hard to pick only 3.
 

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SAS Survival Guide
Family Photo album
Complete works of Edger Allen Poe
Treasure Island
Curious George----childhood favorite
 
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