Top Ten Tuesday - Alien Abduction

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This week's topic: Choose a Past Topic - Books I would save if I were to be abducted by aliens.

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
Assuming these aliens aren't hostile, and they'll let me read (before dissecting me) I would bring this book because of its anthropological/observational elements as they relate to aliens on another planet. It's also probably the best Sci-Fi book I've ever read.

Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
No explanation necessary.

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
I would bring books that demonstrated certain aspects of humanity--good and bad. This is one of those for me.

The Invisible Man by H.G Wells
Just a really short, entertaining piece of science fiction.

The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
Humanity book. Also sitting atop my favorites list at the moment.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
I would bring some lengthy reads and Ayn Rand wrote interesting stuff. I think this qualifies as a humanity piece as well.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Another favorite.

Various foundational religious texts.
I would (if I could) try to explain them and their influence on humans to the alien abductors.

Title of another lengthy book.
I can't think of anymore at this exact moment. What's a lengthy book (let's say 600+ pages) that you enjoyed reading?

Title of another humanity book.
I need one that displays some decent to good aspects of humanity. Any suggestions?

You might be wondering why I chose this topic (out of all the possible past topics). Well, I'll tell you.
There are many things in life I feel I can deal with or am capable of dealing with; certain natural disasters, issues at the workplace, criminals, Redskins' fans, bad hair days...ghosts, zombies, etc. But one thing I cannot deal with--Aliens. I have an unnatural fear of aliens, "extra-terrestrials". A completely absurd fear, I might add. I want nothing to do with them (unless I'm killing them in video games) Alien movies?--No! I don't watch those UFO specials on tv, ever. I didn't always have this fear...thank you M. Night Shyamalan. Do I think I'll be abducted by aliens? Odds are pretty low. But just in case...I'll know what books to bring.


  1. Yes, Atlas Shrugged is indeed a a lengthy read.

    1. ...I haven't actually read Atlas Shrugged (because it is like 1200 pages, I think. Right?) But I will. One day.

  2. Humanity-wise, I'd grab The Book Thief. It shows human frailty and cruelty and resilience and joy.

    My TTT: http://shelversanon.blogspot.com/2012/10/top-10-tuesday-rewind-top-ten-bookish.html

    1. The Book Thief is floating somewhere in the middle of my reading list. I selected it for one of my reading projects this year, but I decided to wrap the project up earlier than I had intended. So The Book Thief didn't get read. But everyone seems to like it, from what I hear. I'll probably get to it sometime in the winter.

      I feel like I only read books that show the frail and the cruel...

      Thanks for visiting!