(Ed. Note: For mysterious reasons unknown to you, citizens of the world are suddenly panicking because the time of the Apocalypse has indeed come. You have been offered a place in the official Bonjour, Cass! bunker, sponsored by the Bonjour, Cass! Book Apocalypse Protection Agency (BCBAPA™). In order to secure your spot, you are required to submit a form listing the ten books from your to-be-read list to bring with you. Today, ever-prepared Chris from Chrisbookarama shares her Official Application.)
Treason’s Harbour by Patrick O’Brian: The wind in my hair and sea in my face. Things I will not be having in a bunker. For now I’ll dream of the open sea and some swashbuckling fun with the boys of Master and Commander.
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons: This is supposed to be a funny one and I think if I’m trapped in a bunker, I’d like to lighten the mood a bit.
Possession by AS Byatt: I’ve heard that Possession is Byatt’s masterpiece. I read The Children’s Book last year and it took me ages to read it. It required all my concentration. If I’m concentrating on reading maybe I won’t think about what is going on out there.
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen: Wealthy teen socialites getting into trouble. As far from a bunker as you can get. (Ed. Note: That’s what you’d think…)
The Evil Genius by Wilkie Collins: I just can’t get enough of Wilkie Collins. He is coming with me.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley: When I get out of this place, I’ll build a utopia. This will teach me how to not do it.
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson: A girl in a post-apocalyptic world. Time to learn about that.
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell: I can’t bring Jane Eyre with me but I can bring this book written by Charlotte’s friend. I have three unread books by Gaskell but this is the biggest.
Farm City by Novella Carpenter: Farm City is about farming in an urban environment. Who knows what I’ll find out there? It’s best to be prepared to survive anywhere.
Drood by Dan Simmons: Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins. How can that not be entertaining? And look at the size of that thing! Days of entertainment.
- Surprise! You get to bring any book that is being or has been published in 2011. Which title do you choose?
I am not good at knowing what is happening ahead of time, unless someone tells me. Good thing I was told about the bunker. So I’m not sure what’s being published this year but there is one book that just came out that looks interesting: Bride of France by Suzanne Desrochers. It’s about a girl who is banished to Canada from France in the 1600s. A girl in a dangerous wilderness battling to survive, sounds about right.
- What would win in an ultimate battle: gnomes, owls, or muskrats? Defend your answer.
Gnomes, definitely. Have you seen the movie Child’s Play? Though technically not a gnome (a possessed doll actually), Chucky has some gnomish qualities: small, creepy grin, probably does stuff when your back is turned. Chucky scarred me for life and now I have a fear of knee-high magical people. When I was a teenager, I saw the movie with a friend and we screamed the whole time. Did not make friends with the other movie goers that night. I’m not fooled by smiling lawn ornaments; they look vicious and I bet those little teeth could do some serious damage.
- Which blogger would you like to bring with you?
Evil question! I would like to say I’d take everyone with me but the rules of the bunker are pretty strict. So I gave it some thought. I think I’ll go with Michelle from That’s What She Read. I’ve known Michelle (on the internet) for about 6 years. We’re in the same book club. She’s proficient in vampire literature, so if vampires are involved in the apocalypse she’s got that covered. Plus, she seems like someone who could kick some butt. She’d have my back.
If you’d like to participate, write up your list and fill out the form. (If you have already emailed your list, you do not need to resend.) You can check my post announcing the feature for further details. Be prepared for a follow-up email containing a few random (and odd) bonus questions regarding your stay in the bunker.