Not to bring the mood down, or get all miserable before Christmas, but I have been pondering the whole doomsday issue which some people believe may just happen on Friday, which would really be a bit of Christmas ruiner wouldn’t it? That said I haven’t done any Christmas shopping yet; maybe I should wait till next Saturday? Anyway… the Mayan calendar ends on Friday the 21st (fortunately my advent calendar goes on until the 25th and I already have a calendar for next year) and while Mayan descendents actually think it is merely the end of one phase and start of another some people believe the end is nigh and will be off up Magic Mountains and all sorts. There is also some serious scare mongering going on, which when I started to read it did make me feel a little wobbly as hysteria can do, both for myself and the slim chance, but also for the fact that some people really do believe in some cuckoo things! Of course though, as everything does, this made me think of books of course!
On top of this coming Friday apparently we were very close to an asteroid on Tuesday (or the other way round), lots of people thought the world might end on the 12th of the 12th 2012 (just like they did on 11.11.11, 10.10.10 etc – oh and of course the Millennium) which has just past, we had The Rapture that wasn’t rapturous and now some people are saying actually it could be 2029 when another huge asteroid is heading a little too close. This of course doesn’t send me to thinking of bunkers (I could hide in the cellar all day though), arcs, or rushing out to get endless tins of peaches etc… I think I might just have a duvet day, probably with a good book! However if you thought the end really was coming what books would you want to read before it did and which would you take with you to a place of supposed safety?
I started to ponder which books would I take down into the cellar with me (not that I really will spend all Friday in there, cough, move on) for a bunker based library? I mean obviously I would take some favourites, all my Du Maurier’s, Atwood’s, Conan Doyle’s, Gerritsen’s, M.C. Beaton’s etc whether I have read them already or not. But are there any books that I have yet to read that I have always meant to and would be frightfully cross if I missed out reading? The answer is… I am not sure.
Part of this is, if I am truly honest, that I don’t want to tempt fate. I mean what if I said the book I wanted to read was… ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ (not likely to happen) and then I did read it and ‘whoops’. I also went through my TBR and decided that it was all 700 of those books, and more! I have been looking at books coming out in 2013 and it is a bumper year, so I am sorry but I have too much reading to do.
But what about you? If ‘the end’ was really coming what books would you grab and why? Or would you not? As The Beard said this morning ‘I would be really cross if the end was nigh and you were sat in the corner reading a book!” He doesn’t understand does he? Ha!
P.S I have just scheduled my Christmas posts, so it can’t end!