The HuffPost office is currently closed, and your humble books team have all had to evacuate from their apartments due to Hurricane Sandy. Which left us with a dilemma: alongside clothes, emergency supplies, flashlights, pets... what books to take with us?
Here's our list below. If you had to evacuate too, let us know what books you took with you - or, if you didn't evacuate, what reading matter would you put in your suitcase?
Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor
Moranthology by Caitin Moran
This quick turnaround release of compiled newspaper columns by the author of How To Be A Woman comes out in early November. So far, very funny.
The Dinner by Herman Koch
A disturbing-sounding novel that comes out here next year. Haven't started it yet, but it looks intriguing. An exuberant Gillian Flynn blurb does it no harm.
Plus Catcher in the Rye, our current Book Club pick!
Zoë Triska, Associate Books Editor
Both Flesh and Not by David Foster Wallace
My boyfriend was the person who got me to read DFW, so I always turn to his writing in times of turmoil. His writing usually causes most of my thoughts to become dedicated to deciphering it that I have little time for worry.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
It's our book club pick this month, but it's also a comforting classic that reminds me of being a kid again.
Madeleine Crum, Associate Books Editor
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
I'd never read Amis' hilarious cult classic, and thought it'd be the perfect book to hunker down with because it's as thoughtful and astute as it is funny. A medieval history lecturer navigates the pretentiousness of university life and attempts to win over his dream girl.
The Best American Short Stories 2012 edited by Tom Perrotta
Newish writers and short story heavyweights such as Alice Munro, Edith Pearlman and George Saunders all make appearances in this anthology. If you're a little too preoccupied with hurricane prep to focus on a heady novel, a short story collection is a good choice.
What about you? What did you or would you take? Let us know in the comments!