Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Top Ten Books I'd Want On A Deserted Island

Oh, hey, remember when I did two other top ten lists? I'm still not on a regular rotation joining in the group of bloggers who consistently do the Top Ten Tuesday lists hosted by The Broke and the Bookish blog, but I haven't forgotten about this charming little meme. The next one I'm going to tackle is this: The Top Ten Books I'd Want On A Deserted Island.

Is it possible to narrow this list down to just ten? If I were stranded on a deserted island, I would want an entire library. Stranded, with no outside obligations? Think of all the reading time! I mean, after I hunt for food, find a water source, and build a sophisticated fort for shelter, of course. But if I'm limited to ten, these will do the trick:

1. Castaway. I've written about this book before. I'll want it on the deserted island for survival tips.

2. Speaking of survival tips, I'm going to cheat a little: obviously I will need The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook.

3. The Velveteen Rabbit. Because I'm going to want to cry over something other than how much I miss home.

4. War and Peace. Because when else am I going to have the time to read this book?

5. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Because it is the best one.

6. Anna and the French Kiss. Because it is tres charmant, and I will want to escape into a fluffy world of teenage friendship and romance.

7. Macbeth. So that I can recite Lady McB's monologues without fear that anyone will overhear my awkward attempts at acting Shakespeare.

8. The Grimm Reader. Because even (especially?) on a deserted island, I'm going to need fairy tales for escape and imagination.

9. Kate Bernheimer's My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me. To compare these 40 re-envisioned fairy tales (by a variety of authors) to the classics represented in The Grimm Reader.

10. A GIANT blank journal, so that I can write my own story.

What books would you want on your lonely island?


  1. Is Half Blood Prince the best one, really? It's the funniest perhaps... :) I might take PoA or... all of them once they are printed in a "complete anthology set" thereby making it one bound book.

    My #4 would be Brothers Karamazov--I've never found a chance to actually complete more than 30 pages.

    1. I think HBP is the best one because it's the one I want to re-read the most. And it's also when the big mystery of horcruxes comes into play, and there's mystery of who the Half Blood Prince is, and of course there's the devastating twist at the end. I'm all about intrigue and twists!

    2. Oh yes, definitely a lot of intrigue and twists, this is true. Especially that devastating one which someone decided to ruin for me the day it came out by sending mass emails with the twist in the subject line. *Sigh*

      It's still hard for me to choose, I reread them all fairly frequently (well, when time permits). I think I am most moved by PoA, perhaps.