Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme brought to you by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish (the button also belongs to them). This week’s theme is the Top Ten Books I’d Want On A Deserted Island.
You mean the only ten books I’m going to read for however many years I’m stuck on the deserted island? I think I need to start stuffing my suitcases with paperbacks (in vacuum-sealed bags) whenever I travel… just in case.
1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell– I don’t know what it is about this book, but I really could read it over and over and over and enjoy it each time.
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte– Well, I already have read this one over and over again (to the point I have to keep buying new copies of the book) and I still like it, so it seems like something that would be good for a deserted island.
3. On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves– This romance takes place on a deserted island. It actually has some handy survival skills in it, so it would serve the purpose of entertainment AND education.
4. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin– I haven’t read this yet and I’m not even really sure I’ll like it (fantasy is pretty hit or miss for me), but it’s really long and I imagine I’ll have quite a bit of free time on the deserted island, so maybe I’ll finally have time to read it. If I don’t like it, I can always use it to start a fire. Just kidding. Maybe.
5. Okay for Now by Gary D. Scmidt– I recently read the companion book to this one and it made me want to go back and read about Doug Swieteck. I figure this book is sad/happy enough to keep me entertained on a desert island.
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling– I’d need at least one Harry Potter along with me and while this is probably not my favorite HP, I figured I’d drive myself crazy if I had no end to the story. It remains to be seen if no beginning is a big problem for me.
7. Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault– I’m clearly insane and that is why I want to bring Foucault with me to a deserted island. Also, I never finished this book in grad school (I ended up at a funeral that weekend) and I figure a deserted island would give me enough time to finish it and perhaps, maybe understand it.
8. Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie– Short story collection by an author I’ve really enjoyed in the past. I am trying to have a little variety and sometimes short stories break up the monotony. Also Alexie is really good at that heartbreaking-yet-funny tone that I am a total sucker for.
9. Unwind by Neal Shusterman– This book was just so good and thought-provoking, I figure I wouldn’t mind having it around.
10. Some sort of bird-identification book– I figure I might as well take up birdwatching if I’m stuck on a deserted island. I mean, I can’t read all day. Or can I?
Which books would you take with you to a deserted island?