Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Take to a Deserted Island

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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?

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19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Take to a Deserted Island

    • I’m not a big re-reader, but I had to buy the HP box set because I knew I would reread it multiple times! To be honest, I had a hard time with this list because if I was really on a deserted island, I’d get bored of the same ten books really quickly!

    • Yeah, I questioned putting HBP on my list, but figured if I never got to read the conclusion of the series again it’d drive me crazy. I bet you’d like Jane Eyre… well, at least the romantic parts of it. If you do read it, be patient… the beginning can be slow when you are waiting for the romance to start!

  1. Yay you mentioned Blasphemy! I got it from the library but I am considering actually purchasing it. I think many of the stories can be read, like bible verses or something, over and over and you’ll get something different from it each time.
    I have Game of Thrones sitting on my table. Bought it about a year ago. I LOVE fantasy, I love R.R.Martin. I still haven’t read it. I will also bring it to my island. I want to bring my Golden Compass trilogy. I’ve been wanting to read it again but just haven’t had time.
    Also must have my Karen Marie Moning Fever series for the days I’m feeling hot and bothered.
    I have all the HP books, too, but I have to pick just one? Impossible!
    I would also want a very large notebook and an everlasting pen so I could write my own stories while I was stuck there too.

    • Smart choices! I might ask for Blasphemy for Xmas. It does seem like the sort of book I’d like to own… especially since the husband seems to like Sherman Alexie and might read it, too!

  2. P.S. My library had Attachments in their Kindle editions, so I downloaded it and read it in TWO DAYS. What a great story. I felt like Jennifer and Beth were people I’d really hang out with, especially Beth. I got all her jokes. I had to bookmark the page where she and Jennifer talk about Collin Firth. I have a co-worker who will love that part. We go kinda nutty over Coin Firth in period pieces. I mean, we both own his version of Pride and Prejudice. And Lincoln was such a sweet big galoof (how do you spell that?). It seems like Y2K wasn’t all that long ago, but it was 13 years ago! That’s been long enough for a lot of the books, movies, music, and T.V. shows they talked about to be almost nostalgic. I’m going to recommend this one to several of my friends.

    • YAY! I’m so glad you finally read it. It is one of my favorite discoveries since starting blogging. I’m so excited for her next book to come out. I was thinking of preordering it this morning… I know it will be great!

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