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Today’s topic is haaaaaard. I’m just going to get that out there.
Top Ten Books I’d Want On A Deserted Island
Okay, first let’s talk about this Deserted Island. Is it a tropical island? Do I want to be there? Am I there all by myself, and am I there temporarily or forever? These are important qualifiers.
For the purposes of this post, I’m going to assume I am by myself, on a tropical yet deserted island (with trees so I can make fires and don’t have to choose the biggest books just so they will burn longer), involuntarily, forever. Yes, all of this matters. (Also, it’s possible I over-think things.)
Here we go.
1. The Bible. Because I’d need it.
2. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (let’s just assume they’ll release a single-volume version someday so they can all count as one book). They’re the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read, and I don’t ever get tired of re-reading them. Which is an important consideration on a deserted island forever.
3-5. The Farseer, Liveship, and Tawny Man trilogies by Robin Hobb. I know I’m cheating by counting each trilogy as one, but at least I didn’t count the entire trilogy of trilogies as one. Cut me some slack here. If I had to count them individually, my Top 10 list would already be full. And boring, because there’d only be three things on it.
6. The Princess Bride by William Goldman. So I could still laugh.
7. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. So I could always keep my situation in perspective. There are worse places to be than a deserted island. Siberia, for instance.
8. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. For kind of the same reason, but also because that book is incredibly uplifting in spite of the atrocities that go on in its pages. And I could probably use something uplifting on a deserted island.
9. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. For the warm fuzzies.
10. Whatever book I happen to be in the middle of whenever I get stranded on this island. Because whatever it is, it will drive me crazy to know I will never know how it ends.
Now, if we’re talking short-term beach vacation…my selections may be different.