It is highly unlikely that I’ll ever end up trapped on an island, but if it ever does happen, I would hope to have the following books with me…
- Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen – I love this book even though I’ve read it a great number of times. I own multiple copies of it, so it’s highly likely to become a book that would end up with me while stranded. It’s just one of those classic stories that transports you away from everything else. Elizabeth Bennett is the kind of girl that you want as your best friend, especially when she’s sassing everyone. And let’s be honest… no matter how many times you read this book you’ll still be rooting for Darcy as he pores his heart out in a rainstorm.
- SAS Survival Handbook by John Wiseman – Let’s get practical here. When stuck on an island I would want to know what is going to help me survive. The mini edition of this book is so small that it can even fit in your pocket (even crappy girl pockets), so it can easily be kept on hand in case of emergencies while vacationing. Have I put too much thought into this? I’ve actually sold it to people who are survivalist types, so I assume that it’s probably the best source of information available. I guess if all else fails, the paper can be used to light a fire.
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy- I’ve tried reading this book a few times and have always been distracted by something else. With literally nothing else to do, I’m sure I could finish it. It’s a pretty huge book, so it’s going to take some serious reading time to get through. Of course, because it’s probably one of the most depressing books on the planet, I might not feel quite as interested in being rescued afterwards. I could just use it as a pillow and drift off to sleep under a palm tree…
- The Free Bards (Bardic Voices, #1-3) by Mercedes Lackey- Okay, I’m cheating a bit with this one because it’s actually three books in one volume, but it’s a great series and one of the first fantasy series that I really enjoyed. I think Rune is one of my all-time favourite characters just because she works so hard to make something of herself. This one is really just a feel-good read for me, which would probably be helpful if I was stuck all alone on an island for some time. Plus, I’m sure there are some good survival tips in there somewhere from when Rune runs away from home and has to make it on her own.
- Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson – Being stuck on an island is going to suck , so having a book that is guaranteed to make me laugh seems like the perfect ending to this list. Jenny Lawson is one of those people who somehow manages to have every crazy thing happen to her, so if she doesn’t end up trapped on the island next to mine, I’m sure she would appreciate that her book came along for the adventure.
What books would you hope to have with you if you were stuck on a island?
I have to choose 5? Just 5? That’s nearly impossible…
1. Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon by Spider Robinson because it’s my comfort book.
2. I’d like the SAS too, but the Boy Scouts book that my son has is good for the same things.
3. The one that I couldn’t get through is Lord of the Rings… so I’d want that one.
4. If I were going for Lackey I’d have to take Queen’s Own. That’s how I was introduced to her. I do love Rune, but the Queen’s Own has the first three novels of that series as well, so it’s just like cheating.
5. An astronomy book. If I’m stranded on an island, I can probably see all those constellations better.
I love this type of post. I may have to come back, re-write or expand my list so that I can do a whole post on my blog.
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Haha, you have an awesome list! I know, 5 was hard for me too. You are one of the very few people I have come across who know who Spider Robinson is, so I’m super thrilled right now! I’m right there with you on LOTR. I applaud Tolkien for his efforts, but those books are just not for me.
I hope you do decide to do a post like this. I can’t wait to read it!
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The book that immediately came to mind is The Martian by Andy Weir because it would make me optimistic and push me to be resourceful. I’m reading it now, about halfway through, so I don’t know if it ends on a sad note. But right now, it’s the book I’d like to have on that island.
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