Top Ten Tuesday – Desert Island Reads (November 13)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.

This week’s topic is ‘Top Ten Books  I’d Want On A Deserted Island’. This sounds like an easy enough topic, but it will probably end up being more difficult than it should be. So, here goes:

1. The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien) – this is my favourite book of all time, so it has to be on the list. Ideally, if I could, I’d try to get in a volume that also included The Lord of the Rings (if such a thing exists).

2. The Message (Eugene Peterson) – I’d want to have a copy of the Bible on my desert island and what better copy than Peterson’s modern day paraphrase. I’ve heard all the arguments about it not being scholarly enough, but let’s face it, if I’m stranded on an island then perhaps its scholarly merits wold be the least of my worries.

3. In the First Circle (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn) – this is a book that I’ve started on a number of occasions, but have been distracted and failed to finish it. It’s a fairly large book, with lots of characters with unfamiliar (to me) Russian names, but it’s one I really want to read. If I was on a desert island then perhaps I’d finally be able to get through it without distractions!

4. Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Stories (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) – with tons of stories, and over 1,400 pages, there should be plenty here to last me a long time.

5. The More Than Complete Hitchhiker’s Guide  (Douglas Adams) – another one volume edition, containing four books and one short story. These stories are very funny and would help to brighten up the dull existence of life on the desert island.

6. The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis) – I know these are available in a one volume edition. I wouldn’t want to be without these books that have been dear to me for almost 40 years.

7. Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury) – this is just another of my favourite books that I like to return to from time to time.

8. Penguin Complete Novels of George Orwell(George Orwell) – it would be really hard for me to pick just one of Orwell’s novels, so having them in one volume would negate the need to choose. The books included in this volume are:  Animal Farm, Burmese Days, A Clergyman’s Daughter, Coming Up For Air, Keep The Aspidistra Flying, and 1984.

9. Skeleton Crew (Stephen King) – of all the collections of Stephen King short stories, this is my favourite. There needs to be at least one scary book on this list!

10. Island Trilogy Bind-Up: Books 1-3 (Gordon Korman) – these three books (Shipwreck, Survival, and Escape) might help in getting some ideas to survive or get off the island. If not, they’re probably a decent read anyway!

Teaser Tuesdays – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (November 13)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here are my teasers for this week:

But then I had the tips of my fingers on the vase, and the tragedies started to wobble, and the tuxedo was incredibly distracting, and the next thing was that everything was on the floor, including me, and including the vase, which had shattered. “I didn’t do it!” I hollered, but they didn’t hear me, because they were playing music too loud and cracking up too much.

From page 37 of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I just started this one yesterday and so far so good. I also wanted to read it before seeing the movie.