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!