Nov 13, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Would Want with Me on a Deserted Island

For this Top Ten Tuesday, we're pretending we're in a real life Gilligan's Island/Lost situation and I apparently had room for 10 books to pack on my three hour tour/flight from Australia (true story: I once overheard someone say that with his Kindle, if he ever got stuck on a deserted island, he would have all the books in the world.  Yes, maybe for 3 hours.  Then you'd be out of luck, mister).

So here are my

Top Ten Books I Would Want with Me on a Deserted Island

1) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Being the last in the series, it's the one I've read the least.  I'm being practical here (yes, I know being practical would actually mean choosing a survival book).

2) Harold and the Purple Crayon

I would want something to cheer me up and help me remember to use my imagination while I have all the time in the world.  Or at least when I'm not hiding from the smoke monster.

3) The Princess Bride

It's just the best book.  And movie.

4) The Westing Game

Because nothing wows me as much as this mystery.  It's really one of the most clever mysteries out there - including adult mysteries.

5) Anna Karenina

I've never read this because I have trouble when I can't finish a book in 2 days.  But with all the time in the world, it seems like a fitting choice.

6) Nine Stories

This feels like cheating, but it would give a lot more variety to this extended trip.

7) Annie on my Mind

I've been on a bit of an LGBT YA lit kick lately, and this pioneer in that field is one of my all time favorites.

8) The Invention of Hugo Cabret

It's just too beautiful to live without.

9) Bossypants

I like always having it physically near me, so this is a must.

10) The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection

I have never read a Sherlock Holmes mystery.  I know, crazy right?  This would be the perfect chance.

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  1. Nice list. I also had Sherlock Holmes on mine. 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' is such a beautiful book, but there just wasn't room for it on my list, which can be found HERE.

  2. Bossypants is fabulous! I really really need to read The Westing game. Seriously. I should have put it on my island list. Mine is all books that I have been meaning to read. And good call with the Kindle!

    1. It constantly comes up as one of the best children's mysteries. I was in a Children's Lit class once where no one could come up with any other great mystery for children that would even compare.

  3. I just found out Nancy Garden lives in Carlisle, where I work right now. My mind was kind of blown.

  4. Best list I've seen yet (in that I agree with many of your choices)! But that is unsurprising given that you are a librarian in a cupboard and I am a gargoyle on a bookshelf....similar situations breeding similar tastes possibly. :)