Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’d Want On a Deserted Island

This is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely gals over at The Broke and the Bookish.

We were away last week, and Elizabeth held down the fort while I was without power due to Sandy, so I’m pretty excited to be writing this intro!

1. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss – Back in the day, I was so into this book that I carried it into the bathtub and promptly dropped it. I used a hairdryer to salvage my poor soggy book, and kept on reading. Now you all know why Elizabeth reads in the bathtub and I do not.

It’s a classic. It’s a how-to book for preparing for pirate attacks. WHAT MORE COULD YOU NEED?

Why hello there Fritz, aka first love of my life! Though today I’d have to admit I’ve turned into much more of an Ernest girl… or better yet Franz!












2. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. See above for my reasons. I’d have laughs and I’d be prepared for pirates again! But this time of the teen reality show variety. Bring it, pirates. [Darn! I was going to say this book too! You forget that they also make a water purifying system or something and so much more using only beauty products. They might not explain how they did it, but at least it would give you ideas. -Elizabeth]

3. Walden by Henry David Thoreau – Because I’ve never read it, which is actually surprising (not to a reader of the blog, but to persons who know me otherwise!) Major oversight there. And because it would probably give me lots of excellent philosophy to while away the desertedness. I am not a solitary person. At all. That would be the toughest part.

Walden Pond… Deserted Island… same difference








4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I pulled this out during the hurricane a couple weeks ago and it was perfect. I could go with Jane Austen here or something similar, but Jane Eyre has so much more spirituality – whether you like that or not, I think it would be more the thing for my desert island sojourn.


5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – because it’s a great read, I’m excited about the movie so it’s on my mind (I’m a huge Tom Stoppard fan and he did the adaptation), and my copy (the one I linked to) is really dense… lots of fuel for starting fires!

If nothing else it looks gorgeous!












Elizabeth’s Picks

6. Wilderness Survival Handbook by Michael Pewtherer. I’m not the most outdoorsy girl, so I thought my first pick should be something practical. I searched amazon for desert island survival guide and all those were for kids for playing in the backyard. Then I chose Desert Survival Skills by David Alloway because of its ratings on Amazon. And THEN I realized it was a deserted island, not a desert island… Oops! So I chose this book, which was an option when I searched desert survival skills. With this book I’m probably good if it is a desert island or not. It also has good ratings on Amazon of course. I’m not going to leave my survival up to chance.











7. My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger. What can I say? It makes me happy and is good to reread. Plus, it’s decently long, which I think would help in this situation.











8. Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros. It’s funny and it’s like a conversation, something I’d be starved for on a deserted island. Another good one for containing conversation-like contents would be The Boy Next Doy by Meg Cabot because it’s all told in emails.












9. Harry Potter (Boxed Set) by J.K. Rowling. It totally counts as one book… Anyway, it’s long, amazing, and escapism in its most delightful form. Plus, if Harry can survive living with the Dursleys, I can survive a deserted island.

Totally counts ;-)










10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It’s a classic for a reason and it too would make me happy. Plus it’s one of the books you love your entire life, so depending on how long I’m on this island… Not that I would survive long without conversation (or a few other things ;-) )











P.S. I feel like I should of said Lord of Flies because of the whole island thing. But that book does not make me happy and that is definitely not how I would want my deserted island living to be like. That actually might be a small plus to the deserted part… Not to mention, having read it, I already know to try to use my glasses to start a fire. I’m pretty sure that’s the only potentially helpful bit from it.

P.P.S. Too bad Pirates of the Caribbean is only help if there’s rum. Let’s hope there’s rum on this island, and not only for a signal fire…