Well, I’m going to go ahead and hope that I never have to actually make these choices, because as you’ll see in a minute, I cheated hard core this week. There’s no way I could pick only ten books to have on a deserted island.
1. It – Stephen King. This is one of my favorite books of all time and one that is long enough to sustain me for a while.
2. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card. I just couldn’t leave this one behind anywhere.
3. Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling. Yes, I’m cheating and counting the entire series as one book. So sue me.
4. The Stand – Stephen King. Another one of my favorites by Stephen King and another big chunky book that would keep me plenty busy on a deserted island.
5. The Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis. Another series I’m counting as a single book, mostly because I know there’s gotta be an anthology out there somewhere. It’s such a lovely series that I wouldn’t want to be without it if I was on a deserted island all by myself.
6. The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde. I haven’t read even close to all of them yet and I know I need to, and getting stranded on a deserted island would give me plenty of time.
7. The Complete Works of Jane Austen. I know this has to exist somewhere, and I want it, regardless of whether or not I’ll be stranded on a desert island.
8. The Complete Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I’ve made it one or two books into this one, but need to get back into it. Again, I’m sure I’d have plenty of time on a deserted island…
9. The Bible. I’ve read quite a bit of it, but I still occasionally feel that I don’t know nearly enough about the foundation of my own religion. One day one of my goals will be to read the entire Bible, beginning to end, but hopefully I won’t have to be stranded on a desert island to do it!
10. The Casual Vacancy – J. K. Rowling. As you might have ascertained from my review and from the chat I had with some other contributors from The Broke and The Bookish, I’m still deeply conflicted about this book. But the more I think about it, the more I think I liked it, and the more I’d like to read it again to really absorb it, now that I understand basically what was going on.by