Day five: If you were stranded on a desert island, which five books would you take and why?
Ooh, I enjoyed thinking about this one. I felt very pleased with myself when I set up the above picture and realised how heavy and massive my pile was. I haven’t gone for favourite books. I haven’t gone for much loved books of my childhood. No, I’ve planned for the long haul. If I’m stranded for a very long time, I won’t be short of reading material.
1. Complete Works – Shakespeare
I may not get round to reading it any other way. Give me a bit of peace and quiet on my island though and I’m sure I could really get to know all these lovely plays and sonnets. Also may come in handy for bashing things into the ground to make a shelter, and could be useful for hunting.
2. Blackburn Rovers: The Complete Record – Mike Jackman
If I’m stranded, I would really miss following my football team, the mighty Rovers! So I will make up for the lack of match updates and waiting on scores, by reading the complete history of the club. I’ve already read Jackman’s excellent Blackburn Rovers: An Illustrated History. I’m sure this would be just as good and I will have plenty of time to read it, every Saturday at 3pm.
3. The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Omnibus 2 – Charlaine Harris
I don’t want to be short of entertainment. In contrast to the Shakespeare, this would be a lighter read for when I need easy on the brain reading. It’s four books in one, what better reason to take it! Oh, and I’ve already read Omnibus 1. Charlaine Harris is great.
4. 1940s – Agatha Christie
Again, it is four books in one, what’s not to like! I would need my Agatha fix as I adapt to island life and I haven’t read any of the four in this collection yet. I’m sure the ‘Queen of Crime’ won’t let me down!
5. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
This epic volume has been sitting on my shelf for years. Every year I make it a target to read it. Every year I think, “But it’s going to take me so long to get through, imagine all the books I could read instead”! No offense Mr Dickens, but I just find the page count so formidable. However, if I’m stranded, I will have nothing but time, and I’ll need a novel I can sink my teeth into. Also, in the desert I might not mind the long descriptions of British weather that I’ve heard feature heavily in this one. It might make me homesick though!
I haven’t read any of these yet, so I’m taking a huge gamble with my desert island time. I know I love Shakespeare though, and I’ve read other books by all the authors except Dickens. I’d love to hear your thoughts below…
Also, come back later for a review of my Readarama book of the week, Fallen by Karin Slaughter.