Top Ten Books I’d Want With Me While Stranded On a Deserted Island…
So, this is a tricky question. Because if I am stranded on a desert island, I’m not necessarily going to want the best books ever, am I? I’m going to want the most entertaining, most distracting stories, told about people who are always fun to spend time with.
To put it in movie terms, I recognize that Reds is a way better movie than The Replacements, but I’d choose to spend the weekend with Shane Falco over John Reed any day.
So, with that in mind, there are no Shakespeares, no Janes Austins, no Proust. No Melville. No Homer, no Brontë and for the love of the baby Jesus, no Tolstoy. The criteria were good books, entertaining, uplifting (I’m trapped on an island—I do not need to read The Bell Jar), with high re-readability (cause I only get 10!). I cheated a little and included three Omnibus Editions of series that I love. Sneaks me up to 23 discrete books…which is still so woefully insignificant.
What’s your ten? Let me know in the comments!