Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re looking at books that I’d want with me on a deserted island.
If I ever do end up on my own on a deserted island with this stack of books, please leave me there for at least a few weeks. I may be quite annoyed by an early rescue!
1. ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte – My number one favourite book of all time. I don’t think that I’ll ever get bored of this dark, gothic, twisted romance.
2. ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare’. Is that cheating?! If so, I’ll go for ‘Hamlet’ as I think that I could read it for all eternity and still spot new things in there each time.
3. ‘The Odyssey’ by Homer. English language translation, please! If you can’t go anywhere, you need to read about other people’s travels.
4. ‘Ulysses’ ‘by James Joyce. I’d have fun finding parallels between this and ‘The Odyssey’. I figure that it would take me a few years to understand most of it.
5. ‘War and Peace’ by Leo Tolstoy. I’m going for big books here! I’ve never read this one but I would certainly like to get round to it at some point.
6. ‘Robinson Crusoe’ by Daniel Defoe. I’m on a deserted island, right?
7. ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ by Johann David Wyss. The ways that this family manage to survive are ridiculous. They are a family of engineers, builders, architects and also strong men. Some of the stuff might be worth trying though.
8. ‘The Waste Land’ by T. S. Eliot. My favourite collection of poetry. Eliot’s word craft is beautiful and there is both a lyrical and philosophical tone to this collection. I know huge chunks of it off by heart for ‘stranded on a deserted island’ purposes, just in case I’m ever without a book.
9. ‘A Game of Thrones’ by George R. R. Martin. All of them, please.
10. ‘Wilderness Survival for Dummies’. I googled this one. It boasts that it will teach you how to use survival techniques to stay alive on land or at sea, understand basic navigation, find enough water and food, and signal for help and get rescued. It’s a winner!
Which books would you hope to have with you on a deserted island? Let me know in the comments.