A few days ago CroMagnon wrote about the 8 books he would take with him to a desert island, as opposed to records. He asked what we'd take and I had to do a bit of thinking about this as he had chosen both books from his childhood and adult reading. I went upstairs to study my bookshelves, that's where I keep my forever books, books I'll never give away, there are 3 cases of them and I had to whittle it down to 8 books. Hard, hard work.
Here's what I came up with:
1.Skystone by Jack Whyte
He has written the best books about King Arthur and this is the first in the series, can't remember how many times I've read it, but I know I'll read it again.
2. The Conquering Family by Thomas B. Costain
The first in a 4 book series about the Plantagenet rulers of England. Again a series I've read numerous times and it still fascinates me.
3. The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson His interpretation of how English came to be. I'm utterly fascinated by the etymology of languages.
4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll I read a lot of fantasy as a child, but this is the on that sticks with me and I find it more of an adult book than a childs.
5. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen I love all of her books, but chose this one because of its theme, what's more important our emotions or our intellect.
6. Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey I've read a ton of books about Richard III, but this is the one I keep returning to, just a slim little volume, but so enjoyable.
7. Dreams Underfoot by Charles DeLint He has written a number of books about urban fantasy and this is a particular favorite of mine.
Which 8 would you take with you?