Monday, February 24, 2014

Desert Island Books

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.

8.  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern  Because tales of magic will always fascinate me.

Which 8 would you take with you?


  1. Only eight books? How long will I be stuck on the island?
    1. The Bible--or at least The Psalms
    2. Northern Farm [Henry Beston]
    3. As The Earth Turns [Gladys Hasty Carrol]
    4. Pilgrims' Inn [Elisabeth Goudge]
    5. The Rising of the Lark [Ann Moray]
    6. A Naturalist Buys an Old Farm [Edwin Way Teale]
    7. I Capture the Castle [Dodi Smith]
    8. The Other Side of the Sun [Madeleine L'Engle]
    Nothing profound there other than the Bible--books of comfort, a few of the ones I read and keep to read again.

  2. What an interesting idea! I'll have to have a really good think about this one - like you, I keep my books, but most of them are still boxed up in the garage since our move two years ago so I can't even look at them for inspiration.

  3. Morning Minion, I thought about the Elliot family saga by Goudge and couldn't pick just one, also really like your I Capture the Caste and anything by Madeleine L"Engle.

  4. This is soooo hard, I am constantly working on my music choices. I must give books some thought. I have one in mind so far.

  5. I'll have to study my shelves before I can come up with 8, I'm not a very decisive person at the best of times! I love Bill Bryson and Fay Weldon & I really enjoyed the night circus, Another favourite was water for elephants by Sara Gruen and maybe my all time read-again book is To Kill a Mockingbird. So many books, so little time!


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