Desert Island Reading List 2015

These are the books I’d want with me, as of right now, if I were forced to live somewhere without access to a library and/the Internet. My primary goal would be to be entertained, but I’d also looking for comfort because I’m on a frickin’ island.

I kept it to only one book by a single author, because otherwise I’d just be dragging my entire Diana Wynne Jones collection around with me. Also no omnibuses, because that’s cheating.

  1. Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones, the crime de la crime of comforting and entertaining books. I have written a lot about how much I love Charmed Life, so I won’t repeat myself too much here.
  2. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and
  3. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, two of the MOST entertaining books I can think of. Good Omens is funny; Orient Express is enthralling. I’ll need both to distract me from having to dig my own latrine.
  4. Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers, which is not the first Lord Peter/Harriet Vane book, but it IS the one where they start falling hard for each other. I almost like it more than the ones where they’re completely in love. Something about the anticipation, maybe?
  5. Either The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison or Prosperity by Alexis Hall, my two favorite books from 2014. One’s fantasy and the other’s scifi, and they’re completely fabulous.
  6. One very big book by someone I haven’t read yet but would probably like. So I’d have a pleasant surprise. I’m sure a desert island would have lots of unpleasant surprises.

Which books would you want to take with you to a desert island?

10 thoughts on “Desert Island Reading List 2015”

  1. This is an impossible question. Can I just bring my solar powered 200gig e-reader loaded with all the fanfic I love? >.> #cheater

    As of now I’d bring The Goblin Emperor, Howl’s Moving Castle, His Majesty’s Dragon, Kraken, A Wind in the Door, and Tigana.

    1. I just recently rebought His Majesty’s Dragon (I lost my ebook copy somehow?) and I am totally going to read it again this year! I really need to finish the whole series, actually. Before Naomi Novik’s new series starts!

  2. Such a hard question!! I would go with To Kill a Mockingbird, The Handmaid’s Tale, Sea of Tranquility, and Where the Sidewalk Ends (yes, technically a children’s book but I don’t care. I love it!).

  3. I’m with Renay! This question is almost impossible. Today, I would pick the complete collection of Fables, A Tale for the Time Being, American Gods, Bayou, and Their Eyes Were Watching God.

  4. I’m pretty much going for the longest books that I’ve always been interested in reading but never tackled. So perhaps: The Power Broker (Caro); Truman (McCullough); Gormenghast, cheating because the trilogy is available in a single volume (Peake); Little, Big (Crowley); Infinite Jest (Wallace); and PrairyErth (William Least Heat Moon).

  5. I’d bring the Bible, the Complete Shakespeare, Greensleeves, The Color Purple, and The Secret History. DONE. And when I finally got rescued, I would be super up on the Bible and Shakespeare, and I would quote them all the time to people and everyone would be like “Ugh. I wish you had stayed on the island forever.”

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