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Top Ten Tuesday (7)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This weeks Top Ten topic is a free one (I am choosing to ignore the reality TV options as I don’t watch any reality TV), so I’m going to pick:

Top Ten Books to Take With You to a Desert Island

I’m also going to change it up a little. Coincidentally Misty from The Book Rat is holding a Book Chat where the topic is Desert Island Books (for more details click here). So I’m going to do both this week – 10 books total, but 5 of them are going to be used towards Misty’s challenge. I’m also going to cheat a little bit and assume that I can get complete series in one book.

1. A book I’ve read before but want to re-read.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I always enjoy re-reading Pride and Prejudice. It’s like as soon as I start reading it, I forget what’s going to happen next because I become so engrossed in the story.

2. A book I’ve never read but have always meant to read.

The Annotated Brothers Grimm

I have always enjoyed reading fairy tales, and fairy tale re-tellings so I should probably at some point get around to reading the Brothers Grimm.

3. A childhood favourite.

Fleabag and the Ring Fire by Beth Webb

I have always enjoyed reading this. There is just something about Fleabag . . . My copy’s a little well-worn.

The Song of the Lioness Quartet4. A favourite series.

The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

This has one of my favourite heroines in it. Although truth be told, I would quite like to take all of Pierce’s Tortall books in one volume with me to this desert island but that really would be cheating. Still, it’s nice to dream ;)

5. A book that has been recommended a lot but I haven’t read it yet.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I have heard great things about this series, and the first book is currently in my TBR pile. I really enjoyed watching the film, so I would quite like to read this book. It sounds like it should be interesting.

6. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

How could I not take a nice thick book like this to a desert island with me? It’s a book to become absorbed in. Okay it can be a bit boring at times, but Tolkien is awesome at descriptions and the poems and riddles within the book are brilliant.

The Chronicles of Narnia #27. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

This is one of my favourite series from childhood, and I adore re-reading it. I just get absorbed in the world. I also like the simplicity of the world – it’s kinda nice to only have black or white, and not complex shades of grey. Besides, this book will probably remind me of home so it will probably be a really good idea to bring it with me, or a really bad one.

The Belgariad #18. The Belgariad by David Eddings

There’s just something about David Edding’s writing that I adore reading. Yes, if you’ve read one series you’ll have a pretty good idea what happens in the other ones, but . . . But he has created some of the most brilliant characters, and I really enjoy reading about them. I had a hard time choosing between this and The Redemption of Althalus which Eddings wrote with this wife. However, there are six books – plus a couple of extras – in this series so it should keep me entertained on the desert island.

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter9. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is a LONG series and it’s an incomplete one – so could I get a self-updating edition of the book, so I can keep up to date? K, thanks. Now that that’s sorted . . . There are times when this series really frustrates me, but somehow I’ve fallen in love with Anita and her world. And with the fact that Hamilton generally writes one book a year for the series, I don’t think I would run out of anything new to read for a while so it would be great on a desert island.

Women of the Otherworld #110.  Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

I adore this series, and quite honestly I can’t imagine not being able to re-read it. As long as the thirteenth and final book is included in my edition before I am cast away then I will be a very happy girl indeed.

Honourable mentions (those books I’d try to sneak with me): The Curse Workers by Holly Black, The Demon’s Lexicon Trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan, The Hollows by Kim Harrison, Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, and Bloodlines by Richelle Mead.

So, there are the top ten books I’d take with me to a desert island – though honestly, if I knew I was going to be stranded on one unless I could have a computer with internet access and shelter and food provided indefinitely I would be running for the hills.

What did you choose to do your top ten on this week? Leave a comment and a link and I will check them out.

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  1. May 15, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I love the idea of desert island books. Good thinking to include the entire series in your book selection.
    Hope you read the Hunger Games soon! Think you’ll like it, especially if you liked the movie.

    • May 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Hopefully it will either be the next book I read or the one after that, but we’ll see. I’m reading by mood at the moment.

  2. May 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Excellent idea and choices :)

  3. May 16, 2012 at 1:40 am

    I have my students in my Y.A. Lit class fill out a desert island reading list at the beginning of the class so I can get a feel for which books they like to read. Great topic idea and list! :)

    • May 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      That’s really cool! Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. May 16, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Hunger Games is definitely part of the backpack to a desert island!! Loved this book, and loved the serie :) You really should read it ;) ;) Great list! ;)

    • May 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      I do plan on reading it soon. Thanks for stopping by :)

  5. May 21, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    The Song of the Lioness series were the books that really got me into YA fantasy! I re-read them countless times when I was younger :) Also, yes to P&P! It’s a perfect comfort read.

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