Desert Island Books

This post is part of Top Ten Tuesday run by Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl.

Desert Island Discs is a pretty popular segment on BBC Radio 4. Some of the world’s most famous faces come along and list out the eight CDs they’d like to have with them if marooned on a desert island.

I’ve decided to put my own spin on it to create a list of the books I’d bring to stave off the boredom of a desert island.

You can also choose one luxury item that doesn’t help you to escape the island, so there goes my request for a copy of How to Build a Boat.

The Books

Candy by Kevin Brooks

This was one of my favourites when I was a teenager, and I haven’t read it in so long. Sitting on that desert island would definitely be the best chance to pick it up again.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

One of my all time favourites. And the best thing about being on a deserted island is that no one is there to see you ugly cry at the ending.

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

I read this when I really needed it, so I know this will get me out of the depressing moments of being alone on a desert island.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

A childhood favourite should always be in the mix. This was the first book I read completely solo, it has a very special place in my heart.

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

I studied two Shakespeare plays in school, and Hamlet was by far my favourite of the two. I’d love to re-read this without the pressure of having to put together an essay about why Claudius is a complex character.

My Map of You by Isabelle Broom

A friend of mine read this while actually on a sunny island (Crete, though, so not deserted). She told me it really adds to the reading experience, and that’s something I’d like to check out for myself.

Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi

One of the best books I read in 2016, and probably the start of my feminist reading experience. Definitely one to come back to.

The luxury item

My Kindle. Because if I can bend the rules just a little, then I have thousands of books at my fingertips and I need never be bored again.

10 thoughts on “Desert Island Books

  1. Nice list! I haven’t thought of Candy in a long time! I had to read it as part of a local book award run by our council and I’m pretty sure it won. The Book Thief is another brilliant book.

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