Reading on a deserted island: A top ten list

For anyone who has been reading my blog for any length of time, none of this week’s top ten choices will likely come as a surprise. This week’s list is books I’d take to a desert island, so of course I’ll be taking some of my favorites (as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish). I’ll preface this list by mentioning that said island, though solitary, is luxurious and accommodating. If not, I’d be packing survival guides.

In no particular order:

1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (at least I’d know there wasn’t anyone lurking in my attic)

2. Bag of Bones by Stephen King (favorite fiction)

3. Persuasion by Jane Austen (to remind me that patience is key)

4. A Song of Fire and Ice Series by George R. R. Martin (I’m cheating here, but what an opportunity to read straight through)

5. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (everyone needs a little humor and absurdity)

6. Deliverance by James Dickey (a solid reminder that it could always get worse)

7. The Terror by Dan Simmons (see Deliverance)

8. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (maybe solitude would equal clarity?)

9. Empire Falls by Richard Russo (beautiful fiction)

10. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (as close to perfect as it gets)

What is the one book you couldn’t leave home without? And, perhaps more importantly, island #1 or island #2?

Images found on pinterest: here and here. Original sources unknown.

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