I am secretly (or not so secretly) a little bit of a pyro. When V and I were younger, we would play with candles for hours on end. When V and I were older, we got yelled at by our mothers at a wedding for re-lighting and transplanting candles. We set most of the campfires.
Despite my fire lighting abilities, I am not a good survival person. I am accident prone. I have asthma. Odds are I would light myself on fire or die trying.
So, this week’s challenge from the Broke and the Bookish is sort of relevant where it is the top ten books I would want on a deserted island. I was thinking the “Lost” version of deserted island. Not the paradise version of deserted island, though most of the books on my list could fall under either option.
- SAS Survival Handbook: For Any Climate In Any Condition by John “Lofty” Wiseman. If I am on a deserted island and intend to survive, I will need a book to learn more about survival. Sure I learned some bits and pieces being in cadets, but I would want a be-all end-all guide.
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Arguably one of the best and longest novels of all times. It would make a good companion for long days of survival.
- The Hunger Games Triology by Suzanne Collins. To remember that odds are their life sucks more than mine. And maybe steal some of their epic survival techniques.
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I keep hearing how good this book is and how it will make me happy. So, I need to have it so that I a) read it before I die and b) feel happy and such.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Familiar and a good thinking book, but light enough to be read in a stressful situation.
- The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. I have them all in a big giant book, therefore they count as one book. They would take a while to read and I am sure I will want to escape from reality for periods of time. These are good books to do that with.
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Same reasoning as above (except I would need to find them in giant book format).
- The Bible. Probably the most important book ever, even next to the survival guide. Plus it is practical and sufficiently beefy to keep me reading for ages.
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel. This is another great book and good themed reading for my strandedness.
- The Lord of the Rings Triology plus The Hobbit by R.R. Tolkien. I have yet to read these and feel they are another important to be read before I die sort of books. Plus, if I had them on a deserted island I would actually have time to read them.
This was tough because there are all sorts of books I would read and could read if I were on a deserted island. Though, I question if I would have the time to read them while I was busy surviving and all. I suppose one needs to rest sometimes.
What are your deserted island picks?