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A Reader of Fictions: Top Ten Books I Would Want While Stranded on an Island

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Top Ten Books I Would Want While Stranded on an Island

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
As much as I love rereading, if I'm trapped on an island for the forseeable future but somehow get to pack reading to take with me, I'm going for length. I may cheat just a little bit, but you can't stop me!

1. Harry Potter Box Set - J.K. Rowling

Pages: 4167

See? I told you I would cheat. This is 7 individual books, but they're all packaged up together so there. As Gimli would say, "That still counts as one!" What would my time on the island be without a chance to visit Hogwarts? Torture! Also, these come in luggage, so packing will be so easy!

2. The Complete Pelican Shakespeare - William Shakespeare

Pages: 1808

Alright, the edition doesn't really matter, but this happens to be the version of the complete works that I have. Like I could go without Shakespeare. You better believe that I would act out every single play in there by myself, complete with voices and dramatic posing. Also, I'd probably read the sonnets to the foliage. Good times. When I get bored, I can start envisioning weird revisionings. There is so much entertainment in here.

3. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

Pages: 1296

You know why Russian novels are so long? Because there wasn't much else to do in the winter. That means they're meaty and take time. I will have plenty of time on the island to sit down and read this, undistracted by new shinies. Also, after ten readthroughs, I'll probably have a pretty good idea of who everyone is, despite each character having fifty names.

4. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky

Pages: 796

Listen, being trapped with a limited library is the perfect time for me to read all of those classics that I know I'll love, but that I'm just too easily distracted to get through right now. One of my besties loves this book with the fire of every sun in all of the universes, so I definitely need to get it read at some point!

5. The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Pages: 1136

Another long book I've been meaning to read, but totally haven't. Of course, I'm a wimp, so I'll probably only be reading these during the daytime, but mysteries might make a nice change from the rest of my reading. Plus, there's a lot here for me to dig through, which is the most important thing.

6. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

Pages: 1488

Oh look, a pretentious book I've actually read. I love The Count of Monte Cristo, and I'm sure I would benefit from numerous rereadings. There's a lot here, and I'm sure I've missed things. Plus, with my memory, even if I understood it perfectly the first time, I sure wouldn't know now. Plus, I can plot my vengeance on whoever trapped me on this island, though their punishment shall be slightly ameliorated by the fact that they let me pick out 10 books to bring along.

7. The Newsflesh Trilogy Box Set - Mira Grant

Pages: 1892

Hells yes, this comes in a box set! Mira Grant's dark humor will help me keep my sarcasm alive while trapped on the island. Seriously, I love these books. Also, when my morale falls, I can be glad that I'm not being chased by a zombie. Or am I? Is this a zombie island? If so, fuck.

8. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

Pages: 1216

Yay! Epic fantasy is perfect for a trip to the island. Unfortunately, most of them have two many volumes to even be packaged in a box set, so I'm taking the classic work in the genre. I love LOTR, and I will know it really well by the time I get back!

9. Complete Fairy Tales - Brothers Grimm

Pages: 630

Fairy tales! I need fairy tales in my life. I love the original fairy tales, because they are so vicious. YA really hasn't tapped the vein of the Grimm brothers yet. I want to see people like Laini Taylor or Daniel Marks tap these and make something dark and hilarious and gruesome out of them. Oh, wait, that's off topic, but, yeah, I'll have this with me!

10. The Complete Novels - Jane Austen

Pages: 1278

Thank goodness they packaged these up into a single volume. This isn't even cheating. Jane Austen is my favorite, so I'm not going anywhere without her. I would probably read P&P and Northanger Abbey twice a month. Also, it would be the perfect excuse to buy this gorgeous book. My Jane Austen copies are all ugly, because I can't see replacing the one with sentimental value with a pretty cover...even if I sort of want to.

So, there you have it. My shortest book is over 600 pages long, and, if I'm ever rescued, I will be speak like I'm from the 19th century, but throw in Harry Potter lingo. Yeah! I will have no problem whatsoever making new friends.



Blogger Kara_Malinczak said...

WOW. This is a really heavy list! Ha! You went with a really cool approach though and chose a lot based on how long they would take you to read. Smart thinking! Not sure I would have chosen the Russian books because the ones I have tried I have not been impressed with, but I am sure they are good, just not for me.

But yes on the HP boxed set and yes on the cheating. ;)

I can't wait to read the Newsflesh trilogy.

November 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Kat Balcombe said...

That's a lot of pages lady - I like your style! If you put a whole of books in a box, that's a box set, right?

*runs off to find big boxes*

November 13, 2012 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha, this is so what I would do if I knew I had limited options. I used to do this when I traveled pre-Kindle and needing to power through review books.

I love some Russian novels. Solzhenitsyn's the man! I tried to read War and Peace earlier this year, but it's not something I can really appreciate at the slow pace I would need to go at to also get my review books done.

OMG, read the Newsflesh books right now!

November 13, 2012 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Bahahaha, right! I'm going to go hang out behind a Sears and see if I can score a refrigerator box!

November 13, 2012 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger lillylilac said...

Good list.I love fairytales as well and I also feel that I don't read them often enough.

November 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Fairy tales are the best!

November 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books said...

I can't believe I didn't think of box sets!!! Too lazy to update my list though.

The only way I would ever read The Lord of the Rings is if I was on deserted island and it was the only book I had, and I had no one to talk to. And maybe not even then.

November 13, 2012 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Hahaha, box sets for the win!

Oh no! I used to hate the LOTR books though, so I can't judge.

November 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM  
Anonymous Allison @ Good Books and Good Wine said...

YES! Harry Potter Box set for the win! :D

November 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Nori said...

Hahaha! You would have fun heavy box set! And look at all those adult books!

November 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Nori said...

I mean to say you would have one heavy suitcase. And I'm not sure how that came out...

November 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Reading Angel said...

So smart you are ;)
If only the had omnibus and box sets of all the books/series I actually wanted to bring!

November 13, 2012 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger Brandy said...

I like your method.

And I LOVE the Count of Monte Cristo. I don't think it's pretentious, the size scares people but really Dumas is all about the melodrama. He makes you eat it up though.

November 13, 2012 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Stephanie Sinclair said...

OKAY... WOW. What better way to get some reading done then by being stranded on an island? LOL. Read the thickest books you can find. Smart approach considering I'm guessing you'll have a lot of time on your hands.

Grimm bothers, Oh god. I read a few stories since my best friend owns it and it's so morbid! T_T The Count of Monte Cristo is on my bucket list along with War and Peace.

November 14, 2012 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Aly said...

I actually have the Grimms books, it's so long and filled with more fairy tales than I originally imagined. I was overwhelmed and just read the ones that I "knew" but gave up on the rest :/ I might give them another try :)

November 14, 2012 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Right? I'm so great. *marvels at own brilliance*

Some of the series you want to bring are too long to have box sets! It would have to be a refrigerator box. ;)

November 15, 2012 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Christina said...


And yes! I love The Count of Monte Cristo so much. There's so much drama and it is fantastic. He intertwines so many story lines masterfully!

November 15, 2012 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

That's what I'm saying. I will have even less to do than I normally do! I just need a comfy couch and I am set!

Hahaha, they are so beautifully morbid. :) I may be a very messed up person.

You MUST read The Count of Monte Cristo.

November 15, 2012 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ha, I love fairy tales, but they do have some weird ones.

November 15, 2012 at 10:43 AM  

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