So, when I was browsing posts on bookstagram this morning, my friend Madalina @thereaderswardrobe posted the eight books she’d take if she were stuck on a desert island and asked what books everyone else should choose. This got me to thinking, what books indeed would I take with me? Favourites? Big ones? Unread ones? What would be the best choice!? I figured with my mood reading tendencies that I’d most likely benefit from a mixture of two! Soooo, what would be in my booklover desert island survival guide and why…?
Firstly, the eight books! Of course! I’d have to begin with four of my favourites that I know I enjoy rereading.
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie – I choose this because a) Agatha Christie is my favourite author and b) it’s my favourite Christie book!
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton – I choose this because I absolutely adore Jurassic Park. It’s a forever favourite of mine.
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome – I choose this because it was the first real novel I ever read. I read it with my grandma, who brought it and read it with me because it was her favourite book. It reminds me of her and whenever I read it I hear her voice. I couldn’t survive without it.
Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie – Again, I’d choose this because of my love for Agatha Christie, but also, this is a new favourite by her that I’d like to read again.
After these I’d then pick my four unread books. Ones that I’d really like to read but haven’t had chance to pick them up yet or time to commit to them.
Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly by Agatha Christie – I haven’t had the chance to read this one yet but it’s one of the first books that I wanted to read when I discovered Agatha Christie four years ago.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – I brought this last year as I vowed to read and discover more Russian classics, I read bundles of Vladimir Nabokov and Leo Tolstoy was my next stop but I never got round to starting it. I still want to read more Russian classics so I need to pick this up!
The Terracotta Army by John Man – I really want to learn more about this amazing archeological find and my growing fascination for ancient China is making me lean ever more towards looking into this terracotta wonder.
Unquiet Women by Max Adams – I really enjoy Max Adams books and I found this at the end of December, it’s got women from all eras of history including Ancient China so I couldn’t resist, sadly I then haven’t had time to start it but want to really soon!
Now I have my eight books. Wonderful! But how could I survive with just eight books? I could learn to catch fish or pick berries and revert to a wise wild woman and that would be fine, but I’d go mad without some bare essentials after time so I’d need to pick four essential supplies to come with me too.
Firstly Tea! Lovely, delicious, comforting tea. Preferably Ceylon or afternoon tea with sweeteners and milk.
Then of course, Fry’s Turkish Delight. This is my kryptonite. I am addicted to the stuff and whilst I try to limit my intake to a responsible and healthy one, if I was stuck on an island with no outside contact I’d definitely need a supply!
Patisserie de Bain Sugared violet hand cream – I have crazy wild eczema and dermatitis so hard cream for me is an HOURLY essential.
A big big long lasting candle would make the final spot. It’s an essential for feeling cosy and homey, but could also double up as a light, a heat source, and a spell candle if I need a touch of magic.
And that would be what I would pack into my booklover’s desert island survival bag!
What would you pack, and why?
Thanks go out to Madalina for the great post idea! And I need to specify that this is of course for FUN and I have purposely omitted realistic necessary things like blankets, matches, canned goods. Etc that would be ACTUALLY useful in the case of survival. 💁🏼♀️