The Top Ten Tuesday linky, hosted by Artsy Reader Girl is: What books would I want with me whilst stranded on a desert island. At first I thought it would be a list of my most favourite books, which will also feature, but then I thought, if I was stranded on a desert island, some books that might actually come in handy whilst stranded might be a better idea, you know to help me not be so stranded; so that took a lot more thinking. But they have to be books I have actually read, otherwise I would just choose proper survival books.
1. Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel
The first book, that I’ve read and love, that came to mind was this one because it is a story about cave people, how they find a new cave home, how they hunt for food and forage for berries, making tools etc. All of these sound like super skills to learn from when you are stranded on a desert island, and would keep me alive long enough to get rescued.
2. The Comfort Book by Matt Haig
Although I haven’t finished reading this book yet, it is exactly the kind of book you would need if you are feeling isolated, trapped, alone on an island, plus the cover is nice and soft so you could even sleep on it.
3. The Year of Living Danishly
This book I have read many times. Helen shows how you can go native in another country, and even if you do not speak the language, even if you don’t understand the culture or like the weather, you can still thrive.
4. Leap in by Alexandra Heminsley
Alexandra takes on open swimming in lakes and seas, shows us the best ways, the best goggles to wear, how to breathe, how to keep warm and basically do well and seek joy from open swimming. Well if I am on a deserted island, a book about swimming in the open sea might be a good idea, as I might learn to swim my way home.
5. Eat that frog by Brian Tracy
Because I might actually have to eat a frog, and like it (and yes I know its a metaphor!)
6. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Learning what to do and what not to do when stranded on an island!
And now my four books that I want not be able to leave behind, the books that I have re-read many times, that will make me happy and provide comfort:
7. Tara Road by Maeve Binchy
8. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
10. The Other side of the Story by Marian Keyes