Reading with Kat

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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.

My list:

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

21 thoughts on “TTT: Books I would want with me on a Desert Island

  1. lydiaschoch says:

    I love that you picked The Clan of the Cave Bear.

    And I just finished reading The Comfort Book and totally agree it would be helpful on an island.

    My post:

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    1. katchambers says:

      I thought it was perfect for this situation, and it’s such a great book/series.


  2. This is such a great list. The Comfort Book sounds lovely.
    Here’s my list!

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    1. katchambers says:

      I have only just started it, and am dipping in as needed, it helps!


      1. I’m definitely adding it to my TBR. =)


  3. Aymee says:

    The Year of Living Danishly might come in handy!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

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    1. katchambers says:

      Have you read it? Great book huh?


      1. Aymee says:

        I haven’t read it yet, but the description made me think it might help. 😀

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  4. Lark says:

    Leap In looks like a fun choice. I’m not so sure about Lord of the Flies…that one might make me nervous if there were other people on the island with me. ;D

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    1. katchambers says:

      Good point, it might freak me out, or prepare me?!


  5. alisbooks says:

    Twilight and P & P also made my list being books I’ve also read multiple times. Great list!

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  6. Leah's Books says:

    I love the idea of The Year of Living Danishly – I’m going to have to check that out! Great list.

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  7. I had bad memories of Lord of The Flies from school, but I suppose it’s a good guide to what not to do!
    My TTT:

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  8. Susan says:

    I enjoy survival books quite a lot. You’d think I would have picked up some good skills from them, but nope…I would definitely need to have some along for reference!

    Happy TTT!


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  9. Clan of the Cave Bear is a super nice chunky one!

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  10. Greg says:

    I’ve always been intrigued by Clan of the Cave Bear- I want to read it! And Danishly is a book I’ve also wanted to try…

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  11. stefani says:

    I’m curious about The Comfort Book, sounds very good. Happy reading! My TTT

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  12. Marianne Maurer says:

    Quite a diverse list, I read The Year of Living Danishly last year and quite liked her sense of humour.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

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  13. Okay, I love that you included Lord of the Flies on here. If you ever run into anyone else on the island then it might give you some ideas…

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    1. katchambers says:

      I may have to sleep with one eye open!

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  14. I definitely went straight for my most favorite books that I have read and reread so many times. Nice list!

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