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Lori is tackling Top Ten Tuesday list this week and this week the list is--Top Ten Books I'd Want On A Desert Island!
I got the unenviable task of being sent to a desert island with only ten books.* I wanted to be methodical about it. I think I've come up with a good list, but I'm sure I'll come up with something even better that I should have put on the list. There are SO many good books out there! It was so hard to just choose ten because I really wanted to have a variety of reading material.
Here is what I came up with, along with a bit of rationale:
1. Gone With the Wind by Mitchell--This is my favorite book and I just couldn't imagine being stranded without Rhett and Scarlett. I've read this book at least ten times and I fall in love with it all over again every time I read it.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee--This is another favorite. I love the characters and the narrative style. Personally, I think Atticus Finch has got to be the wisest man ever. There are so many gems of wisdom that I need to copy down and live by.
3. Catch-22 by Heller--Also a favorite of mine. I'd bring this book to help keep me sane. I would know that so long as this book made sense, I was sane, which is important if you're stranded.
4. The Bible--It's a long book. It's a good book to read to learn about history, poetry, and life.
5. The Complete Whitman--It would be nice to have a bit of poetry and a bit of philosophy to enjoy and ponder. He was quite a prolific writer and it would kill some time to read his complete works.
6. The Complete Short Stories of Hemingway--I love Hemingway! He is my favorite author. Unfortunately, there is no single volume of his novels, which I'd take in a heartbeat. Since I'm not going to be a weiner and invent books, I'll bring along his complete short stories, which are all quite different from each other.
7. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath--OK, this probably isn't the BEST book to take when I'm stranded, but it would definitely keep me occupied for a while. And I just love getting into her mind (although, it's important and safest to not spend too much time there).
8. The Civil War a Narrative by Foote--I'm going to be a bit of a weiner here. This is really a boxed set of 3 different volumes. But since it comes in a box that actually holds all three volumes together, I'm packing it.
9. The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau--I'll level with you: I didn't even know this book existed until I did an Amazon search for the Complete Works of Thoreau. But since they both existed together in one single volume, I just HAD to throw in Emerson as well. So, we've got a bit more philosophy and non-fiction for me to enjoy.
I had the hardest time as I got further down the list. I mean, I was running out of slots and I had to be more selective. It's easy to throw my favorites at the top because I've got 7 open spaces. But the open spaces dwindle down and I need to make sure I pick the most varied books to bring so that I don't get bored, which is why I chose:
10. Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, 1980s edition--I love to cook and my desert island has a full kitchen and a magic refrigerator and pantry that holds any and all ingredients I would want to cook with. So I picked this cookbook because it has a wide variety of recipes.
*Books that Almost Made the List (or, Books that I Would Sneak Into My Suitcase When No One Else Was Watching [because that's what I always do after I've carried my bags downstairs]):
11. The Complete Works of Shakespeare--Because all stories come from Shakespeare or the Bible.
12. East of Eden by Steinbeck--Because I loved this book so much and I can't wait to reread it.
13. The Short Novels of Steinbeck--Because I just can't wait to read more of Steinbeck.
14. David McCullough's Presidential Biography Boxed Set--Another set of 3 books held together by a common box.
15. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Marquez--Because I can't wait to read it and I've just never gotten started yet.
16. War and Peace by Tolstoy--Because this is probably my best chance at reading it.
17. Out of Africa by Dinesen--Because I'm just starting to read it.
18. All the King's Men by Warren--Because I want to read it.
19. Treasure Island by Stevenson--Because it might give me some ideas for what to do on a desert island.
20. Swann's Way by Proust--Because this is probably the best chance I'll have at reading it and I'll have a lot of time to kill.