Everyone is familiar with the classic question – ‘If you were stranded on a desert island, what (x amount of things) would you want with you?” Now aside from the obvious survival/getting back to civilisation equipment which is commonly regarded as cheating (eg. a boat, food etc.), personally I would want books. After all, once you’d finished exploring the desert island (and hopefully not been eaten by any wild animals), it would probably get boring pretty fast, and without electricity you’re not exactly going to be watching The X Factor and perusing Youtube for hilarious talking dog videos.
The more difficult question would be, which five books would you want with you and why? Here’s mine, and I’d love to know yours in the comments!
1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
There are literally so many reasons why I would want this book with me on a desert island! Firstly, the Harry Potter books are some of the only books I’ve ever read over and over again without getting bored, and Order of the Phoenix is without a doubt my favourite. Also, as the longest book in the series it would keep me busy for longer (killing more desert island boredom!), and is also a huge reminder of my childhood, and therefore home.
2. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
LOTR is not only one of my favourite books, but also an immense, several thousand page fantasy epic, hence why it would hopefully be on that desert island with me. As a huge fantasy fan I would have to have at least one fantasy book/series with me, so why not the one that kick-started my love of the genre, and the one that would probably take me an inordinate amount of time to re-read? I’m killing time, remember!
3. Starter For Ten by David Nicholls
I’d wager seen as I was stuck on an island alone I’d be feeling pretty miserable, therefore a funny book seems like a pretty essential desert island read. Therefore I’d hope I had the only book that has ever made me laugh out loud, Starter for Ten, there to cheer me up.
4. Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D’Urbervilles is a pretty rare book for me, in that I found it really hard work to read, yet still really enjoyed it. I’d want to have at least one classic with me, and preferably one that would keep me busy and my mind engaged so I didn’t spend too long thinking about how likely I was to starve to death, and I feel like Tess would do the trick (even if it’s not exactly uplifting).
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Despite my mixed feelings about this series (I loved the first book, liked the second book, but hated the third), I feel like a story of someone surviving against the odds in life or death circumstances would be pretty encouraging if I was stranded. Plus Katniss is one tough cookie, so maybe I’d be able to pick up some survival tips from her!
So what would your five desert island books be? This is of course excluding any books entitled ‘How To Survive on A Desert Island’!