Top 10 Books I’d Want on a Desert Island

I thought I would start July with something a bit different than previously: a Top Ten list.

So what are the top ten books that I would want to have with me if I was stuck on a desert island?

I would like to note that I immediately ruled out any sort of survival books. I mean, they would be useful, but I didn’t want to have a discussion about what books I would need to literally survive. Instead, I chose books that would allow me to mentally and emotionally survive.

I’m not sure if any of these books will be a surprise and I’m sure you can guess at least the first couple.

Here they are in no particular order:

#1-7) The Harry Potter series – I did seriously consider listing this series as one book. But I think that defeats the purpose. I’m only allowed ten books total, so I guess this will have to count for books one through seven. I guess I could have left some of them home, but you have to read this series from start to finish. Eventually, I would start to miss the parts that I left behind. So, the whole series it is.

I can read this series over and over again. There are so many different layers to the books, with secrets that I have yet to uncover. Each time I read them, I catch new things. Makes for great reading when you have nothing, but time. That, and I can lose myself in the books, allowing myself to forget my problems for a time.


#8) Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult – This is my all-time favourite Jodi Picoult books. It was the first book that I ever read by her and it will always be close to my heart. It is book that allows for some self-pity and is perfect for getting a good cry in. Whenever I need a book that looks at morality lines, this is the book that I grab.


#9) The Inferno by Dan Brown – This book was actually a suggestion from my wife when I mentioned what I was doing for this post. She was trying to help me narrow my favourite books for this list. I hadn’t originally considered this book, but as soon as she said, I knew it was one for this list.

I truly enjoy rereading this book. The concept is interesting. I love the mystery, the action and the symbology scavenger hunt. This is my favourite of Dan Brown’s book. I do enjoy his other books, but the concept of this one really speaks to me.

Last, but not least:

#10) Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden – I had a lot of trouble picking the final book for my list. I wanted something that I can read over and over again, but I didn’t want to add only one book from a series. I also wanted a book that I could relate to. Annie on my Mind is that book for me. I connect to the characters on several levels and, if Ashleigh isn’t stuck on the island with me, it would remind me of her.

There you have it: the top ten books I would want on a desert island. I sure hope that there is shade on this island with all the reading that I plan on doing.

What books would you bring with you? What other top ten lists should I do?


2 thoughts on “Top 10 Books I’d Want on a Desert Island

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