Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish . This week we’re looking at top ten books to take on a desert island, so I’m thinking chunky reads, funny (it might be depressing to be on your own) and books I’ve always meant to read but been put off by their length!
1. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
2. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
A book I’ve always wanted to read but been slightly too scared to start it due to it’s enormous size!
3. The Bible
Greatest story ever told? Who knows, I’ve never read it. Would seem like a good time to start!
4. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
I love this book, I relate so much to Bridget and all her worries but on a desert island I’d appreciate that they are no longer my worries anymore so would find them even more funny and poignant.
5. Major Works of Charles Dickens by Charles Dickens
One quick Google search later and it would seem Bleak House is Dickens longest work. I’ve never read a Charles Dickens so it would seem to be the perfect time. Although if I could get away with these beautiful Penguin Classics set then I’d be sorted for all the Dickens I could ever need!
6. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
I loved the adaptation of this novel and have been meaning to read it so it’s going in my washed up suitcase. It would definitely serve to remind me that some people are worse off than me!
7. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Creepy, atmospheric, very long, the perfect book to read in the sunshine!
8. The RSC Shakespeare: The Complete Works by William Shakespeare
Never quite got round to reading all of Shakespeare’s plays. The beauty of them in this situation is if you got bored, you could act them out with parrots and monkeys as your rapt audience!
9. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Just reading about Sherlock and Holmes adventures makes me feel cleverer, this book would be brilliant as a way to pass the time whilst waiting to be rescued.
10.Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
I’d need some guidelines on how to behave so this seems perfect!
Have gone entirely fiction but maybe being stranded on a desert island would be the perfect time to take up something really taxing, like Astro Physics, I’ll leave that up to you to decide!