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message 1: by Jenni (new)

Jenni Kemling | 65 comments If you were to be stuck on a desert island for the rest of your life and could only bring five books what books would you bring and why? I'm curious to hear everyone's choices. I'll start out with mine.

1. The Outsiders This is my favorite book of all time. I've read it probably over 50 times and I could never get sick of it.

2. The Fault in Our Stars I love how well written this book is and it's love story. This book pulls emotions out of me that no other book has been able to.

3. The Phantom of the Opera I remember first picking up this book just because I had to get a book from the library in seventh grade and ended up reading it and loving it. It just goes to show how you may enjoy reading a book you never thought you would if you give it a try.

4. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane This book always makes me happy when I read it.

5. Mummies in the Morning This was a book given to me by my favorite teacher and really helped to encourage my love for reading.


message 2: by Cait (new)

Cait (clickcait) | 480 comments Ooh, this is a very good question.

1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien because each time I read it I notice something new and it's just an amazing book to get lost in.

2. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark because the first time I read it I hated it, then my English teacher sat and spoke to us about it for two hours and I gave it another go and fell in love with it.

3. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger because it's another of my very favourite books and one of just a few that will make me cry.

4. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens because I reread it every year and it just captures the essence of Christmas. Each time I read it it makes me feel excited and warm and fuzzy.

5. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett because I had to pick a Pratchett book as he's one of my favourite authors and this one is a standalone book. Also because I met him and he signed my copy and we discussed rats, so it's another one which makes me happy when I read it.

That was quite tough to come up with.


message 3: by Ashleigh (new)

Ashleigh (ashleighsbookshelf) For me this is really difficult. i'm really not sure aside from 1 or 2 books what I would take...

Rebecca- Daphne du Maurier
I cannot express how much I adore this book (or this woman, actually). I love her other works but Rebecca is just so hard to beat as my favourite book because it just has a hand around my heart and I think about it constantly.

Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis - Ali Smith
This book is just beautiful. Again, I love all of Ali Smith's work but this is just the cherry on the cake. The prose is just wonderful.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall - Anne Bronte
It only felt right to have a Bronte here but... surprisingly it's not Charlotte! I read this book in September and it's one that has stuck with me and gradually I've thought more about it and I think this is the Bronte book I'd struggle to not have in my life!

Ballet Shoes: A Story of Three Children on the Stage - Noel Streatfield
I adore this and this is probably the book I've had to think most about putting on this list because, well, it's not really a masterpiece. It's just fluffy and makes me feel happy when I read it. It's comforting and I'd tell anyone to read it! I adore the movie too, but as I can only have the book I'll take that!

The Crimson Petal and the White - Michel Faber
This book is a beast but it's one that's stuck with me since I read it. I think I could reread this quite happily, actually! It's not the fastest moving book but it's word porn and I'm happy to have that if I'm stuck on a desert island!

That was tough, I have a list beside me of the ones that almost made the list (if anyone is interested; The Secret Garden, 1Q84, Jane Eyre, The Handmaid's Tale, The Wizard of Oz... TOo many more, but they're the main ones!)


message 4: by Jenni (new)

Jenni Kemling | 65 comments This is a tough question. Everyone's choices are wonderful! There are so many great books out there it's hard to choose which books are the ones you can't live without.


message 5: by Adriana (new)

Adriana Pereira (adrianacecilia) The last time someone asked me this they told me I could pick 10! Here we go:

The Trial - Franz Kafka
Kafka is one of my favorite authors and I've read almost everything he wrote. I really like this one and I've been wanting to re-read ever since I started law school. Hell, I could read Kafka writing about law during my whole life if he had written any more books like this one. For the same reasons, I would probably sneak in his short story In the Penal Colony between the book...

The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
I truly love this book and would marry it if I could! It's complex and it's beautiful and it broke my heart in half when I finished it. It also increased my interest for Russian literature (which was already pretty big before).

Invisible Monsters - Chuck Palahniuk
This one is pretty funny and sad too. I really like that about Palahniuk's books. You have an hilariously situation in one page and in the next one your eyes are filled with tears. Every now and then, I pick up this one, open it in some random page and start reading. I also enjoyed the fact that the chapters are all jumbled up.

Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
If I'm spending the rest of my life stuck on an island it means I have time to figure out every little clue on this book. I finished read it and I really liked it. Sometime later I found out about Nabokov's writing style and that Lolita, as many of his other books, throw you clues here and there, play tricks with you and you don't even noticed it. It immediately raised Lolita to a favorite and made me want to take a degree on Vladimir Nabokov.

The Complete Tales and Poems - Edgar Allan Poe
I think Edgar Allan Poe was my ticket to exploring "darker" fiction. I'm not speaking solely about horror or mystery fiction, but that kind where you can feel the gloominess/loneliness/depression of the author or the characters. I haven't read his complete work but I do own this beautiful edition and I hope to read it fully someday.


message 6: by Zaz, Mood Minion (new)

Zaz | 1387 comments Mod
If I have to finish my life in a desert island, I would probably pick up books like "how to survive in a desert island" and "discover the wild plants you can eat". Anyway, on the more romantic way, I would like to bring some books with me. Out of order and, as I really can give any reasons why I love a book, it will just be a list...

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Ronia, the Robber's Daughter by A. Lindgren
Hollow World by M.J. Sullivan
I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly
The Seventh Gate (and all the series) by M. Weis


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