Top Ten Tuesday: On a Deserted Island

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

November 13: Top Ten Books  I’d Want On A Deserted Island

I’m not sure the criteria I’m using to pick these ones, I think this is the most eclectic TTT I’ve ever done.

1. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe.- For me this is clearly a tutorial on how to survive on a deserted island. He managed to impose a working schedule to remain sane and survive, clearly what I would need after sobbing for a whole week and realizing I should start thinking about eating/building a hut.

2. The Tempest by William Shakespeare.- Another book about people on a deserted island who also happen to have books (like I would do!) although I doubt I’ll encounter Ariel.

3. Anything Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.- I am a huge Holmes fan, plus his detective skills have helped through the years to “discover” the world around me.

4. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood.- You see this one on most of my TTT. It is because it is such a good book that deserves to be listed everywhere. On a deserted island, I would love to have one of my favourite books.

5. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.- Another favourite of mine, I somehow find hope within this tragic story. How? I have no idea.

6. Four Major Plays by Henrik Ibsen.- As many of you know, I love reading (and re-reading) drama. These plays are so complex that I would spend a good amount of time entertained deciphering the symbolism.

7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.- My lovely grandmother gave me this book when I was eight and struggled for years to read it because I had no idea what war their father was fighting and I’m not sure I really understood the characters. This is a cozy, pleasant reading, something to make me feel better.

8. London Fields by Martin Amis.- I bought this book years ago, tried to read the first pages and freaked out. This is a postmodernist novel, something really complex, really meta etc. So, if I have a huge amount of free time on a deserted island, I want to read this book, for real this time.

9. King James’ Bible.– I have never, ever, read the bible and I should, for God’s sake, I study literature! So, this would be a great opportunity to do so.

10. The Millennium Series by Stieg Larson.- I have only read the first one, but I’m getting the second one for Christmas. All I can say is they are good, really good, and you’ll find yourself glued at the pages for long hours.


14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: On a Deserted Island

  1. I loved the Millennium Trilogy. I went to Lisbeth’s apartment when I went to Stockholm recently – it was great. I didn’t have enough room to include Little Women, but it was a definite contender!

  2. Great list Elena! It’s interesting to see how people selected their lists this week–I saw someone list out some survival guides, which made sense, but ehh, I stuck to entertainment and books that I can get focus on in the silence of the island xP

    I have yet to read The Tempest, it sounds like such a wonderful play and the recent adaptation looks pretty 🙂

  3. This is a varied list! I’ve sometimes wondered about the difficulties for non-Americans reading US lit with the various references–I know whenever I pick up a European book I usually find something I need to look up. (Not to mention, I’m not sure I would have figured out the US Civil War reference when I was 8. 🙂 )

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