Finishing the “Books for a Desert Island”

stack of books for the desert island ©booksandbuttons

stack of books for the desert island ©booksandbuttons

Uh-oh.  There is a little snafu with finishing up this
series of posts about taking books to a desert island.

We’ve covered six of them recently, and number seven will be
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont.  The review of that old chestnut
can be found by typing “Mrs. Palfrey” in the search box up at the
right.  I couldn’t go anywhere without that book.

TWO more selections are:

Books for the desert island

Books for the desert island

and these are terrific choices—A Poem A Day has– guess
how many poems inside . . .and a brief comment about each.
Lovely.  And if you get started on the right day at the island,
you’ll always know what the date is—if you’re diligent about
reading a poem each and every day. (Yes, there is a Leap Day
poem.   Be careful.)

The other small book is Great First Lines.  I love this book.
When you can’t take your whole library with you in your suitcase,
you can at least fit this small book in.  There are 200 quotations of
the first lines in literature–and you can guess if you like, with
answers and authors in the back.

Guess this one:

“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me
some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.”

Got it?

So, in your sisal hammock, you can read a first line, and reminisce
about the book and what you remember of it.  And, with 200 first lines,
that makes one every—-no, two every—how about limiting it to
four a week, with two to spare in case company drops in.  There.

Now. Here is the problem—I don’t want to take Poisonwood Bible
by Barbara Kingsolver with me anymore.  I read it, I liked it, but I
doubt if I’ll ever reread it.  And I’m good about rereading stuff, I
just don’t see it happening with that book.  I was hasty in selecting

As it stands, the NINE books are
Martha Grimes————–At the End of the Pier
Jules Verne —————-  Around the World in Eighty Days
Howard Frank Mosher ——Northern Borders
Kaufman & Hart ———— You Can’t Take It With You
Wilkie Collins —————-The Moonstone
Barry Unsworth ————-Losing Nelson
Elizabeth Taylor ————-Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
A Poem A Day
Great First Lines

So I need a tenth book.  Can you help?  What would you take?
It should be something that can be read over and over.
(Kindles and computers don’t count–)


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4 Responses to Finishing the “Books for a Desert Island”

  1. Booksilver says:


    George Eliot, Middlemarch?

    Sterne, Tristram Shandy?

    I’d probably have all of those on my list. But how can you neglect the most “desert island” book of all, Robinson Crusoe! It would get you right in the mood.
    And as you know, it works very nicely with The Moonstone ….

    You want something that will “stand up to” re-reading, be somewhat different for each read….

  2. FictionFan says:

    Well, I’d have the sonnets in my complete Shakespeare already – and that might be enough poetry for me. (Hope that didn’t shock you too much!) I think I’d take Anne of Green Gables to cheer me up when I was blue. And maybe the Lord of the Flies would be a good reminder of not to go too savage…

    • booksandbuttons says:

      Anne of Green Gables would be lovely. NO! to Lord of the Flies!
      Thanks for helping me sort this out. Next I suppose I’ll have to
      do my homework on which island to go to! How about Manhattan!! ♫

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