Top Ten Tuesday – Desert Island Picks

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new ‘top ten’ challenge is posted – anyone can join in. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I’d Want On A Deserted Island. So apart from the obvious choice – 101 Recipes for Coconuts – here are the books I’d have with me (in no particular order):

1. Winnie-the Pooh: Complete Collection of Stories and Poems by A.A. Milne – because Winnie-the-Pooh is so wise and never fails to make me laugh *please note that I am a Disney-free-zone when it comes to Winnie*

2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – it makes me think big, lush and decadent thoughts… probably quite handy if all you’re doing is looking at coconuts.

3. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster – a perfect love story in every possible way.

4. Is there such a thing as The Collected Works of John Irving yet? No… Well I’m torn between The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany and Last Night at Twisted River – all John Irving at his brilliant best.

5. Of a Boy by Sonya Hartnett – the saddest story I’ve ever read. Sometimes you need a little cry.

6. The Cook’s Companion by Stephanie Alexander – if I was only allowed one cookbook, this would be it. There’s no food-porn photography but it is packed full with recipes for every ingredient you can imagine (all organised alphabetically by ingredient). If you can’t whip up a Bocconcini, Tomato and Basil Salad or a Strawberry Shortcake, at least you can think about it.

7. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver – because almost ten years after first reading this book, I still need to talk about it.

8. The dictionary – there’s always a new word to learn.

9. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll – I’ll never tire of reading Alice.

21 responses

  1. You made me laugh with the mention of coconut recipes:)
    I like your list a lot. Winnie is an especially good pick that I would never have thought of. Gatsby would be on my list. I’d probably choose a poetry anthology also.

  2. I still have to read Winnie-the-Pooh! I guess that would make it a good pick for me, too!

    I am definitely with you on the dictionary! I love words, it would last a long time, and I would have such a great vocabulary once rescued.

  3. The dictionary is such a great idea. I read a great book called Reading the OED where a guy spent an entire year reading all 8 billion volumes of the omplete OED and picking out his faves from the new words he’d learnt.

    Winnie the Pooh is a lovely choice, because i’ts like a kind of philosophy book too. You should start a blog called “We Need to Talk about ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’ “. I am too scared to read that book; it sounds so disturbing.

    Here’s my desert island list but I wrote that only a month ago so I made another list for today:

  4. There will be a collected works of John Irving! I just don’t know when…I always forget about The Great Gatsby, it’s not one that has ever stuck with me (despite liking it). I didn’t include A Room with a View for my love story, I chose Jane Eyre instead – it was tough!

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