Or ... Top Ten Books I'd Want On A Dessert Island
Are you kidding me? Solitude. Quiet. No squabbling kids? Sign me up stat! Along with the sunscreen, the iPod with the never ending battery life and some (lots) of chocolate, pie, ice cream and cakes galore, I’ll me bringing these books with me for company …
If I’m going to be stuck somewhere on my own I definitely need to bring this feel-good book with me. How can one not fall in love with this gem? It’s sweet, nothing overly dramatic. Just about a quirky girl falling in love for the first time with an equally quirky boy, set against the romantic backdrop that is Paris, France. Yep. This one is a winner and is always there for a good pick-me-up.
Come on now. You expect me to go to a desert island without Patch? Of course I’d bring Hush Hush where he and I first met. What? Okay fine. Where Patch and Nora first met. (She really gets in the way, doesn’t she?) Anyway, my snarky archangel in tight fitting black shirts will deliver me from utter boredom with his clever lines and his insatiable appetite for … tacos.
Jace. Rain. Brick walls. An unforgettable trip to the grocery store.
Secret Diary of Adrian Mole 13 ¾
And here I revert back to my childhood. I’d first heard about Adrian Mole as a kid when it was made into a British TV series. A dry-humored, sarcastic boy fumbling through adolescence with a large contempt towards people he considers intellectually inferior was an instant hit. This series has always driven me to fits and giggles. So many things about it ring true of those excruciating teen years. This series has a special place on my bookshelf and in my heart.
Starter For Ten
Another British gem. Please don’t rely on the movie version to understand just how brilliantly funny this book is, even if it stars James McAvoy, one of my actor crushes. Set at a university in the 80's, Starter For Ten follows Brian Jackson who's greatest dream is to be on the TV show "University Challenge". He gets his chance and all sorts of nonsense ensues. Growing up is kind of a pain.
It’s rather fitting that I should include this on the list since a portion of the book does indeed take place on a desert island. Never has a romance heroine been as adorkable as Dorie. Plus there’s a hot French doctor in this should I need immediate medical attention.
Why not? It would be utterly ridiculous that I’d be on a desert island in the first place so I might as well bring something so completely removed from reality and yet so fabulous at the same time. This guilty pleasure goes great with chocolate dipped strawberries.
I have no idea how David Levithan came up with the concept but he carried it out spectacularly. Levithan's beautiful writing struck a deep chord with me. It's hard to shake off the feelings that overcome you as you read this book. To me, this is an instant classic that everyone should read.
As sad as the premise is, it's full of sweet moments, laughter and music. This was on my Top 10 list for 2011 and this touching story continues to be a favorite.
A Discovery Of Witches
I've been trying forever to read this but there's always something else that has to get done before I even crack this open. And now I have motivation. Aside from all the praise heaped upon this book, I have it on good authority that should this ever become a movie, the actor who plays Captain Hook on Once Upon A Time, Colin O'Donoghue, would make a great Matthew. And yes, I consider that motivation enough. I don't think anyone who knows me well is surprised by my reasoning here.
And there you have it - my Top 10 Books I'd Want On A Desert Island. There's a bit of variety to cover any mood I'm in and most importantly, I hope I don't run out of desserts.