Desert Island Books
It strikes me that Desert Island Books would be a great name for a press. The tagline could be "books you'd want to be stranded with." Or it would even be a great name for a bookstore. Same tagline. I'll take the bookstore. It will have a cafe too and I'll serve appropriately named coffee drinks and pastries. What fun! Before I go spinning too far away on my little fantasy, I have my ten books I'd want with me on a desert island list to post. Danielle posted her list a few days ago and I've been pondering ever since. It is much harder than you'd think it would be. While a quick rescue would be hoped for, I am not planning on it so I need to have books that I could spend time with. Here they are:
- The Complete Works of Shakespeare. Not only is it great literature but if I'm on the island a long time I can produce the plays for the entertainment of the local fauna.
- The Essays of Michel de Montaigne. Hours and hours of enjoyment.
- The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf. Reading a great mind talking about books and reading is the next best thing to actually reading the books myself.
- The Dream of a Common Language by Adrienne Rich. She's my favorite poet.
- Is there a Complete Jane Austen? Or do I have to hold a Persuasion vs Pride and Prejudice smack down?
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Because Pip is so infuriating and Mr. Wemmick is so lovable.
- Surfacing by Margaret Atwood. This was hard. I need something by Atwood and it seems since I've already read this book twice and liked it more after each reading that it would be a safe bet.
- The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne. I will need something simple to make me laugh from time to time.
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein. It's a novel in three volumes. A Wonderful story and I won't mind reading all the long songs and the Elvish might start to make sense.
- In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust. Another novel in multiple volumes. I've only read the first one but I enjoyed it. On the island I will have plenty of time to read it while I am stuck inside my leafy hut during monsoon season.