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Top 10 Tuesday 27th July

on July 27, 2021

Hello everyone and welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday! Originally created by The Broke & the Bookish, Top 10 Tuesday now lives with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl and features a different bookish related theme each week. This week we are talking…..

Books I’d Want With Me If I Were Stranded On A Deserted Island

The Pillars Of The Earth by Ken Follett

I have never read this, although I do own a copy (actually two copies, an eBook copy and a hard copy). I’m sure you’re going to see what the books I choose for this list will pretty much all have in common. This is something I’ve wanted to read for a long time but it’s such a big undertaking. However that’s not an issue when you’re stranded on a deserted island, with limited resources.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

I’ve always been kind of on the fence about this one – on one hand, it does really sound like something I’d like. Rich with history and magic and war and ghosts and who knows what else. But it’s also supposed to be quite slow and some of the reviews I’ve seen are mixed so I’ve never picked it up. But I’m on an island now, so I have all the time in the world.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

I’ve actually thought about buying this one more than once recently, except I can’t find a version with a cover I like (only the Penguin classics cover and those are not my favourite. I don’t like orange. Shallow book lover problems). I keep hearing a lot of people recommending it recently, so perhaps it’s found popularity with a whole new generation of readers.

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

I picked up this beautiful hardcover edition of this book a few years ago now and it’s been on my TBR bookcase ever since. So it can come with me on the trip where I end up on a desert island. I love Kate Morton’s writing, it’s always incredibly atmospheric and often there’s doom and gloomy English moors and the like. Which might feel like a nice change from being on an island.

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Maybe I’d finally actually read it.

The Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

I have never read Robin Hobb – somehow, in middle high school when I was going through a huge fantasy stage, I never ended up trying this series, which this first book would actually have just been published. I’d love to give it a go now and being stuck on an island seems like a good time. Although I’d probably want all of them with me (just assume if the books on this list are in a series, I have a magic bind up edition that includes all of the books in that series, for my deserted island reading!).

The Sunne In Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman

Fun fact: I have never read a Sharon Kay Penman either, although she has been recommended to me by several people. I do have one of her books (I think it might actually be her last one?) on my shelf but I like the sound of this one. It’s about Richard III – who most people know because his orders led to the locking of the Princes in the Tower and no one knows what ever became of them. This sounds like a perfect deserted island read.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

This is another author I have yet to read. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve picked up one of his books in a bookstore and then put it back because it feels like such a huge undertaking to begin and know that he has so many books already published! But I do need to get around to it one day and I think either this one or Warbreaker would be where I’d start.

Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson

I love books set on Antarctica! It’s one of my favourite settings. This one sounds good – I actually wasn’t aware of it before searching for books to include on this list but it involves someone (an investigator of some sort? I don’t know) being sent to Antarctica to investigate allegations of environmental sabotage. Because Antarctica is divided up into sections, with different countries claiming jurisdiction over each one, there’s a lot of scientific and political factions that the investigator must deal with. Seriously obsessed with the sound of this.

China by Edward Rutherford

This is unread on my pile at the moment. Might as well learn something interesting while I’m on the island. I don’t know much about China, so this seems a good opportunity to brush up on some history.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

A favourite, for rereading purposes.

These are some books I’d love to have with me should I ever be unfortunately stranded on a deserted island. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, all of them are pretty thick – well over 500p for the most part, some of them up to 1000p, with the exception of the last book, which is there just because I really like it and it has good re-read value. But I read really fast and I need books that are going to keep me occupied for a while, in order to pass the time!

What books would you like to have with you, if you were ever stranded on an island?


28 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 27th July

  1. The Distant Hours is so good!

  2. I listened t Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell on audiobook and the production was fantastic. Have you tried the tv miniseries adaptation? It was so cool.

  3. Anne Bennett says:

    So many books I’ve been wanting to read. I’d want books I’d like to reread over and over…or super long books. My TTT is off-topic this week. My list

  4. katchambers says:

    Good idea, take the books haunting your TBR. Three of those have also haunted my TBR for a long time – Jonathan Strange, Distant Hours and Pillars of the Earth (boy that one is long). My TTT: https://readingwithkat.wordpress.com/2021/07/27/ttt-books-i-would-want-with-me-on-a-desert-island/

    • The longer the better in this situation haha. I put these books off in reality because I can read so many in the time it would take me to read one of them…..but if I’m going to be on an island with limited resources, I want the biggest, fattest books I can find!

  5. lydiaschoch says:

    The Pillars of the Earth is a great pick. Wasn’t it part of a series, too?

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-id-want-with-me-while-stranded-on-a-deserted-island/

  6. Aymee says:

    Nice choices this week, lots of variety

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

    • Yes, I wanted a little bit of variety as much as I wanted thick books that’d take forever. I never know what I’m going to feel like reading and I’m sure that’d be the case on an island

  7. Nice, big, thick books. Perfect.

  8. The Hating Game sounds so good. Here is my post-https://paigesofbook.blogspot.com/2021/07/top-ten-tuesday-books-id-want-with-me.html.

  9. I tried The Assassin’s Apprentice but couldn’t get into it. Maybe I would if I was stranded on an island though, who knows?
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/07/27/top-ten-tuesday-326/

  10. stefani says:

    Some nice long reads for all the beach time, I approve! Happy reading! My TTT https://readwithstefani.com/ten-books-i-want-to-read-by-the-end-of-2021/

  11. curlygeek04 says:

    I went for old favorites rather than books I haven’t read – going to an island with unknown books seemed too risky! I have Secret History on my list, it’s not for everyone but I adored it in college and would love to reread it. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is also not for everyone but would be a perfect island read.

    • I thought about old faves – but in the end I decided that I would go for the chunkiest unread books I could find that I was interested in! I’m about to pick Secret History up from my local library so I’ll see how I go with it!

  12. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is such a good choice! I’ve wanted to read it for years, but I just haven’t made time for it mostly because of the length. But if I’m stranded…

  13. Cindy Davis says:

    I love that you went with long reads! I have not heard of the books on your list, but they also have interesting covers. Here is my link: https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2021/07/ttt-stranded-on-desert-island.html

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