Over at The Broke and The Bookish today’s list is top ten books jamie would want on a deserted island. Like Jamie I thought this one was hard. But I went with the idea that I would be stuck a good long time and maybe forever. And there are some favorites which I excluded because really alone on a deserted island and I don’t need to read Lovecraft or Poe.
Was there any doubt that my first choice would be a Gaiman? And honestly if you have been reading here for any length of time my pick should be evident as well. One of the few perfect reads.
The first cheat of two, not original but for language and beauty and because really every story ever can be found here.
My second cheat, and honestly I would have to make sure that all the best one were in here but I would need some anthology of British verse to have a source of Yeats and Shelley and Keats, etc.
Also a given if you have been around a while. I adore the fairy tales and honestly no one did it better than the Brothers Grimm.
Because the book is wonderful but also it would remind me of the musical which is one of my all time favorites which would remind me of music and everyone needs a rousing civil war anthem every once in a while.
This is my newest perfect novel which I have only read once so I can see reading 100 more times before I ever come close to tiring of it. The only thing that might replace it would be if I could get both of Lev Grossman’s in a single volume.
Because honestly one cannot have too much Yeats and this is history.
OK I needed humor but I do not know which one to pick. So it might be a blind grab in the dark.
These last two are here because I am pretty sure this is the only way I would get these read. They are both on my to read list but at a 587,287 and a 484,001 word count I am sure that they would keep me busy for a while.
Lastly, I am pretty sure that this book is cheating so it clocks in at 11: