Monday, February 14, 2011


By Julie Daines

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d play a little game. The one called “If You Were Stranded on a Desert Island…”

(Also, my kids are driving me crazy and I can’t bend my mind to think of anything useful to blog about.)

So, here’s the question:

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one book for the rest of your life, what book would you choose?

For me, it would be the Norton Anthology of English Literature. I know, I know. Choosing an anthology is kind of cheating, but I love that book. It’s got a little of everything, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Tennyson, Wordsworth. Enough meat to keep me chewing for a long time.

It’s true though; eventually I might perish from lack of a good novel. You can only eat meat for so long before your body craves something sweet. Luckily, I’m a writer! I can just write my own novel. Don’t laugh, it could work…

Leave a comment and tell us what book you would choose.

And do I really need to say that picking your Kindle or iPad actually is cheating? It has to be ONE book. There’s no electricity anyway, so all that technology equipment is useless.


Tiffany Dominguez said...

BUT if I bring a portable solar charging panel from GoalZero then I could just keep charging my ipad! I would, however, wither away if I only had fish to eat.

Setting my cheating ways aside, I'd probably pick "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.

Paul West said...

I have to admit, "To Kill a Mockingbird" is probably my favorite novel.

Shaunda said...

Shannon Hale's Princess Academy, because there are so many layers in this book, that my imagination could lead me into wondering where so many of the subplots came from or what sorts of different directions they could have taken. It would keep me busy with daydreaming new stories.... ; )
Now Shannon just has to write them...

Scott said...

I was thinking along the same lines you were, julie, an anthology and my own imagination. But with my luck, I'd have a norton anthology but I would have forgotten my reading glasses. Then I'd feel like Burgess Meredith in the twilight zone.

Taffy said...

The first book that pops in my head is Jane Eyre.
But then I thought about the dictionary. Not only would I increase my vocabulary, I could read it at night to put me to sleep.

Honestly? I'd take my scriptures.

Scott said...

Taffy, the dictionary would keep me awake, and busy. I'd start following word origins and tracing words to related words and next thing you know, the night would be gone. I know. It happens.