TOP TEN TUESDAY: Desert Island Reads

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Desert Island Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Ask any bookworm you know and they’ll agree that this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is impossible. How are you supposed to choose just ten books to have with you while you’re stranded on a desert island? Who knows how long you will be there, or what kind of reading mood you’ll be in!

So for this week’s list I’ve chosen one of my favourite books of all time, along with a bunch of books which I feel I’ll probably only read if they’re the only books I have with me on a desert island.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I’ve been hoping to read An Ember in the Ashes for years, but I always put it off. To start with it was because I didn’t want to begin the series until the last book was released, then the final book got released and I didn’t want to commit to starting another series before I finished some of the others that I’m currently reading.

If I had An Ember in the Ashes with me on a desert island, I would definitely read it (and hopefully I’d love it that much that my determination to read the rest of the series would help me to get home!).

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

Being on a desert island, I’ll be surrounded by sea and sand. It’ll be the perfect time to read The City We Became, because I’ll be craving tarmac and high rise buildings, and getting to read a book featuring a personified city would be the perfect read.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

My friend Cat has chosen The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson to be part of my #KetchupAThon TBR, so it’s about time I started the Mistborn series. The Stormlight Archives is the series which intimidates me more – the first book is over 1,000 pages! – so after reading that, getting through The Final Empire during a stint on a desert island should be a breeze.

The Greatest Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

I’ve never read a single Sherlock Holmes story. I’ve been meaning to, but I’ve never gotten around to it. Instead of taking one recent crime novel which I need to catch up on, I’ll take my partner’s huge complete collection of Sherlock Holmes stories with me to this desert island. It’ll take me a while to read, so it will help me out if I’m stuck there for a long period of time!

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

I’ve been planning on rereading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, so I might as well take it with me to this desert island. There is an edition of this book published – titled A Trilogy in Five Parts – which contains all five of the stories in one volume, so if I take that then I’ll be cheating and actually taking five books with me instead of just one!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue was one of my most anticipated 2020 releases, and I’m so mad at myself for not picking it up already. I’ve been too scared of the hype, because the majority of people seem to absolutely love this book and I don’t want to be the odd one out. Hopefully I wouldn’t be able to resist picking it up if it was one of only ten books with me on a desert island.

Jade City by Fonda Lee

Similarly to An Ember in the Ashes, I’m hoping that reading the first book in the Green Bone Saga would make me determined to find my way home from this desert island. I don’t know anything about Jade City apart from the fact that it’s been receiving a lot of love from the bookish community, so I’m looking forward to discovering what this one’s about soon.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Of course. How could I leave Red Rising at home? It’s my favourite book of all time and I’ve reread it so many times already and I always give it five stars, so I’ll know I have at least one story I love with me.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The first time I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I made so many notes of different quotations and lines which I absolutely loved. I’ve been planning on rereading it for a while, but I’m scared that it’s not going to live up to my expectations second time around. If I did read it on a desert island and it disappointed me, at least I could leave it there!

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

I have had mixed feelings towards the Red Queen series so far. The first book had potential, the second book had a boring first half and an absolutely gripping second half and the third book had the exact opposite problem. I’ve been putting off reading War Storm in case it ends up disappointing me, because I’m so desperate for it to deliver all of my expectations and wrap up the series in a really satisfying way. If I had it on a desert island with me, I would definitely see what happened to Mare, Maven, Cal and the rest of the cast!

And those are the ten books I’d want with me if I was stuck on a desert island. I hope you had fun reading this week’s post! Let me know down in the comments which books you would want with you if you were stranded on a desert island.

Thanks for reading,