Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This is a week late, but last week was too busy for me to get the post out. So I'm putting it out on Monday...It's my blog; I do what I want.
I'll recognize that both How to Build a Raft and the Desert Island Survival Guide are disqualified because they are too obvious and not real books. Assuming I won't be rescued for a while, these are the books I'd want on a desert island. I'm cheating and using lots of series.
#10 Cyrano de Bergerac--This is my favorite play and the source for the name of my blog. Actually, if I had my choice, I'd want the filmed play staring Kevin Kline instead of just the book. Of course, then I'd also need a TV and a DVD player and a source of electricity that would be better used signalling for help.
#9 Dragon Slippers--To comfort myself on the lonely deserted island, I will need a cutsey, fun, fairytale-esque adventure. Dragon Slippers fits the bill.
#8 The Giver--The dystopia would lose a lot of its effect outside the context of society, but I like the book well enough to bring it along.
#7 Anne of Green Gables--I was a quieter version of Anne when I was growing up. Just as precocious, just as romantic, just as silly. Hopefully I mellowed out as successfully as she did. I would definitely want the first book, if not the whole series.
#6 The Lord of the Rings--I read the whole series years ago, but now the movies dominate my memory, so I need to reread it. On my island I'd have time to appreciate the slow epicness of Tolkien's creation of an entire world, including all the languages and cultures.
#5 The Iliad and The Odyssey--Homer practically makes up the twin pillars of Western thought and literature. I seriously need to read these. On an Island I'd actually have time to do so. And there's poetic irony in having The Odyssey with me while being stranded.
#4 The Mistborn Series--I was blown away when I read these last summer. They were epic and phenomenal and I want to reread the whole series again. And Sanderson's writing is just great, so.
# 3 The Collected Works of William Shakespeare--I really like Shakespeare's use of language and if I'm stuck on a desert island, I'll have time to get to know it all.
# 2 The Collected Works of Jane Austen--Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion always rank high on my list of favorites and I like all of Austen's books. Her social commentary may not mean much on a solitary desert island, but I can still enjoy the verbal swordplay.
# 1 The Harry Potter series--Duh. These are some of my very favorite books and Harry Potter was my childhood--I grew up with Harry. If I had nothing else to read, I could be satisfied with Harry.
Let me know what your top ten picks are in the comments.
Mini tangent: How about I get shipwrecked on a dessert island instead?