Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Want With Me While Stranded on an Island

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!  This week’s topic is Books I’d Want With Me While Stranded on an Island.  Finding books for this topic was easy.  The difficulty was limiting my list to ten!

Beauty by Robin McKinley-I know I’ve featured this book many times, but it will always be a favorite of mine.

Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien-Again, a series I’ve featured before, but I’d have to have them with me.  I’m counting them as “one” book.

Mercy Thompson series-I love this series so much!  Almost any book from the series would be welcome on the island.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell-Yes, I have three historical romances on my list, and I’m completely okay with that.

Aerial View of Mountain

The Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe-This isn’t cheating because there are books that contain all his works in one volume.

Grimm’s Fairy Tales-I have several collections of fairy tales, but for the sake of the list, I’ll just pick this one.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows-I laughed so much when I read this!  I think I’d need some humor if I were stranded on an island.

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell-I’m about half way through this series, and am loving it.  Picking one book is hard, but I’ll go with the first one for this list.

What do you think?  Would you take any of these books on an island with you?  What other books would you pick?


  1. Great list! I love the BBC adaptation of North and South, I need to give the book a try.

  2. Great choices! I really love Beauty too.

  3. P&P is on my list, also love Northanger and North and South, good choices. Kat x

  4. Great list – I’m sure a huge fan of The Last Kingdom series! It’s a great one to lose yourself in.

  5. That Poe anthology is a genius idea! Great list 🙂

  6. I should’ve included P&P, I could 100% read that over and over.

  7. Ooh Lord of the Rings- I didn’t think of that one! Mercy thompson is a nice long series so that would be fun to have. Austen seems like another excellent choice.

    • Poinsettia says

      Thanks! I’m glad you like my choices. Mercy is one of my all time favorite heroines so I’d have to bring her along on an island.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

  8. Great choices! There are definitely some on here I wish I had thought of, being on a deserted island would probably finally give me time to finish LOTR

    • Poinsettia says

      I hope you find time to finish LOTR someday without having to be stranded on an island! 🙂

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  9. Lord of the Rings is such a great choice. I’ve been wanting to re-read that series for years but never seem to find the time.

  10. I like how you included series/trilogies, I felt a little guilty about doing that, so I feel absolved now. LOL

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    • Poinsettia says

      You’re welcome! Yes, I bent the rules a little, but I couldn’t help myself!

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  11. The Lord of the Rings series would be great in this scenario. I finally read The Hobbit last year and I’ve been working up to the trilogy. That would be the perfect time!

    • Poinsettia says

      What did you think of The Hobbit? I almost included it in my list as well.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  12. Great looking list!

  13. Great list! Such a good idea to include the Lord of the Rings as one!

  14. I really want to read Pride and Prejudice! Great list!

    • Poinsettia says

      I’m glad you enjoyed my list! I need to make time to re-read Pride and Prejudice. When you get a chance to read it, come back and let me know what you think!

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  15. Much as I love Austen and Gaskell BBC (or British) adaptations, I don’t read the novels. But someday I should given them a chance again. Also, “My Lady Jane” sounds WAY fun!! 🙂 Thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland last week.

    • Poinsettia says

      I hope you’re able to enjoy Austen and Gaskell some day! My Lady Jane is so much fun! If you get a chance to read it, you’ll have to let me know what you think!

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  16. All books I enjoyed or know are very popular. Great list.

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