|The desert island|
I've got to finish it sometime, y'all. As it is, I'm still stuck in Maccabees 1. Don't even get me started on the Wisdom of Solomon! I figure I would have plenty of spare time to finish it while stranded.
2. The Complete Plays of William Shakespeare
Yes, this is one book. Rereading all thirty-eight would keep me plenty occupied, and I could use it to kill small mammals for food. You really can't go wrong with Shakespeare.
3. Fire and Hemlock, by Diana Wynne Jones
Every time I read this book, I catch a new theme, a new reference, or a new take on a familiar character. Some of my other reading is pretty dense, so this would be the perfect book for relaxing and unwinding on a tropical, albeit desert, beach.
4. Chime, by Franny Billingsley
I would bring this for the same reasons as Fire and Hemlock. It is deceptively light and masks a great deal of subtle artistry, whose surface I have only begin to scratch.
5. Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L. Sayers
Because it is perfect. There need be no other reason.
6. The Complete Novels of Jane Austen
Yes, I know I'm grievously cheating and lumping multiple volumes into one. But I have seen it done before! I would bring Jane Austen for her civility and sharp wit. Besides, if you set it next to the Shakespeare and lay the Bible on top, it would make a decent hut.
7. The Iliad and the Odyssey, by Homer
Now my hut has a wall, and I can enjoy the adventure, warfare, and romance of the ancient Greeks.
And finally, 8. Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
I could spend happy hours reading about Kaladin, nobility, courage, Kaladin, honor, war, Kaladin, extraordinary worlds, and Kaladin. What's not to love? And besides, now my hut has a door.
I challenge you, readers! Which volumes would you bring with you on a desert island, and how would you assemble them into a storm-proof shelter?