Sunday Salon – Desert Island Books

We’ve had a pretty tame winter in Eastern Canada. Yesterday, however, we did have a bit of a weather  incident and this morning it’s a glorious, white world out there. I can’t say that I’m really a winter person; I don’t like the cold. It’s ridiculous really considering where I live, but it is what it is. Still, on a day like today it’s hard not to see the beauty.


That said, I am already dreaming about summer.  And – okay, the connection is slim, but it got me thinking about desert island books. If I was stranded, what five books would I take?

This is actually tougher than it seems, but after careful consideration my five desert island books are:

1. Velocity – Kristin McCloy

I’ve had this book for over 20 years and I’ve read it at least that many times. It doesn’t matter how many times I read it, it continues to speak to me in ways that are difficult to explain. Plus – it features the quinessential bad boy and I’m a sucker for those.




2. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

 This is a book I haven’t read in many years, but I dearly loved it as a child and I know that a return visit is long overdue. Being stranded on a desert island would certainly afford me that opportunity.




3.  A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Another book from my youth, this story of an orphaned little girl whose imagination sustains her never fails to make me cry. I never tire of spending time with Sara Crewe.




4.  Collected works of William Shakespeare

I just don’t think you can argue the fact that Will was a terrific observer of human triumphs and frailties, of love and hate and you could read his plays forver and see something new every single time.




5. a great big poetry anthology – don’t care which one, just so long as it starts at the beginning and takes me through to present day. Poetry is good for the soul.

So, what five books would you take with you if you were stranded on a desert island?