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Desert Island Books

This week The YA Sisterhood blog has asked a few of us bloggers if we’d like to play Desert Island Books. And of course I couldn’t say no!

The rules of the game are simple – By some strange twist of fate you know in advance that you’re going to be trapped on a desert island. You’re allowed to take a bunch of stuff with you – in this instance books – and nothing else.

Thankfully the rulemakers of this game have allowed us to choose five adult and five young adult books or series to bring with us. (I’m so glad they said a series counts as one book or I think I would have fought my way off that island after about a week.)

So, here are my picks, in no particular order. And don’t judge me too harshly for not picking the classics – after all, there aren’t too many classics with books in a series.

And all my favorite debut YA authors please understand, I am going for quality AND quantity, so until that third book in your series is published I can’t take all of you with me.

My Five Adult Books/Series

The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

(my favorite series of all time)

The Long Walk by Richard Bachman a.k.a. Stephen King

(I’ve read this at least seven times and could read it a million times more)

Paint It Black by Janet Fitch

(a book that will remind me that things could be a lot worse than being stuck on an island)

The Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris

(the longest series I know that I adore – why not grab as many books as possible)

Unbound series by Rachel Vincent

(currently my favorite new adult book and if I’m island-bound I’m hoping book 2 will be out )

…and yes, the Unbound series has officially knocked Ken Grimwood’s Replay off the list!

My Five Young Adult Books/Series

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

(do you really expect me to be stranded on and island without Clary and Jace?)

The Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent

(I wasn’t Tod’s advocate for no reason. But If I Die better be released or I’m so not going)

The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

(Rose, Dimitri – hello?!? have you met me before? – “Love fades. Mine has.” Um, yeah…)

The Grace series by S.L. Naeole

(I can’t head to an island without having read Grace of Day – plus each book is super long with tons to read)

My Blood Approves series by Amanda Hocking

(so I can keep re-reading in the hopes that things turn out differently for Peter)

…so, how many people want to shoot me for not bringing the Harry Potter books? And I can’t know that I’d want to bring the Hunger Games trilogy since I haven’t actually read them yet.

In three years time, this list will look very different – by then I’ll have read all three books by Karsten Knight, Leah Clifford, Scott Tracey, Josephine Angelini, Jeri Smith-Ready, Amy Plum,Β  and goodness knows what else by Melissa Marr, Carrie Jones, Lisa McMann… Not liking this island game so much anymore.

But if you want to check out who else is playing this week, be sure to stop by…

…to see just what books make it to the island.

(All images link to the books on Goodreads if you want to add any to your TBR lists.)

What books would you bring to the island?

12 Responses to “Desert Island Books”

  1. blackplume says:

    “a book that will remind me that things could be a lot worse than being stuck on an island”
    — I like this one

    And I love your list.. Though I will definitely add Harry Potter and The Hunger Games on that list of yours. Which means I’m not qualified to join your Island. I can’t bring only 10 sets of books!!! πŸ˜€

  2. Deann says:

    Don’t know if I have five adult (definitely JRWard , for sure) but I’d more than enough YA to choose from. Don’t know if I could makethe ten series cut either
    . And Fiktshun just seems to keep adding more to that list everyday! πŸ˜‰

  3. Ana LucΓ­a says:

    oh the desert island question. I’ve heard that Paint It Black by Janet Fitch is really good.
    haha yes no Harry Potter, how could you? *gasp* LOL …and The Hunger Games ugh! I haven’t read that series and everyone keeps talking about it.

    My choices would be of course Harry Potter and Night Huntress series (adult). And that’s it haha..so many series I haven’t read.

  4. I made my list, we both have the VA series on ours πŸ™‚

  5. I have not read any on your adult list!!! I guess my TBR list is now even longer!!! I’m almost ready to read Soul Screamers! I have 2 more books to do for review then they’re up!!! Eek! Can’t wait!!! Thanks for jumping on the Desert Island with us!!!

  6. The Vampire Academy series would be on my list for sure. <3 that series! Rose and Dimitri… <3

    I have no idea what books I'd pick. Although I do know The Hunger Games will be another series on the YA list! πŸ™‚

  7. Avery says:

    I have no idea who this S.L. Naeole is that you speak of! I must check out The Grace series! And have you read Bloodlines yet? (I can’t remember)… If you have, what did you think of the last four lines of it? And if you haven’t, well I suppose you will just have to wait and see… *Laughs evilly* πŸ˜‰

  8. Jena says:

    YOU LIKE AMANDA HOCKING TOO?!?! You just made my life!! πŸ™‚ .. I actually haven’t read the series you posted.. SHOULD I?! I’ve read the Trylle Series, Hollowland, and Virtue by her and I LOVED them all.

    Cassie Clare is also on my list! πŸ™‚

    And I mention Rachel Vincent in my almost made it list! πŸ™‚

    BLOODDDDD BOUNDDDDD… I just bought it! I CANNOT wait to read it!!!! πŸ˜€

    My list goes up Friday πŸ˜‰ hehe. Mine are all YA though!

  9. YEY for the Soul Screamers, VA, TMI! you rock! I love this post! hehe

  10. Fiktshun009 says:

    @blackplume – Haha, if they’d only make HP into eBooks then I’d read them again and again. I am trying to HP reading challenge but failing miserably.

    Hey, if I could fit more books on an island and kick everyone else off, I totally would, but as you can see from the pic, it’s a very small island.

    @Deann – Yeah, I would much rather have had 10 YA to choose from, though I still would have taken Stephen King with me. But could have used just a few more YA. Sorry to add to your TBR πŸ™‚

    @Ana – I love Janet Fitch’s writing. I wish she’d write more. I loved Paint it Black way more than White Oleander, probably just because of the setting – Los Angeles in the 1980s.

    I haven’t read the Night Huntress series, but I really should…

    I am going to be the only one without HP on the island aren’t I…

    @Kristina – I love your list. You could have put the link here. I saw it on the YA Sisterhood comment…If you had a button I could just click to your blog easily πŸ˜‰

    @YA-Sisterhood – I am so excited that you’re about to begin Soul Screamers. I want everyone to read that and fall in love with Tod. He’s just so adorable. I love being on the island with you all, but if everyone keeps bringing the same books we won’t have much to share, LOL!

    @Ashelynn – Desert island picks are super tough, fortunately in this case it’s easier with fewer choices. If I had 25 I wouldn’t know what to do, or only one book, not one series. That would be just mean. LOVE VA. Couldn’t go anywhere without it.

    @Avery – I discovered the series by S.L. Naeole before blogging (everything seems to start that way with me, there was me beforehand and a totally different me after…). She’s a self-published author, and each book in the series is really long, which I love, and Grace takes awhile to warm up to, but this one scene in one of the books had me absolutely sobbing. And I don’t usually sob reading paranormal books.

    And of course I haven’t read Bloodlines yet. I’m not the reading machine you are. So I’m not going to check out your review just yet. But that’s so mean!

    @Jena – A die hard fan. She’s the real reason I started blogging after my early failed attempt in May/June when I created a couple posts, hated reviewing, couldn’t get my friends to sign on for a commitment to write articles, and quit. If it weren’t for AH I never would have been a book blogger.

    I love the My Blood Approves series way more than the Trylle, but then I love vampires. Some say it’s very Bella-esque, but it’s really not. I heard there will be another one, and I’m so glad. I would have loved things to go differently at the end. Arrgh.

    I haven’t read Virtue yet. But I loved Hollowland – Ripley is my favorite, of course. And can’t wait for Hollow Men.

    Can’t wait to see your list. Hope you read Blood Bound before you create it, because I’m curious to see if that will knock something else of the Adult list xD!

  11. Fiktshun009 says:

    @Alba – Haha, you should totally do a Desert Island post. Would love to see what you’d bring!

  12. hahaha we’ll see hahaha
    WOW ok…
    now you got me thinking… what would I come up with…I’m so weird with books!

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