Firstly, thank you to Cinderzena for tagging me, go and check out her blog! It’s taken me a while to get around to posting this but I seem to have had an incredibly busy schedule lately.
This is the desert island book tag and that means I have to name a book that I think falls under each of these different categories concerned with being stuck on a desert island.
Water – A book you found refreshingly different
For me this is going to be One Day but David Nicholls. I know it’s a popularly read book but the structure is so unique. Emma and Dexter meet on the night of their graduation, St Swithin’s Day, and each chapter of the book tells you what’s happening in their lives on the anniversary of this day for the next twenty years. This quirky, yet linear, structure was refreshing.
Food – An essential book you can’t live without
The Great Gatsby, hands down. (That’s F Scott Fitzgerald in case you didn’t know). This book pulled me into reading and it’s so beautifully written I feel I couldn’t live in a world where this book didn’t exist.
Shelter – A book that makes you feel at home and safe
Roald Dahl’s The Twits makes me feel at home because it’s one of the first books I remember being read at school. I then asked my mum to buy me a copy so it’s been on my bookshelf for circa fifteen years. I’m a massive Roald Dahl fan; for me he represents childhood.
Weapons – A book that is massive and could be used as a weapon
This one has to be Anna Karenina. I really wanted to get through it but it’s just so long I gave up about a third of the way through. I’m sorry Tolstoy.
Companion – A book whose characters you wouldn’t mind being stuck on a desert island with
This was a tough one to choose as so many characters I love are murderers. I know that sounds terrible but they’re interesting characters, and what with my recent interest in thrillers and crime novels, they’re becoming hard to ignore. Perhaps I’ll say Sal Paradise from Jack Kerouac’s On The Road. He seems like a lot of fun.
Map – A book with an amazing map inside
I’m afraid I’m cheating here because I’m going to say The Hobbit but I only know the map from The Lord of the Rings film. What’s great about this one though is the level of detail.
Matchsticks – A book that warms your heart
This has to be the classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Their lives are just so cute and idyllic – well maybe not Beth’s, but apart from that
Compass – A book that directed you towards your love of reading
I’ve already mentioned The Great Gatsby that would fit perfectly here but I suppose if I had to pick another it would be Atonement by Ian McEwan. I read this in college and these two books combined made me want to study English Literature at University.
Flare gun – A book that you would give a new reader to get them interested in reading
Here I think I’d recommend Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It’s fast paced, written in pretty simple language, easy to relate to and just a good plot. (I’ll try and stop banging on about Gone Girl now).
Threat – A book you were afraid to read but ended up conquering
This sounds silly but I was afraid to read Life and Laughing by Michael McIntyre in case I didn’t find it funny but I read every page and loved it.
SOS – A book that is under-hyped and you want everyone to read
I have a good one for you here. It’s In A Lonely Place by Dorothy B Hughes. I’d never heard of this novel (or the author) before I read this but I loved it. It’s superbly written and has an incredibly intense plot. If you love crime fiction – or even if you don’t but fancy trying something new – then this is the book for you.
Rescued – A book you are anticipating being released
This is a tough one because I’m not usually that ahead of the game to actually anticipate books but I suppose one writer I am looking forward to reading more of is Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist. Her second novel is called The Muse, it’s set in 1930s Spain and 1960s London, it tells the story of a young Caribbean immigrant, a bohemian artist and a painting that connects them together. This comes out in July 2016 so not too long to go now!
That’s all from me. See you next time!
P.s Apologies for all the movie screenshots but the photographs are just so good! When they learn how to photograph books in such a creative way I’ll consider including more of them.