This week I'm talking about Books I'd Pack for a Desert Island. I first saw this list topic on Top Ten Tuesday when it was over at The Broke and the Bookish but I never got to do it. Now I'm going to leave the how-to-survive books at home and hope that I get stranded with someone who can do all that because survival off the grid isn't really in my skill set. I'm going to work more on getting a tan and reading! Really that'd be better for everyone.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy - This is one of those books I really never expected to read but lately it's been calling me. I really enjoyed a mini-series adaptation of it and I heard an interview with someone talking about how readable in small doses it really was so I've been seriously considering and it'd be perfect to mix in with the rest of these.
Lost and Found by Jayne Ann Krentz - I do like a bit of suspense and Krentz's books never let me now. Plus they're not typically the most memorable so it'd probably be a great to reread if I'm there for awhile.
Sullivan Island by Dorothea Benton Franks - I've been wanting to read her books for ages so I'll toss the first one in.
At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon - I read a more recent book in this series and really loved it though it's kind of a quiet read. I'd like to go back to the first book and really get to know the characters.
The Alienist by Caleb Carr - I read this book back when it first came out and remember enjoying it. We watched the series when it was on and I'm really curious to see how they differ but have yet to feel like I really have time.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls - No real reason for this one other then I've been wanting to read it for ages. Also it's a bit different from the other books.
Untraceable by Laura Griffin - I love romantic suspense - heavy on suspense and Griffin never disappoints. Also, like the Jayne Ann Krentz, I don't find these the most memorable even though I really enjoy them so it's a potential reread.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente - I've heard good things about this one though I don't remember much about just what that was! It seems like it'd be a nice surprise.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson - I love Jackson's subtle creepiness and somehow never got around to this one.
And just for fun I'm going to throw in a few series I've been wanting to read or reread:
The Mary Russel Series by Laurie R. King
Mrs. Pollifax series by Dorothy Gilman
Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series by Deborah Crombie
So I don't know how I'm getting to this desert island but clearly it's not in a way that involves baggage restrictions! What books would you take if you were going to be stranded on a desert island?