Image Map

Top Ten Books I’d Want on a Desert Island

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Check out the upcoming topics to start posting!

This week’s topic is basically your all time favorite, can’t live without ’em books, right? Also the most re-readable I assume, since if I’m stuck on a desert island, that sounds like the perfect chance to read a bunch :D.

To Sail Beyond the Sunset by Robert Heinlein Dune by Frank Herbert The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond Goedel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

  1. To Sail Beyond The Sunset by Robert Heinlein – This is actually one of the only books that I reread on a regular basis, and suggest to friends pretty religiously. I’ve actually bought it about 5 times now because I give away my copy so frequently in order to make sure people read it :).
  2. Dune by Frank Herbert – So, Dune is a classic with a lot of depth and intrigue, making it very rereadable. It’s also long, meaning I’m really packing in the punch :D.
  3. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson – I haven’t read this one yet, so this would be a wonderful opportunity to read this massive tome! Sanderson also tends to write deviously twisting plots, so it should be very rereadable :D This might bite me in the butt though when I start tying turtles together to get back to civilization to get the next book in the series!
  4. Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond – This book is non-fiction and therefore I’m sure I’ve forgotten some of the amazing facts and trains of logic. It’s also about the history of the entire human race and the development of every culture, so my brain feels bigger every time I try to think about it!
  5. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter – This book is pretty much the king of non-fiction. It is brilliant and overwhelming, but also so clever that it’s actually quite fun to read. It’s more of a project, since I can only manage to read a chapter at a time, and only when I’m not taking classes, but the insights are just so amazing that I’m very determined to get through it someday. I almost wish I could go to a deserted island just to read this book. If you like logic and a deeper understanding of music, language and math, you should read the first chapter of this book and go from there.
So I honestly think that I’d be rescued by the time I got through just these five! I kind of cheated by picking some of the longest books I know of…. I don’t think I could have fit any more in my luggage on whatever voyage took me to this island ;-). Have you read any of these? How about heard of them? Ten points to whichever person have heard of GEB!
Remember to subscribe for weekly reviews of awesome books!

-AAnya from About The Story

© 2012 – 2016, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. Jared Diamond’s work is very thought provoking. I heard about the grain Job’s Tears for the first time from that book and actually found some seeds online and grew some in the garden. It comes up as grass and so I kept mistaking it for weed grass and pulling it out. But some made it to seedhood and then i felt like a dumbass.

    Way of Kings is also an excellent choice.

    • Wow, that’s awesome! I completely understand the weeds mistake thing though, I used to “help” my mom in the garden ;-)

  2. emmysondie says:

    I read GG&S for a history class, and while I don’t think I’d want it with me on a deserted island, I DID learn a lot from it. Interesting content for sure.

    Thanks for stopping by & following this week. New Linky follower!

  3. Interesting choices. I can’t say I’ve read Guns, Germs, and Steel (yet!) but I can imagine that being a good one for a deserted island. It’s long and it will probably make you hate Western civilization anyway, so you won’t mind being stranded

  4. Jenna @ the book element says:

    First, LOVE your blog design. It’s super cute. Second… wouldn’t a cool top ten topic be what ten books would you take with you if you had to move to another planet? Just a thought… Anyways, great list. Definitely added some books to my TBR pile :)

  5. What a great mix! Plus what a nice plan to just bring five. So positive. :-)
    It’s my first time to visit. Love your blog’s theme and layout!

    • Haha, I try to stay optimistic! Though I realized I should really have thought about some survival books as well… oops! Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you like the design, I was super pumped with how it turned out :D

  6. Those all sound like interesting books. Good idea going with the longer books. I have a few shorter ones on my list, but they are ones I could finish and flip back to the beginning and read again immediately. Great picks!

  7. Amie Beamer says:

    Wonderful list…as it has added 5 more books to my TBR list! I love discovering new books… *new follower* :)

  8. I agree that long books are key. Great list. The only one I’ve read is Guns, Germs, and Steel, but will look into the others.

  9. Ula @ Blog of Erised says:

    Interesting picks. I see a few I’d love to read myself.

    Thanks for stopping by :)

    • That’s always the problem with these lists for me, my TBR pile grows exponentially! Thanks for stopping by here too :D

  10. My husband is the Science Fiction reader in the house, or so I thought before he told me that dystopian fiction is a sub-set of the genre. He said it a lot less nerdy than me, though. I haven’t read that much, but I like what I have read, for the most part. I need someone ^^ to perhaps give me their top 10 SF pics, maybe…

    Thanks for coming by my blog! If your friends would like to read my list, it’s at TTT

  11. great post, what a decision, what books to take

  12. Excellent list!

  13. Looks as though you’ll definitely be preoccupied and hopefully would be rescued by the time you finished all 5 of them. Btw, your blog is absolutely adorable. :D New follower here!

    • Yeah, I kind of skipped the whole “survival” idea, and just want to read books xD Thanks! I’m super happy with how the design turned out :D

  14. Other than Dune, I don’t really recognize these books. They all sound interesting though! Have you read the whole Dune series? It’s really good, and a must read for any sci-fi fan. This might be blasphemy, but I also liked the prequels written by Frank Herbert’s son. Some people really like them, others hate them with a passion. Oh well. Can’t please everyone! ;)

    • I’ve only read the first Dune, since I’m a little wary about the sequels. I liked the first one so much that now I’m worried I have too high of expectations haha!

  15. Guns, Germs & Steel !!! You are a glutton for punishment. It would make me fatalistic. Civilization only develops where there are beast of burden & wheat type crops. If I’m on a tropical island, I’m going to feel screwed OR hope for a savior.

    You are a better reader than I am.

    • Haha, so I’m a graduate student, so I think that it’s actually that I just really like useless facts about the world and hypotheses about what could have happened xD That is a good point though that it would make being on an island a little more scary!

  16. Nancy @ Tumbling Books says:

    Smart to choose HUGE books lol, they’ll last. Also, thinking positive is the way to go! :)

  17. I have seen the film dune but I have never read the book, I need to!

    • I’m the opposite :D I’ve read the book, but haven’t seen the film! I didn’t actually know there was a film xD oops!

  18. Wow, I haven’t read any of these yet…though every time I see that Heinlein book pop up on here I want to rush out and buy it…there is just something about that cover that draws me in every time.

    And Dune, oh Dune, stop glaring at me from my TBR pile. I’ll read you soon, I promise, really I will. [Someday. Hopefully. In the future.]

    • It’s such a problem with all the review books and things that we need to read, the classics just get left in the pile D: at least that’s what happens to me!

  19. I always love seeing anything by Brandon Sanderson! …Even though I haven’t read this one yet either, I’m sure it would be amazing. In fact, I haven’t read any of these! Thanks for spotlighting them Anya, I’m off to check them out :)

    • This one is seriously ginormous! I need to find a flight to Europe or something to read it on xD Or an actual desert island :D Thanks for stopping by!

  20. I definitely went for the longest books, too! Haven’t read any of these, but the Way of Kings and Guns, Germs, and Steels (history-buffing is my other hobby) both sound like books I need to get ahold of. Great list.

  21. Ooh great list! I totally forgot to add any Brandon Sanderson books to mine! He’s got so many that I haven’t gotten around to yet. Dang! Oh well. :D My TTTs are at Musings on Fantasia and LKHill. Happy Tuesday! :D

  22. I’ve read all of them except the Way of Kings …. ;-)

Speak Your Mind


CommentLuv badge