It’s the kind of question that comes up in late-night summer camp convos, during those dreaded “getting to know you” icebreaking games, and in the midst of dinner party conversational lulls: if you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you most want by your side? It’s a question book-lovers seem to get asked more than anybody else — a more creative iteration of questions like: “what’s your favorite book?” or “what should I read next?”. And yeah, it’s impossible to answer.
Or, is it? Scour the internet and you’ll not only find thousands of readers asking and answering that exact question, you’ll also notice that the same books keep coming up over and over again. And sure, while survival guides like How To Escape A Deserted Island For Dummies (note: not a real book) and How to Build Your Own Boat from Scratch (a real book, by John E. Traister) often garner the most mentions, it’s the novels and other texts that readers select over and over again that I find the most interesting. (And, also, guides for escaping the deserted island don’t exactly count.) As it turns out, if stranded on a deserted island, most of us would have the same books in our suitcases.
And P.S.: to all the readers who mentioned their Kindles (and there were many of you) not only is that definitely cheating, but I would seriously love to know where you envision plugging those bad boys in... just sayin'.