If I was stranded on a desert island and only had ten books to keep me company until
rescue arrived, these would be the ten I would hope I had. If I was stranded on a desert island with my e-reader, it would make it a lot easier because sure as shootin’, I’d figure a way to recharge those batteries. Anyway, in no specific order, here’s my list of ten books I would wish to have with me on this hypothetical desert island.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
I love this beautiful and lyrical coming of age story. The messages within its pages are ones that resonate from the time it was written until today: acceptance, forgiveness, tolerance, and understanding.
2. Noble Cause by Jessica James.
A novel of the American Civil War, it’s more than a tale of two people falling in love who happen to view that war from opposing sides. The novel is amazingly researched, has won several awards, and just happens to be a darn good read.
3. Perfect by Judith McNaught.
OMG...my love affair with the tortured hero struggling with his better angels started with this book. I laughed and cried and couldn’t put it down until I had finished it. It’s a bit dated in some of the cultural references, but OMG.
4. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
My first thought when I read the fly-leaf on this book when I bought it the first time (I’ve read it so often I’ve had to replace it three times because the bindings wore out) was FINALLY! Someone told the story of Arthur and his court from the female perspective, and in this case, the perspective of the three women who influenced him the most: his mother Igraine, his sister Morgaine of the Fairies, and Gwenhwyfar his wife.
5. Wicked by Gregory Macguire.
From the time I was a little girl, I had always felt that the Wizard of Oz was a mean little man. From what I saw in the movie, the Wicked Witch of the West never seemed to bother the people of the Emerald City and yet he sent Dorothy to destroy her. My question of “Why” was always answered with “Because she’s evil.” Worked for a while. Macguire tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West and how she became so “evil.” Loved it.
6. The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling.
Sorry, would have to be all seven because asking me to choose just one of them would be asking me which of my grandkids is my favorite. Not going to do that. Not happening. No way. No how.
7. Tempting Fate by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.
There are now 26 books Yarbro has written of the “life” and times of her vampire hero, St. Germaine, with a 27th December. I’ve read all of them, but far and above, Tempting Fate has remained my favorite and one I read again and again. In the whole series, Yarbro brings a very real humanity to St. Germaine and creates monsters in the humans around him, but it was in Tempting Fate that she literally broke his heart, nearly destroyed him, and the vampiric monster of legend that he had fought so hard to keep from being his reality became just that.
8. The West by Geoffrey C. Ward.
This is actually two books: one is the illustrated companion to the PBS series and the other is the full text version that the PBS series was drawn from. I’m a western historical romance writer. This is as close to a classic Western book as you’ll ever find on my shelves. And, I doubt there will be mountains on this desert island and I NEED to see mountains.
9. Yesterday’s Son by A.C. Crispin.
One of the many, many, many novels written in the Star Trek universe, this was one of the best. It was written about the repercussions of an episode of Star Trek in which Dr. McCoy and Spock were trapped the distant past and Spock reverted to his less than logical self that is the genetic legacy of the Vulcan people. Yes, in this book Spock has a son. coming out in
10. Lassie, Come Home by Eric Knight.
It wasn’t the books by Albert P. Terhune that made me a collie fancier. It was this book, this story of a collie’s unflagging love for her boy, Joe, and her story of her incredible journey from one end of England to the other to be with him that made me want a collie and that kind of bond.