Hello and welcome to the inaugural Desert Island Books! This is a new, monthly feature where I will chat to bloggers, authors and people from the book industry about the books they love.
The premise is simple – imagine you have ended up on a desert island. You have sufficient food and clean water but you need something to occupy your mind. You can bring 5 books with you to your island paradise, but what would they be? And why? Oh, and you’re also allowed to bring a fictional character from literature with you, who would you choose?
I’m thrilled to welcome Tamzin from Book Social today who has very kindly agreed to be my first
victim participant. I’ve known Tamzin for a few years now as she runs the Book Club I am a member of and she is doing great things over at Book Social, make sure you check it out!
About Tamzin from Book Social
Tamzin is a 36 year old mum of 3 who has quit a life of solicitation (the legal kind) in order to do the school run and pursue a career in books in some shape or form. In her spare time, when she’s not reading she has (in her words) really old lady hobbies – tea drinking, jigsawi-ing and knitting. But her favourite all time thing is baking, so much so that Mary Berry once ate her chocolate cake.
She blogs over at Book Social and it features news, reviews and competitions. She’s big on children reading, indie (publishers/authors/book shops) and anything local.
Tamzin has recently set up very successful book club at her daughters’ primary school.
Desert Island Books
The Stand by Stephen King
The Stand by Stephen King. Last year after reading Salem’s Lot I realised that King was my favourite author. I promptly set out to read his back catalogue of which there are MANY. As there are many you always find a book or two of his in charity shops/second hand book shops. A few weeks back I went to Morecambe and visited The Old Pier Book Shop (fab u lous). There was of course a few King’s including a copy of The Stand. I picked it up as it is known as somewhat of a classic King. As I thumbed through I realised it was 1400 pages. I reluctantly put it back thinking, I’m never going to have the time to read this. What with Blog Tours, a TBR pile of 60 plus and life I just don’t think I will have enough time to read it. If I was stuck on a desert island with nothing to do but wait for rescue, this is the first book I would read!
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. When I turned 21 I went to New York. Before the flight home I was waiting in JFK with nothing to read and visited the obligatory airport book shop. I was faced with several American thrillers that all seemed to be book number 8 of 16 which I didn’t want to read. I stumbled across this book and, seemingly being different to all the rest I bought it. I didn’t quite finish it on the flight home but I just about did and I being 21, cool and worldly I struggled not to cry on the plane. I don’t re-read books. For me books are memories, when did I read it, what was life like at that time and, if I love a book, I fear it won’t be as good second time round. If I was stuck on a desert island, contemplating life’s choices, this would be the one I would pick to re-read. Would it be as good? Would it spoil my 21 year old’s perception of the world and the book?
Savages by Shirley Conran
Savages by Shirley Conran. I vividly remember reading Lace by Shirley Conran and being faced with the line ‘which one of you bitches is my mother?’ I was a teen who until that point had read Binchy and the Babysitters Club. I was shocked and thrilled that reading could be so salacious. From that moment I have always had a weak spot for slightly trashy reading. Savages was originally read not long after Lace and what better way to share my time on a desert island than with a group of pampered, rich, bitchy, women castaway in a remote jungle fighting for survival. You never know I may learn something from them. I just hope I don’t meet any cannibalistic natives!
Holes by Louis Sachar
Holes by Louis Sachar. I read this for the first time only recently and was just blown away at its brilliantness. There are a few books I passionately think everyone should read in their lifetimes. All Quiet On The Western Front being the first one that springs to mind. However if I were to leave this book buried on my deserted beach, I’m not sure that’s the message I want to leave to anyone who were to come after and find it. Holes is a YA book, yet is so brilliantly intertwined and has so many layered meanings that anyone can read and enjoy it. I would love to re-read it and more importantly to leave this for anyone who may come along after me to read. It even has sand in it!
The Point of Poetry by Joe Nutt
The next one isn’t actually a book (can I still have it?) I’m really trying to get into poetry and if anyone else is I recommend The Point of Poetry by Joe Nutt. However the thing that got me into poetry believe it or not are the band Del Amitri. I think their writing amazing and have often looked at their lyrics thinking what perfect pieces of poetry they make. I would just love to spend a few hours pouring over a written collection of their songs, to really study them using Nutt’s techniques. I think I could quite happily sit on a beach underlining my favourite lines, speaking it out loud to myself and just generally pondering their greatness until the tide came in.
If you could share the island with a fictional character, who would it be?
This one is so bloody hard! Mark Watney (The Martian) springs to mind as, if anyone is going to get me off the island alive, it would be him. I mean if he can grown potatoes on Mars, he can surely find food on an island. He also seems to have a sense of humour which would be important. So I will plump for him.
My thanks to Tamzin for sharing her Desert Island Books with us. There are certainly some interesting reads on her list which I think would keep anybody more than occupied with unrestricted reading time ahead of them!
If you are an author or a blogger and you’d like to take part in my Desert Island Books series then I’d love to hear from you! You can contact me by filling out the form beneath.