Pete from Classics Reader invented a fun bookish game called Treasure Island Books. It looks fun, so..let's play!
You are stuck on a ‘Treasure Island’ for 1 year, which you landed on due to a complication during a parasailing event. You walk through the island and find a treasure trove. Contained in the treasure are the books you will spend the next year with. They can be books to gain knowledge, information, understanding, spirituality or just to entertain, it’s completely up to you.
8 books you have read of your choice.
Any 8 books you wish to spend the next year with. Pick wisely, you’ll be spending a lot of time with them. In principle, the books you love the most or want to spend more time with.
I could have easily picked 8 books from my Personal Canon, but I think I might as well consider what will happen if I were stuck (not deliberately) in an island for a year. I will be depressed for being alone in a foreign place. So I guess, my choice of book will be a bit different from my Personal Canon.
The Book of Psalm
Instead of the entire Bible (which I would not have read in a year anyway), I'd pick Book of Psalm, because it's soothing, and offers a lot of consolations for my poor mental condition while being stuck in the island.
Because I just have to! It's my all time favorite book.
When I feel weak and scared in the island, I will take courage from the strong Helen Graham, a woman who can bear all the burden in the world, and still stay positive and affectionate.
This is one of my comfort books. It's warm and sweet - a perfect book to read when I get so forlorn and depressed.
Since I would be celebrating Christmas alone in an Island, what would cheer me better than A Christmas Carol? I just need a good fire, and my imagination, and I'll be doing okay!
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
I will need a hilarious book to make me laugh all the time. And would be better than Dickens' witty comical stories of The Pickwick Papers? A good laugh will lift up my spirit in a minute!
In times of homesick, I could read Rebecca, just to remind me to my mother (you need to read my review to know why).
The best book to transport you to another world, so as forgetting your own troubles, is definitely Alexandre Dumas' ! The intrigues and the full actions of The Count of Monte Cristo would be my best friend during my stay in the island!
1 book which you have never read before.
You know, all those books on your book shelf, that have been there for years? You get to take one. Which one do you want to read the most?
The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
Cather's soothing and tranquil writing would fit perfectly with my mental condition during my isolation in the island, don't you think?
1 ‘the complete works of’.
Now, this can add some volume to your treasure trove. Yes, pick 1 author who you get to take the complete works of with you. You don’t have to have read everything at this moment by the author, but enough to make you want to read everything they have over the next year.
You would think I'd pick Zola, eh? But Zola's is not for a troubled mind (like mine if I'd got to be stuck in an island), but Agatha Christie's offers the best pastime. And her books are numerous - about 90s - which guarantee a never ending supply for the whole year of doing almost nothing but reading.
There it is! You want to play too? Just do your own list, and don't forget to mention/link to Pete's post, and pay his blog a visit! :)