Books We'd Want on a Desert Island

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Stranded on a desert island, acting out our own little Robinsonade, what books would we want by our side? Something comforting? Something uplifting? Something useful? Our List of the Month this September is devoted to the Books We'd Want on a Desert Island. Each participant may vote on five titles. Given the subjective nature of the list, please do not downvote titles.
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50,016 membres
449 critiques
½ 4.5
27 Members
scampus, anglemark, JohnGorski, Karlstar, kleo, PuddinTame, lizzy50usa, helena2109, FAMeulstee, willowcove, CarltonC, remikit, Crypto-Willobie, EMS_24, Eowyn1, aadyer, vwinsloe, al.vick, Michael.Rimmer, Karen74Leigh, elahrairah, Charon07, kevin.mcgee, SusanNock, MichelleAbbott, Wyrd1, lfmcmillan
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elahrairah: i imagine that being on a desert island might occasionally be stressful or upsetting and so it would be important to have a large and familiar and comforting volume to lose myself in.
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31,439 membres
170 critiques
½ 4.6
19 Members
JohnGorski, haydninvienna, mstrust, CarltonC, remikit, Crypto-Willobie, sturlington, susanbooks, thalassa_thalassa, Hartsellang, MichaelLynnSr, JAlison.Stirling, tealadytoo, closer, Boand, Yuki-Onna, Carrieida, Charon07, slimikin
Explications
Hartsellang: Always something more to discover in this collection. Each play, each sonnet, all have such depth. Enjoy them again and again and discover something new each time.
closer: I love his works & I try to read a sonnet or play every month
Boand: No explanation necessary!
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1,751 membres
10 critiques
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12 Members
JohnGorski, dara85, lizzy50usa, remikit, EMS_24, Tess_W, LLoLaguayasaminaj, beehappy, closer, Louanne, mombot, MichelleAbbott
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closer: I read and study my Bible every day, but I would change this version to the Jewish Publication Society's TANAKH translation 2nd edition of The Jewish Study Bible.
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5,316 membres
34 critiques
½ 4.6
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10 Members
stillramona, hipdeep, cpg, charl08, masterdeski, ManWithAnAgenda, sqr3cls3, SealedArchive, CeciliaClark, MichelleAbbott
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CeciliaClark: If I were stranded on an island, I would want to know how to make things that would keep me alive and make being stranded, an adventure not a terror.
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19,729 membres
365 critiques
½ 4.3
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4,756 membres
47 critiques
½ 4.3
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38,488 membres
717 critiques
4.2
8 Members
se71, charl08, Karlstar, macygma, remikit, vwinsloe, CeciliaClark, Wyrd1
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CeciliaClark: This book is for my entertainment. I enjoy Douglas Adams' way of looking at the world and since there are no Terry Pratchetts in the choices, Mr Adams is my next best.There are many books on this list which I would like to read again and many books not on the list I would take if I could however of this list Douglas Adams book makes me smile.
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3,836 membres
44 critiques
½ 4.5
7 Members
EerierIdyllMeme, LolaWalser, abbottthomas, baystateRA, CarltonC, EMS_24, susanbooks
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EerierIdyllMeme: Apparently they say that someone has hit middle age when they no longer believe they will one day read Proust. Maybe I would actually read it if I were trapped on a desert island.
LolaWalser: Inexhaustible.
abbottthomas: Like LolaWalser said…..
baystateRA: I picked mostly big novels that would stand up to lots of rereading, with more nuances and themes coming to light each time. I ALMOST got to the end of In Search of Lost Time several decades ago, but stopped. I still don't know why!
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78 membres
½ 4.3
7 Members
anglemark, paradoxosalpha, EerierIdyllMeme, LolaWalser, Hartsellang, helenar238, Wyrd1
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LolaWalser: This, but not this version; I'd definitely want with me the Powys-Mathers one (based on the French translation by J.C. Mardrus), lavishly expanded with Powys-Mathers' own faux "Arabian" poetry (at least as good as FitzGeraldian Khayyam).
Hartsellang: The diversity of its frame story. Ever leading the thoughts here and there. Dreamy. Agreed that other versions are more expansive.
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3,804 membres
60 critiques
4.9
7 Members
charl08, PuddinTame, ferness, Agnesium, KeithChaffee, SusanNock, Wyrd1
Explications
KeithChaffee: classic entertainment that will never grow stale
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596 membres
3 critiques
4.2
7 Members
thewordygecko, helena2109, goldenlobo, baystateRA, susanbooks, mombot, SusanNock
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baystateRA: I picked mostly big novels that would stand up to lots of rereading, with more nuances and themes coming to light each time. I think there's no question this one would fit the bill.
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16,327 membres
435 critiques
½ 4.3
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28,439 membres
448 critiques
½ 4.3
6 Members
pitjrw, BonnieJune54, CharlesTheB, elahrairah, helenar238, mombot
Explications
elahrairah: i've only read the first volume, and found it an intense experience. perhaps on a desert island i would be able to enjoy the second and third volume at my leisure.
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20,506 membres
602 critiques
4.2
5 Members
CDVicarage, perennialreader, tina1969, tealadytoo, Boand
Explications
Boand: The most evocative and wonderful mystery I know.
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21,531 membres
187 critiques
4.1
5 Members
EerierIdyllMeme, CarltonC, aadyer, MichaelLynnSr, cipeciop
Explications
EerierIdyllMeme: Tom Stoppard, asked this question, said he would want this with English and Italian on facing pages, so in addition to having something to read you'd be able to learn a new language. I really liked this answer.
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164 membres
1 critique
4.9
5 Members
kleo, JAlison.Stirling, elahrairah, DoomLuz, kevin.mcgee
Explications
elahrairah: this collection is bursting with ideas and dreams, for when the problems of the world-as-is are overwhelming...
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5 membres
1 critique
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3,604 membres
94 critiques
4.2
5 Members
yoyogod, abbottthomas, haydninvienna, MareF, tealadytoo
Explications
abbottthomas: It came down to Shakespeare or Wodehouse for my fifth book. What would you do?
haydninvienna: What @abbottthomas said, but then I picked both anyway.
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684 membres
10 critiques
½ 4.4
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294 membres
1 critique
3.8
5 Members
PitcherBooks, mstrust, masterdeski, Karen74Leigh, CeciliaClark
Explications
CeciliaClark: I would prefer not to die of plant poison in my first week of being stranded, so this book seemed a worthy addition.
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77,793 membres
1,427 critiques
½ 4.4
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24,662 membres
472 critiques
4.2
3 Members
JHemlock, ManWithAnAgenda, elahrairah
Explications
elahrairah: the odyssey, but with rabbits. a book about facing the challenges of the world.
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51,421 membres
691 critiques
3.9
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17,808 membres
1,232 critiques
½ 4.3
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3,654 membres
83 critiques
4
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3,275 membres
33 critiques
½ 3.3
3 Members
charl08, abbottthomas, masterdeski
Explications
abbottthomas: This is the only ‘survival’ manual on my shelves so had to come even though it offers advice on escaping kidnappers from a moving a car and dropping out of a burning building.
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41,772 membres
673 critiques
½ 4.3
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24,511 membres
319 critiques
½ 3.6
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16,306 membres
298 critiques
4.1
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27,067 membres
752 critiques
4.2
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34,569 membres
269 critiques
3.9
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663 membres
21 critiques
½ 3.5
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45 membres
3
3 Members
BonnieJune54, SealedArchive, CeciliaClark
Explications
CeciliaClark: This book epitomises why they kicked me out of the D&D club for being too realistic about my character needs. Choosing this one is about sustainable living, safety, security, and eventually, comfort.
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3,816 membres
83 critiques
4.1
3 Members
CDVicarage, BonnieJune54, JenMDB
Explications
BonnieJune54: I get both imaginary friends and some practical advice.
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4,277 membres
35 critiques
4
3 Members
sturlington, MichaelLynnSr, closer
Explications
closer: Greek myths are a joy to read and think about especially if I'm on a desert island, life could always be worse.
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23,899 membres
374 critiques
4
3 Members
abbottthomas, FAMeulstee, elahrairah
Explications
abbottthomas: Rather like Proust, on my desert island I should get through it at last.
elahrairah: the odyssey, but in dublin. another great work that i have only read the first third of and fully intend to get round to the second and third thirds one of these days...
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737 membres
6 critiques
½ 4.4
3 Members
Tess_W, MichaelLynnSr, closer
Explications
closer: I must read a Dickens novel now and then. Keeps me sane.
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7,771 membres
134 critiques
½ 4.3
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91 membres
1 critique
4.2
3 Members
Hartsellang, SealedArchive, CeciliaClark
Explications
CeciliaClark: I have the build a boat book, sustainable project book, and this one because I like the idea of self reliance and know full well that I do not know enough about how to achieve this.
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16,110 membres
295 critiques
3.9
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8,658 membres
89 critiques
½ 3.5
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7,674 membres
404 critiques
4.1
3 Members
amysisson, baystateRA, vwinsloe
Explications
baystateRA: I was picking big novels that would stand up to lots of rereading, with more nuances and themes coming to light each time, but when I saw that someone else had picked The Sparrow, I thought, yes, me too!
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248 membres
15 critiques
½ 4.6
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8,182 membres
587 critiques
4
2 Members
baystateRA, JenMDB
Explications
baystateRA: I picked mostly big novels that would stand up to lots of rereading, with more nuances and themes coming to light each time. It would be hard to leave behind the sequel to Life After Life but I would have my memory of it. Maybe I could reread it once real quick before getting shipwrecked.
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17,271 membres
423 critiques
½ 4.3
2 Members
joyblue, ManWithAnAgenda
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joyblue: I've enjoyed reading (and rereading) this book for 51 years and counting. It never fails to delight and entertain. I read it as a child, read it to my own children, read it over the phone to a friend after her brain surgery (when she couldn't read on her own because it was too taxing), and reread it regularly when I need a happy boost.
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2,252 membres
10 critiques
4.2
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38,070 membres
618 critiques
4.1
2 Members
JohnGorski, nojod
Explications
nojod: This book made me feel so many different emotions for the characters portrayed. I would want to be able to live through those different emotions again and again if I was on a Desert Island away from everything human.
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3,795 membres
40 critiques
4.1
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1,145 membres
14 critiques
½ 4.5
2 Members
namfos, MichaelLynnSr
Explications
namfos: Expansive, well-told story of humankinds tragedies and triumphs.
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812 membres
21 critiques
½ 4.3
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430 membres
17 critiques
3.8
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11,576 membres
272 critiques
4.2
2 Members
Karlstar, JHemlock
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6,518 membres
84 critiques
½ 4.3
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244 membres
10 critiques
4.1
2 Members
kleo, cipeciop
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874 membres
4 critiques
4.2
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9,304 membres
205 critiques
4.1
2 Members
PitcherBooks, haydninvienna
Explications
haydninvienna: The first book I knowingly bought an extra copy of because I didn't want to be without it.
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1 utilisateur
2 Members
closer, Yuki-Onna
Explications
closer: I've read Christie for so long, can't imagine not having one of her stories around to read.
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13,736 membres
111 critiques
4
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5,415 membres
146 critiques
½ 4.3
2 Members
CarltonC, TBR313
Explications
CarltonC: I think that I have read all of the wonderful Lord Peter Wimsey series except this, which for some reason I have “saved”. Now would be the time!
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96 membres
1 critique
½ 4.3
2 Members
anglemark, aadyer
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14,199 membres
148 critiques
4.1
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7,347 membres
162 critiques
3.8
2 Members
charl08, CDVicarage
Explications
charl08: It's so good at describing ice cold temperatures, it would be great for an island with no A/C.
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132 membres
2 critiques
½ 4.6
2 Members
beehappy, KeithChaffee
Explications
beehappy: If I couldn't watch TV, I would want to read about it.
KeithChaffee: every episode gets a 2-page spread, so every time I turn the page, I'll have a full episode of memories to recall
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79 membres
8 critiques
3.8
2 Members
MareF, joyblue
Explications
joyblue: The story is warm and tender; sometimes sad, but more often sweet and/or hopeful; mystical; occasionally truly funny (often, but not exclusively, due to a strange old woman who is the town seamstress).
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838 membres
8 critiques
4.1
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29,218 membres
322 critiques
½ 4.4
Member
jcumani
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25,191 membres
427 critiques
½ 4.3
Member
Charon07
Explications
Charon07: I’d never forgive myself in the afterlife if I died without having read it.
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19,413 membres
310 critiques
4.2
Member
cleed
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17,290 membres
573 critiques
3.8
Member
beehappy
Explications
beehappy: Demonstrates how being mentally tough can help you survive and thrive after a tragedy. Never give up!
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15,762 membres
378 critiques
4
Member
Aquila
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10,150 membres
668 critiques
½ 3.4
Member
amysisson
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7,492 membres
147 critiques
4
77
7,367 membres
132 critiques
3.8
78
5,939 membres
96 critiques
3.9
Member
Yuki-Onna
Explications
Yuki-Onna: My favourite Murakami. It strangely soothes me, & no matter how often I read it, I always get something new out of it.
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4,637 membres
92 critiques
4
80
2,828 membres
57 critiques
4.2
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2,670 membres
32 critiques
4
Member
AndreaLP
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1,962 membres
17 critiques
3.9
83
917 membres
13 critiques
4
Member
KeithChaffee
Explications
KeithChaffee: a look at the complexities of translating, built around the author's numerous attempts to translate a short French poem; the challenge of writing my own versions will keep my mind occupied
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684 membres
45 critiques
4
Member
terran
Explications
terran: This is a wonderfully written book about a down-and-out small town on the north shore of Lake Superior where theater owner, Virgil Wander, lives among other quirky inhabitants.
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561 membres
1 critique
4.8
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318 membres
6 critiques
½ 4.6
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310 membres
10 critiques
4.1
88
255 membres
4 critiques
4.1
Member
yoyogod
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174 membres
2 critiques
½ 4.5
90
82 membres
½ 3.3
Member
chocorua
Explications
chocorua: I've never read the bible in in its full length and since I'd likely have some time, it would be a welcomed pursuit. Also, having been raised in the Catholic faith and given this book as youngster in catechism, I'd likely find it comforting and additionally, due to interest in the philosophy of religion, I would enjoy comparing and contrasting with The Gnostic Bible (also in my choice of books).
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73 membres
1 critique
½ 4.5
Member
helenar238
Explications
helenar238: I can use that desert island time to psychoanalyze myself
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41 membres
4
Member
lottpoet
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11 membres
Member
anglemark
94
Member
dhm
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58,403 membres
908 critiques
4.2
96
27,614 membres
378 critiques
4
97
17,267 membres
169 critiques
½ 3.7
98
13,197 membres
242 critiques
4.2
Member
vwinsloe
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11,952 membres
225 critiques
4.1
Member
slimikin
Explications
slimikin: (Original German version, which I can't figure out how to add to this list on its own)
100
7,123 membres
67 critiques
½ 3.3
Member
kleo