A: It would kind of depend on how long I was expecting to be on this island. Since I have the luxury of planning ahead and packing for it in advance, I imagine it will be for a bit of an extended stay. In that case, something with lots of pages and a lot of information sounds like the best choice to me.
- The Bible; it has many stories and much to ponder.
- A large English dictionary; I might not be speaking with anyone, but there’s always new things to discover in a dictionary. I don’t know if I would choose The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
or The New Oxford American Dictionary, because I own older versions of both, and they are both good dictionaries. The American Heritage one includes a nice sounding CD-ROM, but that wouldn’t be much help on a desert island without electricity. 🙂
- A large foreign language dictionary (especially if the natives speak something other than English); this sounds like a good time to learn a new skill!
- A 1,000 sudoku puzzlesbook (or more if I could find one), or maybe crossword puzzles since I would have a dictionary. Of course, I’d also have to pack a lot of pencils and erasers.
- The complete works of William Shakespeare—or Harry Potter—or James Rollins; Shakespeare would provide more reading material, but Harry Potter and James Rollins would be more enjoyable
Now, if it was going to be a short-term trip, like during a vacation, I’d pick some more involving books from my shelf that I haven’t had a chance to read yet:
- The Judas Strain by James Rollins, a SIGMA Force novel I haven’t read.
- The Last Oracle by James Rollins, another SIGMA Force novel I haven’t .
- The Doomsday Key by James Rollins, another SIGMA Force novel.
- Seven Sisters by Earlene Fowler, a Benni Harper Mystery.
- Murder, She Meowed by Rita Mae Brown, part of the Mrs. Murphy Mysteries series.
Question inspired from LiveJournal Writer’s Block.
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