This week’s meme from The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Books I’d Want on a Desert Island. During these days of Revolution, dystopia, extreme duct taping and Doomsday Preppers, I took this list VERY seriously. Here are my ten waterproof picks:
- Hate to be boring and obvious, but the first book I’d make sure I had was a copy of How To Survive on a Desert Island by Jim Pipe and brought to us by Tough Guides. It has a gator on the cover. ‘Nuff said.
- They may not be mansions or even tree houses, but Shelters, Shacks and Shanties: The Classic Guide to Building Wilderness Shelters by D.C. Beard would have to be in my library. Gimme Shelter.
- If you come across any quicksand or man-eating tigers on your island: The Boys’ Book of Survival: How to Survive Anything, Anywhere by Guy Campbell will help. Apparently, girls have these techniques memorized as there is no equivalent book for females. Girls rock. And survive.
- Creepy Crawly Cuisine: The Gourmet Guide to Edible Insects by Julieta Ramos-Elorduy. OVER. 60. RECIPES. AND. HISTORIES.
- What Not To Wear by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine. After all, you want to look worthy of being rescued. Plus, the duo of Trinny and Susannah seem a little harsher and more drill-sergeant like than the American duo, which is more what you will need to stay in line.
- Sometimes a girl just needs to perform everything from Green Day to Katy Perry to Josh Groban. That’s when Billboard Sheet Music Hits 2000-2010 will come in handy. Especially if the Harlem Globetrotters visit your island in a very special episode.
- So how do you keep up your skin-care regime and cleansing rituals? Make sure you have a copy of Natural Beauty Recipe Book by Gill Farrer-Halls. Ditto comment in #5.
- You won’t need an exercise plan, what with all that hunting, gathering, building, fishing and hiking. But days of being chased by giant scorpions or a smoke monster may start to wear on you. Be sure to get back into balance with How to Meditate: A Practical Guide by Kathleen McDonald. If you prefer yoga, take Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing by Timothy McCall instead.
- You may need some entertainment that is of the solo variety. Now don’t get your grannies in a bunch; I just mean playing cards, for corn’s sake. Check out Card Games for One by Peter Arnold.
- Of course you need to be able to unwind at night with your hand-made spear by your side. Instead of listening to the pounding surf OR trying to ignore the screeching of packs of monkeys who try to steal your food OR planning how to build a generator out of coconuts and some seaweed, you should have a special book that you won’t mind reading over and over (and over) again. Ad infinitum. Ad nauseam. Ex libris. Et cetera. And that book is: (drum roll, please!) CRAP! A plane! Gotta go light the torches!
(**And, PS, I haven’t read a one of the aforementioned books with the exception of What Not To Wear which I do actually own. Though you can’t tell. Even far away. So this is not any kind of endorsement of these tomes whatsoever.**)