Top Ten Tuesday- Just In Case Sawyer's Not There

The Broke and the Bookish are asking us this week to decide what ten books we'd like to take with us on a deserted island. I'd like to get two things out of the way, the first being I feel like I've done this list before. I'm too lazy to hunt around for it, but the topic just feels very familiar... The second is that I really wouldn't want to take book to a deserted island because I am 110% confident that Sawyer would be there and, frankly, no books would be needed. 

Just in case I ended up on, like Lesbian Island (which would be absolutely fine, I just might have some extra free time I wasn't planning on), I might want some books. And here are the ones I'd need:

1. The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank- Wait, this won't prevent me from starving? What? Forget it.

2. Fold a Banana and 146 Other Things to Do When You're Bored by Jim Erskine- I have a feeling there's a lot of downtime when you're stranded on a deserted island. While there may not be access to bananas, I'm sure some of the other ideas will work.

3. The Mammoth Book of Soduku- 400 New Puzzles by Nathan Hasslebauer- Again, the downtime. I'm not great at soduku, but I don't hate it. This would definitely suck up some time, since each one would take me at least an hour.

4. House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski- I've never read it but my husband says good things. As a piece of experimental fiction, it seems like something that would require a lot of thought and careful reading. And, who knows- maybe the book will actually teach me how to make shelter (badadada- but seriously folks).

5. Camp Cooking by the National Museum of Forest Service History- I pride myself in being a somewhat competent cook, but that's only because I have access to the internet and Trader Joe's. Hopefully this book can help me make a tasty Foliage Stew or Squirrel Tacos.

6. SAS Survival Guide 2E: For Any Climate, For Any Situation by John Wiseman- This book will tell you what is safe to eat, how to tie knots, how to track animals (I suppose I'll have to start eating meat again), and how to use plants for medicine.

7. Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook by Denise Alvarado- Just in case people come on my island and start messing with my things. It will only be used for emergency situations, not just to get revenge on all the assholes on the mainland that aren't rescuing me.

8.  In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust- I have no idea what this is about, I just know that at 7 volumes and 4,211 pages it is the longest novel ever. That could buy me some time.

9. How to Commit Suicide in 10 Easy Steps by K.J. Rolling- You guys, I'm not sure how long I'm going to be able to take the island life. If Sawyer was there then probably a few months, but alone? I just don't know. By the way- isn't the author a tad familiar sounding?

10. How to Build Wooden Boats by Edwin Monk- I've put together countless Ikea Billy Bookcases, I'm sure I can hand a little boat. 

Until next time...


  1. lol the title of your post is perfect for this week's theme ;) Some of your books are useful for a deserted island scenario, that's fantastic. And nice that you added Proust in there...perhaps I should've added him, I definitely have him waiting on my Kobo to be read O_O

  2. Lesbian Island, haha. I'd love to read Marcel proust one day. It's such a gargantuan undertaking though, isn;t it? but I wrote that only a month ago so like you I made another list for today:

  3. Your approach made me laugh. Some of these books might even be useful! Great list! :)

  4. First off LOVE the Lost reference! Great list...oh and Im a new follower. Feel free to checkout my TTT

  5. I kinda zoned out after that picture of Sawyer.... he would definitely be welcome on my deserted island!

  6. i love the list (i have the SAS survival guide and a camp cooking book on my list too). Your list made me laugh.. and I would love to add them to my list and of course....

  7. Interesting choices. I went for my faves instead of usefulness. ;D

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  8. Haha, I love your picks! Sudoku's would be great and I like that you choose some practical books. And some very funny ones, like folding banana's :p


  9. Love your list! It looks like you've got some pretty helpful books there. We didn't really think about books that would actually help us survive on an island; all we thought about was fending off boredom, lol.

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  10. Awesome list. A sudoku book is a great idea! And thanks for that picture of Sawyer! (:

  11. I love The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing too! I remember when it first came out and I have read it so many times since then.