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You're packing your bag for that other desert island—the one with no electricity—what 5 books do you take with you?

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  • 1. My STAR WARS books. Every one of them.

    2. PEOPLE magazine.

    3. ERAGON.

    4. TWILIGHT.

  • 1) A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens 2) The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova 3) Lunar Park - Bret East Ellis 4) The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho 5) Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
  • Wow... that's hard.

    1. The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan. This is possibly the best book I have ever read and something you can get more out of the more you read it.
    2. The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. This book is amazing and would keep me busy for a while so I wouldn't get too terribly bored surviving and all.
    3. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden. Probably the book with the most impact and reverberation on my life from middle school to now.
    4. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. My favorite classic lit book so far (I'm in the middle of Jane Eyre right now so that will probably change) and I have to keep my mind in shape while I'm fending off bowling ball-sized mosquitoes and searching for coconuts.
    5. How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan. Scratch that, I'm just bringing David with me!
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire- J.K. Rowling

    Discworld: The Rincewind Collection (contains Color of Magic, Light Fantastic, Eric, and Sourcery)- Terry Pratchett

    Rainbow Road- Alex Sanchez

    The Year of Living Biblically- A.J. Jacobs

    A blank notebook so I could write
  • I take a Kindle, satellite internet connection gear, and solar panels.  Because it's a *desert island*, it's gonna have sun.  Now it has electricity, and I control it, so the next poor SOBs that wash up here had better share the food.

  • 1. Paint it Black by Janet Fitch 2. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff 3. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead 4. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous 5. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray

  • J.R.R. Tolkien: Lord of the Rings
    Marya Hornbacher: Wasted
    OA Twelve Steps and Twelve traditions
    And the book about all kinds of plants (so I know what I can eat, and use otherwise :P)

    (Living and getting out of desert island for dummies :P)
  • Only five? Well that sucks...
    #1: Twilight
    #2: New Moon
    #3: Eclipse
    #4: Breaking Dawn
    #5: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
  • Probably I would pack one self help book.  I am sure it would take me some time to come to grips with why I had willingly gone to a desert island without electricity and had only brought five books, one of which would be that self-help book; I'd probably read it twice.  I actually own one quasi-self-help book which was a gift, though as this is a hypothetical situation I would undoubedtly bring another I had yet to read just to be arbitrary.
    I would defintely bring some sort of surviving desert islands without electricity book because you never know when you might need some helpful instruction.  This I'd reference as often as I cursed myself, almost assuredly.
    That leaves three more books and as the above says, "You're packing..." and doesn't specify either if that is a multiple nor if there will be inhabitants on this Classic age island, then I would certainly be tempted to bring a couple of books offhand:
    1. A compendium containing pictures and details of modern conveniences and inventions since electricity came into use, perhaps even something with a picture of Ben Franklin smiling.
    2. A book, perhaps the Kama Sutra, on sex.  If one was going to a desert island without electricity you can't be quite sure what language they might speak and there's no language like the language of love!  Besides, you might decide to stay.  If worse comes to worse and you're both unaccompanied and the place is deserted, well...
    Finally, I would heft something worth reading more than once, just in case.
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