1) Book: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien. "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins. From Sauron's fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion. When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom."Reason Why Chosen: It's hard to state where to start. LOTRs is perhaps the greatest ever action-adventure novel for children. It is my favourite novel of all time. LOTRs is a long, exciting ride, perfect should I be stuck on a island for an extended period of time. It's also fantasy so it would definately take my mind off my current predicament. Plus I'm sure I could pick up some survival skills of Frodo & Co. camping in Middle Earth.
2) Book: Sky Burial by Xinran. "It was 1994 when Xinran, a journalist and the internationally acclaimed author of The Good Women of China, received a telephone call asking her to travel four hours to meet a woman who had just crossed the border from Tibet into China. Xinran made the trip and met the woman, called Shu Wen, who recounted the story of her thirty-year odyssey in the vast landscape of Tibet. In Sky Burial, Xinran has re-created Shu Wen’s journey, painting an extraordinary portrait of a woman and a land, each at the mercy of fate and politics. It is an unforgettable, ultimately uplifting tale of love, loss, loyalty, and survival."
Reason Why Chosen: Sky Burial was the first novel I ever reviewed for Verdict and it is still probably my favourite. (You can read the review HERE). It's a true, heart-warming tale of love, tainted with tragedy. This would be a reminicant book, to reflect on your love and loss. You can guarantee be marrooned on an island you'd spend time thinking of your family and friends, those you've loved and lossed.
Reason Why Chosen: When God Was a Rabbit is a memoir style novel, narrated by the main character Elly and follows her progression through childhood in part one of the novel and then meeting her later in the early years of adulthood in part two of the novel. The first part I absolutely adored. It read as though it had been written by a child; the magic and innocence of those early years are beautifully dictated. Verdict reviewed When God Was a Rabbit, click HERE to read the full review. This book would be ideal to transport me back to my childhood innocence.
Reason Why Chosen: If I want to survivor and \ or get off the island I'll at least want some survival techniques. Who else better than Bear Grylls? Not only do you get the tools and methods for learning to adapt and cope in challenging environments, it's also a tale of endurance and one which he overcame and won. Determination and a motivation boost right there!
Reason Why Chosen: This book would be the ultimate tonic and release! A comedy classic in my opinion and you can guarantee you'll be needing that on the island. Verdict reviewed Bird Brain, read the full critique HERE.