Hi there. Welcome back to this node on the net. Today, I’ll try to answer the oh-so-important question – which 3 books would you take with you to a deserted island?


Without going into technicalities (Not the least of which is – why would I have these 3 books on me, not planning to get stuck on a deserted island and all to begin with?), I have to consider the main qualifiers. There are so many good books out there and the first thing that comes to mind is – should I take the best piece of literary work? The answer has to be “No.”

Here are the main 3 qualifiers I’ll consider while choosing the 3 books:

  • Optimism – I have no desire to add insult to injury…
  • Re-readability – If a book gets stuck with me on the island, it better be one that I can read over and over again.
  • Escapism – Since I can’t possibly escape (Movies are nice, but I’m not building a raft just to be devoured by sharks, thank you very much.)

So, here I am, stuck on an island with all the time in the world. Once I complete creating a shelter and get something to eat I intend to read:

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy / Douglas Adams – Trilogy in 5 parts


There are many things to be said about the guide and by god they’ve been said. Optimism? Helpless. Re-readability? I read it at the very least ten times cover to cover already and by no means had enough. Its witty humor and outlook about life, the universe and everything (excuse the pun) is inspiring. Escapism? Hah! At its best! Get lost in the universe, preferably on-board a ship powered by the improbability drive. Who’s along for the ride? A wacky president, a seasoned traveler, a beautiful woman and a man more depressed than I would be, lost on an island. Not only it made my shortlist of 3 books, it came in first.

The Great Book Of Amber / Roger Zelazny 

Great Book of Amber

Again, qualifies for all three criteria. Optimism galore. A book full of magic and wonder. No problem going on Corwin and Merlin’s journeys again and again, and with the concept of the multi-worlds there’s so much to escape to on that lonely island of mine.

The Lord Of The RingsJ.R.R.Tolkien


I think this speaks for itself, but I’ll go ahead and say a couple of words anyway. Likely the epitome of good triumphing over evil so optimism is taken care of. Re-readability? I will likely re-read this countless times as it is so with the time on the island it’s a given. Escapism? You mean except for hobbits, Elves, Dwarfs, Orcs and magicians?

There you have it! The 3 books I’d take with me to a deserted island.

As a side note, I’d insist on taking a copy of the below distinguished literary magazine.

I mean… for the great… err… articles of course…

So, which books would you take with you to your island? Let us know!

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