Treasure Island Books (tag!)

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Saw this over on Ruth’s blog (originally from and couldn’t resist!

You are stuck on a ‘Treasure Island’ for 1 year, which you landed on due to a complication during a parasailing event. You walk through the island and find a treasure trove. Contained in the treasure are the books you will spend the next year with. They can be books to gain knowledge, information, understanding, spirituality or just to entertain, it’s completely up to you. Which books would they be?

Rules: 8 books you have read of your choice, 1 book which you have never read before, and 1 ‘the complete works of’.

8 Reads

  1. Wildflowers of North America by Pam Forey – I’ll need a book to remind me of home, and this was the first one that came to mind (childhood favorite).
  2. Sylvie and Bruno by Lewis Carroll – Not to get Hallmark-y, but it’s a whimsical book that touched my heart. I first read it eight years ago already and would love to read it again.
  3. Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome – A book that makes me laugh every time. 😀
  4. Kidnapped by R. L. Stevenson – Big favorite of mine. The friendship between Alan and Davey is just what I’ll need to get me through a desert island.
  5. Magellania by Jules Verne – A book ABOUT a guy on an island, with existentialism and Shady Capitalists and stuff. Perfect novel to keep me socially minded from afar (in all seriousness, it’s one of my very, very favorites).
  6. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien – This book includes poetry so it’s like 2 for 1. It’s also the most perfect novel ever written, in my opinion. 🙂
  7. Works of Love by Søren Kirkegaard – Probably the most formative nonfiction of my life, after the Bible. Need to read it again.
  8. The Bible – Self-explanatory.

1 Unread

  • Either/Or by Søren Kierkegaard – This is a mega tome but one of his most important works. I probably need to be alone on an island to read and digest it sensibly. Then I can come back to society and be Very Learned.

1 Complete Works Of:

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – He wrote a TON of stuff outside Sherlock Holmes, some of which I’ve read and some of which I haven’t yet. I don’t think I’d get bored!

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  1. petehalewood Avatar

    Wonderful post Marian, so glad you had a go at Treasure Island Books! Plenty of books for me to think about there, and it makes me realise I really have to get some Arthur Conan Doyle. I’m not sure why I have never thought about reading Sherlock Holmes or his other works as you mention, but I’m definitely thinking about it now.

    I was delighted to see Søren Kierkegaard in your list as well. Another writer I haven’t read yet but has been on my reading plan for a long time. I will have to find those books on my next trip to a book shop!


    1. Marian Avatar

      Thanks, Pete! Sherlock Holmes is really great, especially the short stories. I love Kierkegaard as well though he is much tougher to read – Fear and Trembling is an excellent introduction. 🙂

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  2. smellincoffee Avatar

    I saw a Great Book Study’s entry for this and was preparing my own yesterday before sleep overtook me. I’ll see if I can’t finish it off tonight. 🙂

    I liked your wildflowers idea! A few on your list I haven’t heard of..including Sylvia and Bruno. I’m afraid the Alice books are the only thing I associate with Lewis Carroll!


    1. Marian Avatar

      The Alice books are still his best work, I think…Sylvie and Bruno is esoteric by comparison 😀


  3. Reading Freely Avatar
    Reading Freely

    […] we headed into the weekend, a post from A Great Book Study and Marian drew my attention to a little survey or game created by Classic Reader, called “Treasure […]


  4. Mudpuddle Avatar

    off the top of my…:
    no, this will take some research…

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    1. Marian Avatar

      would love to hear your list, Mudpuddle (after said research :D)


  5. great book study Avatar
    great book study

    Glad you were able to put together a list!

    I’ve not read any Kirkegaard. Would you suggest Works of Love as a good place to start?


    1. Marian Avatar

      I’d say go for it! I read the Hong translation and found it quite readable:

      It’s a sweeping discourse on love, so can be dense in places. It really changed my life, though.

      If you’d like to start with a narrower scope, then Fear and Trembling is excellent – it’s laser-focused on the story of God asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, without going on too many tangents. That was my first Kierkegaard. 🙂


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