Desert Island Books with … Brenda from Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

Desert Island Books

Welcome to another visit to my literary desert island, and this week I have stranded my fellow blogger, Brenda, from Traveling Sisters Book Reviews. Let’s see what bookish companions she has brought with her to keep her company.

Thank you for stranding me on your desert island! I look forward to spending some time with some books that I have wanted to read for a while. The books I chose to take with me are books that I have had a hard time committing to due to their length or the time it would take to focus on them. I don’t think I would have that problem if I were stranded on a desert island.

Book One – The Outsider by Stephen King


A horrifying crime.

Water-tight evidence points to a single suspect.

Except he was seventy miles away, with an iron-clad alibi.

Detective Anderson sets out to investigate the impossible: how can the suspect have been both at the scene of the crime and in another town?

Stephen King’s books intimidate by their length, and I am always putting them off. I do have a couple of books by Stephen King. This one is not the longest book I have by him, but it is the latest one I bought. I am not sure if a horror novel is the best choice to read alone on a desert Island, but I do love dark books.

Book Two – The Warmth Of Other Sums by Isabel Wilkerson


From 1915 to 1970, an exodus of almost six million people would change the face of America. With stunning historical detail, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson gives us this definitive, vividly dramatic account of how these journeys unfolded.

Based on interviews with more than 1,000 people and access to new data and official records, The Warmth of Other Suns tells the story of America’s Great Migration through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, where she achieved quiet blue-collar success and, in old age, voted for Barack Obama when he ran for an Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, where he endangered his job fighting for civil rights, saw his family fall and finally found peace in God; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career, becoming the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glitteringly successful medical career.

Wilkerson brilliantly captures their first treacherous and exhausting cross-country journeys, as well as how they changed their new homes forever.

This one will definitely require my full attention while reading it and will take me a while to get through. So I feel like I would need to be on a desert island to get to it and through it finally.

Book Three – Dune by Frank Herbert


Melange, or ‘spice’, is the most valuable – and rarest – element in the universe; a drug that does everything from increasing a person’s life-span to making intersteller travel possible. And it can only be found on a single planet: the inhospitable desert world Arrakis.

Whoever controls Arrakis controls the spice. And whoever controls the spice controls the universe.

When the Emperor transfers stewardship of Arrakis from the noble House Harkonnen to House Atreides, the Harkonnens fight back, murdering Duke Leto Atreides. Paul, his son, and Lady Jessica, his concubine, flee into the desert. On the point of death, they are rescued by a band for Fremen, the native people of Arrakis, who control Arrakis’ second great resource: the giant worms that burrow beneath the burning desert sands.

In order to avenge his father and retake Arrakis from the Harkonnens, Paul must earn the trust of the Fremen and lead a tiny army against the innumerable forces aligned against them.

And his journey will change the universe.

I have commitment issues when it comes to long books, and this is one long book I feel like I won’t be able to commit to unless I had plenty of time. So I think one would be another perfect choice for a desert island.

Book Four – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood


I believe in the resistance as I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.

Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford her assigned name, Offred, means of Fred . She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire. As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs.

I have tried to start this one a few times, but I just never take the time I need to focus on it, so I find myself putting it off. I would like to take the time and analyze it as I read it. I have watched the TV show and loved it. I think I would also spend some time thinking about the book and the TV show and comparing the two of them.

Book Five – Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen


Jane Austen’s subtle and witty novel of secrets and suppression, lies and seduction, brilliantly portrays a world where rigid social convention clashes with the impulses of the heart.

It tells the story of two very different sisters who find themselves thrown into an unkind world when their father dies. Marianne, wild and impulsive, falls dangerously in love, while Elinor suffers her own private heartbreak but conceals her true feelings, even from those closest to her.

This is another one I would like to take my time reading and analyze it as I read it.

My luxury item


The essential item I would like to bring with me would be a permanent pen and an endless amount of paper to make notes. I am hoping that counts as one, but if not, a pen so I could underline the things I want to remember.

About Brenda

Through Goodreads, I started doing buddy reads, and that is how I met Lindsay. We started a reading group and called ourselves the Traveling Sisters. After a few group reads, Lindsay joined our blog. We have been reading and reviewing together for over 3 years on our blog Traveling Sisters Book Reviews.

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Twitter: @TSbookreviews

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