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Top Ten Books I’d Be Stranded on an Island With

Hey everyone! I’ve recently been falling down the rabbit hole that is the show Lost (look, I know). But one of the characters on there is pretty much always reading, or looking for new reading material from the crash, and it got me thinking…what books would I bring with me if I could? If I knew I was going to crash on an island, what books would I hope I had in my bag? I did give myself one rule – you can’t count a series as one, and, you can only have one book from a single series, so I had to choose carefully. So here they are, my island books, in absolutely no particular order.

The Lightning Thief

Welcome to my blog – first thing you should know? I’m an absolute, unapologetic Rick Riordan fangirl. I would honestly leave all my other Rick Riordan books at home if it meant I could have The Lightning Thief with me, because, well, it’s the book that started it all, but it’s honestly my favorite of all of Rick’s books. I guarantee I would never get tired of this book, and would read it over and over again.


I know, I know. Rainbow Rowell has come under some MAJOR scrutiny lately, and because of that, I’m not super proud to have her on this list, but I fell in love with this book long before I read E&P or knew of her problematic defense of those characters. But…I still have to include this book, because I honestly cannot get enough of these characters. I just…I adore Levi and because of that I will read this book more than a dozen times and will not get tired of it.

Blood Heir

This one is probably going to be one of the biggest surprises since it doesn’t pop up in a lot of my tags or blog posts, so it’s kindof a secret favorite of mine. Even though I’ve only read this book once, it’s a book that I could see myself reading over and over and over again. I really love Anastasia retellings, and I think that this is one of the best and most original that I’ve read, and I don’t think I’ll ever get enough of it.


I won’t lie, I truly love this book. I never fail to get warm and fuzzy feelings from it, simply because I feel understood. This book just…GETS me, ya know? Willowdean is my soul sister and I love her deeply. I could read this book a million more times, and I would still cry every time I read it.

The Kiss Quotient

Another weird choice for me, since this one really doesn’t rank in my all time favorites. And for a girl who adores fantasy, the fact that this list has so many contemporary books is kindof shocking to me. But The Kiss Quotient is such a good story, and I don’t think I would ever get tired of it. I’ve already read it several times, and I’m genuinely excited to reread this one, so I know that if it was with me on an island, I would definitely be grateful to have it.

A Court of Mist and Fury

ACOMAF is hands down the best book from this trilogy, and if you think differently, I hate to say it, but you’re wrong. I would definitely bring this one with me because again, I don’t think I would ever get tired of this love story. Feyre and Rhys are still one of my favorite literature couples, and I love to see them falling in love.

The Bad Beginning

This is another one very much like The Lightning Thief for me. It started me down my road of reading, and I’ve gone back multiple times to this book, even in adulthood. I think that there’s something witty and engaging about this series that makes it for readers of all ages. I would love to have this book on an island with me, just for the sheer nostalgia of it.


Just like ACOMAF, this, to me, was the best book in the series. I think all of the characters hit their strides in this book, and it was easily the most engaging of all of them. I could read this fantasy world all day long, but if I had to choose just one from this series, it would be Legendary.

House of Earth and Blood

I really love Sarah J Maas, and I think that Crescent City is one of her best works. I read it twice, back to back when it was released, even though it’s over 800 pages. I would read this one over and over again, while simultaneously lamenting the fact that I got stranded before I was able to finish the series and know how everything turns out.

Ready Player One

This one is another odd one for me, but even though I was born in the 90’s (aka the decade after all of the pop culture references in this book), I really love all of the nostalgia present in this book, while also blending it with this weird dystopia and new technology. I’ve read this one several times as well, and I don’t think I’ll get sick of it any time soon (but also, I can’t wait to read Ready Player Two – though that one won’t be coming to my imaginary island)

And that’s my list! These books may not be my all time favorites, but I think that some books are just not meant to be read more than once, no matter how much you loved reading it the first time. What books would you take to your fictional Lost location?

Happy Reading!


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