DAY 6: If you were stranded on a desert island, what five books would you take with you? Include one reason for each.
- Skin by Roald Dahl because it is a glorious collection of short stories by one of my favorite writers of all time.
- The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami because his stories are surreal, mad, and fantastic.
- My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger because I need it for my YA fix.
- Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson because their misadventures are always fun, silly, and never boring.
- Lamb by Christopher Moore because I haven’t read it yet and it’s a thick book and it seems wonderful and it’s Christopher Moore.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling, because I never tire of this book.
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, because there’s nothing like being stranded on a desert island with a bunch of obscure footnotes.
- The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six Others by Roald Dahl, because it contains “The Boy Who Talked with Animals,” which is set on an island and maybe a giant turtle will come rescue me.
- Encore Provence by Peter Mayle, because I imagine I will be under the sun a lot and would like to do so while imagining I was in the south of France.
- Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres, because it also takes place on an island and I’ve never read it (but the first few pages made me laugh and one must laugh often when there is nothing else to do).