Friday, February 7, 2020

Treasure Island Books via

Pete Halewood of ClassicReader is inviting readers to play...
Treasure Island Books
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? Here are the rules:
8 books you have read of your choice. Any 8 books you wish to spend the next year with. Pick wisely, you’ll be spending a lot of time with them. In principle, the books you love the most or want to spend more time with.
1 book which you have never read before. You know, all those books on your book shelf, that have been there for years? You get to take one. Which one do you want to read the most?
1 ‘the complete works of’. Now, this can add some volume to your treasure trove. Yes, pick 1 author who you get to take the complete works of with you. You don’t have to have read everything at this moment by the author, but enough to make you want to read everything they have over the next year.
Well, here are my choices...
8 Read Books:
1. The Bible: This I read every day anyway, and I cannot think of life without it. 
2. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom: An amazing true story about endurance, resilience, forgiveness, and trusting in God.
3. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: Another true story about coming of age and seeing the world through the eyes of innocence and hope. Even though it does not end well for the author, her message still lives on in her reader's hearts.
4. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe: I love this story because the author was bold and courageous to tell the truth at a time when it was dangerous and unpopular to talk about slavery. 
5. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: This story is epic, and since I would have a year, this is the one I want to ruminate through.
6. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy: I had to bring a Hardy. This is my favorite. 
7. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens: This is one of the most beautiful-feeling stories ever written. Each time I read it, it lifts my spirit. 
8. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: Again, another epic. Tolstoy is the philosopher king, so I could spend a year studying this story. 
1 Unread Book: 1776 by David McCullough: I haven't read a McCullough book, and this is on my unread shelf TBR. It's one of my most anticipated. 
1 Complete Works of: Laura Ingalls Wilder: Just give me all of Laura's books, and I'll be content forever.
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This was difficult because I was only given 10 choices, but it was good because it helped me to narrow down the books that are really important to me. I decided I would only want to take those books that were encouraging and edifying, in some way. 
Some books that almost made it to the list were Wind in the Willows, Letters of a Woman Homesteader, and Unbroken.
All of the books listed, except 1776, are from my PERSONAL CANONI've been compiling a list of books I love because one day I hope to move, and I only plan to take those books that make it to the list. That way I am downsizing and taking only those books that are essential to my life. it's your turn. Visit and make your list. Which "ten" books would you live with for a year on Treasure Island?


  1. Thanks Ruth for sharing your Treasure Island Books! I'm so happy you created your own blog post! I love reading your thoughts behind each choice and it has given plenty of reading inspiration. I absolutely love Tolstoy as well, and was torn between him and Emile Zola as my 'complete works of' but I went for War and Peace as a compromise with the complete works of Emile Zola. It's not just Tolstoy's novels I love, but his short stories and novellas as well, they add so much beauty to the world.

    I agree 10 is challenging, but that was the point as you say, to really focus on the works you would like to spend a year with and I'm so glad you found yours.

  2. PETE: I think you made a good choice w/ War & Peace and Zola's complete works.

  3. GONE WITH THE WIND <3 <3 <3 I'm so happy you ended up loving that title as I do. Ha ha, I cheated with Laura & made her one of my eight so I could read C.S. Lewis's Complete Works.

    This was a fun challenge to really narrow down what I love. I adore Vera Brittain but didn't add anything by her to my list as I seem to have wanted my list to be full of joy and she can be very serious.

    For McCullough: I hope this is okay to say, but so you know -- John Adams is SUPERIOR to 1776. John Adams goes deep and let's you experience the revolution through one man's very, very close perspective (there's a ton of resource material in his direct voice, so you feel as though you are there), while 1776 is more an overview and feels distant in comparison. So don't judge McCullough by 1776 if you choose that title first. John Adams is a masterpiece. x

    Of course, if we were on the island together, we could pool our resources and you could read my copy of John Adams. :D

  4. JILLIAN: I think that's why I am putting 1776 first. My son read it and said it was well done, and he really enjoyed it. So it can't be terrible. Then I thought...I want to read the overview first, and then get specific with Adams. And since your opinion is that Adams is even better than 1776, then I'd more so like to leave the best for "last," so to speak. (Although I have The Pioneers to read after Adams.) And I'm also drawn to read chronologically, so that's another reason why. And yes, we could pool our resources and swap them when done. Although we'll need both copies of the Little House series so we can read them at the same time. LOL!!

  5. What Jillian said... can we all land on the same island so we can share our treasure?! :D This was fun to read, and I just filled it out on my blog. I love that you have a personal canon, too; I've been thinking about creating one (would be hard to narrow it down, though!).

  6. Thanks for sharing this! Anne would be an excellent choice. Her good cheer in the midst of so much fear and isolation is remarkable and inspiring.

  7. Well, I'm proud to say that I've read everything on your 10 read and the complete works of. I have read a number of McCullough as well, and I have 1776 but have not finished it yet. So maybe I need to start that one as well. Good list.

  8. RUTH: Oh, that makes sense! Just as long as you get to John Adams. I don't tend to do things chronologically. I always jump to the best, ha ha. And yes, we will definitely need our own copies of Wilder. :P

    MARIAN: Let's do it! All of us together, lol.

  9. Loved it, and some are my favorite books too.
    I too love that personal cannon idea. I may too one day be having to move and definitely I anticipate the same about having to choose what to keep.

  10. What an interesting thought exercise! I'm sure I'd have trouble picking my ten too...although, then again, if I only picked very longs books, they'd probably take me a whole year to get through anyway. A very good list, though. And a great idea for the personal cannon, I should start thinking about that as a way for my own book downsizing...

  11. MARIAN & JILLIAN....What an adventure! Being stuck on an island w/ other readers w/ nothing but a treasure of books! I love it!!
    And Marian, do consider putting together a personal canon. It is an ongoing project, and there is no limit to what you can add.

    STEPHEN...I feel really stupid...what did you mean by Anne? I cannot figure it out!!!

    SHARON: I'm curious...what else from McCullough have you read? I only own Adams, 1776, and The Pioneers.

    SILVIA: You should do a personal canon, too. There's no limit what you can add.

    AMANDA: Keep in mind that a personal canon is an ongoing project, and you keep adding to it as you read books that are important to you. And there is no limit to the list. : )

  12. I am guessing Stephen refers to Anne Shirley. If not, HE SHOULD BE. She made it to my treasure island list. <3 Ruth, you would LOVE her:

  13. I thought daughter is watching all of the Anne of Green Gables films right now...and each time she puts it on, I tell myself I need to read the book! BTW, I did see Little Women, which was EXCELLENT! I don't think I can read the book the same again without thinking about these characters who were so perfectly cast. So well done.

  14. I knew Laura Ingalls will make it to your list, Ruth! ;)
    Anne Frank is a good choice, as you'd need her courage and positive thinking to inspire you during your "stay" in the island.
    I'm quite surprise on Hardy - I always categorize him as gloomy - but Far from A Madding Crowd is his cheeriest, so..understandable.
    And yay! to A Christmas Carol! How can we survive without Dickens? :)

  15. RUTH: I'm so excited you liked Little Women! I think it was absolutely perfect and did Alcott justice. Amy was PERFECT!!!

    I read Anne of Green Gables with my mother last year. We laughed hysterically. It is such a jolly book. <3

  16. FANDA: Yes, Hardy is really frustrating, but his writing is so beautiful, I knew I'd need at least one of his books. So that was the best choice.

    JILLIAN: When I get done with my unread books, I'll add AGG to my new TBR books.