You’re stranded on a desert island (sadly, not a dessert island, which I think would be heaps better…). You have the complete works of Shakespeare and whichever holy book you want/need…which 5 other books would you choose to have with you?
My choices are as below…
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
OMG, I cried hard at the end of this book, but I absolutely loved it and the way Moyes made me feel such intense emotions…a real journey.
Blurb: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picot
Another book that had me feeling all the feels…and I think it might have been my first Picot book, too-it opened me up to a whole new genre of writing, the idea of the ‘ethical’ dilemma and how far you would go to get what you want/need/love.
Blurb: Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate — a life and a role that she has never challenged… until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister—and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.
Little Women by Louisa M Alcott
When I think of this book I think of my mum and the hours we spent talking about this story, discussing the movie that had been made etc and sobbing at the appropriate moments…my Mum was a huge influence in my life and she encouraged me to read from such a young age.
Blurb: Little Women is the delightful story of the four March girls and their approach towards womanhood.
Meg, the eldest and most beautiful, shrugs off her vanity and social ambition, discovering fulfillment in romantic love. Boyish Jo on the other hand, with her contempt of all “lovering”, turns impetuously towards writing for solace. Gentle Beth rejects worldly interests, preferring to devote her life to her family, to the joy of music and to timidly aiding all who suffer in life. Amy, the youngest and most imperfect of the March girls, continually tries to overcome her selfishness and girlish pretensions, though he has a hard task before her.” (Description from Good reads)
Ain’t She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Philips
The first full length romance novel I read and LOVED. It was funny, sweet and emotional, despite having a hero named Colin who wore a flouncy velvet jacket (from memory)…but it taught me a lot about the development of the H/h relationship and how any bad heroine can be redeemable
Blurb: Sugar Beth Carey’s come back to Parrish, Mississippi, and she’sbrought her reputation for wreaking havoc with her. She’s broke,desperate, and too proud to show it, even with her old enemieslining up for a chance to get even. Her former girlfriends havetheir eyebrow pencils sharpened into lethal points. Winnie Davis,her longtime rival, is fully armed with the money, power, andprestige that had once been Sugar Beth’s. But worst of all isColin Byrne, the man whose career Sugar Beth had destroyed — and not exactly accidentally.
Now Colin’s a famous novelist living in Sugar Beth’s old mansion,and this modern day dark prince is using his writer’s imaginationto figure out how to bring the town’s beautiful former princessto her knees. But despite her sassy mouth, feisty spirit, andhardheaded ways, Sugar Beth’s no longer the spoiled rich girlthey all remember. No, now she’s a woman to be reckoned with …and a great big reckonin’ is about to happen, not least of allfor one dark prince who might — just might — be thinking aboutfalling in love with the wickedest girl in town.
One Month To Become A Mum by Louisa George
My first book in print! To remind myself that anything is possible and to dare to dream!!
Jessie Price lost her only chance at motherhood. It’s a constant hurt until she meets sinfully sexy single dad Dr Luke McKenzie and his gorgeous little girl. Luke’s intoxicating kisses and his daughter’s adoring hugs have Jessie longing for the impossible. But as a temporary locum, the clock’s ticking – there’s only a month to make all her wishes come true…
Which book/s would you want to have close by when you’re stranded on a desert island and why? (And yes, I know I should have had something about survival skills, but…well…you know…)
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