Books We'd Want on a Desert Island

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Settembre 2023 (see all)
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Stranded on a desert island, acting out our own little Robinsonade, what books would we want by our side? Something comforting? Something uplifting? Something useful? Our List of the Month this September is devoted to the Books We'd Want on a Desert Island. Each participant may vote on five titles. Given the subjective nature of the list, please do not downvote titles.
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50,564 utenti
452 recensioni
½ 4.5
28 Members
scampus, anglemark, JohnGorski, Karlstar, kleo, PuddinTame, lizzy50usa, helena2109, FAMeulstee, willowcove, CarltonC, remikit, Crypto-Willobie, EMS_24, Eowyn1, aadyer, vwinsloe, al.vick, Michael.Rimmer, SF_fan_mae, Karen74Leigh, elahrairah, Charon07, kevin.mcgee, SusanNock, MichelleAbbott, Wyrd1, lfmcmillan
Spiegazioni
elahrairah: i imagine that being on a desert island might occasionally be stressful or upsetting and so it would be important to have a large and familiar and comforting volume to lose myself in.
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31,865 utenti
170 recensioni
½ 4.6
19 Members
JohnGorski, haydninvienna, mstrust, CarltonC, remikit, Crypto-Willobie, sturlington, susanbooks, thalassa_thalassa, Hartsellang, MichaelLynnSr, JAlison.Stirling, tealadytoo, closer, Boand, Yuki-Onna, Carrieida, Charon07, slimikin
Spiegazioni
Hartsellang: Always something more to discover in this collection. Each play, each sonnet, all have such depth. Enjoy them again and again and discover something new each time.
closer: I love his works & I try to read a sonnet or play every month
Boand: No explanation necessary!
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71 utenti
½ 3.3
12 Members
JohnGorski, dara85, lizzy50usa, remikit, EMS_24, Tess_W, LLoLaguayasaminaj, beehappy, closer, Louanne, mombot, MichelleAbbott
Spiegazioni
closer: I read and study my Bible every day, but I would change this version to the Jewish Publication Society's TANAKH translation 2nd edition of The Jewish Study Bible.
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5,426 utenti
33 recensioni
½ 4.6
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10 Members
stillramona, hipdeep, cpg, charl08, masterdeski, ManWithAnAgenda, sqr3cls3, SealedArchive, CeciliaClark, MichelleAbbott
Spiegazioni
CeciliaClark: If I were stranded on an island, I would want to know how to make things that would keep me alive and make being stranded, an adventure not a terror.
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19,870 utenti
370 recensioni
½ 4.3
8
4,820 utenti
48 recensioni
½ 4.3
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3,909 utenti
46 recensioni
½ 4.5
8 Members
EerierIdyllMeme, LolaWalser, abbottthomas, baystateRA, CarltonC, EMS_24, susanbooks, MaskedMumbler
Spiegazioni
EerierIdyllMeme: Apparently they say that someone has hit middle age when they no longer believe they will one day read Proust. Maybe I would actually read it if I were trapped on a desert island.
LolaWalser: Inexhaustible.
abbottthomas: Like LolaWalser said…..
baystateRA: I picked mostly big novels that would stand up to lots of rereading, with more nuances and themes coming to light each time. I ALMOST got to the end of In Search of Lost Time several decades ago, but stopped. I still don't know why!
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38,913 utenti
723 recensioni
4.2
8 Members
se71, charl08, Karlstar, macygma, remikit, vwinsloe, CeciliaClark, Wyrd1
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CeciliaClark: This book is for my entertainment. I enjoy Douglas Adams' way of looking at the world and since there are no Terry Pratchetts in the choices, Mr Adams is my next best.There are many books on this list which I would like to read again and many books not on the list I would take if I could however of this list Douglas Adams book makes me smile.
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79 utenti
½ 4.3
7 Members
anglemark, paradoxosalpha, EerierIdyllMeme, LolaWalser, Hartsellang, helenar238, Wyrd1
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LolaWalser: This, but not this version; I'd definitely want with me the Powys-Mathers one (based on the French translation by J.C. Mardrus), lavishly expanded with Powys-Mathers' own faux "Arabian" poetry (at least as good as FitzGeraldian Khayyam).
Hartsellang: The diversity of its frame story. Ever leading the thoughts here and there. Dreamy. Agreed that other versions are more expansive.
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3,865 utenti
60 recensioni
4.9
7 Members
charl08, PuddinTame, ferness, Agnesium, KeithChaffee, SusanNock, Wyrd1
Spiegazioni
KeithChaffee: classic entertainment that will never grow stale
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612 utenti
3 recensioni
4.2
7 Members
thewordygecko, helena2109, goldenlobo, baystateRA, susanbooks, mombot, SusanNock
Spiegazioni
baystateRA: I picked mostly big novels that would stand up to lots of rereading, with more nuances and themes coming to light each time. I think there's no question this one would fit the bill.
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16,570 utenti
443 recensioni
½ 4.3
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28,981 utenti
460 recensioni
½ 4.3
6 Members
pitjrw, BonnieJune54, CharlesTheB, elahrairah, helenar238, mombot
Spiegazioni
elahrairah: i've only read the first volume, and found it an intense experience. perhaps on a desert island i would be able to enjoy the second and third volume at my leisure.
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20,849 utenti
615 recensioni
4.2
5 Members
CDVicarage, perennialreader, tina1969, tealadytoo, Boand
Spiegazioni
Boand: The most evocative and wonderful mystery I know.
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21,863 utenti
188 recensioni
4.1
5 Members
EerierIdyllMeme, CarltonC, aadyer, MichaelLynnSr, cipeciop
Spiegazioni
EerierIdyllMeme: Tom Stoppard, asked this question, said he would want this with English and Italian on facing pages, so in addition to having something to read you'd be able to learn a new language. I really liked this answer.
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176 utenti
1 recensione
4.9
5 Members
kleo, JAlison.Stirling, elahrairah, DoomLuz, kevin.mcgee
Spiegazioni
elahrairah: this collection is bursting with ideas and dreams, for when the problems of the world-as-is are overwhelming...
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5 utenti
1 recensione
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3,647 utenti
96 recensioni
4.2
5 Members
yoyogod, abbottthomas, haydninvienna, MareF, tealadytoo
Spiegazioni
abbottthomas: It came down to Shakespeare or Wodehouse for my fifth book. What would you do?
haydninvienna: What @abbottthomas said, but then I picked both anyway.
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91 utenti
1 recensione
4.2
5 Members
MaskedMumbler, Hartsellang, hotblack43, SealedArchive, CeciliaClark
Spiegazioni
CeciliaClark: I have the build a boat book, sustainable project book, and this one because I like the idea of self reliance and know full well that I do not know enough about how to achieve this.
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24,999 utenti
472 recensioni
4.2
4 Members
SF_fan_mae, JHemlock, ManWithAnAgenda, elahrairah
Spiegazioni
elahrairah: the odyssey, but with rabbits. a book about facing the challenges of the world.
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697 utenti
10 recensioni
½ 4.3
24
300 utenti
1 recensione
3.8
5 Members
PitcherBooks, mstrust, masterdeski, Karen74Leigh, CeciliaClark
Spiegazioni
CeciliaClark: I would prefer not to die of plant poison in my first week of being stranded, so this book seemed a worthy addition.
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78,802 utenti
1,434 recensioni
½ 4.4
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24,171 utenti
379 recensioni
4
4 Members
abbottthomas, FAMeulstee, MaskedMumbler, elahrairah
Spiegazioni
abbottthomas: Rather like Proust, on my desert island I should get through it at last.
elahrairah: the odyssey, but in dublin. another great work that i have only read the first third of and fully intend to get round to the second and third thirds one of these days...
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8,816 utenti
90 recensioni
½ 3.5
28
52,244 utenti
706 recensioni
3.9
29
18,259 utenti
1,250 recensioni
½ 4.3
30
3,683 utenti
84 recensioni
4
31
3,320 utenti
33 recensioni
½ 3.3
3 Members
charl08, abbottthomas, masterdeski
Spiegazioni
abbottthomas: This is the only ‘survival’ manual on my shelves so had to come even though it offers advice on escaping kidnappers from a moving a car and dropping out of a burning building.
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42,803 utenti
695 recensioni
½ 4.3
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23,338 utenti
323 recensioni
½ 3.6
34
16,408 utenti
300 recensioni
4.1
35
27,356 utenti
754 recensioni
4.2
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35,100 utenti
272 recensioni
3.9
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684 utenti
21 recensioni
½ 3.5
38
51 utenti
3
3 Members
BonnieJune54, SealedArchive, CeciliaClark
Spiegazioni
CeciliaClark: This book epitomises why they kicked me out of the D&D club for being too realistic about my character needs. Choosing this one is about sustainable living, safety, security, and eventually, comfort.
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3,895 utenti
84 recensioni
4.1
3 Members
CDVicarage, BonnieJune54, JenMDB
Spiegazioni
BonnieJune54: I get both imaginary friends and some practical advice.
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4,344 utenti
35 recensioni
4
3 Members
sturlington, MichaelLynnSr, closer
Spiegazioni
closer: Greek myths are a joy to read and think about especially if I'm on a desert island, life could always be worse.
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743 utenti
6 recensioni
½ 4.4
3 Members
Tess_W, MichaelLynnSr, closer
Spiegazioni
closer: I must read a Dickens novel now and then. Keeps me sane.
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7,917 utenti
138 recensioni
½ 4.3
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16,399 utenti
295 recensioni
3.9
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7,743 utenti
406 recensioni
4.1
3 Members
amysisson, baystateRA, vwinsloe
Spiegazioni
baystateRA: I was picking big novels that would stand up to lots of rereading, with more nuances and themes coming to light each time, but when I saw that someone else had picked The Sparrow, I thought, yes, me too!
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258 utenti
15 recensioni
½ 4.5
46
13,232 utenti
244 recensioni
4.2
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8,298 utenti
593 recensioni
4
2 Members
baystateRA, JenMDB
Spiegazioni
baystateRA: I picked mostly big novels that would stand up to lots of rereading, with more nuances and themes coming to light each time. It would be hard to leave behind the sequel to Life After Life but I would have my memory of it. Maybe I could reread it once real quick before getting shipwrecked.
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94,863 utenti
1,193 recensioni
½ 4.3
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17,555 utenti
425 recensioni
½ 4.3
2 Members
joyblue, ManWithAnAgenda
Spiegazioni
joyblue: I've enjoyed reading (and rereading) this book for 51 years and counting. It never fails to delight and entertain. I read it as a child, read it to my own children, read it over the phone to a friend after her brain surgery (when she couldn't read on her own because it was too taxing), and reread it regularly when I need a happy boost.
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2,275 utenti
11 recensioni
4.2
51
21 utenti
5
52
38,628 utenti
632 recensioni
4.1
2 Members
JohnGorski, nojod
Spiegazioni
nojod: This book made me feel so many different emotions for the characters portrayed. I would want to be able to live through those different emotions again and again if I was on a Desert Island away from everything human.
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3,840 utenti
40 recensioni
4.1
54
1,163 utenti
15 recensioni
½ 4.5
2 Members
namfos, MichaelLynnSr
Spiegazioni
namfos: Expansive, well-told story of humankinds tragedies and triumphs.
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831 utenti
21 recensioni
½ 4.3
56
435 utenti
17 recensioni
3.8
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11,792 utenti
276 recensioni
4.2
2 Members
Karlstar, JHemlock
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6,606 utenti
84 recensioni
½ 4.3
60
249 utenti
10 recensioni
4.1
2 Members
kleo, cipeciop
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885 utenti
4 recensioni
4.2
62
9,418 utenti
205 recensioni
4.1
2 Members
PitcherBooks, haydninvienna
Spiegazioni
haydninvienna: The first book I knowingly bought an extra copy of because I didn't want to be without it.
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1 utente
2 Members
closer, Yuki-Onna
Spiegazioni
closer: I've read Christie for so long, can't imagine not having one of her stories around to read.
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13,971 utenti
113 recensioni
4
65
5,471 utenti
150 recensioni
½ 4.3
2 Members
CarltonC, TBR313
Spiegazioni
CarltonC: I think that I have read all of the wonderful Lord Peter Wimsey series except this, which for some reason I have “saved”. Now would be the time!
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97 utenti
1 recensione
½ 4.3
2 Members
anglemark, aadyer
67
14,822 utenti
153 recensioni
4.1
68
7,396 utenti
163 recensioni
3.8
2 Members
charl08, CDVicarage
Spiegazioni
charl08: It's so good at describing ice cold temperatures, it would be great for an island with no A/C.
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134 utenti
2 recensioni
½ 4.6
2 Members
beehappy, KeithChaffee
Spiegazioni
beehappy: If I couldn't watch TV, I would want to read about it.
KeithChaffee: every episode gets a 2-page spread, so every time I turn the page, I'll have a full episode of memories to recall
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98 utenti
8 recensioni
3.9
2 Members
MareF, joyblue
Spiegazioni
joyblue: The story is warm and tender; sometimes sad, but more often sweet and/or hopeful; mystical; occasionally truly funny (often, but not exclusively, due to a strange old woman who is the town seamstress).
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846 utenti
8 recensioni
4.1
72
29,617 utenti
331 recensioni
½ 4.4
Member
jcumani
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25,637 utenti
435 recensioni
½ 4.3
Member
Charon07
Spiegazioni
Charon07: I’d never forgive myself in the afterlife if I died without having read it.
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19,574 utenti
313 recensioni
4.2
Member
cleed
75
17,709 utenti
581 recensioni
3.8
Member
beehappy
Spiegazioni
beehappy: Demonstrates how being mentally tough can help you survive and thrive after a tragedy. Never give up!
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15,997 utenti
384 recensioni
4
Member
Aquila
77
10,331 utenti
673 recensioni
½ 3.4
Member
amysisson
78
7,587 utenti
147 recensioni
4
79
7,402 utenti
132 recensioni
3.8
80
5,991 utenti
97 recensioni
3.9
Member
Yuki-Onna
Spiegazioni
Yuki-Onna: My favourite Murakami. It strangely soothes me, & no matter how often I read it, I always get something new out of it.
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4,708 utenti
92 recensioni
4
82
2,863 utenti
58 recensioni
4.2
83
2,695 utenti
32 recensioni
4
Member
AndreaLP
84
2,011 utenti
17 recensioni
3.9
85
922 utenti
13 recensioni
4
Member
KeithChaffee
Spiegazioni
KeithChaffee: a look at the complexities of translating, built around the author's numerous attempts to translate a short French poem; the challenge of writing my own versions will keep my mind occupied
86
706 utenti
45 recensioni
4
Member
terran
Spiegazioni
terran: This is a wonderfully written book about a down-and-out small town on the north shore of Lake Superior where theater owner, Virgil Wander, lives among other quirky inhabitants.
87
596 utenti
2 recensioni
4.8
88
327 utenti
6 recensioni
½ 4.6
89
318 utenti
11 recensioni
4
90
262 utenti
4 recensioni
4.1
Member
yoyogod
91
180 utenti
2 recensioni
½ 4.5
92
84 utenti
½ 3.3
Member
chocorua
Spiegazioni
chocorua: I've never read the bible in in its full length and since I'd likely have some time, it would be a welcomed pursuit. Also, having been raised in the Catholic faith and given this book as youngster in catechism, I'd likely find it comforting and additionally, due to interest in the philosophy of religion, I would enjoy comparing and contrasting with The Gnostic Bible (also in my choice of books).
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75 utenti
2 recensioni
½ 4.5
Member
helenar238
Spiegazioni
helenar238: I can use that desert island time to psychoanalyze myself
94
41 utenti
4
Member
lottpoet
95
11 utenti
Member
anglemark
96
Member
dhm
97
59,270 utenti
923 recensioni
4.2
98
27,915 utenti
381 recensioni
4
99
17,591 utenti
172 recensioni
½ 3.7
100
12,154 utenti
228 recensioni
4.1
Member
slimikin
Spiegazioni
slimikin: (Original German version, which I can't figure out how to add to this list on its own)