As an eternal book lover, an Indie author, and a keen world traveller, I’ve found a lot of things, books and otherwise, that inspire me on a daily basis. Without inspiration, life would have been exceedingly boring and mundane, perhaps not even worth living.
World literature has been my first love, and quite possibly my last love too. Recently, I have read a book called “As the World Ends” by Marian Lanouette. From the book blurb, it started with a question: What would you do or where would you go when the Armageddon strikes?
Forever the optimist and and never for a moment believe in the Mayan apocalypse, or any other End of the World scenarios, I find myself asking a different question: What books would I take to my hideout, if I was ever stranded on a desert island?
Let me share with you some of the greatest books I have come across, trying to limit it to ten, due to my intention to pack and travel light .
- Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte): Is there anyone on earth who has not heard of this classic English novel? Even if you have not read it, you must have watched one of its many movie versions. For more of my thoughts on Jane Eyre and its impact on me personally, please go to my blog site: Jane Eyre – Simple Love.
- War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy): I read the Chinese translation of this epic many years ago when I was a student in China, but I would love to read the English translation, since the Russian language will always be beyond me;
- A Poetry Collection: I am no poet. Still, I would love to be able to appreciate poetry more. There are so many fabulous poets from the past to the present, from all over the globe, far too many to list but I would like to go beyond “My love is a red red rose” (Robert Burns) and “Daffodils” (William Wordsworth), and even tackling some of Shakespeare’s sonnets;
- 300 Chinese Tong Poems, again I would like to recite and memorise these beautiful poetry, going back in time when China boasted great poets and wonderful literature;
- Penguin’s Book of Erotic Stories by Women, where else better to savour the pleasure of senses, away from the rest of the world?
- A language textbook, perhaps Spanish, something new and challenging to my brain; Since I am already competent in the other two major languages in the world, namely, Chinese and English, command in Spanish would allow me to go anywhere in the world free of communication barriers;
- The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas), a French classic well worth revisiting and this time in English;
- The Bible – never had time to read it from beginning to end except some excerpts, I would at last devote the time necessary to study it and perhaps even discover the exact reason why it is the most read literature worldwide;
- I am in two minds as to whether to go for Charles Dickens or Thomas Hardy, both my favourite English masters. Shall I toss a coin?
- Oh dear, what an impossible decision to make as to what to pick when I’ve come to Number 10 . Another English classic, perhaps a Jack London or Hemingway? or a brand-new book by one of my favourite Scandinavian writers? Wait, I have a stroke of a genius: my KINDLE, or better, my iPad! With a handy E-Reader, all my indecisions disappear – I can select as many books as I like, including Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, and the whole backlog of Henning Mankell’s Wallander series, or and perhaps some ‘new’, unknown (to me) authors my fellow GoodReads bookworms Sharon Inthol has mentioned, and Lili kept recommending . There are so many great authors out there, some wonderful Indie authors, many of whom I have met and whose work I adore.
Then it hit me – what if there were no electricity on the desert island? The panic was quickly replaced by a sigh of relief: by the time I am forced to live on a desert island, our creative and innovative mankind would have invented a solar-energy charged reading devices. Hopefully even Armageddon strikes, we would still be blessed with abundance of sunshine, wind and waves – it’s high time that the human race develop and make use of alternative energy sources.
I have come to the end of my short list of a long reading list. Would you like to share with us what you would take with you to a desert island, or your next holiday read?
I would love to hear from you.