Having just concluded a two-month marathon of watching all six seasons of Lost, I started thinking about what I’d want with me if I ended up on that island. Especially if I was stationed in the hatch, punching in a numeric sequence every 108 minutes. I tend to pack light when I travel, so if I’d actually been on Oceanic flight 815 I might have found myself short a few of my favorite things, but as for books, here’s a list of the top ten novels I would want populating my bamboo bookcase:
1. The Stand (Stephen King)
2. It (Stephen King)
3. Summer of Night (Dan Simmons)
4. Farenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
5. The Alienist (Caleb Carr)
6. Boy’s Life (Robert McCammon)
7. I Am Legend (Richard Matheson)
8. 1984 (George Orwell)
9. Twilight Eyes (Dean Koontz)
10. Hell House (Richard Matheson)
As for the second shelf (no bookcase is complete without a second shelf, right?) I’d have to include Just After Sunset, the Shining, and Duma Key (Stephen King), Heart Shaped Box (Joe Hill), Timeline (Michael Crichton), Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury), Velocity (Dean Koontz), Compulsion (Jonathan Kellerman), Swan Song (Robert McCammon), and The Last Ship (William Brinkley). If I could get Fed-Ex to overnight me a few more (maybe on the Dharma sub), I’d also include the entire Gunslinger series (by King, of course).
And I would need an Underwood typewriter and several reams of paper.
How about you? What are some favorite books or stories that populate your Desert Island bookcase?