A Few Favorites


I hate the question about the deserted island.

You know the one– “If you were stranded on a deserted island, what one book would you want to have?” This is a question generally posed to lovers of words, and that makes it inherently unfair. I’ve never met a reader or a writer who could answer that question surely and honestly. Instead we all hem an haw and look for loopholes. “Well, if I were going with something survival-themed, I’d chose Lord of the Flies or The Hunger Games, but if I just wanted to spend my last days laughing, I’d chose Me Talk Pretty One Day or I Was Told There’d Be Cake. Wait, do I have access to a computer on the island? If I could get some work done, I’d go with this year’s Writer’s Market…” No one ever names just one book. And if they do, they lay awake the rest of the night worrying they chose the wrong one. Trust me.

So I want to preface everything you see on this page with the following disclaimer:  These are not ALL the books, poems, stories, quotes, and words I have ever loved. There are many, many more. Chances are, I am reading something right now that, once I finish, could easily land a place on one of these lists. If I were stranded on a deserted island, I would want all of these books and fifty more and one hundred that I haven’t read yet. Because really isn’t that what we should be doing on the island? Reading new things? We’re always complaining that there are too many books we want to read and not enough time to read them. What are we doing packing our favorite titles for that one-way trip to the tropics when we could finally be checking some things off our Goodreads list? Honestly. With that in mind, here are a FEW of my favorite things.

Not all of them. Not even close.




Short Stories:


Young Adult and Children’s Books:   (Meaning books which were written for children and young adults, but which can be enjoyed by anyone with a heart and/or a sense of humor)


Memoirs & Essays:

  • The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan
  • The Color of Water by James Baldwin
  • Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
  • Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley


Adult Fiction: (Meaning fiction written for adults, but which could easily be enjoyed by mature children with a good heads on their shoulders)

  • Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Go and Come Back by Joan Abelove
  • The Shining by Stephen King


Books About Writing:


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