5 After 5, Books for a Deserted Island

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was 5 children's books you love and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here.

Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.

And this series is now a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!

List 5 books you'd take to a deserted island

I already mentioned last week that this week's list isn't so simple as just choosing your five favorites to take with you (even though I'm sure the five you choose would have to be some of your favorite books!), because these books would have to carry the added weight of being some you could read over and over and over again and still not grow tired of.

1.  The Bible

I know, I know.  This one's as obvious as answering "Jesus" for whom you'd like to sit down and have dinner with, but that's okay, because, um, it's The Bible.

I mean, can you think of a better book to read over and over and over?

Not me.

Cheating, cheating, totally cheating, I know.  But I'll just glue all the covers together so that it really is all one, giant, 5-ton book, m'kay?

Seriously, with thousands of pages and plenty of historical juice to wade through, this series can easily be read time and again and still seem almost new.

3.  The Harry Potter Series


Sing it with me now, "Oops!...I did it again..."

Although I really don't mean the "oops," because as you can see, this set is just in one giant box, which clearly indicates that it's just one book.

Again, these books are so clever, I think I could find new connections each time I read them.  Plus, despite the often dark storyline, these books are just lots of fun - which is definitely going to be important during my stay out there with Wilson as my only company and all those grubs I'll be ingesting.

4.  A little James Joyce

Because being stranded on a deserted island is the only way I'm ever going to read his stuff!


Who am I kidding?  I'd just use this collection to feed my fire one evening and keep reading my other books, instead.

So, my real number 4 is:

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Because Bill Bryson's take on the meaning of life and all things science is about as philosophical as I can get.

I kid, because being married to a philosopher means that I've read all sorts of real philosophy, but seriously, I'd rather contemplate the meaning of life with few Bryson quips thrown in along the way than flick the specks of sand off anything by Kant, Heidegger, or  Hegel.

5.  A book like The Big Book of Brain Games

Because I love to play games, and while one of the books I talked about here would require a stay on a desert island in order to try them all out, I'm assuming I'm stuck there by myself and thus I only have my own brain to pit myself against.

For next week:

List 5 of your favorite National Parks

Summer is approaching, so it's the perfect time to get out and enjoy all that nature has to offer!

Whether you've visited a park in person, or just dream of going someday, what do you think are the top 5 parks to explore?

And now, here's this week's link party!  Two other fabulous bloggers have teamed up with me to create lists of five each week and we hope that you'll join us, too!

That's right, every post will be read, pinned and tweeted!  

Every Saturday, just stop by one of our three blogs to add your own list of five, then pop over and read as many other posts as you're able to each week - treat it like a true party and really mix it up and mingle with our fun little community!

The rules are simple:  just write your own list following the prompt each week (feel free to interpret it loosely - or in a unique way!), follow each of the three hosts on the social media channel of your choice, and then get into the spirit of the party by grabbing your favorite beverage or snack and reading the lists of the other party-goers.

Your Hosts:

Lisa, at Syncopated MamaFacebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Google+ // Bloglovin'
Samantha, at Motivated DaysFacebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Google+ 
Heather Marie at Life, Love, and LasagnaFacebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram // Bloglovin'

What's your list?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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