This month is all about keeping things light and fluffy. However, we wouldn't be doing our jobs properly if we didn't also throw a whole heap of recommendations at you. Because not only is the OcTBR Challenge all about getting through your TBR piles, but we secretly want you to ADD books too (and we're not even sorry).
Here's the first of our 'fun recommendations' posts and a bit of a classic. We asked a whole bunch of brilliant publishing folk what books they'd like to be stranded on a desert island with and here's what they said...
Vampires Never Get Old - Anthology
"Oh, it's just an awesome read"
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
"I was a 12-year-old horse-obsessed girl, and if I'm going to bestranded on a desert island, I want to read about someone stranded on a desert island, who makes friends with a horse."
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
"The perfect atmosphere book to keep me calm and hopeful!"
The Good Book: A Humanist Bible by A.C. Grayling
The Riddlemaster of Hed by Patricia McKillip
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay
IT by Stephen King
"To remind me things can always get worse"
A Song of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin
"I'm going with the first five volumes of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE because a desert island scenario is the only way I'll be able to finally sit down and push through them all in one sitting. Plus, afterward, I'll have plenty of kindling for the fire."
Indigo by Beverly Jenkins
It was inevitable that a few books would get multiple shoutouts...
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
(Aliza Mann and Robin Pizzo also chose this)
SAS Survival Handbook: the Ultimate Guide to Surviving Everywhere by John Wiseman
(the very smart Wen Baragrey and Elysia Whisler thought this would be useful while stranded)
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
"My always and forever favorite. I'm way past due for a reread."
- Kate Testerman
"If I can't watch it 4 times a year, I better be able to read it!"
- L.Jo King
There you go. What a wonderful list of books, perfect for those stranded desert island stays - and might be quite fun to read before then too! Thanks to everyone who took the time to join in (and to Sara Megibow for asking the question).
Now go make those TBR towers higher...