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Fun recommendations: Desert Island Reads

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...

OcTBR Challenge author desert island reads
The perfect place to be stranded in 2020

Vampires Never Get Old - Anthology

"Oh, it's just an awesome read"

- Aliza Mann, author of BREAKING HIS RULES (@AlizaMannAuthor)

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."

- Kate Testerman, KT Literary Agency (@ktliterary)

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

"The perfect atmosphere book to keep me calm and hopeful!"

- L. Jo King, author of THE ADVENTURES OF RED ELECTRON (@JoKingAuthor)  

The Good Book: A Humanist Bible by A.C. Grayling

- Rob Greene (writing as R.W.W. Greene), author of THE LIGHT YEARS (@rwwgreene)

The Riddlemaster of Hed by Patricia McKillip

- Julie Czerneda, author of THE WEB SHIFTER'S LIBRARY series (@julieczerneda)

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


- Royaline Sing, author of BETTING ON A DUKE'S HEART (@RoyalineSing)

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

- Elysia Whisler, author of RESCUE YOU (@ElysiaWhisler)

No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

- John Stith, author of PUSHBACK (@johnstith)

IT by Stephen King

"To remind me things can always get worse"

- Wen Baragrey, author of WHAT GOES UP (@WenBaragrey)

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."

- Michael J. Martinez, author of THE MAJESTIC-12 books (@mikemartinez72)

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...

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