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Desert Island Reading List

beachreadingImagine a scenario where you’re all caught up on new books, or somehow unable to keep up with the constant flood of newly published titles. I asked my colleagues, in that dream scenario, what they would love to reread, given all the time and luxury to do so.

Sara’s Desert Island Reading List:
Luxury, to me, is being able to RE-read something! We have 6 (7??) full bookshelves in our house and I frequently gaze longingly at books I’d love to jump in to a second time. So, my desert island reading list would include:

BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson

Hannah’s Desert Island Reading List:
Like Sara, I love to re-read my favorites, and that’s definitely what I’d be bringing with me!

Is it cheating to say The HARRY POTTER series? I hope not, cause I love these books so much!
I’d also bring THE FIONAVAR TAPESTRY series by Guy Gavriel Kay
DEATHLESS by Catherynne Valente
STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel

Renee’s Desert Island Reading List:
I didn’t even have to ask Renee — I know what’s on her list. Harry Potter, forever and always.

Kate’s Desert Island Reading List:
I would love to dive back into Discworld by Terry Pratchett. The whole thing — witches and guards, Tiffany Aching and the wizards of Unseen University, Death and everything else. I first read this series living paycheck to paycheck in London with Maureen Johnson, where I would buy one book at W.H. Smith on the way to the Tube to work, finish by lunchtime, being careful not to crack the spine, exchange it at another W.H. Smith for the next one, and so on and so on. Since then, I’ve replaced most if not all of the books I exchanged back, but I’d happily take the full series to that mythical desert island, and settle in for the long haul.

Oh! And what a unique pleasure to start back at the beginning and reread the epic romance of Amelia Peabody and her Emerson!

I hope this gives you some ideas for reading lists of your own. If you’re finishing up a 2016 challenge, congratulations! If you’re getting ready to sign on for a new one, good luck!

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