is an old book chat from Misty from the Bookrat. Well, old, in internet years
it is. But I wanted to do something that wasn’t a rewind, or a TBR, or a
review. The concept is; imagine you were stranded on a desert island and you
could only bring five books, with some addendums: You’re not allowed to bring
survival guides. So, just regular old books. Anyway, here comes the categories:
1. A book you have read
and would like to re-read.
Now I am going to cheat, cause Misty did. She didn’t actually cheat, but
she chose the complete works of Jane Austen. So, I’m gonna choose all the Harry
Potter books. I know, I’m a big old cheat, but I would pick that because Harry
Potter is what I’ve grown up with, the first was published when I was eleven,
so yeah. It’s my favorite thing to read and I’ve read it again and again. So
we’ll pretend the books are all in one bind-up.
2. A book you have never
read and would like to read.
I think I would bring the Time Machine by H. G. Wells. I’ve always
wanted to read it, but I never have. On a desert island I would have time and I think I'd enjoy that, so I'll go for that.
3. A childhood book
So because I am a Norwegian and grew up
with Norwegian books, and Norwegian translations, my childhood books are all
with Norwegian titles. I have read this book called (in Norwegian): Prins
Faisals ring. It is called Ring of the Slave Prince in English, I think it’s
originally Danish. I read it for the first time when I was like 15, I think,
and then I would read it again every summer and I love it so much. It’s about a
boy called Tom Collins, who lives on Nevis, and the book is set in 1639. Tom is
14, he’s a liar and he is searching for treasure. He finds a Spaniard and a
slave prince bobbing in the water. The boy has a ring, and the Spaniard
promises that the boy is worth his weight in gold. Tom then follows the
Spaniard when he runs away with the boy, to get the boy to Africa and collect
the reward. I’m torn between that book and the Solitaire Mystery, by Jostein
Gaarder. It’s a philosophical novel, for kids and I’ve read it a billion times
and I find it equally interesting every time. It’s about a boy named Hans Thomas,
who goes through Europe with his dad looking through their family history. Hans
Thomas finds a book inside a pastry thing, and reads a story that seems sort of
weirdly connected to his own family. The Solitaire Mystery is a fantasy story
and a sort of fairy tale. It’s structured after a deck of cards and I need to
read it again now I realize. So, one of those two.
I think Discworld. People keep telling me it’s awesome and it’s freaking
long, so I’d have a lot of books to read.
Just cause I just bought it and I want to start it, The Prague cemetery.
There’s no particular reason, I just really want to read it, so I can take it
to the island.