Wednesday, April 30, 2008

DIK: I have jumped on board the sinking ship

So a gaggle of fabulous book bloggers were chatting the other night about (what else?) books. Much like the conversations between my best friend and me during our trips back and forth to college, the topic turned to survival. Best gal pal and I would discuss who we would have in our harem of men (Robbie Williams for the hot dirty sex, Nathan Fillion for the fun hanky panky, Alan Rickman to read us the morning paper... you get the idea.) These book loving fiends devised the Desert Island Keeper list: the six books you would need with you when stranded on a desert island. With each gal bringing along six books (no repeats) they would have a library of 36 titles. That was until some of us sneaky, jealous bloggers decided to stow away in their pants, back packs, and bras. The library shelves are quickly filling up. So what books would I have to have with me in the name or reading survival?

1) Sabriel by Garth Nix
Nix creates such a rich, vibrant world in his trilogy. As the first in the series, the land the the mythos is revealed in Sabriel in such a way that you feel you already know it all. This book can stand alone. There is no cliff hanger (unlike book 2). Between the covers you get a strong heroine, incredible magic, a hero, battles, intrigue, and so much more.
2) Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
This is, hands down, my favorite Urban Fantasy series of all time. I love it. How could I survive on a desert island without Mercy Thompson? Mercy is a no-nonsense kind of gal. She does not need to accomplish great heroic deeds, yet she is not a victim. She is your average woman in a world that is far from ordinary. A skin walker, she was raised among the werewolf community. Now she owns her an auto body shop and tries to keep a low profile. That is kind of hard to do when your neighbor is the head of the local werewolf pack, one of your customers in a vampire, and a newly turned were shows up on your doorstep with trouble following in his wake.

3) Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard
Sam Donovan. Need I say more?

4) Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann
The Troubleshooter series has provided me with hours of Alpha male entertainment. I could not leave for the island without at least one of them in tow. I chose Over the Edge because of Stan Wolchonok. He is strong, quiet, steady, Alpha, passionate, intense, and desperately love Terri. He is the quintessential average to slightly less than good looking guy made hot by the way he acts and feels. Stan is the kind of man you want in real life. He would lay down his life for Terri, but he does not try to hold her back in an effort to keep her safe. Ms. Brockmann imbued this character with such quiet intensity. I want a Stan for my own.

5) Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by that disgustingly rich woman
Hey! You said you wanted a variety of genres. This is my favorite installment of the series. You get Lupin! Sirius! The Marauders Map! You know, we may want a break from romance once in a blue moon. Blasphemy, I know.

6) The Bride and the Beast by Teresa Medeiros
I had to throw in a historical. I was tempted to add The Raven Prince since I loved it so much, but we already have one of Ms. Hoyt's other novels on the island. I don't know what it is about this book that I love so much. I have read it more often than most books on my shelf. Mr. Perfect may be the only other title I have read as often. The theme of redemption, love overcoming all... ::sigh::

So yeah, that's my six. I hope you like them!


lisabea said...

I love those Teresa Medieros historicals. Especially that one.
Love that it'll be on the island.

And Suze Brockmann? YES!YES! Stan's book is the one where we meet Gina? Right? And Max is just devastated and so human and Gina is brave and niave...I need to reread it.

sula said...

I think these are all new to me, cept for that HP book by that fabulously wealthy lady. New to me is good tho...more for me to read. heh. :)

Katie(babs) said...

How could we forget Linda Howard!! Woot!
Shannon hop on board :)

Carolyn Jean said...

I've been meaning to read some Linda Howard! On the island I will have all the time in the world.
Oh, and thanks for bringing Moon Called! Great pick!

Sarai said...

Well I guess I will get to read some Brockmann after all *g* Yeah so glad you're hoping on board.

Tracy said...

I've stowed away as well!

I loved The Bride and the Beast - great choice!

Ana said...

Ooooooo, I am so glad someone is taking the Prisoner of Akkaban - I will take The Deathly Hollows then!

Christine said...

Great list, Shannon!
So glad you decided to come to our not-really-so-deserted-island with us! lol

I have read Sabriel. Pretty amazing world building there. I own HP 7 and it is the only one I haven't read yet, so I'll read it on the island and finally get my daughter to stop nagging me to read it!

I also own Moon Called... so I can finally read that one, too! The others are brand new to me! :)

Shannon said...

Is anyone going to post a final library list once all the stowaways have chimed in? It would be great to see a comprehensive DIK list. Anybody? Anybody? Bueller?

ciara said...

I ADORE Sabriel (and lirial and abhorsen). Harry Potter III is, of course, awesomeness. But neither are romance novels.

Kristie (J) said...

Nope - no need to say more on Mr. Perfect *g*. And goooood - another Urban Fantasy. I've surprised myself and liked the ones I've read so far. Katie - we didn't forget Linda - remember I'm bringing After the Night!!

Shannon said...

ciara- I know, I know. Sabriel and HP are not romance. Then again, neither are the Urban Fantasy novels many of us are bringing along. Sabriel does have a tiny romance. Not much to speak of, but it is there... technically. As for HP3, I have no excuse other than the fact that I love that book. Who knows, we may need some variety. The innocence of Harry, Hermione, and Ron may be refreshing after gorging ourselves on Alpha male antics.

MaryKate said...

Yay! Welcome, Shannon!

*MK hands over pomegranate margarita*

I'm so glad you included Over the Edge. I was on the fence about that one. Now, if someone will only add See Jane Score, and maybe Virgin River by Robyn Carr, I'll be happy. ;o)