Desert Island Books: readable_life


We are coming to the end of the #DesertIslandBooks entries sadly! There are still a few to come, and if you still have one to send in, please do! Keep your eyes peeled in the new year, I have another tag idea brewing at the minute! If you might be interested then let me know! 

But for now, I welcome my lovely friend Layla to share her #DesertIslandBooks choices! You’ll find her @readable_life on twitter! Go follow her, she’s lovely!

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Thank you to the amazing Steph for sharing such a cool idea! I’ve decided to take the plunge and torture myself with cutting down my favourite books from many to six. SIX. Goodness, that’s not very many at all… So let’s get to it, shall we?

Six Books

  • Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  • Nimona by Noelle Stephenson
  • Who Let The Gods Out by Maz Evans
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Lord Of The Rings three-in-one by J.R.R. Tolkien (Is that technically cheating? Oh…)
  • The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien


This is the hardest question. One the one hand, it’s an unlimited supply of a snack that I love. On the other hand, am I going to get bored of this snack? Is there fruit already available on the island so I don’t have to pick satsumas? I hope theres citrus fruit available… I suppose I’d choose french fries! I know, super unhealthy, but they are so GOOD.

Tea or Coffee?

Surprisingly enough, I don’t really drink much of either. ‘Madness!’ I hear you cry. ‘An outrage!’ ‘She can’t be British without tea flowing through her veins!’ Well…I just don’t really drink much! If I had to choose, it would be a healthy supply of chai tea lattes, please!

Music Playlist

  • To All Of You by Syd Matters
  • Meet Me In The Hallway by Harry Styles
  • Closer To The Edge by 30 Seconds To Mars
  • The Kill by 30 Seconds To Mars
  • What We Lost In The Fire by Troy Baker
  • Empire State Of Mind by Alicia Keys/Jay Z
  • Over and Over by Nelly/Tim Mcgraw
  • Changes by 2Pac/Talent
  • 19-2000 by The Gorillaz
  • Asterisk by Orange Range
  • The Sky by Hajime Wakai
  • I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday by Wizzard
  • Nate’s Theme by Greg Edmonson
  • Confessions by Masashi Hamauzu
  • Crystallize by Lindsey Stirling

Final Choices

Uh oh. The Desert Island Police are here, desperate for good music to listen to and good books to read. Out of the kindness of my heart, I hand over the majority of my possessions. But that leaves only two things left to keep…

  • Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. I’m sorry other books, I really am. OoTP is the one book that I’ve read so many times it’s falling to pieces. Time and time again, I know I can return to this period of Hogwarts and have all of that magic come straight back to me immediately.
  • Crystallize by Lindsey Stirling. This was actually a lot harder than the books. Unlike the books, where I know I’ll enjoy them any time, you have to really be in a certain mood to listen to some songs. Crystallize was one piece of music that I always seemed to go back to, through college, university, and even now. It’s a brilliant piece of music, and has a great blend of dubstep and electronic violin, perfect for any mood.

Thank you so much Layla for agreeing to be castaway! I LOVE that you have a Christmas song on that list… now I might need to put a Christmas song on my list!

S x


Desert Island Books – myatticlibrary

Good morning! Today on #DesertIslandBooks we have another one of my wonderful twitter pals being shipped off to the island of no bookish return. Say hello to the wonderful Jo, over at @myatticlibrary. She’s lovely and been one of my biggest supporters! Go give her a follow! 
Check our her choices below!
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1. ‘Tom Jones’ by Henry Fielding
This book is super chunky and I am struggling to put time aside to re-read it. Consequently, being stuck on a desert island would actually help me get stuck into this one. 
2. ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ by JK Rowling
Probably not an original choice, but who cares. I have to take some HP with me and I fancy re-reading the last book. 
3. ‘Death on the Nile’ by Agatha Christie
I need some crime fiction, so always best to pick something by the queen of the genre, and this is one of my favourites. 
4. ‘One of Us is Lying’ by Karen M. McManus
This has been one of my favourite YA books this year. There aren’t enough murder mysteries like this in the genre IMO. 
5. ‘Beloved’ by Toni Morrison
Another book I read a long time ago that I really want to read again. I was blown away by this book when I first read it and I’m interested to see how much more I appreciate it now I’m older. 
6. ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’ by Maya Angelou
Angelou’s entire autobiography is perhaps the most inspirational series I’ve ever read – she was a truly remarkable and fascinating woman. However, as I can’t take all six books in the series, I’ve selected the first book. 
A snack? Tea? Coffee?
I would pick unlimited tea and unlimited chocolate digestives – so good for dunking in a cuppa!
So, one album or playlist…
Ummmmm, okay I’m going to pick Ed Sheeran’s Divide. I’ve not listened to it as much as his others but enough to know I like it and there’s a track for every mood I think. (EXCELLENT CHOICE)
And now the horrible desert police have confiscated five of my books, I’ve decided I’d like to be left with ‘Tom Jones’. It’s seriously so chunky it’ll take me ages to finish. The one song I’d like the police to allow me to keep would be ‘Castle on the Hill’ – there’s just something about this track, it makes me feel hopeful and nostalgic and I love both the tune and the lyrics. 
Thanks for letting take part in this super tricky task Steph. I’ve loved reading everyone else’s answers so far. 
Thank you very much Jo for agreeing to be part of my scheme! Some brilliant choices and an excellent album choice! 
S x

#DesertIslandBooks – scoutfinch_75

Good morning!
How are we all? Today I send another of my lovely twitter friends off to the island of doom and difficult book choices! Today’s victim of #DesertIslandBooks is the lovely Anna who tweets over at @ScoutFinch_75 and she is sharing some brilliant books (including some INCREDIBLE MG) with us! 


DIB rules

You are allowed to take 6 books of your choosing. These can be any 6 you wish

Right. Six books. Only six books… this is torture! But choose I must, so here goes,

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I have read this more than fifty times and am currently rereading it again.
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”Oscar Wilde

After the Fire by William Hill
I read this earlier this year and this line pretty much sums it all up,
“The things I’ve seen are burned into me, like scars that refuse to fade. “
Moonbeam’s story has burned itself into my thoughts and refuses to let me be.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
I have adored this book since I first read it 25 years ago.

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
I adore children’s book and this is one of my favourites! Feodora is an incredible heroine. Oh and I’m taking my signed hardback with me!

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Another children’s book, every word created bewitching images that stayed with me long after I finished reading. Gorgeous!

Foxlowe by Eleanor Wasserberg
Dark and chilling. Beautifully written, Green is another character that will stay with me forever.

You are allowed to take a snack of your choosing, this will be provided in unlimited

Milk chocolate covered pretzels, the perfect combination of sweet and savoury.

You may choose from unlimited supplies of tea or coffee.

Tea please!

You are entitled to carry with you ONE music playlist/album (not exceeding 15 songs).

My favourite songs change according to my mood so I shall have to pick a variation!

  • Demons– Imagine Dragons
  • Piece by Piece– Kelly Clarkson
  • The Things We Lost In The Fire – Bastille
  • Superheroes– The Script
  • Just Give Me A Reason – Pink ft. Nate Ruess
  • Tomorrow– from Anne (2014)
  • Going Back to Hogwarts – Team Starkid ( A Very Potter Musical )
  • Hedwig’s Theme – Harry Potter
  • Alone Together – Fall Out Boy
  • Defying Gravity– Idina Mendez
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy– The Nutcracker
  • Bleeding Out– Imagine Dragons
  • Dreams – Bastille ft. Gabrielle Aplin
  • End of the World – The Carpenters
  • Say Something– A Great Big World ft. Christina Aquilera

You MUST CHOOSE ONE BOOK and ONE SONG from your playlist/album that you get to keep when the Desert police come along.

Now this is just mean! But rather than loose everything, I’m going to go with

Song – Demons by Imagine Dragons

Book – To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

In addition to this book, you will be given the entire works of Shakespeare and the Bible.

Erm, how much trouble would I get into if I tried to bargain with the Desert Police and get them to let me swap them for one of my books? Lots? Okay, in that case, thank you for giving me more reading material… and *light bulb moment * I will also have two heavy missiles to throw at any ferocious beast that makes an appearance ( these books along with my tree climbing abilities are sure to keep me from becoming lunch! )

Thank you so much Anna for your brilliant choices! 

S x

Desert Island Books – WaterstonesUxbr

Hello there! Welcome to another edition of #DesertIslandBooks. Today I have the very mysterious twitterer over at @WaterstonesUxbr being shipped away to the island! I suggest you go and follow them, even if you don’t live in Uxbridge! They’re lovely! And recommend good books, so go go go!

Anyway, #DesertIslandBooks. Rules:

DIB rules

Why am I on this island?
Have I been exiled? What did I do, Steph? WHAT DID I DO?!

I almost got this confused with Richard Herring’s Desert Island Dicks, where you have to
choose six Richards to take to a desert island… 
Ok. Here we go…

Six Books:
All My Friends Are Superheroes, by Andrew Kaufman.
Over the course of a short plane journey, a man has to lay himself bare and somehow
save his relationship… This may well be my favourite book of all time, and it’s just over 100 pages long!

A Long Way To A Small Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers
This is the very best of modern sci-fi and it does what all great science fiction should do in that it is all about character. The sci-fi element is of little importance, as is the crew’s
mission. The characters are so well done, so bloody well done, that you’ll want to spend more time with each of them. It made me laugh, cry and just feel good. Essential.

The Bees, by Laline Paull. 
Oh my god, this book! It’s A Handmaid’s Tale by way of A Bug’s Life, and it’s one of the most gripping books I’ve ever read. Warning: if you don’t like spiders, don’t read this!

I know this will seem a bit of an odd choice for a desert island, but I’m going to take
Helter Skelter, by Vincent Bugliosi.
This book, the story of Charles Manson and his infamous “Family”, has so much going on it is easy to forget that it all actually happened. A broken yet charismatic man, teenagers with nothing to lose, and the summer of love coming to an horrific end.

Considering you let someone else have a comic book series, I’m having one too!
THEM’S THE RULES! (I’m not sure… but since it’s you!)
I was going to go for the same title, actually (Saga) but instead I’m going to go for
Preacher, by Garth Ennis.
It’s full of blood and blasphemy and is intense as hell yet each and every character is
worth spending time exploring… and it has a character called Arseface. Who doesn’t want to read that?

The Princess Bride, by William Goldman.
It’s got the lot; kidnap, fighting, politics, comedy, thrills, spills, a giant, monsters, sword
fights and true love.

I’ll swap my unlimited supply of tea/coffee for an unlimited supply of Cherry Coke, thanks. I don’t really want tea unless it comes with biscuits to dunk, and coffee is clearly the work of Satan and his little horned helpers.

Mechanical Animals by Marilyn Manson.
This Bowie-tinged album still sounds as fresh and unique as it did the first time I heard it. It’s almost timeless; this is how I imagine the future to sound.

Song to keep:
The Speed of Pain
“There’s a knife in my back for every day that I’ve known you.”
Beautifully bleak.I imagine there will be plenty of sun, sand and blue skies so this will remind me that life isn’t all beaches and mermaids (will there be mermaids?). (I mean I don’t want to spoil the surprise!)

Finally, the book I’ll keep when the island police come along (who ARE these people?
Do they have a jet-ski with a siren on? Police sharks instead of sniffer dogs?!) will be The
Princess Bride. I could quite happily read that and only that for the rest of my life.

Now. When should I start packing?
*looks for his bermuda shorts which he last saw sometime in 1996*

HA! What a funny post. I most certainly am game for Cherry Coke and a few books I haven’t read! Thank you so much, wise one of Waterstones Uxbridge for agreeing to be shipped away to an island with (or without) mermaids! 

S x

Desert Island Books – lottiefrancess

Today on the Island of No Books is the lovely Lottie, who tweets over at @LottieFrancess. She agreed to be castaway and there’s some brilliant choices! Check them out below!

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My book list: 
Winger by Andrew Smith
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
A Darker Shade Of Magic by V E Schwab
Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I don’t drink tea or coffee so either?? I’ll find a fresh water supply somewhere!
– Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson
– Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
– Shots by Imagine Dragons
– Secret For the Mad by dodie
– Would You Be So Kind by dodie
– Tears by Clean Bandit and Louisa Johnson
– Perfect Places by Lorde
– Black Water by Of Monsters And Men
– Bedshaped by Keane
– Chandelier by Sia
– Selene by Imagine Dragons
– Guns For Hands by Twenty One Pilots
– Will It Be This Way Forever by The Courteeners
– Ribs by Lorde
– Water Under The Bridge by Adele

To keep:
Shots by Imagine Dragons
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief 

Thank you for agreeing to be castaway! I must add some of those songs to my “to listen” list! 

S x

Desert Island Books – Ross Montgomery

Happy Tuesday everyone! How are we all? 

Today we have one of my favourite authors of all time sent away to Desert Island of Booklessness – the fabulous and incredible Ross Montgomery. He’s the brilliant author of some incredible books: Perijee and Me and The Building Boy. Not only these ones but I can’t wait for the ones that are coming this year/next year! I suggest if you have children in your life then you get on to Ross’ books… because they’re incredible! If you’d like to follow him (which you probably should) you’ll find him @mossmontmomery and check out his brand new, shiny website – clicky click (I love his new website, it is SO gorgeous!)

Anyway, Desert Island Books are go:

DIB rules

You are allowed to take 6 books of your choosing. These can be any 6 you wish.
I’m going to take:
Great Expectations, because I’ve reread it more than any other book and that probably means something;
Infinite Jest, because it’s massive and sprawling and I’ll keep finding new stuff;
Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, because it’s perfect;
The Collected Work of William Blake, because I’ll either need inspiring or more likely go a bit nuts and that’s perfect for either;
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, because I utterly love it;
Lord of the Flies, because I love it but also because I’ll suddenly be grateful for being on my own.

You are allowed to take a snack of your choosing: this will be provided in an unlimited quantity.
Limes! Put it on anything and it makes it better, or turns it from terrible into something that tastes of limes. 

You may choose from unlimited supplies of tea or coffee.
Thank Christ. Coffee. I literally can’t write books without it. Instead of tea I’ll have hot lime water.

You are entitled to carry with you 1 music album/playlist (not surpassing 15 songs).
UGHHGHHGH. It’s between The Wicker Man soundtrack or In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel in terms of which album I’ve listened to the most… neither are fabulous choices are they? Let’s go for The Wicker Man soundtrack so I can be inspired to be burn a giant effigy every night for warmth.

You MUST CHOOSE ONE BOOK and ONE SONG from your playlist/album that you get to keep when the Desert police come along.
Collected Works of William Blake! Then my madness will be complete.

Thank you Ross for coming along and agreeing to be castaway! 

S x

Desert Island Books – kellysrambles

Guys. You are in for a treat today. Today I am hosting my very bestest friend, the gorgeous Kelly, of Kelly’s Ramblings fame. She’s agreed to be castaway. If you haven’t read her blog, then get on it now. She’s one of my favourite humans ever. Possibly most favourite. Her blog is gorgeous and her bullet journal is ACTUAL bullet journal goals (she’s the whole reason you all have to put up with my bullet journal!). She’s a teacher, blogger and all around amazing human being. Go follow her blog and on twitter too while you’re at it – @kellysrambles. Anyway, gushing over… prepare yourself for another round of “punishing the book lovers” a.k.a. DesertIslandBooks!

Rules: (as if you still need the rules)

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First of all, Stephanie, I would never ever choose to board DesertJet because of the terms and conditions. They are absolutely abysmal. 6 BOOKS? 6?? Then only 1?? This was HARD.

Okay so the more I thought about this the more difficult it got. Steph hasn’t even told me how long I’ll be on the island so I’ve tried to maximise!! I mean it’s not forever (according to the tone of her email this is like a treat trip?!) so I’ll be returned to all my other babies soon. Here are the 6 I’m taking and I am NOT turning back….

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Illustrated Edition) – 

So I definitely had to take some Harry Potter and Steph wouldn’t let me bring them all as one choice (RUDE) so I decided to take the book that started all of the magic. I chose the illustrated edition as it is so beautiful to look at and I wanted some pictures to take with me too!

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Wing Jones by Katherine Webber – It is not even a post if I don’t mention Wing Jones so it won’t surprise Steph to find this on my list. I ADORED this book and Wing shows me how you can find your inner strength and I think she is incredible inspiring. This is also beautifully written and my copy (assuming I can take my own) also has a lovely message from Katie that will help keep me going whilst I’m stranded on this island!

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A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard – Sara is definitely one of my absolute favourite authors, I especially love the way she writes her characters, their friendships and relationships. This book has been one of my favourite 2017 reads and I love how touching it is. It has also given me one of my favourite 2017 moments with a pupil of my own and so it brings with it plenty of happy memories too. Plus it says #TeamBarnard in the front to remind me of the good times! (#teamBarnard forever)

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Six of Crows by Leigh BardugoSo after some contemporary choices I needed some fantasy and where better to turn than Leigh Bardugo? I LOVE this duology and especially Inej and Nina, not to mention Kaz flipping Brekker. I could reread this a million times and still love it so it seemed an obvious choice!

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A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab – Schwab is the QUEEN of fantasy and I adore this trilogy beyond anything. I have decided to take book 3 because it is 666 pages of absolutely GLORY and is the most epic conclusion to a trilogy I have ever seen. Plus reading this will help me channel my inner badass Lila Bard if required!

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Jane Austen: Seven Novels – Steph, you may think I am trying to cheat here (maybe I am) but this is ONE book. It just happens to contain 7 novels by Jane Austen. (If you want proof it’s one book I own it so you can see it) This is probably one of the most gorgeous books I own and in between my other reads I could dip into the Austen novels. I still haven’t read them all (woops) but I looked around my shelves for my BIGGEST book and this is probably it.

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Chosen Snack + Tea

Kinder Bueno. Without a doubt. I genuinely think I could eat these until the end of time and still be in love with that smooth, hazelnut deliciousness!! As much as I love a coffee, I’m choosing unlimited tea for this trip!

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Chosen Album

This is so frigging hard because I like to shuffle EVERYTHING I own when listening to music but I think right now I am going to pick Sia – This is Acting because whenever I listen to this album she makes me feel like a badass. Plus her songs are good for either a (terrible) sing a long, or a wonderful crazy outburst of dancing!

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One book? One song? I can hear how hard Steph is cackling at herself right now and thinking she is funny. (I am HILARIOUS THANKS) Pfffft. I’m going to make a QUICK decision and then I’m done. Or I will never choose.

Harry Potter is going to win because I’ve reread this book 5 million times and I still love it wholeheartedly which means I know it is very rereadable. Also the pictures would be gorgeous to look out and I could read the rest of the series aloud from my brain to myself anyway… (aha!)

My chosen song from Sia’s album is ‘Alive’. (Steph you should also consider yourself lucky to still be this by this point in my post!!)

Thank you so much gorgeous Kelly of Rambles fame for joining in. 

S x

Desert Island Books – Dan Smith

Hello there! 

Happy Tuesday! Happy Halloween too! Happy last day of October! Today we have one of the loveliest authors I know popping over to the island of no books and mean policemen to make his choices on #DesertIslandBooks – Dan Smith. For those who don’t know Dan, he writes some absolutely incredible MG books. I can speak to the boys I teach, they love Dan’s books! I suggest you go follow Dan on twitter, you’ll find him @DanSmithAuthor! Go on.

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Let’s get on with the #DesertIslandBooks choices, plus the rules!

DIB rules

You have been chosen to spend some time on a desert island. As it is a desert island there are strict restrictions on what you can take. No bending the rules. DesertJet have very strict luggage guidelines. They are as follows: 
You are allowed to take 6 books of your choosing. These can be any 6 you
Whoa! Just six? So hard to choose! I’ll have to think very carefully about this.
Lord of The Flies by William Golding (and here’s hoping there’s no Beast on
this desert Island!)
The Road by Cormac McCarthy (it’s bleak but beautiful)
The Go-Between by L P Hartley (Belladonna, secret letters, and an English
summer to die for)
Revolver by Marcus Sedgewick (I’ve just read this book and loved it)
Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples (I’m cheating a bit because this is
a comic books series, but it’s awesome and I will need its wacky ideas,
brilliant story, delicious artwork, and stirring emotion to keep me going.)
IT by Stephen King (there are so many pages, it’ll keep me going forever!)

Hmmm… I don’t know how I feel about this cheating Smith, you can have this one…

You are allowed to take a snack of your choosing: this will be provided in an
unlimited quantity.
Hmm. Tricky question. Sweet or savoury . . ? Sweet or savoury . . ? Okay, so
assuming there is other food available to keep me alive, I’ll opt to take
strawberry cables. Y’know, the long thick ones they always have at the
cinema. De-lish! Oh, wait a minute . . . do I get toothpaste and a toothbrush

You may choose from unlimited supplies of tea or coffee. 
I like both but (assuming I’m not allowed a beer alternative) there are times
when only a cup of tea will do.

No one said you CAN’T take beer… you may wish to change your mind!

You are entitled to carry with you 1 music album/playlist (not surpassing 15
WHAT!? One album?! Or a playlist of just 15 songs?! Gonna have to be the
playlist, I guess. Let’s assume I’m in a rockin’ mood, and take one of my gym
Planetary (GO!) – My Chemical Romance
Doll-Dagga- Buzz-Buzz- Ziggity-Zak _ Marilyn Manson
My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark – Fall Out Boy
Psycho – Muse
The Pretender – Foo Fighters
Bang Bang – Green Day
Bleed It Out – Linkin Park
Assassin – Muse
American Idiot – Green Day
Anarchy in the UK – The Sex Pistols
Teenagers – My Chemical Romance
Basket Case – Green Day
Welcome To The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance
I’m Not Okay – My Chemical Romance
Cheer up London – Slaves

You MUST CHOOSE ONE BOOK and ONE SONG from your playlist/album
that you get to keep when the Desert police come along. 
Curse you, Desert Police! Curse you for stealing my books and music! I wouldn’t let them take a thing! I would blast my music at them and beat them off with my heavy hardback copy of IT by Stephen King!

In addition to this book, you will be given the entire works of Shakespeare and
the Bible
Wow, that’s some very dry reading right there. I appreciate the importance of
Shakespeare but would I really sit and read his plays? Hmm, maybe I could
use them to hold up the roof of my shelter.

Thank you so much for choosing this journey on DesertJet. Remember the
rules are simple, but strict. 
They ARE strict but without rules, what would there be for me to break?

Another DesertIslandBooks that made me really laugh, plus that is one cool playlist! Thank you so much Dan for being involved!

S x

Desert Island Books: YAundermyskin

Morning! Day 4 of a week long #DesertIslandBooks, I hope you’re still with us! 

Today is the turn of my lovely friend Amy, over at YAundermyskin to make the dreaded choices that the mean Desert Island Books bosses made her choose! 

Without further ado..

DIB rules


The Beach by Alex Garland

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor


Percy Pigs


It has to be tea!


Move Along by The All American Rejects

When the police arrive…

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Move Along (the song) by The All American Rejects

Thank you so much Amy for agreeing to be part of #DesertIslandBooks! I love the song you saved and I definitely think that Percy Pigs are an EXCELLENT island snack!! 

S x

Desert Island Books: Sara Barnard

Hello lovelies!
I hope you’re enjoying a Desert Island Books post every day! It’s half term, I figured I would spoil you all! 

Today’s castaway is one of my favourite people in the world, it’s the gorgeous author Sara Barnard. Now, for those who don’t know Sara… firstly WHY DON’T YOU? Secondly, she’s the incredible author of A Quiet Kind of Thunder (only one of my favourite books of ever), Beautiful Broken Things (another absolutely beauty) and one of my most hotly anticipated books, Goodbye Perfect (out next year, I can not wait, I am MOST impatient for it!) Not only is she an excellent author, but she is also Queen of #QuizYA. Yes that’s right, #TeamBarnard won #QuizYA (if you are wondering what I’m talking about, see: YALC #1YALC #2)

If you’d like to follow her (which I totally suggest you do, because she’s an angel), you’ll find her @saramegan.

If you’re interested in my reviews of her books, I have reviewed A Quiet Kind of Thunder: BOOKBLOG: Sara Barnard. Please, if you can, read this book. It is such an incredible book. I love it. 

Anyway, enough with the gushing… here are Sara’s #DesertIslandBooks choices (with a reminder of the rules!)

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My six books: 
Station Eleven, Emily St John Mandel (obvs, as I go on about it all the time)
His Dark Materials, Phillip Pullman (a trilogy in ONE BOOK because I’m sly)
The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver (because amazing)
The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner (as confusing as it is brilliant, would benefit from multiple reads)
American Wife, Curtis Sittenfeld (this is a *long* book)
Saffy’s Angel, Hilary McKay (because it would bring me joy)
Snack: sweet and salty popcorn (what the Canadians call Kettle Corn)
Tea/coffee: TEA
Album: August & Everything After, Counting Crows

I would save: Station Eleven and the song Sullivan Street

Thank you lovely Sara for agreeing to be sent to my island of doom. I hope you have a lovely time arguing with the DesertIsland Police! I can’t wait to read Station Eleven (I have not read it yet, although I DO own it!)

S x