DesertIslandBooks – notsotweets


As I said in the last #DesertIslandBooks post, there are only a few left! Today features one of my newest twitter pals, Liam who tweets over at @notsotweets. I hope you enjoy! 


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Right, just six books. This is where I regret how many times I’ve called other people out for cheating by taking collections, isn’t it?

Ok, book one is The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien. This is the fantasy epic of fantasy epics. A book so vast in its scope that it starts with creation and the entirety of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is recounted in the last three pages. Yet it’s full of amazing characters, tragic romances, huge battles, heroes with fatal flaws and a villain so terrible that Sauron is his lieutenant. Oh, and an elf lord taking on a dozen balrogs.

Book two is Wild by Cheryl Strayed. This is the true story of a woman whose life is totally falling apart, who takes herself off to walk the Pacific Crest Trail in western america alone. I first read it at a very low point in my own life, and it inspired me to get outside, go walking, go camping and to find something I could use to start to rebuild myself.

Book three is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I adore this book. The magic in it is so subtle and so beautifully realised. The story unfolds before you like a complex, wondrous puzzle. Each scene is described so perfectly. I don’t want to go and live in a fantasy world, I just want one night in this magical circus, and every time I read this book that’s what I get.

Book four has to be Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. It’s my favourite comfort reading, and I’ve got about half a dozen copies with illustrations by different people. My current favourite is the Arthur Rackham illustrated one, so I’ll take that.

Book five will be American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Some books are genre-defining. This one is genre-defying. It won major awards for crime, horror and fantasy genre fiction. It’s deep, it’s complex, it’s often emotional, it’s mysterious. It’s also pretty long.

Book six will have to be a bird guide. I’m really into birding, and the idea of being on a desert island and not being able to identify all of the birds I see is a frightful one. My Collins guide to the birds of Britain and Europe has been up mountains, through gales, spent nights in forests, and crossed seas with me, and it looks like it has too. But I’ll take whatever book is appropriate depending on where this island is, please.

You are allowed to take a snack of your choosing: this will be provided in an unlimited quantity. 

I normally prefer savoury snacks to sweet ones, but the best accompaniment to reading has to be biscuits, particularly biscuits in an unlimited quantity! If I had to pick I’d probably go with a classic like custard creams, but an assortment would be great.

You may choose from unlimited supplies of tea or coffee. 

Tea please! 

You are entitled to carry with you 1 music album/playlist (not surpassing 15 songs).
This was actually a lot harder than the books!

Things the Grandchildren Ought to Know – Eels
Take Me to Church – Hozier
Once Upon a Dream – Lana Del Ray
Invitation to the Blues – Tom Waits (this one is like a crime noir story in five and a half minutes!)
Avenue of Hope – I Am Kloot
Walk Unafraid – First Aid Kit
Letters From The Sky – Civil Twilight
I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye and the Grant Lazlo Orchestra
Wish for Something More – Amy MacDonald
If You Could Read My Mind – Johnny Cash
Set The Fire to the Third Bar – Snow Patrol and Martha Wainwright
Should I Fall Behind – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Black Parade – My Chemical Romance
PS You Rock My World – Eels

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

My bird book and Walk Unafraid.

In addition to this book, you will be given the entire works of Shakespeare and the Bible (totally not stealing from Desert Island Discs, no sir) 

Excellent! The Bible gets a bit of scorn in these lists, but I’m looking at it as a 73 book series by a whole host of different authors spanning genres from history and law to some fairly steamy poetry and post-apocalyptic fantasy. And I know some Shakespeare, but there’s loads I’ve never read. I’ll soon be wandering the beach giving lengthy speeches to the crabs.

Thank you so much for choosing this journey on DesertJet. Remember the rules are simple, but strict. 

Thank you for letting me play. It’s amazing, one minute you meet a woman in a bookshop and excitedly explain the plot of “The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish.” to her, next thing you know she’s sending you to a desert island, miles away from anyone, completely on your own. Hang on, maybe I need to rethink my life…

Hahaha, that really is how Liam and I met. We had been friends on Twitter for a while and then I heard him talking about that book in Waterstones… then tweeted him about it! Thank you for playing, Liam!

S x


DesertIslandBooks – DadOfCrazyTwins

Today on #DesertIslandBooks, I have a member of my very own family! Everyone say hello to Graeme, known on twitter as @DadOfCrazyTwins. He’s the dad of my gorgeous goddaughters and his tales are wonderful! 
Check out his choices below!
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The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton 
The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness 
No Lifeguard On Duty by Janice Dickinson
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton 
IT by Stephen King
Me Me Me by Charlotte Crosby (never read it but would be good for light trashy relief) 
My snack would be Corned Beef and Potato Pie but cooked following my Mam’s recipe
My album would be a random NOW compilation…any number will do as usually have a good mix 
When the police come I’d keep IT by Stephen King and Track 17 on Disc 2 of the NOW album as it’s usually an underrated trance gem 

Thank you for agreeing to be castaway! I hope you get some peace and enjoy your trance album! 

S x

p.s. remember to keep your eyes open for my very own #DesertIslandBooks post coming Christmas!

12 Days of Clink Christmas

Today I am hosting the lovely C.J. Bentley on my blog. She is here today to talk about her brilliant book ‘The Shield’ and she’s very kindly written a guest post about her inspiration for writing ‘The Shield’.

So without further ado:

Inspiration for writing ‘The Shield’ 

It was when our grandchildren were staying with us during the summer holidays a few years ago in the evening.  We had exhausted our saved supply of favourite children’s books as well as our imaginations making up stories each night at bedtime.  Our grandson was eight years old.  His two older sisters wanted to watch a movie and he was tired so requested a bedtime story and to be taken to bed.  I had the idea we might find something to read online so Googled a site for stories for eight year old boys.  What came up I deemed unsuitable for bedtime reading for an eight year old, I couldn’t find anything that didn’t feature zombies, vampires, or farts.

As I returned to Dubai later that summer to pack and move our belongings to Qatar, (my husband’s job taking us there) and having retired from my work in an International School, my ‘me time’ was spent making notes for the long ago ‘germinated seed’ of an idea for a children’s story, (which then led to other germs) being planted in my brain and so ‘The Finder’ series was born.  I had made the decision not to work in Qatar and initially I had plenty to do with the unpacking and making a home in the lovely villa my husband and I had chosen to live in for our time in that country.  We enjoyed our beautiful walled garden and I started to grow vegetables, something I had not been able to do living in Dubai with only a balcony to our apartment.  I started to write, I had spare time on my hands for the first time in my life.  Being a wife, mother and then grandmother, working throughout my life with children my time was used up by everything I had to do with being all of these things. 

Now time was mine and apart from keeping the villa clean and growing the vegetables I decided to write the kind of stories I would like to read if I was aged nine to thirteen, adventure stories, meeting people in different times as time travel has always fascinated me.  Old objects fascinate me too, as I hold something old I find myself thinking about who owned and used it and so the ‘germ’ for these stories grew.  As I find myself writing one book in the series the next is forming in my imagination and so on as I travel down this new road as an author.   I am currently writing book four in the series ‘The Ring’ lost in 1330 by an Arabian Princess and which takes place in the Middle East.

The ‘germ’ for the first in the Finder Series came from a memory I had when I was ten years old fishing in the local stream with a friend.  We found a medieval shield in the silt under the water during the summer holidays.  It took us a long time to remove it from its resting place as the silt was deep and it was well covered.  It was dirty and heavy and we didn’t know what to do with it so we chose to put it back.  My story was taken from this memory about what could have happened if we had chosen to keep it and take it home.  As far as I know the shield we found is still under that stream.  This summer whilst in the UK and with the help of family and friends with a child’s metal detector we tried to find it but the topography around the stream had changed over the many years in between and we were unsuccessful.  We did visit the local museum mentioned in the book and a Curator informed us that yes around where I used to live as a child there had been a medieval settlement so the chances of a shield being discovered were high.  We may return at some stage to try again, this time with a higher class of metal detector, more men with spades and even greater research.

It was interesting for her to confirm that the time I had decided to set ‘The Shield’, 1340, was a time of great unrest in Northern England with the Scots invading down as far as York where most of the story takes place. The first three lots of King Edwards were each kept busy trying to stop the Scots from venturing further south.  I become totally immersed in the time I set the stories and I love the history.  I try to make each time come alive for my readers and this is the main reason why I love to write now.  I love the creativity of sitting down at the laptop, I never fully know which way my imagination is going to take me, I don’t plan in great detail as I write, I have the idea, do a lot of research for the time chosen and then sit at the computer and write.  It is only when reading back to myself, (always out loud) that I wonder at the process, I find it all very exciting.   As I continue to write book four the ideas for the next book are forming in my imagination so my notebook is continually being added to.  I feel at least another two in the series before the last book which will complete the adventures full circle.

The Shield Cover

The Shield

People lose their belongings. That is a fact of life. It can happen by accident, but sometimes it can happen when you put them in a very safe place and forget where that safe place is. Not many people are good at finding them again. A young, gutsy girl with a kind heart, who’s searching for her own identity growing up in the 1960s, just happens to be very good at finding things. Can she be the one to help return whatever is lost – anywhere and at any time – to its original owner? With the help of a beautiful yet mysterious wise woman and a chivalrous knight she does just that. She finds and returns his shield, lost in battle, which unbeknown to her holds a secret that is important to his King, the safety of the Kingdom and the life of the daughter of his best friend.

The Shield is the first story in The Finder Series, taking our heroine on extraordinary journeys back in time. Her first adventure takes place in Medieval England in 1340 where she meets King Edward III, his wife Philippa and their son, who will later become the Black Prince.

Purchase from Amazon UK – Amazon link

About the author: Originally heralding from the North of England, C.J Bentley has travelled extensively and enjoyed living in a variety of countries across the world from Dubai to Doha, Qatar and now the countryside in the South of France. A background in teaching and childcare she has always enjoyed creating adventure short stories. However, it was when she became a grandma and with her grandchildren growing up  that she discovered that books seemed to contain only stories of vampires, zombies and farts that she decided seriously to take matters into her own hands and put pen to paper which today she calls The Finder Series.




DesertIslandBooks: _rebeccastobart

Good morning!
How is everyone?! How is December going for everyone? 

Today we have one of the last few #DesertIslandBooks posts and today’s contestant is my lovely friend Rebecca, who blogs over at This Booky Place and you’ll find her on twitter (@_recebbastobart). Go give her social media a look… once you’ve read her post OBVIOUSLY. 

Reminder of the rules:

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus – my token contemporary

Snack: Prawn cocktail crisps

Unlimited Tea/Coffee: Tea

Part of one of my Spotify playlists 😛

Make A Move by Icon for Hire
This Is Gospel by Panic! At The Disco
Sugar We’re Goin Down by Fall Out Boy
House of Gold by Twenty One Pilots
Teenagers by My Chemical Romance
Gentleman by Psy
Harlem by New Politics
Heres To Us by Halestorm
Everybody Talks by Neon Trees
Drive By by Train
Some nights by fun.
Handwritten by The Gaslight Anthem
It’s Time by Imagine Dragons
One More Time by Maroon 5
Trouble by Pink

One book to keep: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

One song to keep: This Is Gospel by  Panic! At The Disco

Thank you Rebecca for agreeing to be castaway! There’s some incredible songs going on on your island! 

S x

12 Days of Clink Christmas

Today I have the joy of hosting Monikka Jephcott Thomas as part of the 12 Days of CLink Christmas! I hope you enjoy the post which describes the inspiration behind her brilliant book ‘Fifteen Words’.

Fifteen Words Cover

The inspiration for FIFTEEN WORDS 

I was doing some research into my family history, as most of us do at some stage of our lives and, also as most of us do whose parents grew up during the world wars, I felt their stories were the stuff of novels. Unlike many who will be reading this however, my parents were both German. They met during the Second World War and were eventually separated by it, as Max and Erika are in the novel – my father having to go off and serve as a doctor in the German army, not because he wanted to (he was not a supporter of the Nazi party), but because he was conscripted, like so many young men across the globe in the early ’40s. 

The novel is heavily inspired by the real-life trials and tribulations of my parents’ early married lives – simply because they are so inherently dramatic – whilst allowing me to depict the complexity of growing up in Nazi Germany among the potent forces of religion and fascism competing for young souls. It is also an exploration of the strength of human relationships, which the war tested greatly, in an age when letter writing was one of the few long distance forms of communication available to most; when the fighting separated husbands and wives, children and parents for extensive periods of time and over vast distances.

In the book, Max is a POW in a Russian labour camp on the edge of the Arctic for four long and painful years. I was shocked to find out, during my research for this novel, that German POWs in those Soviet labour camps were only allowed to send letters home if they contained a maximum of fifteen words. So, in the novel, Max struggles over how to express everything he wants to tell Erika with such limitations. He enlists the help of his more artistic friends to help him. But finally in despair he writes something damning. It becomes one of the themes of the book: how we can say so much in so few words to beautiful or destructive effect.

The book was written reasonably quickly, in just a few months, but that was mainly because I was steeped in all the stories from the research I had already done into my family history, which had unearthed all manner of letters, documents, photos and tape recordings. The real work was deciding which stories to follow in the novel. Apart from the themes I wanted to explore, the stories I eventually focused on were also the most gripping, page-turning aspects of the history. So the book has its fair share of explosions, air raids, prison breakouts, emergency medical procedures on the battlefield, not to mention a pregnant woman hanging on to the outside of a speeding train! 

Fifteen Words is however, primarily a love story. Anyone who likes World War 2 fiction will find it not only interesting but, I think, refreshing. This book is unusual in that there are not many books written in English about the German experience of WW2. Many early readers of the manuscript found it an eye-opener, informing them about the war in a way they never thought of before, without it being a text which tries to rewrite history. In no way does it attempt to say the Nazis weren’t to blame for the atrocities of the war, but it merely points out that not all Germans were Nazis. As with any war, which we see all too often today, there are many civilian casualties, from all strata of society. In this very human story I hope I have been able to reaffirm how all of us, from whatever nation, for all our differences, still suffer and rejoice in remarkably similar ways.

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Two young doctors form a profound and loving bond in Nazi Germany; a bond that will stretch them to the very limits of human endurance. Catholic Max – whose religious and moral beliefs are in conflict, has been conscripted to join the war effort as a medic, despite his hatred of Hitler’s regime. His beloved Erika, a privileged young woman, is herself a product of the Hitler Youth. In spite of their stark differences, Max and Erika defy convention and marry.

But when Max is stationed at the fortress city of Breslau, their worst nightmares are realised; his hospital is bombed, he is captured by the Soviet Army and taken to a POW camp in Siberia. Max experiences untold horrors, his one comfort the letters he is allowed to send home: messages that can only contain Fifteen Words. Back in Germany, Erika is struggling to survive and protect their young daughter, finding comfort in the arms of a local carpenter. Worlds apart and with only sparse words for comfort, will they ever find their way back to one another, and will Germany ever find peace?

Fifteen Words is a vivid and intimate portrayal of human love and perseverance, one which illuminates the German experience of the war, which has often been overshadowed by history.

Monkika Jephcott Thomas

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Monika Jephcott Thomas grew up in Dortmund Mengede, north-west Germany. She moved to the UK in 1966, enjoying a thirty year career in education before retraining as a therapist. Along with her partner Jeff she established the Academy of Play & Child Psychotherapy in order to support the twenty per cent of children who have emotional, behavioural, social and mental health problems by using play and the creative Arts. A founder member of Play Therapy UK, Jephcott Thomas was elected President of Play Therapy International in 2002.

#DesertIslandBooks – Peadar O Guilin

Good morning everyone! 

Today’s #DesertIslandBooks contender is the brilliant author of one of my favourite books of recent times! Who is it? I hear you bellow! Well it is none other than the brilliant Peadar O Guilin. If you haven’t read The Call yet, then my word get on it. My review for the incredible 1st book in the duology (is that a word?) can be found here: BOOKBLOG: Peadar Ó Guilín) Go check him out on twitter, you’ll find him at @TheCallYA.

DIB rules

“I, Claudius” by Robert Graves.
The ultimate underdog story. Claudius is probably the unconscious inspiration behind several of my own protagonists. The supporting characters are amazing too, especially the terrifying, yet hilarious, Caligula and his grandmother, Livia, the calm poisoner. It’s intrigue all the way until everybody is dead!

“Silver Metal Lover” by Tanith Lee.
I don’t enjoy romance stories very much, and the idea of reading about a girl falling in love with a robot would put any book right to bottom of my TBR. But Tanith Lee’s work is always so rich and intense and in this book, she turned a dodgy premise into a work of genius.

“The Fifth Season” by N.K. Jemisin
I laugh sometimes when I see authors on the internet talk about how dark their work is. Everybody and their dog seems to think this of themselves. None of them has read “The Fifth Season” as far as I can tell. This is world-building at its best and most horrible.

“Black Juice” by Margo Lanagan
I don’t understand everything that happens in a Margo Lanagan short-story. I only know that each and every one of them flicks buttons in my soul and changes me.

“Story of your Life and Others” by Ted Chiang
This is one of the best collections of Science Fiction short stories I have ever read. The title story was the basis for the hit movie “Arrival”, but Ted Chiang’s version is far more effective in my opinion. The other tales are wonderful too.

“The Unfortunate Fursey” by Mervyn Wall
I’ll need a few laughs on my desert island, so for this, I’ll pick Mervyn Wall’s forgotten work of comic insanity, “The Unfortunate Fursey”. A simple medieval monk crosses an Ireland full of Monty Python characters and supernatural creatures. This has to be read to be believed. But only if you can find a rare, precious copy.

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” by David Bowie — no extra tracks, please!
If I can only take one album it has to be Ziggy Stardust. The whole thing is arranged to tell a story, or rather, to suggest a story that we listeners have to put together ourselves. It’s full of cracking songs, some of which will be famous until the heat death of the universe. But for me, a YA writer with a penchant for dystopia and the post-apocalypse, “Five Years” is the best of all. The lyrics of this song explore the reactions of people on the day everybody learns the Earth is to be destroyed in five years time.

Ombar Chocolate bars. Vegan. Tasty. Expensive.

The things I would save? 

The Call and the song Five Years

(Controversial! Didn’t choose The Call, BUT I will let you off Peadar as it is an incredible book!)

Thank you so much Peadar for being involved! 

S x

Desert Island Books – Susan Wilson

Good morning gang! 

Today we have another brilliant author taking part in #DesertIslandBooks! Today Susan M Wilson, author of the hotly anticipated ‘The Extinction Trials’ has agreed to be castaway! I bet she would rather be castaway than featured in her own book… it’s pretty intense!! If you’re interested, go check it out on Amazon. I suggest you buy it… it’s going to be a HIT! Go follow Susan, @susanwilsonbook!

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Steph, I found this very hard which is why it took so long!

6 books
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen
The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jo Jo Moyes
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
The Girl with all the Gifts by M R Carey (YESSSSSSS)
My book choices would probably change every day.  Day job is nursing and the premise behind The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox reminds me so much of the some of the elderly patients in a mental health ward I came across 25 years ago.  Some of them had been in hospital most of their lives and staff didn’t really know why they were there.  The Last Town on Earth is an epidemic style book that appeals to my public health nursing head.  Jurassic Park has always fascinated me and I continually wonder What If…..?  I’m a real sci-fi freak so Across the Universe struck close to the heart. 
Snackchocolate, always chocolate.  I am a chocolate addict.
Tea or coffee – always coffee.  My favourite is a skinny latte with sugar free caramel. (I’m sure I can arrange that!!)
My music choices reveal my age!
Queen – Under Pressure.  
Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling
Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking
Wham – Last Christmas
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling
Sam Smith – I’m not the only one
Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Spandau Ballet – True
Michael Jackson – Man in the Mirror
George Michael – Faith
The Script – The Man who can’t be moved
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
George Michael and Aretha Franklin – Knew you were waiting
Human League – Don’t you want me?
The one book I’d be left with is Jurassic Park because Michael Crichton is just the master, and Simple Minds Alive and Kicking.  Seems fitting for a desert island!
Thank you so much Susan for agreeing to be castaway! Thanks for joining in #DesertIslandBooks! I hope you manage to stay alive and kicking!
S x

Desert Island Books – charlotteswhere

Today I am sending my friend Charlotte off to #DesertIslandBooks! I have only read 1 of her book choices, so there’s a whole load of books for me to add to my list! You should go follow Charlotte over on Twitter (@charlotteswhere). Check out her choices below!

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6 books:
1. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman 
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 
3. Sandman Omnibus by Neil Gaiman
4. Auschwitz and After by Charlotte Delbo
5. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
6. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Snack: chocolate covered hobnobs

Drink: unlimited coffee

Music album: MeatLoaf – Bat Out of Hell 2

When the Desert police come I will cry. 

I’d keep Northern Lights for my book and Everything Louder than Everything Else for my song. 

Thank you so much Charlotte for agreeing to be castaway, I hope your coffee and your book kept you company once the police had been!

S x

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