Sarah Jayne posed a great question in the comments section of one of Piedmont Writer's posts. So I am going to copycat her and ask the question here. Not only because I think it's a good one, but it will give me (and any others who read the responses) some great reading recommendations.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 books would want to have?
It's a very difficult questions for me to answer, actually. I'd be thrilled with just a pen and paper so I could write my own books in sweet solitary and keep myself entertained in new ways. Since that's not the question, and luckily I can close my eyes and do it in my head, I'll keep it simple and go with Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.
I know, there are seven (and one on the way), but I can narrow it down--maybe. Let's see. Definitely Outlander (1) and A Breath of Snow and Ashes (6)--my favorites. But, for the third, it's a toss up between Drums of Autumn and The Fiery Cross. I really don't know.
After having read the series 4-5 times in the past two years, I still love it like the first time. It's not an easy read (or short--800+ pages in most of the books), so it would use up time. The books have it all: romance, mystery, hilarity, sex, time travel, war, history, murder and serious mayhem. Not to mention characters that are unbelievably real. After all the times I've read it, I still find a few things I missed each time I go back through. And, there's enough left to the imagination that I can sit and ponder what/who/where/why/how for hours on end after I close a book for the night.
So that's my answer and the reasons for it. Of course, it would probably be wiser for me to take one of my medicinal and edible herb/flower books for obvious reasons, but...
What about you?