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It is that time of year where I live that the winter seems to have dragged on too long and the fantasy of retreating with good books to a desert isle grabs the imagination.  In past diaries I have asked for ten favorite books or movies that you would take along with a hammock and an assortment of exotic drinks.  It is my own fault that I can’t stick to ten only and start including series or an author’s whole set of work.  I always seem to list the same books, too, starting with all of Shakespeare.  

I like to think that all of us having staked out a place on the beach in the shade of a big umbrella would share our books so we would not have to panic about leaving some books behind.  Many of you with various kinds of e-readers would smile at those of us staggering down to the beach with armloads of tomes.  

My winter tired brain rejoices at the thought of the beach, a warm breeze, the sound of waves, and cold drinks as I read an old favorite story.

My list of books for the desert isle while hoping to borrow from everyone else, too.

Old and true:

1.   Shakespeare’s complete works

2.   Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

3.   Mrs. Mike by the Freedmans

4.   Shane by Jack Schaefer

5.   The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean

6.   River-Horse by William Least-Heat Moon

7.   The Riddle-Master of Hed and sequels by Patricia Mc Killip

               Riddle-Master of Hed
               Heir of Sea and Sky
               Harpist in the Wind

8.   All of the Robin Hobb books that go together:

Farseer Trilogy
     Royal Assassin
      Assassin's Apprentice
     Assassin's Quest
Liveship Traders series
     Ship of Magic
     Ship of Destiny
Tawny Man
     Fool’s Errand
     Golden Fool
     Fool’s Fate
The Rain Wilds Chronicles
      Dragon Keeper
      Dragon Haven
      City of Dragons

9.  The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

And the new book that I have not read, yet:

10.  A Turn of Light by Julie Czerneda

Please mention your list so I will be consoled that the hundreds of books I also love will turn up on the isle.  

My list of films to bring (How can I only choose ten?)

1.   Second Hand Lions with Duval, Caine and Osment

2.   Ladyhawke with Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, and Michelle Pfeiffer

3.   Sweet Liberty with Alda and Caine

4.   Educating Rita with Michael Caine, Julie Walters

5.   American Graffiti with Dreyfuss

6.   Middlemarch with Juliet Aubrey, Jonathan Firth, Douglas Hodge

7.   All Creatures Great and Small series I, II, III

8.   A Man for All Seasons with Paul Scofield and Robert Shaw

9.   Pride and Prejudice with Garvie and Rintoul

10.  Lark Rise to Candleford seasons 1-4

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NOTE: plf515 has book talk on Wednesday mornings early

Originally posted to Readers and Book Lovers on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 05:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Progressive Friends of the Library Newsletter.


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