Top Ten Tuesday: Desert Island Books

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, The Broke and the Bookish have selected Top Ten book you’d want on a desert island.  At first this was a difficult list to assemble.  Do I think practically and list ten exceedingly useful books?  Or should I take the opportunity of isolation to read books I’ve always wanted to get to, but never had the time?  Of course the biggest reason behind asking people to put together this kind of list is to gain some insight into their personality.  By listing their ten favorite all-time books, the ten they’d want with them if they had no access to other books, you could divine something insightful about their personality.  Of course, while looking over my various shelves at home, I hit on the ten books I’d absolutely want with me while awaiting rescue.  Those are the ten Jeeves and Wooster books written by P. G. Wodehouse.

If you haven’t read these yet, there really is no poor place to start among Wodehouse’s masterpieces.  The first I read was Thank You, Jeeves.  Wodehouse is a master of the English language.  His short stories detailing the misadventures of Bertie Wooster and his loyal butler Jeeves are quick-witted and cleverly plotted.  These stories have made me laugh out loud no matter how often I read them.  Now, these are collections of short stories as well as novels.  They’ve been collected and re-collected in many different combinations over the  years.  Between Omnibus editions, Collected editions, and assorted Best-ofs, there are numerous editions out there, but below I’ve listed the ten I’m most familiar with.  These certainly aren’t ranked, it would be impossible to set any one over the others.  They also have the advantage of collecting various short stories, so I can either settle in for a long run of reading or drop in for a quick fix between building shelter and gathering food.

1. Thank You, Jeeves

2. The Mating Season

3. Much Obliged, Jeeves

4. Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen

5. Jeeves in the Offing

6. Right Ho, Jeeves

7. Carry On, Jeeves

8. Code of the Woosters

9. The Inimitable Jeeves

10. Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves

So what are your Desert Island Books?


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