Top Ten Tuesday #326

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, I had my friend Hannah to stay over the weekend, which was really nice, we had a very chill time as usual, eating pizza and chatting about books. We may not have got to go to YALC again this year, but we still had a fun weekend together anyway. I’ve also been watching some of the Olympics, mostly the gymnastics and equestrian events as that’s where my main sports interest lies, and it was so exciting to see the GB women’s gymnastics team get a bronze today, it’s been such a long time in the making for them! It was also great to see us get team bronze in the Dressage as well, though I do have to admit, when it comes to Equestrian, Eventing and Showjumping are definitely the ones I prefer watching!

Anyway, enough of my rambling about sports, since it’s Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Books I’d Want With Me While Stranded on A Deserted Island. Now honestly, if this year has taught me anything, it’s that isolation is SEVERELY OVERRATED and I need to be able to see my friends regularly. Also I hate the heat, so a deserted island would not be the place for me, I’d probably do better in an isolated mountain cabin, curled up in blankets and drinking an inordinate amount of hot chocolate. But anyway, if I were on a deserted island, these are the books I’d want with me (for series I love, I chose my favourite book as I thought it would be cheating to pick the entire series!):

1. The Battle of The Labyrinth-Rick Riordan

I couldn’t be without at least one Percy Jackson book if I was stranded on a desert island, and I picked this one. I love the entire series, but for me The Battle of The Labyrinth is one of the most exciting, the whole quest through the Labyrinth is brilliant, we have lots of development on the Percy/Annabeth front and the stakes are sky high as we build towards the big fight with Kronos. I could definitely see myself whiling away a couple of hours with this one on a desert island.

2. The Hunger Games-Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games was such an addictive read, I remember I was so glued to what was happening, that I could hardly put it down. It would definitely be a great read to while away the time whilst I was waiting for someone to come and rescue me from the deserted island. I also might be able to pick up a few survival tips, and it would be a great reminder that even if I was stranded on an island, at least I’m not a teenager involved in a death match.

3. Dangerous Girls-Abigail Haas

The setting for this is definitely suited to being stranded on an island, since it all takes place on Aruba. It’s another really fast and addictive read as well, so I could definitely forget about the tedium of isolation whilst I was gripped by this sun-soaked thriller. I’d also like to see if I could pick up the clues to the murderer this time around, now that I’ve read it once and know who did it.

4. Rebel of The Sands-Alwyn Hamilton

Again, this book would really suit being stranded on an island, given the desert setting. It was also a really fun and pacey story so I think it could easily distract me in my isolation.

5. To Kill A Kingdom-Alexandra Christo

Again, the setting here makes it perfect for a deserted island read, it’s all set in the ocean, it has brilliantly immersive writing so it would be easy to just sink into and distract me and it was just a lot of fun, so I would definitely love to have it with me in my isolation.

6. A Darker Shade of Magic-VE Schwab

Of course I have to have my favourite VE Schwab book with me whilst stranded on a deserted island. I can think of no better way to pass the time than with one of my favourite books, and I know that the hours would fly by as I enjoyed Kell, Lila, Rhy and Holland’s adventures all over again.

7. Vengeful-VE Schwab

Are you at all surprised to see another VE Schwab book on here? You shouldn’t be! Vengeful is another of my favourite VE Schwab books, it’s incredibly pacey for a nearly 600-page book, it has brilliantly complicated villains, SO MUCH FEMALE ANGER and is really just an absolute masterclass in writing, worldbuilding and character development. I would be much happier in isolation if I had this book with me.

8. The Exact Opposite Of Okay-Laura Steven

The Exact Opposite Of Okay is so funny, it would definitely be a perfect book to have with me on a deserted island as I would spend so much time laughing that I would forget about the potentially precarious situation.

9. Code Name Verity-Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity has everything: humour, heartbreak, intense female friendship and blinding plot twists. It would be a bit of a change of pace from some of the other books on here as it’s definitely a slower build, but I think if I wanted a break from the fantasy/thrillers/dystopia that make up the bulk of my list, Code Name Verity would definitely be a good one to go for. I also would want to have at least one historical with me, as I love historical fiction.

10. The House of Hades-Rick Riordan

And we come to my favourite of the Heroes of Olympus books. This is definitely a Percabeth heavy book, which is one of the main reasons that I love it so much, but it’s also super action packed, the stakes are really high as again we race towards the climactic battle with Gaea in the next book and I feel like we get a lot of great character moments in this one. Also it’s probably the darkest book of the series, and me being me, I love that!

So there you go, those are the books I would want with me on my deserted island. Have you read any of these? What did you think? What books did you choose to have with your on your deserted island? Did we share any? Let me know in the comments!

Next week is Titles or Covers That Made Me Want To Read/Buy The Book so I will definitely be going with Covers That Made Me Want To Read/Buy The Book since I definitely judge buy the cover!

48 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #326

  1. lindseyhabets 27/07/2021 / 5:35 pm

    Oh, the VE Schwab and Rick Riordan books and The Hunger Games would be some of my picks too, they’re all-time favorites for sure πŸ™‚

  2. curlygeek04 27/07/2021 / 7:18 pm

    I thought about a Darker Shade of Magic! Schwab’s books are so good. I liked your comment about the heat and not wanting to be alone — for me, being stranded on a desert island sounds pretty nice (if safe and I could leave when I wanted). Enjoy your cabin-and-hot-chocolate reading!

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2021 / 2:42 pm

      They are! Ha ha different strokes for different folks I guess, I’m just not a heat person. Definitely more an autumn/winter than summer girl.

  3. Carol 27/07/2021 / 7:20 pm

    I loved Hunger Games…so addictive!

  4. jessicaapril7 27/07/2021 / 8:11 pm

    Great list! I haven’t read any of these, though my coworkers have been on me to read the Percy Jackson stories for awhile now. It’s hard to commit yourself to a YA series when you’re in your mid thirties though, >_< even though I love Greek mythology!

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2021 / 2:40 pm

      Thanks! I do get that, I read them when I was about 14 which I think was probably the perfect age, but when reading the Trials of Apollo series in my 20s, I’ve definitely felt a bit old for them!

  5. FangirlFlax 27/07/2021 / 10:22 pm

    The Hunger Games (or Catching Fire) would be SUCH a good idea–almost a How-To manual of their own, haha! Great list πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2021 / 2:38 pm

      Ha ha almost! Probably the only book on the list that would be in any way helpful. Thanks πŸ™‚

  6. Greg 27/07/2021 / 10:25 pm

    I’m watching the Olympics too, it’s so fun. And I really liked Dangerous girls- that was good.

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2021 / 2:32 pm

      It is! Yes, Dangerous Girls was a really good book πŸ™‚

  7. Louise 27/07/2021 / 10:38 pm

    Ooh! I don’t know which of the PJO books idnpick if I could only have one… Aomething to consider!

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2021 / 2:31 pm

      I mean it was a hard choice, I could have picked any of them, but I eventually landed on the fourth one.

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2021 / 2:30 pm

      It does right? Just have to hope we don’t get eaten by bears or something like that! Thanks πŸ™‚

  8. 1girl2manybooks 28/07/2021 / 1:22 am

    I really liked Rebel of the Sands and Code Name Verity! Great choices.

    I also love watching showjumping at the Olympics!

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2021 / 2:30 pm

      Thanks! Yes, I was watching the showjumping portion of the eventing last night and the regular showjumping qualifier today which was super fun!

  9. Hasini @ Bibliosini 28/07/2021 / 3:14 am

    I love that you selected some Rick Riordan books because personally those books would keep me calm on an isolated island!

  10. evelynb98 28/07/2021 / 12:40 pm

    Great list! I’m really happy to see some Schwab books on here (she’s a favourite of mine). I’ve never heard of code name verity but it sounds intriguing so I’ll keep an eye out for it!

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2021 / 2:26 pm

      Thanks! She’s a favourite of mine too πŸ™‚ Oh definitely do, it’s a great book!

  11. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 28/07/2021 / 1:21 pm

    I hope if I end up on a deserted island that it has a deserted library. Wouldn’t that be lovely?

  12. thebookishlibra 29/07/2021 / 2:13 am

    Great list! Love seeing all of the Schwab and Riordan titles. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2021 / 2:25 pm

      Thanks! Ha ha, they are two of my favourite authors πŸ™‚

  13. Marianne Maurer 29/07/2021 / 9:17 am

    I’ve only read one of your books (The Hunger Games) but I’m sure they are all good entertainment for when you’re stuck on an island.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2021 / 2:25 pm

      They definitely would be! Honestly I’d take anything if I was stuck on some desolate island with nothing else to do.

      • Marianne Maurer 06/08/2021 / 11:16 am

        I couldn’t agree more. I read all sorts of rubbish when I was younger, just because it was available.

      • iloveheartlandx 10/08/2021 / 9:10 am

        Same, I definitely read a lot that I wouldn’t read now!

      • Marianne Maurer 10/08/2021 / 9:53 am

        I lived in a small village with only a small library, so I had to take what I could get. LOL

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2021 / 2:23 pm

      Yes, it would just be awful! Give me a mountain cabin any day πŸ™‚

  14. myexpandingbookshelf 30/07/2021 / 7:27 pm

    Nice list! I’ve only read The Hunger Games, but a few of these are on the TBR.

  15. cahughes_bookreviews 02/08/2021 / 8:05 pm

    Great list!! And I agree, I would much rather be isolated in a mountain cabin as well! It just seems cozier and much less stressful, haha!

    • iloveheartlandx 03/08/2021 / 2:21 pm

      Thank you! Totally, give me a hot chocolate, some warm blankets and a big pile of books, I’d be set to go πŸ™‚

  16. Annemieke 03/08/2021 / 12:33 pm

    I’ve been watching the Olympics too. Well a bit since I have a 4yo at home who does not appreciate the olympics like I do lol.

  17. bitchbookshelf 05/08/2021 / 4:05 pm

    This list almost makes me want to be trapped on an island…

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