So here I am packing up my belongings for the third time in one year, getting ready for yet another move.
I stand in front of my bookcase, again, trying to thin it out. Which books can I pass on? Which can't I stand to part with?
This exercise has got me wondering which books you would take with you. If you were only allowed to bring three books with you to a new life, to the cliched desert island, which three would they be?
Two of my three currently sit side by side on the second shelf of my bookcase, they're Hummingbird House by Patricia Henley and In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. The third choice is a little harder. It's a toss up between Harriet Doer's Stones for Ibarra, and Don Miguel Ruiz's The Mastery of Love. Hmmmm.....I know we're only allowed three....I guess I'll grab The Mastery of Love, because I can always use some ancient Toltec wisdom.
What to do, what to do? Books I've not yet read, for the thrill and mystery of opening that first page? But what if it turns out to be, well, not one of my three favorite books? It’s got to be something I can reread, over and over. For that reason, I’m going to choose 3 of my favorite fat books. Big fat ones that take a long time to read. And then reread.
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
I may change my mind on further thought, though. I reserve the right to amend my choices in the comments section.
A desert island sounds really nice, assuming I’d have basic necessities like a bed and a blender and a toilet. But just three books, ach. The stress. I’d really like to cheat and bring a few anthologies, or better yet – one of those ebooks Oprah’s so fond of! Like Ellie suggested, I’d surely go for tried and true. Books I can read over and over and find new levels of interest. I also reserve the right to change my mind right up until the moment of departure. I’ll start with:
The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Now let me publish this so I can get busy with my runners up in the comments.
What would you bring?