Desert Island Books

Imagine being exiled to a deserted island with no connection to humanity. But, what if you could bring three books with you? What three books would you choose to take? Four freshmen answer this age-old question.

Lyla Bollag, Staff

Alexia Acosta:

“How to Survive on a Deserted Island” by Tim O’Shei “Because it’s a book to know how to survive the deserted island.”

“Webster’s All-In-One Dictionary” & “Thesaurus, Second Edition, Newest Edition.” “I would bring this book because I can use it for fires, and it’s not that hard to carry around.”

“The Wings of Fire; Moon Rising” by Tui T. Sutherland. “I would bring this book so I wouldn’t get bored and also as fuel for the fire.”

Noah Olorin:

“Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss. “[An] example of poetry effortlessly fused into a long novel. The plot and character development of this book are fantastic. It’s incredibly [immersive.]”

“The Way of Kings” by Brandon Sanderson. “The plot of this novel is good, [the characters are unique with spirited personalities].

“But, the true brilliance of this novel is the world-building and history. There is a wealth of culture to every place the book touches on [which] makes this book frighteningly immersive. The animals, the lore, the history, and the geography are fine-tuned where it’s as fascinating as the action in the book.”

“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. “Incredibly different from the other two on this list, this is a philosophy book about a shepherd who goes on a journey through a desert, and it’s a lovely commentary on the impermanence and changing nature of life.”



Lucas Acosta:

“Mistborn,” “The Well of Ascension” and “The Hero of Ages” by Brandon Sanderson. “I like how the author builds a deep and rich world. This would probably keep me entertained for a long time because rereading the books would just reveal the details I missed while reading them the first time. I could say that I that I think fantasy is great for distracting yourself because you get to see stories authors create that are all unique and compelling.”

Dylan Charney:

The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien. “I would bring this book because simply reading Bilbo’s story is long. It’s a good way to spend time, and I love the magic contained within the story, Smaug as an example.”

“The Kingdom of Ash” by Sarah J. Maas. “‘The Kingdom of Ash’ is the 7th and final book in the ‘Throne of Glass’ series. This was a book I very much enjoyed and the escapism it granted when I was wanting to get into the world.”

“The Splendid and the Vile” by Erik Larson. “This is a book that I would bring with me to help revive my faith in humanity, as well as satisfy my love of history.”