This challenge was put together by imyril @ There’s Always Room For One More and inspired by a BBC radio show, which I haven’t actually ever listened to, but I still love the concept! You can see her post about it here, but essentially these are the rules:
- Eight books/audiobooks, and each book in a series counts as one of your eight unless there is a collected edition, and you can’t have a fully loaded kindle/e-reader
- One podcast/TV show/film – for podcasts and TV you can have the whole show, and if you choose a film franchise you can have all the films.
- One other thing you can’t live without, as long as it’s inanimate
And because it’s Wyrd & Wonder, everything will be fantasy themed!
My books of choice
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – I feel like most fantasy readers will have this one as an option, and this book is one I have read quite a few times over the years, and I always find something new among its pages, so I’d love the time to sit and read it again, as it’s been a while now.
- The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – another big volume, this one a lot more recent than Tolkien’s work, but just as close to my heart. I’ve only read this once so far but it’s the kind of story that I feel I’ve always known now that I’ve read it, and I’ve been wanting to pick it up again – I was going to reread it for Wyrd & Wonder but I realised that with all my ARCs and other new purchases I’d have to rush through it, and I feel like Shannon’s tome deserves time.
- The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – this is just such a beautiful, magical, comforting book that I could read it over and over. It definitely needs to come with me!
- For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten – okay, maybe it’s because I just finished reading this at the time of writing up this post, but the longing of it won’t let me go, so I think I’d like to have it with me for the days on which I just want to feel a lot of emotions.
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – another childhood comfort read, and this one has been published in a single volume before so it will only take up one of my slots!
- Merlin by Stephen R. Lawhead – the second book in his Pendragon cycle, and probably my favourite. I love most of the series, but not enough to have it take up most of my slots, so this one is the one I’d choose.
- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – for when I need to laugh, and -since I’ll be by myself on an abandoned island- I can strut about and read the book out loud while putting on fun voices.
- Legendborn by Tracy Deonn – I absolutely love this book but the first time I read it, I definitely rushed through it too quickly, so I’d love to be able to read it at a leisurely pace.
TV, Movie, or Podcast
This year I haven’t been watching things as much, so there’s no film or TV show that jumps out at me (though who’s to say what will happen when Loki comes out), so I think I’ll go for my favourite podcast: Everybody Hates Rand, a Wheel of Time podcast by co-hosts Sally Goodger and Emily Juchau, in which they are reading through Robert Jordan’s way-too-long series and using literary theory and humour to analyse each book. I’m going to hope that, since this is an ongoing podcast, new episodes will magically become available on the desert island, but either way EHR got me through the first lockdown and I love listening to Sally and Emily, they are very entertaining, so I’d happily register to old episodes.
What I can’t be parted with
This is hard… if the rules didn’t state that this needs to be something inanimate I’d say my husband (especially since he wouldn’t be very impressed with me if I didn’t). So I think I will go with my oldest comfort item: my teddy-bear Chad, who has been with me since I was one and has travelled the world with me, so it wouldn’t be fair if he didn’t get to accompany me on this desert island stay.