Books Are My Bag: Desert Island Reads

Thursday saw the launch of this year’s Books Are My Bag campaign, a nationwide celebration of books and bookshops that hopes to encourage book lovers to visit their high street bookseller instead of the online retail behemoths when they want to buy a book. Now in its third year, and with the support of all the UK’s major trade publishers, this is the biggest BAMB campaign yet. There are hundreds of BAMB parties going on at bookshops across the country today – find your closest participating bookseller here. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to get your hands on the rather risqué limited edition tote bag designed by Grayson Perry, or the beautiful children’s tote designed by Lauren Child. 

Books Are My Bag

This year’s theme is #desertislandreads, and Books Are My Bag would like to know what eight books you would have with you if you were stranded on a desert island.  After much deliberation, I think I’ve settled on my eight. It was so hard – I swapped American Gods and The Buried Giant in and out so many times!

Books Are My Bag: Desert Island Reads

Tell me yours in the comments below! 

‘Pop in to your local bookshop. Book people are nice people and bookshops have become more than a place to buy books. In many small communities they are a valuable social hub for like-minded folks. But don’t forget to buy a book too!’
                                                                          –-Grayson Perry



  • Sue Bursztynski

    I see you’ve cheated with the Pullman! That’s three books! :-) Still, fine. I’d take this seriously, as what would I take if I could only take a few books to read and reread for the rest of my life. I’d take a Works of Shakespeare, which is usually published as one volume, as long as it included all the uncertain stuff, such as The Two Noble Kinsmen. You’d get a LOT of reading out of that. Lord Of The Rings. A great, thick as a brick novel which I am comfortable reading and rereading. Almost anything by Kerry Greenwood – the crime fiction, that is. Her historical fiction is excellent, but I prefer Corinna Chapman and the earlier Phryne Fisher books. I know whodunnit, but I reread them anyway. Harry Turtledove’s Ruled Britannia, a new copy, because mine is falling apart. Any of Kate Forsyth’s historical fiction with fairytale themes, including The Wild Girl. Almost anything by Sophie Masson. Terry Pratchett’s City Watch series(see? I can cheat too!) and his Tiffany Aching books. Those really are like one novel, as Tiffany grows up and develops. You could probably fit them under one, thick as a brick cover. A copy of my own novel, of which I’m proud – and if I was given paper and writing materials I could work on a sequel.

  • https://anabelsblog.wordpress.com/ Anabel Marsh

    I’d have to think about that for a long time! Of your 8, only the Pullman would appear on mine. I think it’s fair to include a trilogy – they could be bound in one volume! (And haven’t you done something similar with Alice?) I might try to sneak in my omnibus Jane Austen….

    • http://weewhitehoose.co.uk Fee

      It’s so difficult, isn’t it? I know that the Pullman trilogy *is* available to buy in one book, and re Alice, I did narrow it down to only Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, though if there was a volume available with both that and Through the Looking Glass, I’d definitely take that one!

  • Tarkabarka

    What a neat idea! :) It would be such a hard choice… I think Michael Ende’s Neverending Story would be one of mine :) Does the 1001 Nights count as one book?… :)))