. . . on a deserted island, what book or books would you want to have stashed in your survival
Being a smart-aleck, I'd say, "I would have my Kindle with dozens of books loaded on it." Poor idea. No electricity on a deserted island.
What has enough oomph to keep me mentally engaged, challenged, and entertained for who knows how many years?
Pick number one would be the Bible. The contents are meaty enough to chew on for a lifetime. If I couldn't have the entire Bible, I would choose Psalms, Isaiah, and Philippians. Psalms because it teaches me how to pray and praise. It comforts me when I am distressed and overwhelmed. Isaiah because it assures me that what God promises and prophesies always comes to fruition. It plainly outlines that evil will be punished. It reminds me that He will return. And it is long - lots of reading material to while away the day. Philippians because it is a book of love and encouragement. Whenever I read it, I feel soothed, encouraged, and loved by God.
A second pick would be anything by C.S. Lewis. His thought processes, logic, and huge intellect are mind bending. Even a short book by Lewis takes me forever to read because each sentence is packed with layers of meaning.
Because my survival pack has to be stuffed with essentials other than books, there probably wouldn't be room for any more, but if I had a verrry large pack, I would want to include Jan Karon's Mitford and Father Tim books. I've read through the series two or three times and never tire of them. Books filled with genuine, fallible characters who choose to love each other, despite being frustrated by each other, are inspirational. Besides, if I were all alone, they would feel like my friends and neighbors.
Oh, and I'd want to have my reading glasses.
What would be your pick? Fiction or non-fiction? Fantasy? Inspirational? Romance?