#WyrdAndWonder Desert Island Reads

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It would seem today’s #WyrdAndWonder challenge is Books I Can’t Wait to Read, and another photo challenge. I can’t wait to read Deadly Education by Naomi Novik, but that doesn’t really make for a very long blog post, so I’m going to throw back to last Wednesday’s Desert Island reads challenge now that I have the time. You can read all about the criteria on Desert Island Reads by There is Always Room For One More, but essentially, I choose:

  • 8 books (or audiobooks) to take with me on a desert island. They be anything, but if they’re part of a series, each one will count as one of my eight unless they are bound together. No e-readers . . .
  • 1 TV, Movie or Podcast
  • One luxury item that can be anything I want.
  • **It’s supposed to be based around Fantasy titles and things, and I’m realizing that I didn’t quite follow that. Sorry. I still like the list I came up with though so I hope you can forgive me

I’m imagining all these things will get thrown into a kind of trunk which will washup next to me on the beach, a yellow glow leaking from its seams. You know, typical treasure chest stuff. Let’s take a look inside . . .

My 8 books:

So for this, I’d probably want to take a mix of things. Some stuff I’ve been meaning to read, as well as some stuff that is just comforting to me. I’m kinda thinking I would split this up into some research type reading, and then just-for-fun type books. Of course some will be new to me and some will be well read. Here they are:

  • Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – Simply put, this is my favorite book. I’ve read it a whole bunch of times, and I’m sure I’ll read it a whole bunch more. It goes in the trunk
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie – Same idea as above, I just love this book. It’s going in the trunk.
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – As mentioned for today’s challenge, I can’t wait to read this book! Better bring it along. (update 6/16/21 – Review of A Deadly Education posted!)
  • His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik – Since it seems we’re on a Novik kick, I figure might as well.
  • David Mogo Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa – I just really want to read this one too. I had a preorder for it, but then Amazon just gave up on trying to distribute it to me and so I’m not even sure how to get a physical copy, but it looks really good and so in this fantasy scenario we’ve concocted, it’s also in the trunk.
  • The Art of Language Invention by David J Peterson – As long as I’m stranded, might as well skill up. I’ve always wanted to invent a conlang so perhaps this might be a good time to get started.
  • Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians Volumes 1-3 by John Gardiner Wilkinson – I’m pretty much fascinated by ancient Egypt. I’ve been meaning to take a crack at this set for a while, but I never seem to have time. Seems like a good use of some forced reading time.
  • Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners by Bill Manely – I’ve made it about half way through this book in the past, but bounced off of it. If I’ve got some free time I’d definitely like to try it again
  • Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland – I’d like to think I’ll have some time for writing on this crazy adventure. Every time I sit down to write something new, whether a short story or a long novel, I always seem to crack this book open as a reference in the beginning. I think I’ll need it along the journey.
  • Why Dinosaurs Matter by Kenneth Lacovara – My understanding of this book is that it’s basically a TED talk . . . About DINOSAURS!! Obviously I’m bringing it!


Nothing too special here. I’d choose the Imaginary Worlds Podcast. It’s a great podcast which bills itself as a Sci-Fi podcast although they cover lots of Fantasy, and other genres. It’s written (produced?) by Eric Molinsky, and I just love his approach. He always seems to find some new angle on whatever topic he’s casting about, and it has a very journalistic feel which complements his passion for all things SFF really well. Highly recommend.

Luxury Item:

Baltimore BBQ Company Original sauce – The rules post said that food would be taken care of, but I’m still kinda imagining that it will not be food that I would normally eat. I’ll put bbq sauce on pretty much anything so I figure having a bottle of the good stuff along will help ease whatever interesting food choices I’ll have to endure. Even coconuts . . .

5 thoughts on “#WyrdAndWonder Desert Island Reads

  1. You’ve got some interesting sounding books on your list and they’re all at least fantasy-adjacent. I had not heard of the Imaginary Worlds podcast, thanks for bringing it to my attention.

      • I don’t have a website, so I’ve been participating in Wyrd and Wonder by hopping around commenting. I couldn’t decide on a TV/movie/podcast, but my response for the list of books is:
        Riddle of Stars by Patricia McKillip (omnibus edition of the Riddlemaster trilogy), Support Your Local Wizard by Diane Duane (omnibus edition of the first 3 books of Duane’s Wizard series),
        The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien,
        the 2 Orphan’s Tales volumes by Catheryne Valente,
        Johnathan Norrel and Mr. Strange by Susannah Clarke (only new read on the list),
        Harrowing the Dragon by Patricia McKillip (a story collection),
        Penrics Progress by Lois McMaster Bujold (a collection of 3 novellas).

        My luxury item would be something to write with and on.

        You’ll notice I’ve gone for multiple omnibuses and story collections as much as possible–still i have to hope that i’m not on that desert island too long!

      • Hahah This list is great! And relatively (except for Tolkein) unknown to me. Omnibuses (omnibi?) are clutch. I’ll have to check some of these out 🙂

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