Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Need When Stranded

Posted January 26, 2016 by Lyn Kaye in Lyn, Pixie, Top Ten Tuesday / 3 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic: Freebie Week!!

Pixie and I were inspired by the snow that we DIDN’T GET THIS WEEK (looking at you, East coast).

Everyone was tweeting and posting lovely snow pictures. And it brought to mind the best type of books to be stuck at home with, to stay in bed with all day, with a mug of hot cocoa or tea, with the windows open and a blanket thrown over the bed for the cuddles and the warmth. So if Pixie and I had been stuck for a whole weekend in a Godzilla-like blizzard, here are the books we would love to have by our side.


Lyn’s List

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
If you have all day, you might as well grab this omnibus and dig into your literature. Every time I go back over Tolkien’s work, I always discover something new. I also highly recommend following up with a Lord of the Rings movie marathon. It will certainly keep you warm!

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Speaking of warm….and omnibus…..Uprooted is a novel that is best when you have the time to devote to it. It certainly isn’t a grab and go book, and what better time to pull this off your shelf and delve back into the wonderful magic and mythology of the world building?

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
After two heavy readers, now it is time for something a bit lighter. Stitching Snow is a perfect cold day read. The setting is a chilly planet, so what better way to set the mood that have your heater working overtime? Also, with the clouds and gloom, and endless grilled cheese sandwiches, you might need the laughs that this book provides.

The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland
In the middle of snow and ice and endless winter? Might as well read about the Norse! This is, hands down, the best introduction to Norse mythology, and while other non-fiction mythology primers can seem somewhat dry, this one is perfect.

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Midwinter snowstorm? You might as well pick up the book with the same name! This is a great book to read in one sitting, and the cloudy, snow-lit mood is the perfect setting for such a peculiar, mysterious novel.


Pixie’s List

If I’m stranded, I want some stuffy big books to keep me occupied for a while. (Also, Lyn’s section looks much prettier than mine I know. Sorry. I just finished writing fifteen pages of lecture notes and I kinda want to crash. LOL. Please forgive my sloppy section with no cover pictures. But I included links and if you haven’t read these books, add them!)

Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson
A good long epic fantasy should be one of the books on my agenda. It’d help pass the time, and honestly I can’t read this book enough anyway.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone – Laini Taylor (probably the series, actually)
If it’s a blizzard keeping me in, her writing and this story would just fit the mood.

Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
I usually re-read this classic once a year or every other year anyway, and what perfect moment than bundled up while waiting out a snow storm? The mood of the story fits, too.

The Help – Kathryn Stockett
This would be one of my slow enjoyment reads. One where I could easily imagine the characters and scenarios since I’ve seen the movie a dozen times– since obviously I wouldn’t have power and/or wouldn’t be using my television. Haha.

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas
After some heavy reading, and some slow reading, I’d want something with a little oomph behind it and a book with some fun. Simply put: I’d want this because it’s exactly that.


What books do you love to be stranded with? Would it change your choice if it was a winter storm or a desert island?

3 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Need When Stranded

  1. Well then you might like my themed Buy A Box for February-Lord of The Rings-filled with LOTR goodies,I hope you will check it out!! And I am PROUD to be a bookworm that was a terrific post. I hate bullies. Also I just got my copy of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I am looking forward to reading! Have a great week and Happy Reading!

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