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What HCC “Survivors” Would Read…

Castaway Reading TitlesThanks to everyone who added titles to our “What Book Would You Bring to Read on a Desert Island” display! We had a blast seeing the variety of books posted and talking good reads with everyone. As you can see in the picture (click to embiggen) we received quite a few entries. Here are some highlights (* denotes titles receiving multiple votes):

Playing the Long Game: Lengthy books to occupy the long hours

  • The Lord of the Rings  (Tolkien)*
  • War and Peace (Tolstoy)
  • Harry Potter Series* (Rowling) –Technically not one book but our rules committee allowed it since it is available in a boxed set. Plus it’s Harry Potter.
  • The Holy Bible*


  • Lonesome Dove (McMurtry)
  • Crime and Punishment (Dostoyevsky)
  • The Stranger (Camus)
  • The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck)
  • The Cat in the Hat (Seuss)

T(r)opical Titles: Some offered books with an island theme…

  • Hawaii (Mitchener)
  • Life of Pi (Martel)
  • Robinson Crusoe (Defoe)
  • The Road Less Traveled (Peck)

Wishful Thinking?: Invaluable titles of questionable authenticity…

  • Good Plants, Bad Plants
  • How to Survive on a Desert Island
  • How to Build a Satellite from Scratch
  • Embrace the Here and Now
  • Survival 101

Didn’t get a chance to add your book the list (or have another good book to share)? Add it in the comments section below or stop by the LRC–we’ll leave the display up a little while longer.



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