October 06, 2010

RTW: Desert island fun

Each week, YA Highway hosts Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival in which contributors discuss a topic on their blogs and invite readers to do the same. This week's RTW topic is:

You're packing for a month on a deserted island. What, as a reader and writer, must be in your backpack?

First of all, I'd like to know why I know in advance that I'm going to be on a desert island for a month? Is it some kind of reality show? A social experiment? Anything but a lost episode of LOST!

Okay, so since it wasn't specified, I'm going to say my desert island is one of those in Jamaica that are really close to the inhabited islands, so I can ride a Sea-Doo there for dinner every day (guess that means I better pack my debit card...)

Anyway. What to pack... what to pack...?

(Besides my husband and a Sam's Club-sized palette of sun block, that is. Those are givens, hello.)

As a reader, I'd definitely need a mix of old favorites and never-reads to keep me entertained:

  • The HARRY POTTER series
  • WORLD WAR Z (Actually, scratch WWZ, otherwise I'll be imagining the shuffle of zombies in the sand.)
  • TWILIGHT series (I've not reread them yet, I figure a month on a desert island's as good a time as any, right?)
  • A bunch of books in my to-be-read pile, including HEX HALL, THE SUGAR QUEEN, THE HUNGER GAMES series, SCRAMBLED EGGS AT MIDNIGHT, and the last 2 NARNIA books.
  • The Bible (I don't go on any trip without it.)
As a writer, I'd bring:
  • The multicolored pens my sister-in-law sent me from Japan
  • A pack of blue fine-tip, no-bleed-through Sharpie pens
  • A bunch of notebooks (and these do triple-duty, because I can write a desert-island-set novel, draw, and compose future blogs in them!)
I'd also need:
  • Above-mentioned Sea-Doo
  • A giant Zip-Loc bag to keep my stuff from getting wet
  • A solar-powered clock (can't stand not knowing the time)
  • A solar-powered fan
  • A tent
  • My favorite blanket
  • A first aid kit (and maybe my health insurance card, being that the hospital is only a Sea-Doo ride away)
What would you pack?


Erinn said...


I have a lot of the same books on my To Read List.

A tent--- NICE ONE!!!

Ziplock baggies--- also great.

Japanese Pens are the BEST EVER!

Good call with WWZ!

Holly Dodson said...

Ha! Love this list. Why didn't I think of putting a Sea-Doo in my backpack? lol

I'm coming to your island! ;)

Mariam Maarouf said...

Sounds like an awesome island LOL

Love the reading list you have there - well, mostly. I wanna read The Hunger Games, too :)

KT said...

You're smart. I didn't even think to bring things needed for survival. Haha awesome list of books!

Jennifer Hoffine said...

I appreciate the reading list, Hunger Games, especially.

Alicia Gregoire said...

Totally forgot the ziploc bags. Doh!

Kate said...

Way to "rough it". I think all deserted islands sould be a short sea-doo ride from the mall:)

Kaitlin Ward said...

I love that you would pack your husband!

Kate Hart said...

I actually really did read Twilight while camping on the beach. But I only took the first one and had to buy the rest of the series when we went into town for a grocery run.

Pam Harris said...

How resourceful of you for remembering to bring Ziploc bags. :)

Lora said...

Awesome list, Abby! I would definitely have to have the Harry Potter series among the books on the island, too. Oh, and Twilight, especially from the teasers I've read on Stephenie Meyer's website. Haven't read the books yet, though I love her book The Host!

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