~ Top 5 Saturday: Deserted Islands ~

Top 5 Saturday is a weekly meme created by Mandy @ Devouring Books. Each week you follow the topic and list the top five books (they can be books on your TBR, favorite books, books you loved/hated, or anything others). You can see the upcoming schedule at the end of my post.

 This Week’s Topic: Desert Setting

**Books on this list are all on my TBR and in no particular order. You can click on their covers to access their Goodreads entries.**

  1. Lord of the Flies

At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. Anything. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. And as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far from reality as the hope of being rescued. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies is perhaps our most memorable novel about “the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart.”

2. Treasure Island

The tale is told by an adventurous boy, Jim Hawkins, who gets hold of treasure map and sets off with an adult crew in search of the buried treasure. Among the crew, however, is the treacherous Long John Silver who is determined to keep the treasure for himself. Stevenson’s first full-length work of fiction brought him immediate fame and continues to captivate readers of all ages.

Climb aboard for the swashbuckling adventure of a lifetime. Treasure Island has enthralled (and caused slight seasickness) for decades. The names Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins are destined to remain pieces of folklore for as long as children want to read Robert Louis Stevenson’s most famous book. With it’s dastardly plot and motley crew of rogues and villains, it seems unlikely that children will ever say no to this timeless classic.

3. The Tempest

Prospero, sorcerer and rightful Duke of Milan, along with his daughter Miranda, has lived on an island for many years since his position was usurped by his brother Antonio. Then, as Antonio’s ship passes near the island one day, Prospero conjures up a terrible storm…

4. Jurassic Park

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price. Until something goes wrong. . . .

5. The Most Dangerous Game

The Most Dangerous Game features a big-game hunter from New York who becomes shipwrecked on an isolated island in the Caribbean and is hunted by a Russian aristocrat.


  • March 13th, 2021 —  Fire on the Cover
  • March 20th, 2021 — Love Triangle
  • March 27th, 2021 — Desert Setting
  • April 3rd, 2021 — Diverse Characters
  • April 10th, 2021 — Blood on the Cover
  • April 17th, 2021 — Longest Books (Books you’ve read, on your TBR.)

This week was difficult as at first I thought about choosing novels set in the hot desert. Then, I changed to the ice deserts/tundra since they can be grouped together in some ecological studies. I finally settled on desert islands when I was reorganizing one of my bookshelves and saw my older copy of Treasure Island. The novels I chose are ones that I were all assigned at one time or another during school and enjoyed at least enough to remember them afterwards (haha). This brings my March choices to a close and now it is time to start thinking of novels to include for my April lists. Happy reading and I cannot wait to see everyone’s lists!

8 thoughts on “~ Top 5 Saturday: Deserted Islands ~

  1. Great picks! I remember really enjoying Jurassic Park when I read it years ago but (aside from movie scenes) I don’t really remember much of the writing 🤣 I do enjoy Crichton’s books though!


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