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Top Ten Books to Read when Stranded on a Desert Island

If you are going to be stranded, may as well find something to pass the time. Just make sure you plan ahead…

I. would have to be HOW TO SURVIVE ON A DESERT ISLAND. Because, really, if I don't survive, I won't get to read #2-10.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, obviously.

A collection of fairy tales from around the world.

The Harry Potter series, because I'll need a little hope to keep me going.

Montana Sky by Nora Roberts. Don't you roll your eyes at me. Deserted islands get lonely.

Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins because every word is beauty.

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown. Partly because I'd like the company of merpeople. Partly because I'd like to read it before I get stranded. But also because I can't say I want to get stranded with my own mermaids!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season 8 graphic novels. When facing the forces of darkness nature, I'd ask myself, What Would Buffy Do?

The Essential Neruda. Pablo Neruda was exiled to an island where he fell in love and wrote poetry. Maybe I'd get the same inspiration.

A blank notebook, to write my own stories.

ZORAIDA C├ôRDOVA was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where she learned to speak English by watching Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker on repeat. Her favorite things are sparkly—like merdudes, Christmas, and New York City at night. Visit her at

For Tristan Hart, everything changes with one crashing wave.

He was gone for three days. Sucked out to sea in a tidal wave and spit back ashore at Coney Island with no memory of what happened. Now his dreams are haunted by a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp teeth.

His best friend Layla is convinced something is wrong. But how can he explain he can sense emotion like never before? How can he explain he’s heir to a kingdom he never knew existed? That he’s suddenly a pawn in a battle as ancient as the gods.

Something happened to him in those three days. He was claimed by the sea…and now it wants him back.

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