Zuky over at BookBum recently created a tag based on Desert Island Discs and she was kind enough to tag me. Music and books are pretty much my two favourite things, so let’s just jump right in.
You are cast away onto a remote island:
- You can bring 5 albums, what are they?
- You can bring ONE book (not including The Bible (or other appropriate religious texts) or The Complete Works of Shakespeare, as they are already provided and NO SERIES), what ONE book is it?
- You can have one luxury item (it has to be inanimate and can’t help you escape the island), what is it?
If I wrote this post again tomorrow, my answers would inevitably be different as I’m very much a mood listener and could never pinpoint a definitive list of favourite albums, so I just trusted my gut and picked the first five albums that I’m loving right now and sprang to mind right away.
The first album I’d take is Homogenic by Björk. I adore her music and each of her albums is so different that I could in fact easily make all five of my choices from her back catalogue, but for the sake of a bit of variety, I’ll limit myself to just one. Homogenic features some of her best string arrangements, fantastic electronic beats and a grand, sweeping, epic feel. It’s the first full album by Björk that I fell in love with, meaning that even though I could never choose a favourite album by her, it holds a very special place in my heart.
The second album I’ll take is Ceremonials by Florence + the Machine. Its powerful songs and gorgeous poetic lyrics mean it’s amongst my favourites, whilst the recurring themes and imagery of the ocean throughout the album would make it oddly appropriate for the setting.
My third choice is Ask the Deep by Sóley. It has a wonderfully strange, almost dream-like quality which means it’s very atmospheric and great for totally transporting your imagination. I think the distraction from my predicament would come in very handy.
The fourth album I’d take is All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend by Aurora. Throughout this album, Aurora can move seamlessly from poignant, contemplative songs to utterly euphoric ones and that kind of variety would hopefully keep me sane. Plus, I just love her voice.
My fifth and final choice is going to be Chaleur Humaine by Christine and the Queens. I love everything Christine stands for as an artist and a person, and her songs are incredibly catchy, more or less guaranteed to make you want to move. She could definitely lift me up when I’m feeling down.
The book I would take is Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. This is a very recent read that I utterly fell in love with. It’s quite possibly my favourite book of all time now, which is reason enough to take it, but it’s also fairly long, meaning I could take my time with each re-read to keep me busy. Along the same vein as to why I chose Ask the Deep, it’s also incredibly moody and atmospheric, transporting your mind to another place and time entirely, which would undoubtedly help whenever I was feeling sick of sun, sea and sand.
As for my inanimate object of choice, I have a huge teddy bear called Bernard that is so soft and he would surely prove very cuddlable for the times I’m feeling lonely.
There we have it. Thanks again to Zuky for tagging me 🙂 Since it’s a new tag, it would be great to see as many people as possible getting involved, so if you’re reading this and want to take part, I tag you.