Thursday, April 26, 2012

Top Ten Books To Read on a Desert Island from Zoraida Cordova, author of The Vicious Deep

Today, as part of the Teen Book Scene tour, I have the pleasure of having Zoraida Cordova on my blog to talk about her top ten must have books when stranded on a deserted island. Ms. Cordova's novel The Vicious Deep will be out soon and is one I certianly can't wait for! So without further ado, here is Zoraida's guide:
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…

#1 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.

#2 Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, obvi.

#3 A collection of fairy tales from around the world.

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

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

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

#7 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 ;)

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

#9 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.

#10 A blank notebook, to write my own stories.
As I often ask myself "what would Buffy do" and love the Harry Potter series, I think I'm definitely going to use Ms. Cordova's list as a guideline.
Make sure to check out The Vicious Deep when it comes out May 1, 2012:
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.

Thanks to The Teen Book Scene for setting up this tour:


  1. Loving the "what would Buffy do"! LOL! Also, I'm pretty sure #1 is very important. Great choices :)

  2. I really need to read Beauty Queens. I loved the Gemma Doyle books. Also, I love the way Zoraida took the liberty of adding an entire series to her list under one number, because I do that almost every time I make a list!

    I've been reading lots of books about mermaids or merpeople lately and I've been enjoying them quite a bit. I haven't read this one yet but I'm excited to when I can get my hands on it.

    Thanks Zoraida and Amber - guest posts are always fun!


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