I've blogged about a lot of books I've read recently but haven't written about two of my most favorite books ever: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe and The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne. Although Robinson Crusoe is usually considered a children's book, I don't think many children will find it an easy read. It was one of the first novels ever written and published almost 300 years ago so the language is from another time and a little more challenging. But if you're willing to spend some time getting used to it you'll realize there's a good reason it's a classic. And even if you're familiar with the story (I expect almost everyone is) you've missed out if you haven't read it before.
Neither story is an action-packed-thrill-a-minute-adventure we've come to expect as entertainment, but I think the ways the men find to survive is more than enough compensation for a slower pace. And it almost makes being stranded on an uninhabited island seem like an adventure, or at least a great escape. It's also interesting how they not only survive but grow from their experiences and become better people for their trials. Just because they find themselves cut off from society doesn't mean they abandon their morals and ethics, and Lord of the Flies was a very interesting contrast where castaways devolve into fear and murder. I can't always sit down and reread some of the great histories I've read, but these books bear up nicely under multiple readings. I've read each of them at least twice, and it might just be time to read one of them again.