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TAG: Desert Island Discs Blog

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Thank you so much Patty @ Moohnshinescorner for nominating me for the Desert Island Discs Blog Tag.  Patty has awesome adventures… it’s her birthday week… and we have lots of books and thoughts in common. So if you like my blog, you’ll love hers!

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The Rules:

  • Link back to BookBum’s original post, so she can see all your answers! (Remember to do this via pingback, she won’t get a notification if not!)
  • Thank the person who tagged you… show some love!
  • Come up with your answers
  • Then tag others to keep the tag going!


The Premise:

You are cast away onto a remote desert island:

  • You can bring 5 albums – what are they?
  • You can bring one book – which is it? You are provided with a Bible/ other religious text if you want it, as well as the Complete Works of Shakespeare. No series!
  • You can have one luxury item (it has to be inanimate and can’t help you escape the island) – what is it?


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My Answers:

The Albums:

I am the single worst person to ask this question as I don’t buy music or albums. I am a radio guy and always find a station I love. I do download some songs on Spotify, but I like different artists and genres, so I’m just gonna pick 5 artists and we’ll assume it will be a compilation of their best songs. And to be fair, I’ll explain why.

  • Phantom of the Opera
    • We all need a little drama and excitement. I love this entire score and see its dark side, its beauty and its ability to make me laugh and cry. I’d need both those things on a desert island.


  • Adele
    • I’ve come to love and adore her music over the years. It’s haunting. It stays with you. The lyrics are beautiful. I can get lost in the message and forget that I’m stuck on an island.


  • Madonna
    • OK, so I grew up in the late 80s and early 90s when she was in her heyday. I can dance all night to her without ever getting bored or tired. It’s pretty, it’s mysterious, it’s dark, it’s deep, it’s funky and it’s disco. It would have just about everything to keep my mind occupied when I can no longer deal with the heat on this insanity of an island… and whoever dropped me there will pay!


  • Maroon 5
    • OK, primarily because of Adam Levine. Between the tattoos, his attitude and his appearance, I’d survive this torture just thinking about, looking at or listening to him. Oddly enough, his brother and I seem to have more in common, so maybe Adam will be my brother-in-law one day. {Sorry, Winston!} But the music is just as good. I love the beats and the range. Some of their songs just stick in my mind all day. I could listen to it while building myself some sort of hut to live in.

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  • ABBA
    • So… don’t judge me… but I always wanted to be a child of the 60s and 70s. Whenever ABBA comes on, my body starts dancing without my mind’s permission. If I had to get stuck on this stupid island where it’s hot and sunny, which I am not fond of, then I need something that just takes over my entire being so I can forget where I am. ABBA would do that. I could just go to town on my own dancing from one side of the island to the other until some plane saw me and realized another fan needed rescue from the 60s.


The Book:

Well, not only do you put me on this island… you tell me only one book? Well fine… then I’d take a blank book… so I could write my own stories and any quotes or lines I remember from my favorite books. I can have them all… assuming I can find a writing utensil. But you see… I’m smart… so I’ll find a henna plant and make some ink to use. Thought you had me there, huh?





The Luxury Item:

Toothpaste. I thought about soap, but perhaps the water would clean me enough, or some flower cream I create. But I’d want to have fresh breath for my rescuer.



I tag…


The last 6 people I chatted with today:


Have fun with it! Skip it if you are not interested. If you were not tagged, but want to play along, please do it! Love to see everyone’s answers… 😛


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


TAG: Soul Ripping Romance

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Many thanks to Nel @ ReactionaryTales for this awesome new tag. Nel and I met a few months ago and chat every day through our blogs. She’s very funny, smart and knowledgeable about lots of cool things. Go check out her site.

The Guide:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and create a pingback to the original author – Nel at Reactionary Tales.
  • Share at least 5 (but more are welcome) romances that tugged your heart strings. They can be from books, movies, TV shows, manga; anything you can think of! They can be examples of sad tears, angry tears, happy tears or a combination of all three.
  • Nominate 5 (or more) people to share their emotional traumas
  • (Note: Try not to spoil the story for your readers in case they would like to check out these romances on their own)


Brace yourselves:

When Nel tagged me… I thought… so many of the couple I longed to see together were in books that maybe weren’t huge in popularity. And while it’s a chance to promote something new for someone to read, it’s hard to capture it without reading it or seeing it. So… I’m taking the easier course and highlighting 5 couple whom I felt were magic.

  • Matthew and Mary from Downton Abbey:  There were quite a few couple to choose from this show, and this is probably the most obvious of them. For me, they came close too many times, and the difference between their thoughts and actions nearly a century ago caused the pain and heartache throughout their days together. I loved their relationship, felt it had a power unlike most others… and when she said no to his proposal, I was so devastated but understood why. And then the last few episodes happened where they finally get together but not all is meant to be… that rips your soul when it’s permanently lost.


  • Estella and Pip from Great Expectations: No pictures for this one as I’m talking straight out of the book. Pip is all of us at some point in our life. Caught between the love of someone who won’t return it and the parental figure who tries to teach you how to get through it. But the moments they have together, with the time period of this happening, and the echoes of the wedding that never happened generations before… you really want something to work out.


  • Christine and The Phantom from The Phantom of the Opera: I may be in the minority here, but I wanted them to get together. I have a thing for someone who is dangerous and almost controlling you. Part of me thinks while it may be obsession at first, it would gradually reduce itself to the power of love. When she says goodbye to him, and he disappears… I cried.


  • Claire and Jamie from Outlander: I have not seen the TV show nor read anything beyond the first book in this series. So it’s not like I’ve just jumped on a bandwagon. I also understand some people look at this relationship and feel she was taken advantage of and/or hurt. I didn’t interpret it that way. I saw two people destined to be together, who had a powerful connection… and sometimes it got a bit wild. I choose to believe that it was something they both wanted and felt and went after. And when she steps in and out of the past, my heart felt the pain of choosing between two things in your life.


  • Molly and Sam from Ghost: I really enjoyed the movie and the relationship between these two characters. How can you not feel the pain of a love separated by death, when one comes back as a ghost to say goodbye to the other. A few cheesy moments, but when you step back, the entire package was presented in such a soul-crushing way… love like this one is strong and powerful.


I tag:


If you haven’t been tagged, feel free to participate and keep this chain going. Have a great day thinking about romance.


About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare!