However the this brings to mind a new list. If you're of a mind list the books that you'd have to have in the following scenario:
The Chuck Noland Literary Challenge
You are the sole survivor of plane crash on a deserted island. You are fortunate in that survival on the island can be guaranteed with a modicum of effort. Fresh food, water, shelter and clothing are easily obtained from the flora and fauna of the island. After a week or so of scrambling to erect a shelter you're finding time to be a bit long on your hands. What do you do with the rest of your time until you're rescued? Fortunately, one morning you awake to see a large plastic shipping container at the high tide mark. The container is addressed to Amazon. Now you can pass your idle time by reading.
Complete the Chuck Noland Literary Challenge by specifying the the books in the container. The contents of the container may weigh no more than 65 pounds. The nominal weight (in pounds) of a book is given by the page count times .002 for a standard paperback. Alternatively use LxWxH/39 to give the nominal weight in pounds. The goal of the selected books is to have you return to society in 12-48 months, sane, functional and literate. You may select books from any genre. Reference books, text books, and magazines all qualify for inclusion on your list. The book must be available commercially either used or new by December 24, 2010.
This is essentially the same situation that Chuck Noland, the Tom Hanks character in Cast Away found himself in but with books instead of a soccer ball named Wilson:
Some useful links for the Challenge:
The Internet Speculative Fiction Database -> Page counts for the books you select.
Amazon.com -> The shipping weight of your selected books is below the ISBN at Amazon