Our favorite MM authors a.k.a. castaways are asked, what books, songs and luxury item what they take to a desert island?

This is a new monthly series inspired by LezReviewBooks.com’s ‘Desert Island Books‘, which in turn is based on BBC’s ‘Desert Island Discs’.

The rules are fairly simple:

List up to ten books, a playlist and one luxury item that you couldn’t do without on a desert island.

Any type of book can be selected, but I ask that at least half are LGBT+ books. Choices should be justified in a paragraph or two. Any number of songs and any type of music is allowed. The luxury item must be inanimate and of no use in escaping the island or allowing communication from outside.

Let’s welcome our first castaway, bestselling author Natalina Reis!


  1. Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (does a series count as one book?)
  2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  3. Demons Do It Better by Louisa Masters
  4. The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
  5. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (the whole series, lol)
  6. Baking Bad by Kim M. Watt
  7. Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas
  8. Upside Down by N.R. Walker
  9. Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling
  10. Change of Heart by Carola Elvira

This was super hard. Do you know how many books I had to leave out of this list??? It’s truly criminal, lol.Why I picked the books I did? Well I need a few things in my life: fantasy, romance, mystery and lots of humor and these books deliver. A word about 9 and 10. I picked 9 (a pretty old book) because it was the first LGBT book I ever read and the story (epic fantasy) was amazing and peppered with lots of humor as well. I picked number 10 because I want to read it and haven’t got the chance yet, lol. It’s in my TBR


(created this for one of my books)

This book is a dystopian romance so a lot of these songs are a bit on the dark side and heart-wrenching. If I was stranded on an island I would need something to make my heart soar and these songs would definitely do that.


As to a luxury the only thing I can think of is my laptop (assuming I could find a way to charge it, lol) so I could write and read all my digital books. I’d be a happy girl.


Natalina wrote her first romance in collaboration with her best friend at the age of 13. Since then she has ventured into other genres, but romance is first and foremost in almost everything she writes.

After earning a degree in tourism and foreign languages, she worked as a tourist guide in her native Portugal for a short time before moving to the United States. She lived in three continents and a few islands, and her knack for languages and linguistics led her to a master’s degree in education. Natalina weaves all these experiences into her stories, both contemporary and fantasy.

Debora Dennis once said, “I write to get the happy ending I sometimes feel is eluding me. I write for my sanity.” Natalina feels the same; romance fascinates her because of its message of hope. Love is after all the one thing everyone, no matter who they are, needs and craves for, so what could be better than a story where the main characters get their happy ending?

Natalina doesn’t believe you can have too many books or too much coffee. Art and dance make her happy and she is pretty sure she could survive on lobster and bananas alone. When she is not writing or stressing over lesson plans, she shares her life with her husband and two adult sons.


I’ll be featuring more authors next time. Hope you enjoyed this post.

What books would you take with you to a desert island?
What’s on your desert island playlist?

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