March 27, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'd Play Hooky With

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they post a new topic/Top Ten list and invite everyone to share their own answers. I'm so obsessed with lists!

I'm really interested to see how every interpreted this week's list because I think there are several ways you can answer this. I started off with a list of books from my massive TBR pile, but then I decided to change my angle a little bit. To me, playing hooky with a book means that it's a book that makes me want to skip work. It's a book that I get so caught in, or enjoy so much, that it's more appealing than anything else I could do that day. SO, with that in mind, here are ten books I've read that I'd totally play hooky with to get a chance to re-read. And since my reading habits are all over the place, I picked two books each from five of my favorite genres. I'm nerdy like that.

 

Classics
1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - I'd totally play hooky with Anne. I mean, seriously, she's like one of the most adventurous and fun-loving heroines to ever be created. I'd love to spend a day reliving all her hijinks.

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - If I pick up this book, even to read one line, I get totally sucked in. It's like there is a built in magical force that makes it impossible for me to put this book down. It was a no-brainer for my playing hooky list.

 

Young Adult
3. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins - Now, I know a lot of people prefer Anna over Lola. And hey, I'm not picking sides. I actually wanted to include both but was forcing myself to edit. Everyone needs a little variety! Anyway, Lola makes the list because I read this book in one day at the beach and couldn't stop swooning over Cricket. But then I was mad I read it so quickly. So I'd totally skip work to read it again.

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Um hello no brainer. This book has some of that same suck you in magic. After seeing the movie twice in one day, I felt the series calling to me again and knew I had to re-read them. These are the perfect books for playing hooky.

 

Christian Fiction
5. Savannah by the Sea by Denise Hildreth - Oh Savannah. I can't even put into words how much I love her. I just really do. And this book is my favorite because Savannah thinks she knows everything, can be a little judgmental and has to face up to that in this book. Why is that my favorite? Because learning you're wrong (and have pride issues) is something I can relate to. And I just like a funny, sassy Southern heroine.

6. There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones - This book is absolutely precious! Jenny will make you laugh out loud in some moments and feel teary-eyed the next. I just really enjoyed this book and would totally take a day off to read it again.

 

Historical Fiction
7. No Angel by Penny Vincenzi - This chunkster (the first in a trilogy!) makes the list because I really did skip class one day to keep reading this. I couldn't help it! I have a major thing for British people, and I ate up this British family saga that begins with WWI. It might have had its soapy moments, but I fell for it hook, line and sinker.

8. The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly - Ha! Another fatty. I could not put this book down. I tried. I told myself I'd just read one more chapter... which turned into like ten more. And it's another British family saga. Like I said, I have a major soft spot for them. This is the perfect kind of book to play hooky with!

 

Contemporary Fiction
9. Love the One You're With by Emily Giffin - I really enjoy Emily Giffin's books. Although her women aren't always likable (and are often incredibly selfish), her books are just so readable. I mean, really. I'm not kidding. While I've enjoyed all of her novels, this one is definitely my favorite. Every time I see this book on my shelf, I'm tempted to pull it off the shelf and just dive in.

10. The Opposite of Love by Julie Buxbaum - I'm going to re-read this soon so I can write a proper review of it and convince everyone to read it. It's different. But it's so wonderful. I love so much about this book, and I would play hooky with it in a heartbeat.

Would you play hooky with any of these books? Have any books that would be perfect to add to my list? Let me know! I'm always looking for a new book to run away with.

18 comments:

  1. Oh how I adore Pride and Prejudice! Its my all time favorite book. Also, yes The Hunger Games is a no brainer :)

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    1. Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite book, too :) I actually collect really pretty copies of it! And The Hunger Games is totally a no brainer. It was one of the first books I thought of when coming up with this list!

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    1. Well they are all books that are worth reading - you'll have to move them up higher on your TBR :)

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  3. There You'll Find Me sounds fantastic! Would love for you to stop by and check out my Top Ten.

    http://ajarndtbooks.blogspot.com/

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    1. There You'll Find Me is great! I'd definitely recommend checking it out :) Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. YAY! She's wonderful :) I really could have included the whole series because they're all so good!

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  5. Some great choices... Anne, P&P, Lola & The Hunger Games are all awesome! I'm going to have to check out The Opposite of Love and The Tea Rose.

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    1. Yes, you definitely should check both of them out! They're totally different from each other, but I really loved them both! And glad to see you agree with some of the other choices - aren't they just the best?!

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  6. I agree with these- Anna is adorable and gets me every time and makes me want to love in her world and Pride and Prejudice is incredibly difficult to put down once it has been picked up! Great list.

    My TTT: http://pocketfulofbooksblogger.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/top-ten-tuesday-playing-hooky-with.html

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    1. Glad you agree, and I'm happy to hear I'm not the only one that cannot seem to put down Pride and Prejudice once it's picked up! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Anne would be great to play hooky with. In fact she seems like she'd be the one to encourage it! haha

    Alison at The Cheap Reader

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    1. Haha I agree - I totally think Anne would encourage playing hooky! It'd probably be her idea in the first place.

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  8. I like how you've got a whole range of books here. I've been wondering if I should read another Emily Griffin book. I read Something Borrowed, and I keep meaning to get Something Blue, but then I wonder if I really want to read an entire book in Darcy's perspective. Maybe I'll try out Love the One You're With, though. Thanks for the suggestions, Hannah!

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    1. The one thing I liked about Something Blue is that you get to understand Darcy a little better since it's from her perspective. She can still be really annoying and selfish, but the book does soften her rough edges a little :) But definitely check out Love the One You're With - it's my favorite by far! Hope you enjoy & let me know what you think if you end up reading it.

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  9. I've read exactly half of these books, and the other ones sound very interesting! I am definitely adding No Angel to the TBR list. It sounds somewhat Downton-esque. :)

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    1. Oh it's very Downton-esque! Lots of British family drama and intrigue, which always makes for a really fun read :) It's a pretty long book, and I read it sooo quickly because I got totally sucked in to their lives. Can't wait to see what you think whenever you read it!

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