Tuesday 27 March 2012

Top Ten Books I'd Play Hooky With

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week features a list of ten books based around a different subject.

This week's title is a little weird for me, as I don't think I've ever used the phrase 'play hooky'. It's not particularly used in the UK as far as I'm aware - I'd generally say books I'd skive with, but whatever. Doing a Top Ten Tuesday list seemed like a good way to get back to blogging!

1. The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffeneger - This book is gorgeous and I've wanted it for so long. Finally I succumbed and bought it last week and it's sitting on the table taunting me.. It wouldn't take up an entire day, being a little graphic novel, but it would be a good start!

2. Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs : The Left Bank World of Shakespeare and Co. by Jeremy Mercer - A book about both books and a foreign country, what could be better escapism?

3. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins - a reread, but as I've not yet seen the film, I'd love to refamiliarise myself with the story before seeing it.

4. The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro - the only one of his books I've not yet read, I bought it yesterday and it's all new and smells awesome and Ishiguro can make any day seem like a beautiful, silent, sunny one. 

5. Skippy Dies by Paul Murray - because it sounds really cool and I've heard good things about it and I hope it will be the kind of story that would totally engross me.

6. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness - It's been on my shelf for a while now since I won it in a competition, but I've not got to it yet and it sounds really interesting. Also, what's better than books about magic for a day of not doing what you're supposed to be doing?

7. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - I love, love, LOVE books about books, and this sounds like it could make me forget that there's any kind of world outside...

8. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson - after The Hunger Games, I decided I need to get over my unreasonable YA prejudice, and the cover of this is great, plus it's about a road trip. What could be better?

9. Harry Potter by J.K Rowling - I don't think I really need to explain this. I love Harry Potter and I always will, there is nothing anybody can say about either books or movies to make me love them less. And Potter cures all sadness.

10. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - I need to reread this book. The best book I've read in ages, by miles, I'm slightly worried that nothing else will ever be quite as magical... I'm going to keep looking though!


  1. How did I forget to add The Night Circus to my list? It's so good! I also have THG and HP on my list! Here is my Top Ten

  2. Wooo Harry Potter! I wish I'd thought to put those books on my list- I used to play hooky with them all the time! I think I'm still in denial about them being fiction :-P

    New follower :-)

    My TTT: http://pocketfulofbooksblogger.blogspot.co.uk/

  3. Oh, I just loved The Night Circus and Harry Potter and The HUnger Games.

    AND I really want to read The Shadow Of The Wind.

    Yep, books worth being hooky for!

    My TTT

  4. Fantastic list! I've now added Books, Baguettes, and Bedbugs to my TBR pile. Would love for you to stop by and check out my Top Ten.

  5. I loved "The Time Traveler's Wife" and now you make me discover The Night Bookmobile, also by Audrey Niffeneger? Added to my TBR list :)

  6. Wow, I love your list! I'm well (over)due a third reread of 'Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs' myself - as soon as I'm done with all these library books I'm THERE! I can smell the onion soup and taste the wine already... I want to reread all the Harry Potter books, and 'The Hunger Games' too, and I'll read right through the whole trilogy this time instead of stopped after #1. 'The Shadow of the Wind' is AMAZING. And 'Skippy Dies', 'Amy and Roger's Epic Detour' AND 'The Night Circus' are all on Mount TBR. Jeez, it's a good job I follow your blog, evidently great minds think alike... :)

  7. Night Circus has been on my shelf for some time, and your enthusiasm has me thinking I should really read it sooner rather than later!!