Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Top Books to Play Hooky With

I want to play hooky. I want to disappear for a day or two. I want to be left alone. I don't want to deal with anything 'adult'.

But I can't. So instead I'm making this Top Ten Tuesday list of Best Books to Play Hooky With. The event is organised over at The Broke and the Bookish. I'm a day late, but today is when I need to do it.

Here are the top ten books I'd like to stay home with (tomorrow), in no particular order:

1. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins - I get so envious of anyone who hasn't read these yet, I wish the experience was still before me. Definitely books that couldn't be put down.

2. Room by Emma Donaghue - Another one I've already read, but it's the only one I actually remember playing hooky with. Well, not exactly playing hooky, I was feeling sick and stayed home and read this instead. Which means I didn't get any rest at all, I couldn't stop reading!

3. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness - I've heard amazing things about this series and can't wait to start it. It's on my shelf, but I think I'll be really absorbed by it so I'm waiting for a time when it'll be ok to be that absorbed. Easter vacation maybe?

4. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley - Nothing like a super-sized chunkster that everyone you know thinks you're going to love. It's too heavy to carry around, so it would have to be read at home. And the only way I can do that is if I play hooky. It's a no-brainer, really.

5. The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde - I remember when I read the first four books there was no talking to me at all. It's such an original concept and a must for any book lover. I'm so happy that I still have two left!

6. The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris - I'm just reading the latest book and I really wish I didn't have to go to work so I could finish it faster!

7. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - I whizzed through this one when I read it a few years ago. Definitely one to read while snuggled up inside with no responsibilities.

8. Uglies by Westerfield - judging by the reviews, this is exactly my kind of dystopia, a world one would really not like to live in. I'll bet the action moves fast and you can never guess what will happen next.

9. The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter - total YA, about a teenage girl who goes to spy school. Great fluff to stay home with.

10. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin - I haven't even read A Game of Thrones, which is the first one, but my husband recently all of them while on extended sick leave and he sure didn't want to be doing anything else. I find the size of the books daunting, but I'm intrigued.


Larissa said...

Just finished the latest Sookie one, and I really see what you mean!

Funny that Joe just read all the George RR Martin - Guillaume did just the same these last months and he keeps bugging me to read them! I'm stuck in the second one, not because I don't like it, I actually would love to finish it before the series starts again (which I won't have time to), but just because it's so intense I don't have the time to enter into it and keep reading easier things...

I've also been recommended "Uglies" ;-)

raidergirl3 said...

I was this ' ' close to putting Room, A Shadow in the Wind, or a Thursday Next book on my list. All very worthy of playing hooky with.

I also am intrigued yet intimidated by Game of Thrones. My dad got all the books for Christmas, so I know where they are.

heavenisabookstore said...

I've read four of the 10. LOVED Sookie Stackhouse series.

Alex (The Sleepless Reader) said...

Also heard a lot of things about The Knife of Never Letting Go, mostly how gut-wrenching it was :P

The Hunger Games are really the perfect escapist treat!

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

I've been meaning to read Mists of Avalon for ages--think the length is putting me off, though! Just picked up Angel's Game. Have you read that one?