Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Top Ten Books I'd Play Hooky With

It's Tuesday and that means it's Top Ten day over at The Broke and the Bookish.  Stop by their blog to read all of the great lists this week!

Today's topic is Top Ten Books On My Shelf I'd Like to Play Hooky With.  This is an easy one for me!  My TBR shelves are always overflowing.  And the thought of it - an entire day with nothing to do but read! - just makes my heart go pitter-patter.  Maybe someday...

In the meantime I can dream.  Here are the Top Ten Books On My Shelf I'd Like to Play Hooky With:
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen - I've been meaning to read this for ages, but it is a long one.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern - I bought this for my mom for Christmas, and she loved it and lent it to me (the best kind of gift!)
  • Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks - a Christmas gift from my husband; I love Brooks' novels.
  • Time and Again by Jack Finney - another Christmas gift from my hubby - I love time travel plots!
  • Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand - my personal hero, since she became a best-selling writer while suffering with the same illness I have - this one has been on my shelf since LAST Christmas!
  • The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett & Amanda Pressner - a memoir about travel - perfect for me.
  • Emma by Jane Austen - yes, I STILL haven't read any Austen!
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King - dying to read this but it is a big commitment at almost 900 pages!
  • The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver - recommended by pretty much everyone I know.
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford - the choice for our New Castle Country Reads program for April, I'm hoping to get to this one soon.
How about you?  What book(s) would you grab if you could play hooky for a day and do nothing but read?

(If you'd like to see my list of Top Ten Kids/Teen/YA Books I Want to Play Hooky With, check out Great Books for Kids and Teens.)


  1. Great list. I have a lot of those on my shelves.

  2. I'll play hooky with you and THE NIGHT CIRCUS, too. I have that out from the library and my hunch is that it's going to go back before I have a chance to read it. :(

    FREEDOM and HOTEL ON THE CORNER didn't impress me as much as I thought they would. I listened to both on audio, though, so maybe that had something to do with it. Or ... maybe not.

    Now you have me thinking of which 10 books I would pick ....

  3. Read Emma first then The Night Circus - those are the only 2 from the list I've read :-) And I've 11/22/63 from the library - it's looking like at least a month long wait.

  4. I read The Night Circus in the fall and wish that I would have taken a day and played hooky so that I could read it all in one sitting! And I haven't read Seabiscuit but want to get to it within the next few weeks.

  5. That's a very ambitious undertaking for a single day of playing hooky :D That's interesting that all are TBR books. I'd probably be very tempted to bring along some favourites with me. 11/22/63 is awesome and I really hope you get to read a Jane Austen book soon. Be forewarned, they are addictive!

  6. I love playing hooky with books, LOL :-) I should come up with a list, too.