Top Ten Tuesday, Spring Fever Edition: Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With

Now that the weather is getting warmer (it was actually in the 80s here last week, crazy), all I want to do is be outside and enjoy the sun on my face. And how better to do that than with a wonderful book? Here are the top ten books I would play hooky with.

1. Insurgent – Veronica Roth. I read Divergent about a week ago (review to be posted soon-ish…still have one more Narnia book to go) and I cannot wait to read Insurgent, the next book in the trilogy. It comes out May 1 and there’s a very decent possibility I will play hooky that day to read it. Divergent was that fantastic!

2. The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells. I’ve read a few books by H. G. Wells and I can’t wait to read more. The ones I’ve read have been short but intense and very captivating. I’m sure War of the Worlds will be just as good as The Invisible Man and The Time Machine, and I’m excited to read it.

3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte. This is the kind of book that makes me wish I liked tea, so I could sit on my porch and drink tea and read Jane Eyre. (In that vein, it also makes me wish I had a porch!) I can just see myself in a sundress and sandals with my hair in a braid, sitting on my lovely wraparound porch, drinking tea and reading in the shade. Maybe one day…

4. The Regulators – Stephen King. The Regulators is apparently a “companion novel” to Desperation, which I’m almost finished with. I have no idea what it’s about (or really what “companion novel” even means, since I’m pretty sure it’s not a sequel or anything) but I think I’d feel reasonably safe calling it a “beach read”—particularly because, it being Stephen King and all, I probably won’t want to read it at night.

5. Tick Tock – Dean Koontz. I really need to reread this one, partially because I haven’t written about it on here yet but mostly because I love it! I could probably read it in about four or five hours if I just sat down and powered through it, which I might do some weekend or other in the next few weeks. It’s actually a pretty hilarious book, despite the dark theme and the breakneck pace at which it’s told.

6. 18 Best Stories by Edgar Allen Poe – Edgar Allen Poe (edited by Vincent Price and Chandler Brossard). This is one that I’ll play hooky with on a day like this past Saturday, where I woke up to a thunderstorm around 7am and it rained for most of the rest of the day. I say this collection in particular simply because I own it (I also just really enjoy Edgar Allen Poe), but any good collection of short horror stories would do!

7. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak. I still can’t believe I haven’t gotten myself a copy of this one yet. This is one of the first books I reviewed for this blog, and recently I’ve been itching to reread it. I’d definitely play hooky with it if I had the chance.

8. The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole. I’d play hooky with this one mostly because I’m not sure I completely understood it the first time I read it, but I think that had a lot to do with the fact that there were zero paragraph breaks, or even quotation marks to show when someone was speaking. So I’d have to get a new copy where there were paragraph breaks and quotations marks first, but I would like to read this again, and I imagine I would have to devote a whole day to it, even though it’s not that long.

9. Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling. I think this one is self-explanatory, but I know I would have absolutely no problem spending a whole week reading the entire series cover to cover. I think the closest I ever got to doing that was a few weeks before the seventh came out, when I decided to read the sixth again, but then also ended up reading the fifth, and then the fourth, and so on, and by the time the seventh came out I had read all six again—but in reverse order because I’m dumb. Oh well. I also for whatever reason haven’t written about them here yet, so I suppose I should probably do that one day as well! I can feel my 2013 reading resolutions forming themselves already…

10. The Millenium Trilogy – Stieg Larsson. Those who have been following my blog since the beginning—and if there are any of you still out there, God bless you—might remember that I read both The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire about a year ago, but never managed to finish The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. At some point I’d like to actually read through the trilogy beginning to end because I feel like part of the problem was that I sort of stopped in the middle of the third and never picked it up again. Reading overload, I suppose. It happens sometimes. At any rate, I’d like to give these another chance at some point, and what better time than when I’m playing hooky from my other responsibilities? 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday, Spring Fever Edition: Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With

  1. I was surprised to only see one King novel. I’ve read four on your list (well I haven’t read the last installment of the Larsson trilogy), but I’ve read the Castle of Otranto, Harry Potter, and Jane Eyre. I agree, the paragraph thing in the Castle novel took some getting used to.

    • Hahaha, I tried really hard to only put one by King! There are a TON of others that I would gladly play hooky with, but since the whole point of this blog is to branch out in my tastes, I wanted to put some other books on there 🙂 Seriously, I could probably write just about every Top Ten Tuesday using only Stephen King books…

  2. I read The Castle of Ortranto in college, but I don’t understand it either. Harry Potter I do understand and love. The Book Thief is a real favorite of mine, too. Love your list, though I haven’t read the Stieg Larsson yet.

    • Thanks! The thing about Otranto is that I read it for a class so there was enough discussion that I think I understood the basic idea, but I want to understand it better. And I think that will definitely be facilitated by paragraph breaks and quotation marks!! I like the idea of Gothic literature, I just haven’t read nearly enough of it–and before I get into something huge like The Mysteries of Udolpho I want to reread Otranto to make sure I really get it.

  3. I have several of the same books on my tbr list, though I can’t say whether or not I’ll finally get to them this year. Hopefully! Also, I read The Castle of Otranto years ago and l-o-v-e-d it. Definitely worthy of playing hooky.

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