It is rainy and disgusting out (but fortunately not below freezing), so what a perfect day to partner up with the lovelies at the Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesdays. This week’s challenge is the Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With.
Given the lack of thrill that I am having in my current rotation, this is an overwhelmingly appealing possibility. But, I am such a goody goody that I would have to have an awfully good book to convince me to play hooky (or some other intriguing reason). Plus, when I take a full day off for any reason, I generally feel as if I wasted a bunch of time. Honestly, it will never happen unless I develop some sort of illness. However, in order to narrow things down, these are the top ten books that if it were socially acceptable, I would be willing to take a day off… At least the top ten that came to my mind first.
The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved these books and I have been meaning to reread them. And if I had a whole day with no responsibility to get away and read, I could make decent progress through the series. And it wouldn’t at all feel like I wasted a day.
The Anne of Green Gables Series by Lucy Maude Montgomery. No, I am not obsessed with this time period. I just really liked both series. Really. I actually wrote countless papers on Anne of Green Gables for various English and French classes. Been to the house. I am THAT person. But, I haven’t read any of this series since early university. So, if I had a whole day, I could refresh a lot of memory without wasting other new book time.
The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer. So embarrassing. I read all of these books during my second year of medical school and it was mortifying then. But, despite the sheer ridiculousness of it all, I was so engrossed in them that each was read over a single weekend. So, these are just the medicine I would need on a day of nothing to keep me doing nothing.
The Chronicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis. I have a book with all of the books in it. And it was lost, but now it is found. I spent part of a summer reading this during my breaks and lunches at work and it just takes you away from your world and into theirs.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Finally, a book that isn’t in a series. I read this in grade 10 English and read it in its entirety on a cadet trip (even though I was only supposed to read the first 5 chapters or something). I reread it at least two more times before we finished its analysis and papers as a class. I would love to go back and refresh my memory.
Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin. It has been recommended to me by about a million people. A day off with one book to read as my mission would be a perfect occasion to get reading this in… Finally.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I love this story so much. It would not take an entire day. But if I just wanted to play hooky for a couple hours or if this was an appetizer of sorts, it would be wonderful.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel. This was a book that I have literally read in a day. I love its layers and the adventure and philosophy to it all.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I have recently seen so many book blogs written about this that I feel an overwhelming need to read this. It seems light enough to be a good one day hooky read.
Fail Nation: A Visual Romp Through the World of Epic Fails by failbloog.org Community. Or any of the other failblog inspired literature (not that I think it should necessarily be called literature). Though I would never pay for one of these for myself. They crack me up. Definitely good reading while being a rebel.
Well, that is my list of books I would read while playing hooky because they are good enough or are supposedly good enough to play hooky for. But, as previously stated, I am far too anal retentive for that.
I would also like to note that because this is theoretically about playing hooky, no medical books were included in the making of this list. That is a feat for me. I am proud.
What books would make you want to just stay home and read instead of working?