Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Top Ten Books I'd Play Hooky With - A Top Ten List With Jamie






There are probably a million ways you can interpret this week's prompt but I'm going to go with the Top Ten Books (On My Shelf) That I'd Play Hooky With....it's just too bad I don't actually have much PTO left with to actually let myself PLAY hooky because of all the wedding/honeymoon time I'll be taking off come August.


Let's be real here...I'd play hooky from work with ANY book EVER but I would definitely play hooky with these books on a nice spring day...

 1. Starters by Lissa Price: I've heard how utterly addicting this dystopian YA novel is and I feel as though it'd be the perfect book to just absolutely DEVOUR while playing hooky from (and trying to forget about) my life as a marketing professional.

2. Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty: My friends are going to kill me but as much as I LOVE LOVE LOVED Sloppy Firsts when I FINALLY read it in September, I just have procrastinated getting to this one next even though I'm already obsessed. Hanging out with Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie sure sounds like the makings of a fun filled day of playing hooky.

3. Shift by Jeri-Smith Ready: Jen from Makeshift Bookmark is going to punch me in the face for this but after finishing (and LOVING) Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready I kept making plans to read this one but it just kept getting pushed down the pile because of review books and just general wedding planning madness.  I think Nurse Jen needs to write me a fake sick note so I can stay home and read this?

4. In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson: I keep meaning to read this one. Nothing like a little armchair travels and daydreams on a fake sick day from work to make me happy. Hard to daydream about places I want to go with the click click click of people typing and the most visually uninspiring work space ever.

5. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: What better way to spend a day off than trying to make a dent in the biggest freaking book on your shelf? Ok...well one of the biggest. It's looks so daunting!

6. Dreamless by Josephine Angelini: Ever since this came in the mail last week I've been DYING to just find a huge chunk of time to devour it. I could be persuaded to play hooky from work to read this. Starcrossed was so easy to get lost in and I'm hoping this will be similar. 


7. Harry Potter: Dude, you guys. I have admitted this crime/dirty little secret several times on both this blog and my personal book blog but I STILL have not read this series. Like  WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE FOR ME TO MAKE TIME TO DO THIS?! A day of skipping work is maybe what I need! I CAN DO ANYYYYTHING. PS. Do you like how I tried to bury this within my list hoping you would not see it? 


8. Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Throwing a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget: Ok you all might think this is a lame way to spend a day playing hooky because shouldn't playing hooky be FUN AND FROLICKING?? Well, friends, NOT if you are  planning a wedding and only have five months to go and have SEVERELY procrastinated. Let's be honest, I'd be knee deep in favors, flowers and family seating drama-rama with a day off. WOMP WOMP. Lamest hooky day ever.

9. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard: I hadn't heard of this book until it made its way into my mailbox but seriously...parasols, corsets, zombies and a Victorian setting? How could I not play hooky with this one? While I'm picky with my paranormal, I always love just spending a whole day in a crazy world and this seems so interesting! HarperTeen, are you prepared to plead my case when I get fired for playing hooky? :P

10. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen: Last week mentioned that I needed a little Austen on my Spring TBR list but Pride & Prejudice would be the PERFECT reread to play hooky with. In fact...maybe my car will just NOT start tomorrow.....OOOOPS.


What books would YOU want to play hooky with?? Also, thanks to April from Good Books and Good Wine for this awesome topic suggestion!

As always, check here for the future Top Ten Tuesday schedule. It's typically scheduled months in advanced...when I'm on the ball!



57 comments :

  1. Ahhh, I left Outlander off my list! I love that series, although I've only read the first two - they are daunting, though completely wonderful. The historic detail is amazing.

    I loved this theme! This was my first time taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, I'm sort of a newbie book blogger (officially - I wrote book reviews for about a year on my personal lifestyle blog). So I love the opportunity to network and get to know other bloggers!

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  2. I am advising you to drop all and read Second Helpings immediately!! It is definitely a follow-up that once you start, you will not be able to put it down...and then you will want to read Charmed Thirds right after :)

    Great topic this week!

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  3. Great list! Too bad it's not Top 11 b/c Starters would definitely be my #11. Second Helpings sounds interesting too.

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  4. Fun list! :) I definitely agree with quite a few of the books you've listed. And...you should totally skip work to read Harry Potter. It's worth it!

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  5. Excellent list! I am looking forward to Dreamless and Something Strange and Deadly. Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice are always great reads!

    My secret to reading is ..... losing sleep. I kid you not I read late into the night knowing I have to get up in the morning with 3 kids! lol
    My Top Ten

    Amanda @ Sisters Unedited

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  6. I just finished Starters (via audiobook) - it was great!!

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  7. I've been wanting to read the Shade series but I have to second Ree! You need to move Harry Potter up to #1 and take some days off to start the series. There have to be some holidays coming up right...

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  8. Ah Pride & Prejudice made my list too! Such a great choice :) And if it makes you feel any better, I just read the Harry Potter books (for the first time) about two months ago haha! I just read things in my own time... which might not always line up with when the rest of the world reads something.

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  9. I'm new to this Meme, but it was fun! Thanks for hosting :)

    And, you must skip work/ school tomorrow and read Harry Potter! You must! lol. And I have to agree about Outlander, it took me forever to pick it up, but once I did, I loved it!

    -Sonnie @ Lit Girl: Confessions of a Future Librarian

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  10. I adore Pride and Prejudice. It is my all time favorite book! :D

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  11. I'll commit the dirty little secret with you, I've not read the last 3 books in HP. AH! I've started listening to the Audio books. I'm on book 3. I feel like I'm committed a crime!

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  12. I still need to read Sloppy Firsts...
    And I also picked books that I own - but totally agree about playing hooky with ANY book!

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  13. I so put Pride and Prejudice on my list as well. It deserves a good spring re-read!

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  14. For shame! An HP virgin... I didn't know there were any left. I wonder what it would be like to read the books for the first time now that you've heard so much about them. Definitely different then growing up with them.... I do hope they don't prove to be a disappointment once you do finally pick them up.

    As for Dreamless!! I would definitely play hooky with that one if I had it. Am I looking a tad bit green? I think the green monster has taken over me.

    And good luck with the wedding planning! I have been doing a lot of research into that area myself lately (I interviewed with Brides magazine for a job). Fun stuff, though of course it would be a lot more fun on an unlimited budget (though isn't that true for most things in life.... Sigh).

    Happy Tuesday!
    Kelsey @ Slush Sleuth

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  15. Outlander may be thick, but it's a pretty fast read. There's a lot of action, so the story moves along quickly. Hopefully this makes it seem a teensy bit less daunting to you? :)

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  16. Starters sounds fantastic. I've only read the HP series on your list, so this has increased my TBR pile!

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  17. HP and Pride and Prejudice made my list too, although HP would be a reread and Pride and Prejudice wouldn't! I definitely want to read the Jessica Darling series too!

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  18. Hehe Starcrossed was on my list even though I've already read it and have Dreamless on my shelf. I kinda want to read it again before diving into Dreamless. It was that good. Great list.

    My Top Ten

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  19. LOL, can't believe you haven't read HP! Interesting. I can't wait to try Starters too. It just sounds SO good! Check out our Top 10 this week.

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  20. When I was reading Outlander, I had the hardest time making myself go to work!

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  21. You have not read Harry Potter?!?! Get on that ASAP!! Great list, the other titles are good ones!

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  22. Great choices! I would definitely play hooky for all of them too! :)

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  23. Great list! OMG you haven't read HP?!!! The Bridal Bargains book, I totally hear ya on that one. When I was planning my wedding I was like that. I actually was proud of how well I did with keeping costs way down.

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  24. Good try with the whole attempt to hide the fact that you haven't read Harry Potter. ;) You need to get on that, ASAP! If I were an author or publisher I'd be like, "Listen, I know I've asked you to review these books, but seriously, you need to take some time and read Harry Potter. My book will wait." ;) Great list!

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  25. You HAVE to read Harry Potter. That series brought me from 6th grade up until I had my first baby (who is now 5). It's one of the most amazing series I have ever read. And probably the first book (#5) to make me cry!

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  26. I'm so jealous that you have Dreamless by Josie Angelini! I LOVED Starcrossed.

    Great list!

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  27. I tried reading Outlander once. I didn't get very far :-( Hope you have more success with it!

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  28. You haven't read Harry Potter?!? Go! Now! Wingardium Leviosa! (Now see you'd know what that means if you actually read the books!)

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  29. HARRY POTTER? JAMIE! GET ON THAT! :) I do believe this calls for a sick note from Nurse Jen. :)

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  30. What a fun list! I immediately checked my library catalogue for Starters and Something Strange and Deadly (but alas, no luck). Happy reading!

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  31. YAY FOR BILL BRYSON!!!!!

    And I bought Outlander at a library sale - got a pretty trade paperback for just $1. It stares at me. I want to read it and I'm gonna. Since I just read Under the Same Sky by Genevieve Graham and loved it, I think I'm totally ready for Outlander. I'm just intimidated. I won't lie.

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  32. I have Outlander sitting on my shelf to read as well. However, the hubby roped me into reading A Clash of Kings right now so I figure I will tackle one beast of a book at a time. :-)

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  33. This is my first "Top Ten"...I'm so excited! :)
    I've read Outlander...it's such a good book! I love me some Jamie and his accent! As one reviewer put it: "Diana Gabaldon has created in Jamie Fraser the man every man would wish to be and the one every women would wish to have."
    Harry Potter series looks a little daunting, but you fly through the first couple and then you can't let anyone pry the others out of your hands wanting to know what happens next (although you've probably seen the movies and know how it ends). There are so many details that the movies don't show.

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  34. You need to skip everything and read the Harry Potter series. Immediately.

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  35. The Jessica Darling series is one of my favorites. Her inner dialogue is hilarious and I love Marcus and her. I've read that series so many times.

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  36. I had Harry Potter too. Ahhhh, I can't believe I forgot Pride & Prejudice! A great hooky book!!!!!!!!!

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  37. Starters sounds fabulous...I need to add that one. Harry Potter and Outlander would be great hooky books. Some of my favs!

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews
    http://feministfairytalereviews.blogspot.com/2012/03/top-ten-tuesday-19-books-id-play-hooky.html

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  38. Starters was really good, and I've read all of the Harry Potter except the last one. Haven't read any of the other ones on your list

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  39. I love the Jessica Darling books by Megan McCafferty. I always look for a new one coming out, but it's my understanding that she's done with them. There are a total of 5. I first read them at the end of high school (technically, Jessica Darling is 2 years older than me. haha). Love Marcus Flutie. He's on my hooky list! :) (I'll be posting it in a little while)

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  40. I was late reading all of the Harry Potter books as well, though I found them well worth the time once I got reading. Pride & Prejudice is a great pick, though I think all of your picks could make my list.

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  41. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!! Planning is rough and no two ways about it, but the getting married part is nice. :)

    I can't quite picture a hooky day without Jane Austen. Today I'd pick Emma, but other days it would be P&P or Persuasion or even Sense and Sensibility or Mansfield Park. They're all so wonderful.

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  42. Awesome books! I think you should read Outlander ... it may look daunting, but it's a fast read! :)

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  43. Great list - I've known several people who haven't read Harry Potter yet so you are not alone!

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  44. I think you seriously need to play hooky for a week to read the Harry Potter series! Great list! Happy reading :)

    Here's my TTT
    http://lostinthought-becca.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/top-ten-tuesday-books-id-play-hooky.html

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  45. Huzzah for Pride and Prejudice. :) It is so indeed a perfect book for spring. In a Sunburned Country sounds good too: I keep meaning to read Bryson's Notes from a Small Island but it's always buried under something else in the TBR pile. Maybe this is a sign..

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  46. Nice list! I want to read Starters so bad!

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  47. Oh no! Now I want to ditch school and read. And I'm ditching right now to work on my Master's thesis so I can't ditch again! ::sobs::

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  48. Oh my gosh, I think I love you, lol! I thought I was the only book blogger in the world who hasn't read Harry Potter yet!!! You have made me feel so much better about myself! I am trying to promise myself to start them this summer.

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  49. Second Helpings was totally on my list as well! I finished Sloppy Firsts last week and kind of wanted to pick up Second Helpings INSTANTLY but still haven't. It's really just delayed gratification at this point. And also yes to Starters, because it is totally that kind of book.

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  50. Great list, I want to read Starters. I have read good reviews for this book.

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  51. I'm going to echo some of the other comments so far, but you NEED to read the Harry Potter series. Seriously. Play hooky for a whole week and just do all seven books in a row. Or, if you've seen the movies, just start it at book 4 when it gets REALLY good!

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  52. What a great Top 10 theme. Thanks for sharing... I am so glad I found this meme..

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  53. Now that Harry Potter FINALLY came out as ebooks, maybe that will be the push that you need to read the series!

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  54. lol, I had to look up what 'playing hooky' meant just to take part in this week's Top Ten Tuesday! :)

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  55. I have put up my own 'spring fever hooky' post too, at http://lexlingua.livejournal.com/31402.html. I simply love this meme!

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  56. You're not alone! My best friend is an HP virgin as well...we've been trying to get her to read them without success. I guess she has an excuse: two kids under the age of three.

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