Monday, 26 March 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Playing Hooky With Books!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weakly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week a different topic comes up and bloggers list their top ten books in that category. I love a good list...I've always said that. That's practically my catchphrase.

Top Ten Books You Would Play Hooky With

These are are books that I got addicted to and had to read in one sitting- ones I really did play hooky with!

10. Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter

You can never have enough Angela Carter in your life, and this book is pure, sheer marvelous fun.  It focuses on Fevvers, a woman who is – or so she would have people believe – a Cockney virgin, hatched from an egg laid by unknown parents and ready to develop fully fledged wings. She is awesome in every singe sense of the word.

9. Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

This graphic novel is a very quick read- it is a slimmy but a goody. It makes me laugh every time and the art is amazing. If you liked the film adaptation you will love this; very dry, very cool, very very charming.  SO many pop culture references here too if you are into that!

8. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathon Safran Foer

I think I've already told everyone I know how muchI loved and adored and worshipped the table this book was placed on so how could I not include it!? JSF's writing just gives me happy stomach bubbles and makes me hug myself. This is a brilliant book and will make you want to tattoo your hands.

7. The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman

It's not only the wife who's tiny- the book is very compact as well. It will take you a mere hour to read but it is perfectly formed. After a strange type of robbery, unexplainable things begin to happen to the people who witnessed it. Very smart and quite moving. Easy to read in one sitting.

6. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson

Even though this book is on the huge side I read it in one day because it is that unbelievably addictive. By the end you are clamoring to know what happens even though your eyes are itching and you feel a little unnerved. I would definitely miss work to finish this.

5. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

One of the best and most complicated graphic novels ever written, you will not be able to put this down. Given new significance in the London Riots over the summer, this book is sinister, relevant and brilliantly illustrated. Unputdownable.

4. Beloved by Toni Morrison

Even though I read this quite a while ago, it is engrained in my mind forever because it is such a beautiful and well-written story. And devastating of course. One that I often recommend to people because I just think everyone should read a Toni Morrison book and this is a brilliant one!

3. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The whole 'Chaos Walking' trilogy had me reading through the night- they are incredibly addictive and suspenseful...and brutal. Never shying away from a bit of blood and bruises don't read this if you like your characters to remain in tact! 

2. The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I kindof feel that everyone who is going to read this has read it by now but if you haven' should. Take no notice of the crap film adaptation either- this is a special book. The Time Traveler himself is delicious and I want him. His wife is also a character in it. 

1. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

This book is fantastic. Upper class intrigue, a murder, a small group of Ancient Greek students makes for some addictive reading. The characters draw you in because this is a long book with very few characters so you feel like you know them by the end. I couldn't put it down.

Thanks for reading my 'Top Ten Tuesday' post- let me know if you're looking forward to any of these or currently reading them!


  1. I agree about the Time Traveler's Wife being so much better as a book than a film. The movie sort of ruined everything - and not just because of Eric Bana's accent /shifty

    But I loved the book.

    And your read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in one day? I think it took me six months! I'm impressed!

  2. There are a few titles on your list I feel like I should have read ages ago! The Secret History, Beloved, on and on. I've heard such great things about The Chaos Walking trilogy.

    Great picks!

    Thanks for stopping by my top ten, following back :)

  3. What a fantastic list! Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my Top Ten. Following you too.

  4. 'The Time Traveler's Wife' YES!!!! I bawled my eyes out. I couldn't stop reading it to save my life. Super!

  5. Great choices. I've read V for Vendetta, the Knife of Never Letting Go and Beloved, and each of them is so memorable.
    New follower
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  6. The Time Traveler's Wife is a perfect choice! I love, love, love that book.

  7. Henry, the time traveler, is amazing. He'd be my book date :)

  8. What a perfect list! I also read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in a day, it was that addictive. And too funny--I JUST added The Secret History to my TBR list the other day! Finally, I love that you've included graphic novels. If I had thought of it, I would have included Watchmen on my list. I couldn't put it down.

    Thanks for sharing your choices!

  9. Those are great books!! Oh The Time Travelers Wife!! I love that book. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a very good book too! Thanks for stopping by my top ten.

  10. I LOVE V for Vendetta! Old follower. Thanks for stopping by!

    Amber @ Fall Into Books

  11. That's great! I just had a conversation with someone the other day about how I need to read "V for Vendetta". "The Knife of Never Letting Go" sounds awesome!! I admire authors who can easily dispense main characters, like George RR Martin.

  12. Yay for The Time Traveler's Wife! I've heard so many people mention the Chaos Walking trilogy lately that I think I'm going to have to check them out. I'm planning on reading Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo soon - just have to clear some more books off my TBR pile!

  13. I have only tried to read one (V for Vendetta) and I realized I am not a Graphic Novel Reader! Yicks! The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one I have been meaning to read! Thanks for stopping by my page!

    Happy Reading!
    Amanda @ Sisters Unedited

  14. Ah, Chaos Walking. Definitely a series that requires reading in one sitting. It's just sad when I can't actually play hooky to read!

  15. Great List!!! I loved the Dragon Tattoo books and Time Travelers Wife... Definitely gonna read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close!

  16. Oh I am the biggest Patrick Ness fan ever. So I am thrilled beyond anything normal to see Chaos Walking on this list! I have been meaning to read The Time Traveler's Wife forever. I have a copy on my shelf gathering dust...I'm very intrigued by Nights at the Circus...that's one I haven't heard of before but sounds really interesting. Thanks for pointing it out! Fun list, especially with Todd Hewitt on it. ;)

  17. I really want to read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and The Knife of Never Letting Go! And I just recently watched V for Vendetta for the first time and loved it, though I haven't read the graphic novel. Great list! Thanks for stopping by!

  18. Oh, The Time Traveler's Wife is AMAZING. AMAZING. I first read it right when it came out and I STILL think about it. I can't wait to see what you think of it when you get a chance to read it.
    And I need to read The Knife of Never Letting Go. I can't tell you how many people I know who LOVE IT beyond normal levels of loving, lol. Great list!! :-)

  19. Oooh, I love your list! I haven't read JSF yet, but I have Everything is Illuminated on my shelves waiting for me. I've heard he's just marvelous with everything he does. And I'm probably the last person on earth who hasn't read The Time Traveler's Wife - that's also on my shelves! Along with Beloved. And, uh, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. (I know, right - what do I read?)

    Also, I haven't heard of The Secret History but it sounds like exactly my sort of thing so I'm definitely going to look into it!

  20. I need to finish Time Traveler's Wife... I started it, but life got in the way. I also want to read Incredibly Close as well. Cool list! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend!

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