Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spring Fever: Top Ten Books I'd Play Hooky With

Welcome, welcome, to this weeks edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today I bring you the Spring Fever Edition: which ten books I'd love to stay home and play hooky with.

1. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Childhood forever favorite. I never get tired of this story (there was one fateful road trip where I listened to it once through, finished it and started the book all over again. No joke). I think I've had a crush on Char since age 10. 12 years later, I still want to marry his freckly self. In fact, curling up with this book sounds like the perfect way to spend a day.

2. Love Story by Jennifer Echols
There are so many things I love about this book. The college aged protagonist, the raunchy short stories, the horse farm, the city life and the southern charm that all get wrapped up together in one wonderful story. I read this over Christmas and left it at my parents house in Colorado--big mistake. I have been dying, DYING I tell you, to escape back into Erin Blackwell's head ever since.

3. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
A recent read of mine, but one that I wouldn't mind going back to. There was something so compelling about the chemistry between Hadley and Oliver that makes this read one of 100% girlish wish fulfillment. I want my own British hottie!

4. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
The best book I've read so far this year (look back later this week for my review!) I identified with Jordan so much that every little heartbreak and triumph felt deeply personal. Since there's no sequel coming out (though there is a companion novel!) I think this book is going to turn into one of my "read, rinse, repeat" staples.

5. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
This book is so dang good. So is the sequel. I actually get a little fluttery whenever I think about this book, that's how much I love it. It also makes me want to move to Wyoming, that's how much I love it (which is crazy on multiple levels partially because, DUH, it's Wyoming and it only has one electoral vote, and also because I am a major Colorado enthusiast... ski Colorado, folks).

6. All seven Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling
I like the idea of spending an entire weekend in bed with nothing but snacks, the Harry Potter series, and a water bottle to pee in (just kidding... I'm not that intense... I would get out of bed to go to the restroom). Have any of you been on Pottermore? All this new, behind-the-scenes info on the characters and books has gotten me excited to go back and read them for the umptienth time.

7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Like I said above with The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, I want a cute British boy all for myself!! Also, as someone with a serious travel bug, I love truly feeling transported to Paris in this one.

8. All six Vampire Academy books, followed by Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Richelle Mead is a goddess of the written word. Also, Rose is my idol. 'Nuff said.

9. Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde
This was one of my brother's and my favorites growing up. It's been a while since I read it, which means I've forgotten some of the plot details so reading it will almost be like reading it for the first time (bonus)! For those of you who aren't familiar, definitely check it out.

10. Where She Went by Gayle Foreman
This one is not even a hypothetical. I have been DYING to read the sequel to If I Stay and it's been staring at me for days, but I told myself I wasn't allowed to start it until I unpacked my apartment and wrote the review. Finishing those tonight, so I'm playing hooky with Gayle Foreman tomorrow!! Holla!

Sensing a theme here? For me, a happy, snuggly day in bed away from the worries of work usually means reading some kind of love story. Contemporary Chic-Lit isn't necessarily my favorite YA sub-genre, but reading it usually produces the same type of feeling as comfort food. Mac n' Cheese with a Stephanie Perkins novel (and maybe a bubble bath)? BOOM, perfect stress-free afternoon.

How 'bout y'all? Any genres that you most want to play hooky with? What's on your top ten list this week?


  1. I've been hearing good things about Vivian Vande Velde lately. Don't know why I never checked her out, I'll have to do so! I also can't believe I've never read Ella Enchanted. That problem needs fixing ASAP!

  2. Statistical Probability is on its way to me at the library. It should be a great spring read!

    Here's my
    Top Ten Books I'd Play Hooky With.
    Hope you will stop by!

  3. What a great list! I'd love for you to stop by and check out my Top Ten.

    Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog


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