Tuesday 27 March 2012

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I'd Play Hooky With (otherwise known as skiving)

Noticed TTT had a new logo and as I liked it thought I would use it. This is a weekly book meme over at The Broke and The Bookish. This weeks list is books we would play hooky with. If you are Scottish that's either sciving or taking a sicky. Anyways, I went with mainly chunksters. I have a fair few on my tbr pile and sciving might be the only way to get through them (not that I would do that). Very few of them are re-reads. I've started off with the re-reads otherwise they aren't in any particular order.

1. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck. I would love to go back and read this again. Actually I would love to go on a Steinbeck kick and re-read all the ones I have so far. Have fond memories of this one although East of Eden is my favourite.

2. The Pern series - Anne McCaffrey. After she sadly passed away I meant to go back and revisit them. I loved these books. Would like to read them all over again or even just one or two of my favourites.

3. The Women of the Otherworld series - Kelley Armstrong. This series is ending soon and whilst the last few haven't been that great I would like to revisit the earlier ones.

4. London - Edward Rutherfurd. After reading New York by the same author I have been dying to read others by him. I have this one in my pile but it's a beast at 1328 pages. I want the time to just enjoy it too.

5. A Feast For Crows - George R. R. Martin. Plus the next one two which I also have sitting there. It's a good series and I don't want to leave it too long in case I forget anything.

6. Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume1. Another beast of a book but not one that I would want to read all at once.

7. A Suitable Boy - Vikrim Seth. A chunky one but the truth is I have been putting off reading this book because the edition I have (the one above) is just so pretty. Too pretty to unwrap from it cellophane cover. I know defeats the purpose. If I can justify buying myself another, less pretty, edition I would want some time to just enjoy it.

8. The Crimson Petal and the White - Michel Faber. I have been wanting to read more historical fiction and this seems ideal.

9. The Dreaming Void - Peter F. Hamilton. One of my favourite sci fi authors but he writes such huge books and there are three of these bad boys in this series.

10. Villette - Charlotte Bronte. Thought I would end with a classic. I am actually going to read this in the next few months (sciving or not). Looking forward to it too.

What books would you like to take some time off for?


  1. I would love to have some time to finish A Clash of Kings! Actually, I would love a month to catch up with the whole series! GRRM for the win!! lol.

    Beth ^_^

    1. Yeah, I would love that too. I probably wouldn't mind re-reading them all again they were so good.

  2. Oooh, Grapes of Wrath, what a fantastic read. Would love for you to stop by and check out my Top Ten. Now following you with GFC :)

  3. Was indeed a fantastic read. Thank you for following.

  4. A Feast for Crows, however, truly was -- as one reviewer described it -- a chore to get through. I wondered often as I read it whether Martin would have fared better to collapse this book and the sequel, A Dance with Dragons, into one volume after all. The argument that the book would have then been too long doesn't wash with me since many of the chapters here -- far too many -- felt like "packing material", the popcorn and bubblewrap that you have to dig through to get to the good stuff that you really wanted and paid for. A Feast for Crows would have been a far better book if the dross chapters had been eliminated and the pure gold chapters from the next book added in.