Not too long ago, Top Ten Tuesday asked a great question: Which books would you play hooky with when given the chance?
For my criteria, I decided on stories that would grab me immediately, have characters I care about, and have a setting that is so fantastical, I forget about the stresses I’m trying to avoid. I want my disbelief suspended in a way that every minute I spend away from reality is well worth the effort.
- Any Harry Potter book. I’ve read them, but this is a series that can (and should be) re-read from time to time. This is one fantasy series that succeeds at removing me from the real world and who doesn’t need a mental vacation from time to time? Thus, the perfect set of “hooky” books.
- I’m currently reading a book I regularly steal off to a quiet place to read: Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore. It is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year.
- Soulless by Gail Carriger. A unique steampunk series that was recommended to me and after reading the first few pages, I realized what very good friends I have and what excellent taste they have in books. (This is the first book in the series)
- Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice. A book I should have read a long time ago. I’m glad I picked it up on a whim. It’s one of those that’s hard to put down.
- The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder. A fun steampunk mystery and the first in a series)
- I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith. This story will weave a magic spell upon you so you have to read it in one sitting. This may be the hardest choice as a “hooky” book as it will claim more of your time than expected – in a good way. (p.s. – this is the same author who wrote 101 Dalmatians, which is better than any of the movie adaptations. Then again, aren’t most books?)
- The Osiris Ritual by George Mann. Another wonderful steampunk mystery series. This is the second book. The first is The Affinity Bridge. You’ll be hooked immediately. Promise.
- The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. There are a lot of young adult books about faeries, but this one stands out amongst all the others. (This is the first book in the series)
- Any book by A. Lee Martinez, but for this list, Divine Misfortune. Another author I push relentlessly recommend highly to family, friends, and customers at the store where I work.
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. A classic that I’d happily re-read at the drop of a hat.
If you are interested in any or all of these books, please visit my Top Ten Hooky Bookshelf at Powell’s.
So what do you think? What are you’re “go to” books?