Top Ten Books I'd Skip Work to Read

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over at The Broke and the Bookish. They'd love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

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Top Ten Books I'd Skip Work to Read:

1. Fever by Lauren DeStefano - I'm not kidding. With a cover like that, I'd practically swing the other way! I'm jussayin'! Truly though, in all honesty, the first book captured me upon re-read, and I'm totally invested in it now. I'm proud to say I'd skip just about anything to read it.

2. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - I'm slowly pining away waiting for this one. That cliffhanger of doom simply destroyed me, and I MUST know what happens! I MUST, MICHELLE! I'm going to whine and waste away until I have book two, then I'm going to go all Harry Potter and play hooky to read it.

3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling - Did you know that once upon a time, way back when I was an NCAA Division 1 swimmer, I played hooky from practice to read these books straight through? Well, I did. I went to all the midnight releases, got the books, and read the last few in about 15 hours each. Well done, self.

4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - I swore up and down I would never read this series. I hate vampires, I said! I will NOT read that rubbish, I told everyone! I was wrong. I became a Vampire Academy addict, and I can't help but stay up far past a normal hour to read this series.

5. Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar - Ummmm I was never a contemporary fiction fan. Ever. In fact, I'm pretty sure I told everyone they were petty, annoying and trite...definitely not a match for my superior intellect. Well, I was wrong. I stayed up all night to read this one, and I'd gladly take a day off to re-read it.

6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - I got into the series a bit later than some (about a year and a half ago), and well, naturally I was hooked. I read this book straight. I read the next book straight. I read the final book straight. I'd gladly take a day to read all three books back to back...straight...again.

7. Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle - It's always on my lists. I'm well aware of that, thank you very much. No matter how many times I read it though, it's simply not enough, and I feel a little bit like I get something more every time I re-read it. So, I'll continue to do so, and I'll most certainly take a day off to read it!

8. Pearls of Lutra by Brian Jacques - I love the whole Redwall book series, but there's something so very human about this book. I have to say I think it is one of the strongest standalone books in the series.

9. Dark Song by Gail Giles - There's something so dark and so incredibly fascinating about this book. It's mildly horrifying, and I'll be honest, it's one of the darkest books I've ever read, but it's like a trainwreck. You just can't look away.

10. The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab - I expected nothing from this book at all. Nothing, I tell you. Yet, it was one of the most beautifully-written books I've read in a very long while, and I'm proud to say that it is so graceful and so lyrical that I'd very happily read it all day every day.


  1. Fever, YES. I'll probably read that book a zillion times (along with Wither) waiting for the next one. Sadly, I still haven't read Mara Dyer. What am I waiting for? I don't know. I don't know. 

  2. The Evolution of Mara Dyer is on my "CANCEL EVERYTHING!!" and read release... I cannot wait :) 

    Great list!
    Come see my Top Ten / Teaser Tuesday!

  3. I know, right?!?! I'm totally right there with you!

  4. I didn't like WITHER the first time I read it, but the second time, I was hooked. So, naturally FEVER kills me :)))

  5. Fever! I can't wait to read it. :) I was blown away by Wither. 

  6. I think you'll love it! It's definitely a worthy sequel!

  7. I have The Hunger Games on my Top Ten Tuesday as well. After watching the movie this past weekend it made me want to re-read the book again! As for The Near Witch, I have had it on my shelf forever. I seriously must read it soon!!

  8. You MUST! It blew me away - some of the best writing I've read in a good while!

  9. Don't even get me started on Mara, I needs it Melissa! I NEEDS IT! The not knowing is haunting me. Michelle is cruel genius.

  10. Just picked Mara Dyer up from the library, per your recommendations :) Can't wait to read it on SB next week! This list is just funny. I do not feel neutral about the Vampire Academy series at all - in fact, I have always disliked it (for fairly petty reasons, and no I've never read any of them - I am judgmental). But... you are seriously making me re-think that judgement...

  11. Isn't she?! She's like a super evil awesome mastermind ;)

  12. Girl, I REFUSED adamantly to read Vampire Academy for so long. I swore up and down that there was NO WAY it was as good as everyone was saying. And, frankly, I hate the whole love triangle, why do I love it so much? Characters = awesome. Plot = phenomenal. Drama = insane. You simply MUST read it ;)))

  13. I would stay home for the last installment in the wheel of time series :)

  14. Infinite love for Harry Potter and The Hunger Games! Fever is really good, and I just bought a copy of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer because I've heard so many great things! I have The Near Witch on my shelf but I still haven't read it :/ And I really want to read Raw Blue!

    My Top Ten Tuesday

  15. Oooh, someone else with Many Waters on their list!! I adored that book when I was growing up. L'Engle's other books too, but really Many Waters was just ... ahhh so good! I'm putting some of these others on my TBR list!

  16. SO with you on Hunger Games.
    Need to check out your recommendation on 10.

  17. HP, VA, and THG are books EVERY YA reader should read! i don't think i would've became a reader if those books weren't in my life. 

     you can checkout my TTT here

  18. Now, to be fair, I'd skip work to read just about any book...wish I had a job where that's all I had to do! Still, your list is awesome and I agree with all the ones I know (and will have to check out those I don't!).

  19. New follower! I've never heard of Raw Blue, but I'll have to check it out! Here is my Top 10 if you'd like to follow back:


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