Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.

This week’s theme is: Spring Fever: Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With

I’d honestly play hooky with any book that I own, so to narrow down the choices, I decided to go for books that fit the Spring Break travel theme.

1. Secret Society Girl series by Diana Peterfreund

The whole series offers some light entertainment, but the third novel in particular, Rites of Spring (Break), seemed especially fitting.

2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna’s adventures throughout her year studying abroad in France offer the perfect cathartic  getaway.

3. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Seeing a little bit of underground Australian culture makes me want to travel to the continent even more.

4. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Kerouac’s masterpiece isn’t only the hallmark of a generation; it’s also probably the best novel depicting a road trip to ever be written, no matter how atypical the trip might become.

5. Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes

Until I can realize my own dream of renovating a Tuscan villa, reading of Mayes’s adventures will have to suffice.

6. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Matson’s tale of two teens connecting on a cross-country road trip is cute and satisfies a craving for aimless travel.

7. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

While many of Dessen’s novels feature the beach town of Colby, this one happens to be my favorite.

8. Fever series by Karen Marie Moning

Amidst all the turmoil and action that Mac endures is a trilling depiction of Dublin that makes me want to hop a plane to Ireland.

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

9. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

While Hubbard’s depiction of backpacking through Central America didn’t inspire me to plan a similar trip for myself, it’s still fun to watch Bria acclimate to a foreign culture.

10. A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Forster’s delightful tale features extended stays in both Florence as well as Surrey, making me eager to plan a European tour of my own.


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish that allows us to list our top ten answers to a different question each week.

This week’s theme is: Top Ten Books I Think Would Make Great Book Club Picks

1. Eucalyptus by Murray Bail

A lyrical modern-day fairy tale set in Australia, this book is hushed yet poignant.

2. The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

Levithan’s prose reads truthfully, allowing the reader to draw her own connections among the many characters whose viewpoints we witness at crucial moments in their lives.

3. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Carter’s fairy tale retellings are gruesome, haunting masterpieces of feminist critique.

4. A Very Long Engagement by Sebastien Japrisot

A convoluted knot of mystery winds through this novel in which a young woman desperately attempts to find out what happened to her fiance, claimed dead after a war.

 5. The Sharp Teeth of Love by Doris Betts

Betts delivers a quietly resilient tale about a woman stretched to wits end who allows herself to let go of all of the trappings of her structured, safe life.

6. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Lamott’s humorous dialogue about her writing process is both a pick-me-up and an inspiration to push yourself to finally pick up a pen and write the novel that’s been building up inside of you for years.

7. Atonement by Ian McEwan

McEwan’s story is a punch to the gut, but it’s rife with the potential for discussion about whom the title refers to.

8. White Oleander by Janet Fitch

Fitch delivers a heartbreaking story of a girl trying to navigate through the foster system and a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship while remaining intact.

9. A Room With a View by E.M. Forster

A story for all romantics, Forster’s novel is less often cited on romance reader’s lists, yet it’s worthy of standing beside any of Austen’s best.

10. The Prestige by Christopher Priest

Creepy, confusing, slightly steampunk, and very intriguing, Priest’s tale of dueling magicians will have you guessing until the end.