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If it didn't matter That Much if the laundry didn't get done, if I could blow off pre-Easter choir practices, if I could just skip a day of house and writing work and disappear with a few books, here are the first ten that might jump off the shelves.
First, I need some Jane Austen, and at the moment I think I'd pick 1) Emma, which I haven't read in a long time.
It's also been a while since I've read 2) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and I want to go through it so I can re-re-re-read 3) Order of the Phoenix and 4) Half-Blood Prince and 5) Deathly Hallows. Yes, I know that listing them individually is kind of cheating and I'm already well beyond the possibility of what can be read in a single day. We're dreaming here. Dreaming of playing hooky for a week. Which sounds like a good idea, actually. How did March get so busy?
Also, I'd take 6) Tuesdays at the Castle, which I'm halfway through. Must know what happens before anything else!
Most of my take-alongs would be re-reads, because I don't do enough of that nowadays, but my friend Jana just loaned me a copy of 7) Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, which has gorgeous art in it and looks like a lovely middle-grade story.
Middle grade stories make me think of Percy Jackson, which series I'd like to re-read eventually. I'll put The Lightning Thief at number 8), but of course I want to go through them all.
My sister borrowed and adored and has just returned my copy of 9) Beauty, so I should read that again.
If I'm out getting Percy Jackson for the hooky trip, I might as well hunt down the next Bean book as well. I believe it's 10) Shadow Puppets.
That ought to get me through a good week of hooky. Maybe two....
What books would you take?
1) Jane Austen
2-5) J.K. Rowling
6) Jessica Day George
7) Jonathan Auxier
8) Rick Riordan
9) Robin McKinley
10) Orson Scott Card