Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. This week it’s all about books you picked up on a whim, I’m going to take this as books I bought on a whim – so books that I’d never heard of, hadn’t read reviews for and books that I may have seen in passing on the internet but knew very little about. On to the books!
Sudden Death by Alvaro Enrigue
I bought this book in Any Amount of Books, a lovely second-hand book shop off Leicester Square, the last time I was in in London. I had never heard of it before and when I read the blurb I was still none the wiser what it was actually about. It’s something to do with a tennis match and it mentions a lot of different historical figures and time-periods. I have no idea what it’s about or whether I’ll like it but that’s what made me pick it up.
The Secret Fire by CJ Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld
I bought this one during the London Bookswap Crawl and I had never heard of it before. The striking cover was what drew me to it and then it was only a couple of quid so I ended up buying it. I haven’t read it yet but I have a feeling I’m going to get to it sooner rather than later.
Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
So I had heard about this book through murmurings on the internet but I hadn’t read any full reviews. Then one day I was browsing Amazon, clicking from book to book and I saw Asking For It again and it wasn’t that expensive so I bought it. My review is here.
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
I was ordering some stuff off Amazon for my mum and I was about £7 off having free delivery, so naturally I looked through my wishlist for a book that was that sort of price and Tiger Lily was the one! Obviously I was interested in Tiger Lily at some point because it was on my wishlist and it’s a Peter Pan retelling which are always interesting but besides from that it was bought totally on a whim.
The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
While I liked The Shadow of the Wind when I read it last year, I didn’t feel like I just had to read more of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s books – I hadn’t even looked to see what else he’d written. Then I saw The Angel’s Game while browsing a second-hand book stall and picked it up just because I knew the author.
Paper Girls Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chang, Matt Wilson and Jared K. Fletcher
I’d seen this book in a few hauls on Instagram and loved the look of it. The cover is bright and striking and features a group of girls and I’m all about stories focussing on girls and female-friendships. So when I was last in Orbital Comics a few weeks ago I picked it up.
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
This book was everywhere on social media, booktube and the book blogosphere at the start of the year but I managed to not actually learn anything about it except that I liked the cover. So when I saw it in Any Amount of Books for like £3, I bought it. My review is here.
Black Panther The Complete Collection Vol. 3 by Christopher Priest, J. Torres and Sal Velluto
This was such an uneducated impulse buy. I love Black Panther a ridiculous amount, he is my second favourite Marvel superhero and I’ve been slowly trying to read more of his comics. So after Captain America: Civil War reignited my love of him I was in Orbital Comics, saw this comic collection that had Black Panther all over it and bought it without realising it is volume three! *face palm* At least now I have more of a reason to get the first two.
Egghead or You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone by Bo Burnham and Chance Bone
I very rarely read poetry (being force-fed it in school put me off it) but I do like Bo Burnham and had seen some of his shows in gif form so when I saw his book in a second-hand book sale, I picked it up. My review is here.
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
This was a total cover buy. I knew nothing about it, I’d never even heard of it but when I saw it in Waterstones I knew I had to have it. It was such a beautiful book and I’d never seen anything like it before. My review is here.
So there are the ten books I’ve bought over the past few months on a whim. What do you think I should read sooner rather than later and do you have the same book buying problem?