TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

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 coverSudden 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 coverThe 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 louise oneilAsking 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 lilly coverTiger 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 angels game coverThe 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 girlsPaper 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 sandsRebel 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 vol3Black 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.

eggheadEgghead 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 yearsA 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?


  1. You picked up some awesome books on a whim.I LOVED Rebel of the Sands, that book was so incredible. I was sent an ARC and really wasn’t expecting to love it even half as much as I did. I can’t wait for the sequel. I really want to read Asking for It, thank you for reminding me that I need to get myself a copy of that! Great list 🙂 You can check out my post here.

    1. I’ve been pretty lucky with my impulse purchases so far! I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel to Rebel of the Sands and I cannot recommend Asking For It enough! 😀

  2. 3 pounds is so cheap for Rebel of the Sands (or any book, really). I’m glad that you liked it – I generally enjoyed it too although I felt the first half was really slow.

    And A Thousand Nights! I also gave it three stars. 🙂

  3. I have Rebel of the Sands out from the library at the moment, just have a few more books to finish before I can pick it up. I’ve also been looking at Paper Girls in my local comic shop – I’ve been trying not to buy too many graphic novels, but one more can’t hurt… 😛

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