Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is:
Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim
I can be a sucker for a pretty cover which is the main culprit for my whim book buying, however there are other reasons and it was interesting to see how I came by my 10 choices. Listed alphabetically by author, here are 10 of my favourite whim buys/reads:
~ 1 ~
The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
This is a beautiful, emotional charged look into the siege of Leningrad (Saint Petersburg), during WWII, through the jumbled memories of a lady suffering from Alzheimer’s. I came across this completely by chance when searching for books on mental illness for a reading challenge, and boy was I pleased I did!
~ 2 ~
The Villa in Italy by Elizabeth Edmondson
I snapped up a free e-copy of this Mediterranean suspense from Amazon (UK) just hoping for some mysterious fun in the sun, however I got a whole lot more from this wonderful novel. I would definitely like to read more by this author.
~ 3 ~
Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard
Again, I discovered this novel and author when searching for books on mental illness for a reading challenge; plus it has a gorgeous purple cover! I thought it was a beautiful book which led me to reading 4 more novels by Gillard, and I look forward to reading more.
~ 4 ~
The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
I used up my scanty remains off an Amazon gift card on this beautiful suspense novel, as I had vaguely heard good things about Kearsley and it had a pretty cover. 4 novels later and Kearsley is one of my favourite authors!
~ 5 ~
For Tibet, with Love by Isabel Losada
(now known as A Beginner’s Guide to Changing the World)
I knew nothing about the book, the topic or the author yet this wacky memoir had to come home with me, due mainly to it’s stunning cover and intriguing premise.
~ 6 ~
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
A striking silver and purple Venice-esque cover, an intriguing alternative, fantasy setting and only £1 in The Works; it had to be bought! Sadly I didn’t go on to read the sequel, something I really must rectify soon.
~ 7 ~
The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier
Obviously, I had heard of du Maurier when I bought this but never read any of her novels let alone a short story collection (something I didn’t really read at this point). Knowing the author and Hitchcock’s classic film, I went for it and wasn’t disappointed. I have since read more du Maurier and more short story collections.
~ 8 ~
Initiate by Tara Maya
When the author contacted me, I had never heard of them or the book. However the pretty cover and an intriguing premise got me to read this Polynesian inspired fantasy tale; the 1st book in The Unfinished Song series. 5 books later…and I want more!
~ 9 ~
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
This was a whim request in the early days of my Netgalley use, as a re-imagining of Wonderland through the eyes of Dinah, the future Queen of Hearts, sounded amazing! I never thought my request would actually be granted.
~ 10 ~
The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian
This was another surprising request granted on Netgalley, this time whilst I was looking for some new and interesting Christian non-fiction. An amazingly, inspiring book – I now pick up and/or request anything I can by Omartian.
What are some of your favourite whim reads? Have you made any whim purchases recently? Have you read any of my favourite whim reads?