May 17 2016

Top Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim


I don’t pick up books on a whim the way I used to simply because I don’t venture into a bookstore as often as I used to. I find ordering books I want online through various sites to be more cost-effective. Although I fear every time I do it because sometimes the books might come a bit damaged. I wish the policy among all booksellers who ship would be that they shrink wrap their orders! Anyway, I can go on and on about that. Anywho, my list might include books I purchased throughout the last several years, back when I did walk into a bookstore without any idea of what I was going to buy but walking out with a few books anyway or books I heard about through many means.


Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett

I’m encompassing the whole series here even though so far I only have 1 – 26 in my collection. I’m steadily adding about 5-6 books a month and plan to have the entire completed set before the end of the year. I decided to start reading this series after he died and I saw everyone was talking about him. I have to admit I had never heard of him or this series until he died, but I’m glad I’m reading them because I’ve read through the first 2 and they are right up my alley! Discworld reminds me of the Redwall books.


Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

Uh, hello, the title is what caused me to pick this book up. Duh! And I recommend you do the same.


Odd Thomas Series by Dean Koontz

Often compared to the infamous thriller writer, Stephen King, but as a tamer version and that I always felt I could handle. But while I wanted to read something written by Dean Koontz I was never 100% sure where to begin. However, if you know me at all, I’m a sucker for a series or cute boxed set, so when I walked into a BN with the intent of getting SOMETHING written by Dean I saw this series and walked out with the first 4 books in the series. I’ve never looked back since!


Flavia de Luce Series by Alan Bradley

Yeah, I love series but I also love mysteries and when they are written by a British author that is bonus points. I didn’t pick this series up in a book store but it was one of the first books I “test bought” from Book Depository when I was searching for someplace where I could buy the British versions of the Harry Potter books.


The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry

Like the Amy Stewart book I mentioned earlier, I picked this book up because of its title. Who wouldn’t want to know what makes this sisterhood so scandalous? I only hope the author turns this into a series or at least a trilogy instead of a stand-alone!


Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

This was a more than a decade whim purchase, but I distinctly remember I picked it up shortly after having read the 5th or 6th Harry Potter book. I needed something that I wasn’t necessarily going to compare to the brilliant writing of JK Rowling, but that would “tide me over” until the next book came out. So I picked this book up. I can’t remember laughing so hard or enjoying myself so much in my life! I’ve since purchased every book he’s ever written, gone to every book signing he’s done in NYC and had him sign every one of his books that I own. One of the greatest comical writers alive today.


The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

I honestly picked this book up after I had lost hope of finding something worth reading in the bookstore. It sounded interesting to me, and I was in one of those moods where I was watching a lot of sappy romantic movies but had never read a comparable book. This was definitely it. If it was made into a movie I would put it on the same level as Sleepless in Seattle or Notting Hill.


Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut (and his other novels)

I love Criminal Minds. I’m probably one of that shows biggest fans. Why am I telling you this? Because the character Derek Morgan once mentioned that his favorite book was Mother Night. I remembered that when I was in the bookstore and picked it up, knowing nothing of the author or what the book was even remotely about. Quite frankly, I didn’t care. Derek Morgan loved it so I was going to read it and love it as well. Sadly, it is still sitting on my LONG TBR list. Maybe I’ll get to it this year…


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This is probably one of my top 3 favorite books of all times that I picked up on a whim. I’m probably one of the few who read it before it became a “Bestseller” and I’m proud of that fact!


The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

The title was what caught my eye when I picked this book up. I started reading it in the bookstore and had already read over five chapters by the time I purchased it and walked out the store. I remember I read it in just three days it was that good!

  • Elena @ ElenaSquareEyes

    You’re right, “Girl Waits With Gun” is a brilliant and eye-catching title – I am now gonna see if I can find it on Amazon 😛
    My Top Ten Tuesday.

  • I’ve only read The Rosie Project and really liked it. I haven’t read the sequel yet unfortunately and it’s not even very high on my TBR because I think the story is just complete to be honest. It’s a shame that we both haven’t read The Night Circus, everyone raves about it, and it’s gotta be good!

  • Lauren

    It’s been forever since I’ve read Odd Thomas – I’m going to have to continue it before I continue the series. 🙂

    Check out my TTT.