Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Picked Up on a Whim

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish where we get a new topic for a top 10 list.

I love going into a book blind and it’s something I don’t do as much as I use to, which sucks sometimes because there’s nothing better than jumping into a book blind. With no expectations and hopes, I find that picking up a book on a whim is just such a fun experience because it’s just so unpredictable, like you’re jumping into the unknown. 

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1. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: I was in the mood for something atmospheric when I picked up this book. I loved the cover and the premise sounded interesting and when I read it I was blown away. As an introduction to Stiefvater’s writing, this one was a gem.

2. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay: I was intrigued by this mystery surrounding Nastya Kashnikov. I wanted to know what had happened that was so monumental that it essentially stripped her from her identity.

3. All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry: I adore the cover of this book and I had no idea it had a historic setting until I read it. Again, this book sounded mysterious and I just needed to get to the bottom of it.

4. Burning Blue by Paul Griffin: There’s obviously a bit of a theme to the books I picked so far. I love mysteries, especially when there’s other themes and relationships explored in the process and Burning Blue does just that. This is the kind of book everyone should just jump into because it makes the big reveal a lot more shocking.

5. Stardust by Neil Gaiman: Obviously, I had heard of Neil Gaiman before but I had never really paid attention to his work or really made any effort to read his book. Then, one day I found I had nothing to read and so I though why not. This was a fast and easy read and just what I needed.

6. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller: I was in the mood for a good contemporary when I picked up Something Like Normal. I liked the fact that the story was told from the male perspective and that he was a military man. 

7.Cinder by Marissa Meyer: I read this book with no idea how popular it was in the blogosphere. The concept of Cinder was interesting and I had never read a fairytale retelling before and decided to give it a shot. Naturally I loved it.

8. The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas: I almost gave this book a pass but after a week or so I was drawn back to this book. For one, I love the cover and when I read the book I found it was nothing like I expected it would be and I am so glad I gave it a chance.

9. Graceling by Kristin Cashore: I have no idea what made me pick up this book but I have no regrets about that choice. I loved the journey in this book and the characters were an absolute delight, well most of them.

10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: This was the book that essentially got me back into reading. I have no idea what compelled me to do so but I am so glad I did. It had been so long since I read a book purely for my own enjoyment and after I finished the series I wanted to see what other books had to offer me. 

Those are the books I picked up on a whim.
Which book did you pick?

22 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Picked Up on a Whim

    1. It has been far too long since Katja released a book. I’m going through withdrawals haha. I’ll just have to keep re-reading Sea of Tranquility to satisfy my needs. 😛


    1. The Burning Sky is definitely magical and the relationship between our two main characters is so sweet. I’m feeling a need to re-read Graceling. It’s been far too long.


    1. It’s been so long since I read Graceling, I have such a huge urge to re-read the book now. The Lunar Chronicles is definitely one of the most talked about series on the blogosphere and I have no idea how I managed to avoid the hype haha.


  1. The Burning Sky was a book I read on a whim too. I didn’t even read the summary, I just loved the cover too much! I have got to get to The Scorpio Races. It sounds great!
    Something Like Normal I nearly passed on too until I read a review from a good friend. I’m so glad I did, because I LOVE her writing so much.
    Great list, Lois!

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    1. The cover is an absolute beauty and I just love the way all three books look next to each other.
      The Scorpio Races is a good book to read around autumn time. It just makes you feel all the more cosy haha.
      The writing for Something Like Normal is gorgeous and I always appreciate it when an author takes the time to research into the lives of these soldiers, the environment they’re thrown into and the toll it takes on them both physically and mentally. 😀


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