Top Ten is the weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we showcase our top ten books in a certain category. This week's theme was "Top Ten Books You Picked Up on a Whim" and this was actually a list that was kinda hard for me to compile, seeing as I'm one of those snobs that really don't give books a chance unless they are recommended to me. Well, to be more accurate, I have a bunch of book buddies and I get A LOT of recommendations, so it was hard to pick out books that I had chosen on a "whim." And even then, I hardly just pick things up on a whim. So, this is really a list of books I either picked up while perusing the library or ones that I discovered first and now recommend (or don't) to my bookish buddies.
I'm going to start with the one book I have on this list that I absolutely DO NOT recommend to those I know. Not many of my bookish friends are really into romance, but there was a period a couple of years ago where I couldn't get enough of the stuff and I picked up this one after seeing it around on Goodreads. I certainly didn't like it and just barely managed to not DNF it. I just found the main male lead to be far too manipulative and abusive, which was a super big turn off for me. Luckily, the rest of the books I picked up on a whim ended better for me.
Number Nine: The Chronicles of Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones
This isn't the first time this series has made it onto a Top Ten of mine and that simply goes to show you how charming this series is for younger readers. I was maybe twelve years old when I was walking up and down the aisles of the book store looking for something new to read. I saw this, read the synopsis, and that was all she wrote. It was actually the book that got me started on Jones, even though her most famous work is Howl's Moving Castle. If you love fantasy, it's one not to be missed!
Number Eight: Green Rider by Kristen Britain
I can't remember what exactly was happened at school the day I found this, but I had just finished a test super quick, with close to thirty minutes to spare in class, so I asked to go to the library and find something new to read. I came out with this fantasy novel, which seemed pretty interesting and I certainly wasn't disappointed when I cracked it open. I'm not usually one for high fantasy, but I read the first two books in this series and hope to one day get back to it. It has a strong female lead and memorable characters to boot.
Number Seven: Murder on a Girls' Night Out by Anne George
I actually picked up this book as part of a book report project I had to do for my freshman year of high school. Our challenge was to pick a book from a genre we typically don't read from and at the time, I was much more interested in fantasy or contemporary reads than mysteries. I was certainly in luck, as this little series of cozy mysteries has plenty of humor and fun.
Number Six: Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer
Speaking of mysteries, this was one that I actually saw through the Goodreads giveaway program. I've always preferred mysteries with either a "cozy" aspect or one that involves either a novice investigator, so I threw my name into the ring and - lo and behold - I won a copy! This series stars investigative reporter Riley Spartz and was a lot of fun to read through, too.
Number Five: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
This was one of the few books that I picked up immediately JUST because of how awesome the cover art is. It's so artistic! Unfortunately, only the first two books in the series have covers of this style, but luckily the stories were superb in their own right and kept me hooked until the very last book. This was actually the series that sparked my fascination with fairy tale retellings.
Number Four: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
This was a book that I picked up with quite a bit reluctance. I'd been hearing a lot about Stiefvater, but not much about this series in general, and when I read the synopsis, I was like, "Eh. This sounds... kinda stupid." But I gave it a chance and I'm very glad I did. Her take on werewolves is certainly different and who DOESN'T love Cole, am I right?
Number Three: Immortal City by Scott Speer
I picked up this book when I was on an angel book binge a few years ago and was pleasantly surprised. I found the super star angel aspect of the novel very engaging and added an extra flair that many of the angel genre books were lacking at the time. While the series didn't end on the highest of notes, it was still quite enjoyable.
Number Two: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
This was one of the few books that I legit picked up on my own and now totally recommend to just about any supernatural YA lover out there. The premise, mystery, and romance of this series is absolutely fascinating and it'll keep you on your toes as you breeze through the pages. Not to mention, the male lead is epically swoon-worthy. Love me some Noah Shaw!
Number One: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
I was the Guinea pig for this book out of my group of friends. We had all seen it and thought it looked interesting, but hadn't really gotten around to actually reading it. I wasn't really into historicals that were set so far back in history (in the 1400s), but... Assassin nuns. Who couldn't be sold on that, right? It is actually very fascinating and engaging series. Every character has their own distinct personality and all the males MCs are great, too. There's lots of heart, action, and drama in it and it's a series that I proudly display - SIGNED - on my shelf. Definitely read it if you haven't gotten the chance yet!
And that's it for my Top Ten Tuesday! Were there any books on my list that you recognized? Feel free to leave a link to your own TTTs in the comments below, too.