Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Picked Up on a Whim

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


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.

 
Number Ten: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire


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. 
 
 
 



44 comments :

  1. Oh yes, Shiver! I enjoyed that book as well :) Oh and by the way, I tagged you in this tag here, hope you can check it out!
    http://morningsandepilogues.blogspot.hk/2016/05/captain-america-civil-war-book-tag.html

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    1. Sweet! Thanks, on my way to check it out now. =)

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  2. Love love these books that we buy on chance and then absolutely love!

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    1. There's nothing like walking down the aisles of a library and finding the perfect book right out of the blue! ^-^

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  3. I feel like I pick up most of the books I read on a whim. I think I might be a whim-sical person!

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    1. Haha, perhaps you are! ;)

      I feel like I'm waaay too much of a recommendations snob when it comes to reading books. I really need to try harder to branch out, lol.

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  4. I think I picked up The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer on a whim as well... that was I while ago, so I'm not sure what my motivation was. Possibly that the cover was pretty? (That sounds like something I'd do.) I ended up whipping through it- it was quite suspenseful.

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    1. I have to admit, I've been known to pick up books simply because the cover was pretty, too. XD I'm glad you enjoyed it! If Mara Dyer is ANYTHING, it's suspenseful!

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  5. Immortal City was so good! I read it on a whim too after seeing it at Ollie's Bargain Outlet for $1.99. Still haven't read the next book though.

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    1. Don't ya just love bargain books? XD You should give the other two books a shot at some point, even if the ending was a little lackluster, imo.

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  6. I need to read Beautiful Disaster, Grave Mercy, The Mara Dyer series, and of course Shiver! I haven't read any on this list, but I need to get on it!!! 😀😀

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    1. I regretted picking up Beautiful Disaster but I definitely recommend the others you mentioned, especially Mara Dyer and Grave Mercy! They're such excellent books.

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  7. Very cool! I've heard about Sisters Red before and have always wanted to read it. I'll have to remember it next time I go to the library.

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    1. Sisters Red is definitely a fun take on the Red Riding Hood tale. I hope you enjoy it when you get around to it!

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  8. Oh there are a lot on here that I want to read - Grave Mercy and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer especially

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    1. They're DEFINITELY worth reading. I hope you enjoy when if/when you get to them!

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  9. Okay I haven't read any of these excepting Shiver, but I didn't really like that book at all :/ It was just one of those that didn't work out for me. I think that this was a good post nonetheless. I pick up books every now and again from the library at random too!

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    1. Yeah, Shiver was one that I didn't really think I'd like when I picked it up, thus I was pretty surprised when it kept me engaged. I think it was mostly two characters that mainly kept my interested, and they weren't even the two primary ones, lol.

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  10. Great list! I've read Shiver and Mara Dyer because there was so much hype around them, and I didn't like them as much as I expected to. I wonder if those had been reads I picked up on a whim if I would have liked them better.

    My TTT!

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    1. Aww, I hate to hear they disappointed you. It's hard to find fault in those books that everyone seems to adore, huh? >.< And you never know, they just might have been better had you picked them up yourself. I tend to think that if I've heard too much about a book or go into it with preconceived notions, that I judge it more harshly...

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  11. Oh, I have your #8! It was recommended to my by someone that works at my local bookstore. She insisted that it's good, but she didn't realize I don't read fantasy novels. Lol. Needless to say, I haven't read it yet.

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    1. Lol! Well, she had good intentions, right? XD

      I'm really not one for high fantasy books myself, simply because they tend to be too long and after 600/700 pages, my patience starts to run thin, lol. This one, though, doesn't read TOO much like a high fantasy novel. If you're ever looking to branch out, though, it would definitely be a good one to pick up and try.

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  12. I've read the Shiver series but it was SO long ago that I can't remember it. Maggie's writing has improved so much though! I'm looking at you Raven Cycle.
    Our TTT is here - http://whenitdoes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-i-read-on-whim.html

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    1. Yeah, it's been a couple years for me, too! I'm tempted to pick up The Raven Boys now that the newest book has come out recently. I've been seeing it everywhere, all with great reviews.

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  13. Brilliant list! :-) It's great to pick up books on a whim and to love them.

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    1. Thanks! I guess I got lucky, having most of my "whimsical" reads be pretty good.

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  14. I actually picked up Immortal City on a whim too! I had just read some other angel books and I saw it at the library while I was browsing through the stacks so I thought I'd give it a whirl. Also like you, I ended up really enjoying it! I'm hoping to read the third book of the series soon!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Awesome! I'm glad you enjoyed it, too! I reviewed the third book, Battle Angel, a year or so ago and it was good, but perhaps not as epic as I hoped it would be. Still glad I read it, though.

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  15. Okay, I was legitimately horrified when I saw Beautiful Disaster on your list, but then I saw that you hated it and now I think we have to be best friends! XD I was really surprised at all the glowing reviews that one got. All I saw was a super toxic relationship. I'm with you on Mara Dyer too! That's one of my favorites! :D

    Here are my Top Ten!

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    1. Haha! Best friends we are, if only for our mutual hatred for Beautiful Disaster. =D I feel you though - whenever I go to blogs and see BD listed as great, I cringe. I have NO idea how it ended up with so many rave reviews. I almost want to reread it, just so I could write a scathing review. XD

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  16. Grave Mercy is one of my favorite books ever, I'm so jealous you have a signed copy. I've heard some troublesome things about Beautiful Disaster. It's not the kind of book I'd reach for, but I admit I was tempted when everyone was taking about it. Great list!

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    1. Ooh, then you might want to keep your eye on my blog in the future, because I actually have a signed copy of Grave Mercy that I've been keeping stowed away for a giveaway on one of my blog milestones. I really want to reread it at some point, if only to write a good review. I doesn't get the praise it deserves, honestly.

      Btw, LaFevers was a treat to see! When I went up to get my books signed, she's like, "What's your name?" And I just kinda smirked, "Brittany." "Like the country" "Yup." "I guess I know how to spell that then." It was awesome. XD

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    2. I will climb over dead bodies for a copy. Kidding. Not kidding. I also want to do a reread of it because it deserves a proper review on my blog. Your story is so cute, I don't think I'd be able to shut up.

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    3. Ooh, if it doesn't win the poll, we should do a reread together and maybe guest blog on each other's sites!! =D

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  17. Great list! I've still not read 'Howl's Moving Castle' although I love the Chrestomanci books - I think Christopher Chant is my favourite :)

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    1. Oh my gosh! You're one of the few people I've ever met to say they've read the Chrestomanci series! It's so imaginative and it really doesn't get the praise it deserves. Christopher was probably my favorite, too! He's just so one of a kind. =)

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  18. I haven't read any of these books, but I am really interested in reading all of the Mara Dyer books. I've heard amazing things about all of them, and now that they are all out, I'm hoping to find the time just to binge read all of them.

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    1. Mara Dyer was definitely a wild ride! I think I would've preferred to binge read them, too. I got into it after the second book came out, so it felt like I had to wait and AGE before Retribution of Mara Dyer came out. And by then I had to familiarize myself with everything again. >.<

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  19. Let's try this again, I had a brain fart I didn't notice before posting:

    Ooooo, Sisters Red cover is gorgeous!! I can see why you would be drawn to it. I have Mara Dyer as well, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Just another great book sitting waiting for me amongst so many others. :)

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    1. Haha, it happens to the best of us.

      Sisters Red is gorgeous. I hope that if I'm ever fortunate enough to get published, I'd have something artsy like those covers. <33 And be sure to pick up Mara Dyer soon! It's an awesome read. I know what you mean, though. I tend to have great books sitting around just waiting to be picked up, too, lol.

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  20. *SHRIEKS* I LOVE MAGGIE STIEFVATE!!!! ALL THE STIEFVATER!!!! Although The RAven Cycle is my favourite series of hers, I read Shiver first and fajsdklad I love Cole. And Isabel. And Sam and Grace and...omg, we can assume I love everyone *nods* AHEM. And also I adore the Mara Dyer series! I kind of picked that up on a whim too?? Because I'd vaguely heard about it but no one rEALLY discusses it much on the blogosphere these days. BUT I LOVE IT!! I have the last one to read, but I'm procrastinating because fear. XD

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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    1. YUS!!! Cole and Isabel were my favorites! I was able to meet her earlier this year and got Sinner signed. I want to give The Raven Boys a chance eventually, too.

      Yeah, that's one of the reason I'm doing Throwback Thursday, so I can revisit those books that I really enjoyed but aren't really discussed much anymore. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it wins the poll!

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  21. Oh there are a lot of books i haven't heard of before on this list but I am glad you picked up Shiver! Cole is awesome! I have Mara Dyer and His Fair Assassins series on my list to get to eventually lol! Great list.

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    1. Cole and Isabel were definitely the highlight of the series for me! I think that's why I loved Sinner so much. <333 Be sure to pick up Mara Dyer and the His Fair Assassin series when you get the chance. They're awesome series!

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