Top Ten Tuesday #79 – I Bought this Book Why?

Posted May 17, 2016 by Lillian in Features / 12 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic is “Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim” and I’m the world’s worst at this. If I find a book that is a steal of a deal, there’s a good chance I’m going to pick it up. Below is a list of my all-time top ten books that I picked up on a whim and actually liked 😀 As always these are in no particular order, covers link to Amazon (affiliate)


10 Books I Bought on a Whim

Through Glass by Rebecca Ethington was one of those Amazon recommendations. I had just finished an amazing book and need one to get my out of my book hangover when Amazon recommended this one. I had never heard of the author, but I like indies so I thought I’d give it a try. Plus it was on sale so why not? I fell in love! I devoured this book in one sitting then went and bought the other books the author had written at the time and read those too. Best bought on a whim book ever!!!

Driven by K. Bromberg – I’ll be the first to tell you that I don’t like erotica or books with adult covers. Call me a prude if you like, but it’s the truth. HOWEVER every now and then I get in the mood for a good New Adult contemporary romance. Driven popped up as an Amazon recommendation and because I have prime I could read it for free at the time. I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. Colton Donovan is one of those book boyfriends that you don’t know whether to kiss him or slap him. 9 out of 10 times you love him but that one time you really want to choke him ?

According to Jane by Marilyn Brant I picked up on a free promotion on Kindle nine years ago. I’ve always loved Jane Austen so the premise of the story intrigued me. Elle begins hearing the author’s voice in her head and she actual has some good advice for the young woman. It’s a sweet story with a quirky main character.

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris was my fix after the Twilight craze. I needed a new book to read and at the time I wanted to try another vampire book. I didn’t know if I’d like it or not. This was before True Blood hit the scene so I had no knowledge of the book. I kind of fell in love to be honest. I love Sookie, Sam, Bill, Eric, and Pam! Nothing like the show (thank goodness!!!).

Matched by Ally Condie was another Amazon recommendation that they go right. I had heard nothing about the book but I’ve always liked dystopians plus this one has a bit of romance too. I wound up reading this one and promptly reading the rest of the series!

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – After reading Matched and The Hunger Games, I became obsessed with dystopians. I came across this one when I was looking for a new read right after my son was born 5 years ago. I devoured it!!! If you haven’t read it and like dystopians, it is a MUST read.

Sanctum by Sarah Fine – My first Sarah Fine book I remember it like it was yesterday. I’ve read this one more than once. I love the world, the characters, the suspense. It’s just heart-stopping and thrilling!!! MUST READ!

The Island by Jen Minkman is a fun read for dystopian lovers. The author has a bit of fanfic in the novel involving Star Wars too which sold me. I absolutely loved this quick read!

Divergent by Veronica Roth was another find after my Hunger Games dystopian binge. I had heard nothing about it when I read it. In fact my cover isn’t the same as the one pictured. It’s an older version. I’ll be honest I didn’t care for Tris but the story itself I loved!

One For the Money by Janet Evanovich was a purchase made in high school. I was on a James Patterson kick, had read everything he had out at the time and wanted something similar but with a girl lead. I came across this one at the book store and it was bundled with the first three in the series. I purchased it and well as we say it’s history! 23 books later I’m still reading Stephanie Plum 😀

Your Turn! What books did you buy on a whim that turned out to be good? Comment below

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12 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday #79 – I Bought this Book Why?

    • The Stephanie Plum novels are so much better than the movie! Though I loved the movie too. The books are what I call “cupcake reads.”

    • That is too funny!!! I sweet talked my husband into reading it and he complained the whole time, but then I’d catch him snickering at the funny parts. I think he secretly liked it 😉

  1. “Dead Until Dark” is on my list this week as well! And YES, thankfully it’s NOTHING like the show True Blood. I wasn’t happy with that HBO adaptation at all. Ugh. I don’t understand why they changed the plotlines/characters/relationships so much. The book had a wonderful dynamic and incredible stories that could have held their own without all the alterations. Oh well.

    The TrueBlood series wasn’t crap necessarily, I just couldn’t appreciate how much it had changed from the original source.

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  2. Yay Dead Until Dark! Yeah the show went into a whole other direction around season 5 was it? Pretty much the last 2 seasons I knew nothing. Was kind of upset with where the show went.

    Divergent! In theory I should’ve picked this one too! Because while I knew people were loving it, I was hesitant. Then it was at RT 2012 in Chicago, I saw Veronica there with her book (and hardly any line! I think I was either second or third at that time!) and thought, why not? So whimsy in a sense!

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