Top Ten Books I Picked Up On a Whim

May 17, 2016     Holly     Book Lists, Top Ten Tuesday

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about books that you read on a whim, which is perfect for a by-the-seat-of-your-pants book shopper like myself. 99.9 percent of books that I read happen to just catch my eye as I’m perusing a book shelf, so I’ve got a plethora of choices.

whimbooks11. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson: Honestly, I’d never even heard of Matson until I happened to see this novel that obviously was going to revolve around a road trip. (I’m a sucker for a good road trip novel…) Now, Matson has become one of my absolute favorite authors, and I couldn’t be happier.

2. The One That Got Away by Simon Wood: This happened to be an Amazon early read I got offered on my Kindle, and it turned out to be a seriously thrilling book. One of the best I’ve read in the genre.

3. The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars #1) by Frank Beddor: I’m actually not a huge Alice in Wonderland fan, but this book (as well as its two sequels) was only a dollar at a garage sale, and I just can’t pass up a good deal like that. Thankfully, Beddor adds a whole new dimension to Wonderland that I absolutely loved.

4. Easy (Contours of the Heart #1) by Tammara Webber: This was my first foray into New Adult Fiction, and I have nothing but good things to say about Easy. It’s a novel that addresses real issues, while also holding a lot of action, suspense, and (of course) romance.

5. American On Purpose by Craig Ferguson: Honestly, I don’t make it through 90 percent of the nonfiction titles I pick up, but Ferguson is one of my favorite comedians and I thought I’d give his memoir a try. Best decision I’ve ever made. I suggest giving this piece of nonfiction a try before you give up on the genre completely.

whimbooks26. Avalon High by Meg Cabot: Because of this book, I literally spent most of my formative years secretly believing that the reincarnation of King Arthur was going to show up in my 8th grade science class. The only difference? Now I’m secretly believing he’ll show up in the warehouse where I work…

7. The Balefire series by Cate Tiernan: Witches aren’t normally my thing, but the cover of this novel was so pretty that I couldn’t help but pick it up. Turns out New Orleans is a seriously great setting for a novel.

8. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer: So all through high school, I was a library aide for the last period of the day. This meant I was in charge of checking in and shelving books, which gave me a lot of time to look over new arrivals. This happened to be another nonfiction book that has stuck with me, even today. I never did see the movie, though…

9. Under the Baseball Moon by John H. Ritter: Another Holly fact – I played softball from the time I could walk until the summer after I graduated from high school, and for a while there I was obsessed with reading every novel that had softball in it. This one, while really not about a sport at all, became one of my favorites and I’ve probably re-read it more than any other book on my shelves.

10. Project 17 by Laurie Stolarz: Another novel from my library days, Project 17 was probably my first real venture into the “horror” genre. I look back now and realize it wasn’t nearly as scary as I once thought, but I can remember the feeling of goosebumps on my skin the first time reading it, and that makes the whole thing worthwhile in my eyes.

5 responses to “Top Ten Books I Picked Up On a Whim

  1. You picked up some awesome books on a whim. I bought Easy on a whim and ended up really enjoying it, even though I didn’t think I would. I also bought Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour on a whim. I saw it in a bookshop on display and read it whilst I drank a hot chocolate, then knew I had to buy it and finish it. Great list 🙂 You can check out my post here.

  2. I remember loving The Looking Glass Wars! I think it was the first “reimagining” of a classic story I ever read. I don’t think I ever read the sequels though, maybe I read the second book but I definitely don’t remember a third 🙂
    My Top Ten Tuesday.

  3. I’ve had Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour for about TWO years now, and I STILL haven’t read it!! I can’t believe it! Hopefully I will get to it soon! Great Top Ten! 😀
    My TTT!

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