Pile of books and Top Ten Tuesday


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Today’s topic is: Ten books I picked up on a whim

My husband sometimes takes me on bookstore dates in which we wander a shop hand in hand looking at the pretty shelves and choosing one book each to take home.

I used to walk to work. It was 40 minutes of audiobook paradise along a river pathway.

Airport bookstores are a special breed of shop.

Email newsletters with book discounts are dangerous.

I picked these books up based on their title, their gorgeous covers, or their intriguing synopses.

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

I loved the cover. It’s metallic gold accents and warm colours on a sleek black background gripped me. Then I read the back cover and I knew I needed to read it.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I finished my book on the first leg of our flight home and didn’t have another one. I’d seen this one mentioned online a few times but didn’t really know what it was about. I bought it in Minneapolis airport on my way home from a friend’s wedding.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Another cover seduction. This was was so cute, and the jacket is my wedding colour which I can’t resist. When I read the synopsis I knew I’d love it and I knew some of my friends would too.

The Rosie Project (Audio) by Graeme Simsion

I needed something to listen to on my walk and this book randomly popped up while I was shopping on Audible.com. It sounded hilarious and awkward. And the narrator had a lovely, buttery accent.

The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston

Sensing a theme yet? The boots and dress on the cover grabbed me. I love covers that only show feet. It was such a neat hint. This book was so different from what I was expecting based on that cover image, but I did enjoy it.

Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Such a weird, creepy book cover. And such a weird, creepy synopsis. I saw this on a bookstore date and had to go back to get it. It sounded so strange and so…hmmm…flavourful.  

A Night In With Audrey Hepburn by Lucy Holliday

Adorable cover. Adorable title. Adorable premise. I saw it on a shelf at the library while picking up my holds. I added it to my stack.

The Book Thief (Audio) by Markus Zusak

I was going on a seven hour road trip with my mother-in-law and wanted something we would both enjoy. I found it.

In His Eyes (Blemished Brides #1)  (Audio) by Peggy L. Henderson

Audible had a sale. I was craving some sweet romance. I picked this one up for four dollars.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane

Kobo had a super sale. I bought five books all for two and three dollars each. And this one, the title sounded so fun. And for two bucks, why not try it?

I’ve read all of these books except for Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore. As you can probably tell, I definitely buy books based on their covers and their synopses.


What books have you picked up on a whim? What made you pick them?

  1. I absolutely LOVED The Book Thief, so I am really glad you listened to that one. I mostly pick up books because of recommendations (either Goodreads or my friends), and I don’t remember the last time I picked something up spontaneously!

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