Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

Posted May 17, 2016 by Lisa Mandina in / 16 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is sponsored by The Broke and The Bookish.   I haven’t done one of these in a long time, but when I saw this week’s topic, it went perfectly with my current favorite series.  Which you’ll see below as my #1 pick.  Other than that, there is not necessarily any particular order.


After by Anna Todd – I picked this up because I’d seen it at the bookstore where I worked, and it just sounded interesting.  Plus, I noticed we had the second book on our bargain tables, so I went ahead and listened to the first one on audiobook, and fell in love!  Which led to my getting a tattoo back in March.  


Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins is one that I was trying to find my next audiobook to listen to, and this one sounded good, so I downloaded it, and loved it and the whole series actually!


November 9 by Colleen  Hoover – I saw this one sitting on one of our displays at the bookstore, and when I picked it up to read the synopsis, it just sounded really good. So it was one that I then downloaded the audiobook from my library to listen to, and it led to my current love of the author.


Switched by Amanda Hocking – This one was a free ebook at the time I first saw it.  I downloaded it several years ago, and then when I finished the book I had brought while I was sitting in line for the very last Harry Potter movie, I started reading this one on my phone. And loved it!  I am now a huge Amanda Hocking fan!


Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren – This was another free ebook.  It took me a while to get around to it as well, but when I did, I fell in love, and have now purchased the 2nd book. Which I need to get on to!


Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk – I’d never read this author yet, although I had seen the movie for .  Fight Club.  The storyline on this just sounded interesting.  So I checked it out and read it.  I’m not sure if I will read the author again, but this was definitely a very interesting, eye-opening story.  Not sure if I quite agree with some of the way the author took the story, but again, it was a good read. 


Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith – This is one that I’d read the synopsis on, and it just sounded good. So two years ago when I had surgery, I had made sure to get it checked out from the library in time to have it to read while I was home not able to do much.  And again, I loved it!  Devoured it in about a day.


Ruined by Paula Morris – This is a book I picked up at a Scholastic book fair at the school where I worked, or else I ordered it from a book order.  Anyway, it just sounded right up my alley.  Again, I found another author that I am a fan of.


The Tale of the Body Thief by Anne Rice – This was my first book by this author, and I picked it up one weekend back when I was in college.  I had nothing to read I guess, and this was at the campus bookstore.  I didn’t realize that it was the third in a series, so I picked it up and read it.  I did really enjoy it, and it sent me back on the path to read and love the whole series.


The Pride of the Peacock by Victoria Holt – Back when I was younger, probably middle school age, I had been with my aunt for the day, and we went to her grand-mother-in-law’s house.  I was sitting there, kind of bored, and I saw this book sitting on a table I think.  I was a big reader, and so I picked it up while the adults were doing whatever they were doing, and started reading.  When the grandmother saw me reading it, she said I could keep it and finish it when we were leaving.  I had always loved peacocks, so that drew me first. But then it was about opals, my birthstone, again something I loved reading about.  I fell in love with this story, and it was one that I read over and over.  In fact, talking about it now makes me want to pick it up and read it again!

There are so many others I could name, but I went with a bunch of recent ones, followed by some oldie but goodie picks!  Have you read any of these?  Can you think of a book that you picked up on a whim and fell in love with?

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16 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

  1. I used to love Victoria Holt! I can't remember the last book of hers I read but for awhile I tried to read as many as possible. I can see why you picked up Ruined! That cover would definitely have caught my eye as well.

    • I've only read two of her books, and the other one I didn't like quite as much. But this book I loved and read over and over. Thanks for visitiing!

  2. After looks interesting (and must be good to inspire a tattoo!) and The Pride of the Peacock- wow you can really tell how cover design has changed huh? Although I like some of those old covers… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I loved After, it was so addicting. But it is definitely one that people have issues with. It is crazy to think about the change in covers. But then you do stuff with that all the time with the pulp covers you always share!

    • Beautiful You is a bit of a trip, very sexually explicit! That's not a problem for me, just wasn't what I was expecting! I do need to try some of his other books I think. Thanks for the suggestion!

    • Rebel Belle was a really fun read! I tried Ugly Love, but just couldn't get into that one. I may have to try it again some day. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Well, just about every time I go work at the bookstore I do some shopping. ๐Ÿ™‚ I almost always have something on hold. The head cashier makes fun of me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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