Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme (created by The Broke and the Bookish) is books I picked up on a whim. I decided to interpret this as books I bought (or requested ARCs of) on a whim and have since read. That way, I can tell you whether or not it was worth it. And for the most part, these are books I did enjoy. I’m actually making an effort to buy more books on a whim, because I want to read as many different things as I can. And, as you can see from the list below, I tend to pick up a wide variety of books on a whim, and I am almost always glad I did.
- Trouble by Non Pratt. I’ve been pretty picky about the contemporary YA fiction I read lately, so I’m surprised I ended up picking this one up, especially since I’d never heard of it. But I ended up really enjoying it! It deals with real issues in a cute way, without making light of them.
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë. Not going to lie: the only reason I bought this book was because it was part of the Brontë Vintage Classics set that came out this year. And I needed all of them. But then I read it because I heard it was one of the first feminist novels – which I’ve been really into lately – and I LOVED it. Easily one of my favorite classics.
- How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran. Like about half of the books on this list, this book was a Book Outlet impulse buy. I’m not usually into the whole sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll thing, but I actually liked this one. It’s such a fun book!
- The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. I requested this from NetGalley because I was intrigued by the synopsis. It did not disappoint! This book is contemporary YA at it’s finest, and definitely one of my favorite books of the year so far.
- Alice by Christina Henry. Another NetGalley request that I ended up loving! It is a very dark Alice in Wonderland retelling, and it just works so well! I recently got an ARC of the sequel, Red Queen, and I’m super excited to get around to it.
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. I have no idea why I picked this one up, other than that it was at the dollar bookstore. I’d previously read one or two of Morrison’s books, and I just have problems connecting with her characters, so they’re not my favorite. I had the same issue with this book, but I didn’t hate it.
- John Dies at the End by David Wong. I bought this book because 1) it was on Book Outlet, and 2) I really wanted to read the sequel because it has an awesome cover. I wasn’t expecting much from this book, but once I started reading it, I flew through it. It’s bizarre and hilarious and just a really fun read!
- The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin. This book is yet another Book Outlet find. It is a children’s book that takes place in the Song of Ice and Fire (aka Game of Thrones) universe. So, obviously I had to read it. And I actually really enjoyed it.
- The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. I’m pretty sure I bought this because of the beautiful cover. But it ended up being an incredible book! It’s a blend of my two favorite genres: historical fiction and magical realism, and it’s perfect!
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I honestly can’t remember why I picked this up, but I ended up getting it just a few weeks after it came out and didn’t know much about it. And I’m so glad I did, because it ended up being the first novel in one of my all-time favorite book series!
What is the best book you’ve ever picked up on a whim?