Top Ten Tuesday | Books I’d Buy Right This Second…

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is: Books I’d Buy Right This Second if Someone Handed Me a Fully Loaded Gift Card. Which was a bit too long for my title, but that’s okay. I was pretty tempted to pick books I can’t get in stores yet, but that’s kind of cheating, so I’m not going to. Here are

  1. Any of the Penguin Drop Caps that I don’t already have. I’m obsessed with these books! They’re so pretty, and I am slowly collecting them (because the set of all 26 is way too expensive to get all at once). I think my next pick might be A, because it’s Pride and Prejudice. 
  2. Alexander Hamilton by Ron ChernowEvery time I walk into B&N, I pick this up and put it back. Because I’ve had John Adams on my shelf for like two years and have yet to pick it up, so I’m worried I won’t actually read it. Even though I want to. (And even though I have yet to listen to the musical – don’t kill me, I know I need to do it soon!)
  3. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. I listened to the audiobook and LOVED it, so I just need a copy of this on my shelves. I’m surprisingly cheap when it comes to buying books, and I haven’t seen this at a good enough discount yet.
  4. A special edition (not sure which) of 1984 by George Orwell. This is one of my favorite books, and I need something better than my little bargain paperback. Even though I do love that one. It’s a multiple copy kind of book.
  5. Literally all the books from Easton PressI have a signed special edition of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere from Easton Press, and it’s one of the most beautiful books I own. Their books are ridiculously expensive (around $100 a pop), but they’re so damn pretty. If I had to pick one right now, it’d be Ready Player One. The cover is really cool and IT’S SIGNED.
  6. The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon SandersonI have the British box set bookmarked (they’re so much prettier than the US versions), and I think I might order them soon. Because I don’t have enough books.
  7. The Puffin in Bloom collectionI want all of these. I think I might ask for the box set for Christmas, because they’re really beautiful and not that expensive.
  8. Ulysses by James Joyce. Another book I might never actually get to, but I need to have on my shelf. If I had unlimited money, I’d probably spend it on a lot of books I just want to have, because that’s one of the most common reasons I convince myself not to buy books.
  9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling… in Latin. I’m slowly (very slowly) learning Latin, and I think it’d be cool to read HP in Latin. Or put both copies side by side and read them together as a way of learning more Latin.
  10. The Library: A World History by James W. P. Campbell and Will Pryce. This is basically a book full of library porn, and I NEED it.

It was really difficult to narrow down this list, but I would be really happy to finally get my hands on any of the books on this list. Let me know in the comments: what book(s) would you buy if someone gave you a loaded gift card?

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Books I’d Buy Right This Second…

  1. I’ve been meaning to read When Breath Becomes Air, but I know I need to invest in tissues before then. Do you think it’s easier or harder to listen to it instead of reading it in print?

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    1. Definitely invest in tissues! (Though I don’t think I really cried until the end, which was written by his wife.) I’m not sure if it’s easier or harder to listen, but if you listen in the car like I do, you might want to read/listen to this one at home (just in case you start crying). It’s brilliant, though.


  2. Those Easton Press books are so beautiful! But I’d be too scared to read them if I had any. I’ve just been drooling over their edition of ‘Inferno’ … I need it (not really but, you know). AND OH MY GOD THEY HAVE A SIGNED SET OF THE ‘KARLA TRILOGY’ BY JOHN LE CARRE – CAN I AFFORD 3 INSTALLMENTS OF $125??? I wish I never read your post (but also, thank you).

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    1. They’re so pretty! I got a signed copy of Neverwhere for Christmas, and it’s the most beautiful book I own. It’s so difficult to go on their site and not order everything.


      1. I feel poorer just from perusing the website. It doesn’t look like they ship overseas, which is probably a good thing (but unfortunately I know there are ways around that). Have you/will you read that copy of Neverwhere? I’d probably wear gloves to read it I’d be that scared of damaging it.!

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        1. I haven’t yet (I have another copy that I already read), but I want to! Still, I wouldn’t bring it out of the house, and definitely wouldn’t eat/drink near it haha


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