Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is all about spur of the moment bookish picks. I actually do this more than I’d like to admit, and I have spent more money than I like to admit on books that I’ve ended up not liking very much.
But, sometimes, there are surprises! And ones that I really enjoyed, despite them maybe not being what I typically read.
A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS, EDITED BY JESSICA SPOTSWOOD
Normally I’m a bit cautious about anthologies, simply because they tend not to be very good. A lot of medicore stories, with one or two good ones. But I knew and liked several of the authors writing for this, plus, the idea is pretty fantastic. And yeah, I liked it.
THE HELP BY KATHRYN STOCKETT
This is not only a historical fiction novel (gasp!), it’s also adult fiction (GASP!), which I pretty much never read. I like the whole coming of age thing happening in YA! Plus, adult fiction tends to be scarily long. But after hearing “this is such a good book, Aine, you need to read it!” over and over, I read it. And I liked it.
WOLF BY WOLF BY RYAN GRAUDIN
I BASICALLY NEEDED BLOOD FOR BLOOD YESTERDAY. BECAUSE I ADORE THIS BOOK. I’m serious; this is easily my favorite read of 2016 so far, and it’s going down in my list of favorite books ever. And considering I maybe only read one or two books each year that I feel that strongly about…well, that tells you how good this is. READ IT.
MADE YOU UP BY FRANCESCA ZAPPIA
I kinda sorta mostly picked this book up because of it’s cover. But in my defense, it’s a really great cover! And it turned out to be a really great book, too.
LIFE IN OUTER SPACE BY MELISSA KEIL
I kind of thought this would be sci-fi? I actually didn’t really read the blurb. Someone told me to read it, and I needed something to read, and so I read it. And I really liked it, despite it being contemporary and not sci-fi like I thought. It has geeky characters! And writers!
MAGONIA BY MARIA DAHVANA HEADLEY
This is another I-picked-it-up-because-I-liked-the-cover thing. And I also really liked the book! It was super unique and kind of weird with beautiful writing and snarky characters that I liked and disliked at the same time.
FANGIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL
I picked this up because of the title. That’s right; I picked up one of my favorite books ever…because of the title. And I’m extremely glad I did, let me tell you. I still hold Cath as my favorite bookish character of possibly ever, and this is my comfort read, meaning that I’ll read it every five or so months and not get tired of it. It’s pretty awesome.
WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER BY RAE CARSON
Another I-picked-it-up-because-of-the-cover thing, and I’m eagerly awaiting the second.
FURIOUSLY HAPPY BY JENNY LAWSON
It caught my eye because of the raccoon. I actually read it because it’s about anxiety. And depression and insomnia and a several other things, and it’s written by a blogger, which is totally awesome. And it also manages to be funny without being mocking, which I really loved.
NIMONA BY NOELLE STEVENSON
I liked the art style in this, mostly because it was Noelle Stevenson who drew the art on the Fangirl cover, which I didn’t know then but it bugged me because the style looked super familiar.
Tell me, blogglings, what’s the last book you picked up on a whim? Did you like it or not? Why did you pick it up?