Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Picked Up Just Because

Posted May 17, 2016 by Lyn Kaye in Lyn, Maryam, Top Ten Tuesday / 2 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday

THIS WEEK’S TOPIC: Ten Books Picked Up On A Whim 

There are books we plan and count down to place in our hands.  We stalk our favorite bookish ordering sites to pre-order, or grab as soon as we are able to afford the addiction. Other times, we find a recommendation or a review so moving, or so good, that we have to go and get that novel right now or so help us, our appetites will never be sated! Then there are books we discover because we love an author and decide to grab the rest of their work. Maybe they are going to write for our favorite TV series, or they said something funny or meaningful online and we want to support them.

And then…sometimes we just buy books because they are there. The cover looked nice, or I had a bad day, or I needed something to complete my rainbow shelf or my book haul looks really weak. This week, Maryam and I discuss the top books that landed in our hands on impulse.


Lyn’s Picks


Choker by Elizabeth Woods

I found this one on Book Outlet and I just went for it. The title and the cover snagged me. This book sounds so creepy, like mean Girls with a twisted edge. This one is going to be a Halloween read, for sure.

Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin

You’re gonna see a huge trend here – the cover facinated me after I ran across it as an off-hand recommendation from another site. The description sounded dark as well, so I went for it on a whim.

Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas

When I came across this in a used bookstore, I loved it because the edges were dark, and I love the name Scarlett. I’m not sure what to expect, but I thought I would give something different a try.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson


Red Heart Tattoo by Lurlene McDaniel

It is sad to admit that the whole “school tragedy” thing draws me in? It started when Columbine made such a huge impression on me, ever since I was sitting in English class, hearing about it over the radio that was playing in class as we all worked on our assignments. I understand why people from the generation before me become drawn to the wars and the events that shocked them and shook up the world. Columbine was the first time I realized how frail life is, and how, sometimes, things happen that are horrible. Since that moment, sitting at my desk in shock, my pencil coming to a stop on my paper, I’ve become drawn to the violence that seems to plague our schools, just in hope to eventually understand WHY this happens. It is like therapy for me.



Maryam’s Picks


OKAY, I won’t really write specific explanations for each of the books because the gist of it was that I bought/borrowed all of them on a whim. It wasn’t even on my to-do list, TBR list or anything, believe it or not. I would just feel sad on a particular day and decide to go find a book (I’m sure we all have THOSE kinds of days). And all these books, these top 5 in my list, well, they actually managed to cheer me up in their own fabulous ways, so you should pick them up if you ever see them anywhere at the library or the bookstore!


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