Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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

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?