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BUT there are those awesome, wonderful, incredible times when we wander into a book store with absolutely ZERO clue what to buy or look for. We just want to browse, and in those cases sometimes we find THE BEST STUFF EVER.
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This week's top ten topic is:
Top Ten Books I Picked Up on a Whim
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"A Discovery of Witches" by Deobrah Harkness - I hadn't heard about this book from anyone, but had seen it a few times while shopping around for other books. I'd always pick it up, consider it, and then put it back. One day I finally took it home with me and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. It's one of the few books on my "reread" list.
"Midnight For Charlie Bone" by Jenny Nimmo - I still go to the library often to just browse around, but once upon a time it was a passionate hobby of mine. One of those library browsing journeys led me to this lovely lovely gem. I snatched it up and now own every book in the series as a result.
"Dead Until Dark" by Charlaine Harris - I had zero idea this book existed back when it was published. I was still in Jr. High, so... you know. Then, in college, I was at Target looking for things that I didn't need or have the money for and voila! There was "Dead Until Dark". I waffled about it but was on sale, so why not? This was well before True Blood (which, unfortunately, I never really got into) so I didn't have anything to go off of except pure hope that it would be good. It was. It absolutely was. I got my roommate hooked on them and we read all the available ones and then waited impatiently every year for each subsequent novel to be released. Charlaine Harris became one of my favorite authors because of this series.
"Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami - Asian Studies was my minor is college and I was reading Amy Tan and Lisa See and Pearl S. Buck and constantly looking for new fiction reads based in Asia or written by Asian authors. I stumbled upon Haruki Murakami's "Kafka on the Shore" by accident while searching for something completely non related. I wasn't 100% sure about it after reading the synopsis, but I was trying to expand my horizons so I took it home. My. Life. Was. Forever. Altered.
To this day I passionately recommend Murakami to friends, relatives, and people hardly know.
'The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck - I came across this book at my local library while I was in High School. Again, another browsing excursion. It became one of the few books I've ever read more than 3 times (that list is very very short). Though I'm a bit burnt out on it now, I still feel a fond tug on my readerly heart everytime I see it on my shelf.
"Courtney Crumrin"by Ted Naifeh - I found V.1 on sale for $1 at a local used book store. It looked like something I would PASSIONATELY ENJOY so in my basket it went. After reading the first volume I immediately went to my library and got the following three, then when I couldn't find the others, I bought them on kindle. I'm very very sad that the series has already ended. I needed it to be about 100 more volumes long.
"The Fire Rose" by Mercedes Lackey - The cover. The cover is what did it. I was browsing at the bookstore in the "fantasy" section, just pulling books out at random and there it was. Immediate cover lust. I practically screamed "MINE!" in the middle of the store. Thankfully the story was awesome and I now have nearly all (but the last few) of Ms. Lackey's fairytale series on my shelf.
"Caught Dead Handed" by Carol J. Perry - Another episode of cover lust. Also, cozy mystery featuring witches? Yes yes and yes. It ended up being pretty good. Good enough for me to grab the second installment, even though I haven't read it quite yet.
"Warped" by Maurissa Guibord - Another fun find at a used bookstore. Again, the cover is gorgeous and the synopsis is fanciful. Perfect combination. This is another one of those books I kept around because of the magnificent cover, but I seem to have misplaced it. I need another copy. *rummages through internet*
What books did you grab on a whim?
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