I haven’t participated in a Top Ten Tuesday in quite some time, but I’m trying to get back on top of things again so here it goes… Many thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this awesome list. It is something I really look forward to participating in every week.
I know I’m a day late, but I was really looking forward to participating in this weeks theme and I didn’t have time to get my post up yesterday. This weeks theme is based on books that I picked up on a whim. I have done this many times before, but here are some of the best that I have found.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
I picked this book up in an airport over four years ago, and I’m so happy that I did. The Language of Flowers is unlike any other book I have read before. It was a refreshing read, and Vanessa’s writing is impeccable. After all of these years this book has still stuck with me and I recommend it to anyone and everyone that likes reading women’s fiction.
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
This book was so out of the realm of what I usually read that I’m shocked I ever picked it up. I was living in Bahrain at the time and while I was at the mall I came across A Discovery of Witches while in one of the only small bookstores. The only thing that really drew me in was the fact that it was about witches and the paranormal. I have never been a history buff, and there’s A LOT of history in this book considering the main character is a historian. I am SO HAPPY I chose to buy this and take it home. I now have the entire trilogy signed on my bookshelf.
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
I happened to find Crank while browsing Barnes & Noble one day. I typically like to browse the YA section to see if any covers will pop out at me. I saw Crank and became instantly intrigued. I took it home and COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. Ellen Hopkins became my new instant favorite author.
Paper Princess by Erin Watt
This is a more recent release and it had A LOT of hype surrounding it. I was very hesitant to read this, but picked it up on a whim one day and didn’t put it down until I was finished. I suffered a MAJOR book hangover and I’m highly anticipating the second release, Broken Prince. You can check out my review here.
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
I picked up Maybe Someday a few years ago without knowing what I was getting myself into. I saw it at my local library and just had to take it home with me. I loved it so much that my library almost didn’t get its copy back. Not only did it stick with me until now, but it inspired me so much that the title is now my blog name.
Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
I saw the cover of this book on Amazon one day and thought to myself, “What kind of cover is that? Is that some kind of BDSM book?” To be completely honest, I was completely turned off by the cover. What I didn’t know was what lied inside of those pages. Tarryn Fisher is known for writing about villains. Oh boy, was Mud Vein no different… It was a bit slow, but once I got sucked in I found myself completely immersed in the story. I now recommend it to anyone looking for a dark and meaningful read.
The Breakable Vow by Kathryn Ann Clarke
I have not thought about The Breakable Vow in YEARS, and I’m so happy that this list reminded me of it again. I found this at a Barnes & Noble in Arizona and I fell in love with the story. At the time I was into a lot of teen pregnancy books, and this satisfied my craving and then some. I had never heard of the author before, but the description blew me away. I have read it and re-read it multiple times and will probably do so until the end of time.
Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy C. Cherry
I remember when I discovered Brittainy C. Cherry… I was on vacation in Phuket, Thailand and I wanted a student/teacher romance to fill my time when it was pouring rain one day. I had delicious Thai food delivered to my room and as I looked out at the ocean I sat and lost myself in Loving Mr. Daniels. It was my first ever student/teacher romance and I loved it. I also found a new author that I adore.
Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament by S.G. Browne
I remember finding this book like it was yesterday…. I was in search of a new book and was browsing random titles in the fiction section looking for a new thrilling zombie read when I came across this book. I immediately picked it up, purchased it, and took it home. It was witty and romantic and unlike any other zombie book I have read. Want to join the fight for zombie rights? Then pick this book up!
The Selection by Kiera Cass
I just moved to Bahrain and as a single stay-at-home mom I got lost in the world of Goodreads. I came across The Selection and finished the first two books in one night. I had the most killer headache from reading on my iPad all night long, but it was so worth it. This became my new favorite YA series, and I’m sad knowing that it has officially ended.