Top Ten Tuesday: On a whim

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week – books I picked up on a whim.

I had a really hard time keeping this list to 10! I guess I choose a lot of books at random. I narrowed it down by only choosing books which I knew absolutely nothing about, which weren’t recommended by someone and by authors I had never read before.

What makes you choose books? Is it the cover, a clever title, interesting blurb? Probably all of the above, but if I find a book I think looks interesting, I usually read page 69 and if it grabs me, than I give it a go. It works for me anyway…

209034401. The True and Splendid History of the Harristown Sisters by Michelle Lovric. This is actually (loosely) based on a true story, about a group of sisters who make a living out of their extremely long hair. I thought it sounded intriguing and it turned out to be really enjoyable. Lovely writing too, will definitely check out her other books.


101284282. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. I saw this one in the library and immediately borrowed it, despite its heftiness. Half the story was told in prose and half in a graphic novel style, so it made for a really different and refreshing read.


9968003. If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor. If you have never read this, you should. It is completely different to anything else I have ever read, and utterly beautiful. It basically tells the story of all the residents of a street on one day in summer, but it’s beautifully done. One of my favourite books.


17676334. 1933 Was A Bad Year by John Fante. I had never heard of Fante, but I liked the title. I loved the book too, and I’m really glad I picked it up, because I’ve read some more of Fante’s work since then and he’s awesome.



5. Highest Tide by Jim Lynch. This is about a boy who finds a giant squid, and about his relationship with his grandmother. Sounds odd, which is probably why I picked it up, but it was really enjoyable.



9443346. All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman. Utterly weird and completely wonderful. It is a very small book, but it is unique, clever, funny, and emotional. I’m so glad I found Kaufman, he’s amazing.


17883847. Three To See The King by Magnus Mills. I’m sure I picked this up for the cover, which is gorgeous. I don’t remember a huge amount about the book, other than it being really odd. I must have liked it though, because I have read quite a few of Mills’ books since this one.




8. The Schooling Of Claybird Catts by Janis Owens. I thought this one was awesome. Claybird is a great character and the story really captured me. It is one of a trio of books which tells the same story from three different viewpoints.



4015429. Lovely green eyes by Arnost Lustig. Not a happy read this one. It tells the story of a 15 year old girl who chooses to work in a German military brothel over death in a concentration camp. Heavy going, but really worth it.



86419310.Girlfriend In A Coma by Douglas Coupland. Just to show that not all the books I choose on a whim turn out to be great. I only just made it through this one and it was, in a word, awful. A lesson that if I have reached page 69 and it still isn’t working for me, I should give up.



How about you? What makes you choose a book? Which were the best ones you have read on a whim?


8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: On a whim

  1. Oooh, If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things was an impulse buy for me too – I’ve not read it yet, but it sounds like I should fix that this summer.

  2. For some reason I have a hard time thinking of books for this category. Maybe many of the books I pick up on a whim end up not being memorable for me? An exception was Archangel by Sharon Shinn, I know I picked that up off a table at Barnes and Noble just because I liked the cover and ended up loving it.

    1. Just checked out Archangel on Goodreads – looks really interesting! I do read more books now based on recommendations and reviews than I used to – also because I don’t have as much time for browsing in the library 🙁 But I still like to pick up new stuff I know nothing about now and then.

    1. Well I can recommend them all. Except number 10. If you like Dan Rhodes, I would check out Kaufman. He’s completely off the wall, but it’s great to read something completely different sometimes.

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