It’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly bookish meme hosted by the broke and the bookish. Each week, there’s a different topic. Come up with your list of top ten, post it, and then add to the link at b&b’s masterpost, then bounce around and see other people’s lists.
This week’s theme was Top Ten Books I Picked Up On a Whim. So, normally, like most people, I let others recommendations guide me. But there have definitely been times when I saw a book in a store or a library and said, ooh, that sounds interesting. So, here are ten books I picked up on a whim that I loved:
1. Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson. The first book published for the world of Malaz and the first in Erikson’s ten-part Malazan Book of the Fallen. I saw it on a shelf at Borders (back before they went out of business :() and said ooh this looks interesting. I read the first two or three books this way, and then forgot about the series for two years before learning that more books were out, and I haven’t looked back since.
2. Blood Song by Anthony Ryan. I picked this up at my library last year when browsing shelves. I really need to read the sequels because I loved it! But first I have to reread this first book so I can remember what happened.
3. Midnight Riot/Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. I can’t remember why I picked the first book up anymore (albeit as an audio book), but I quite enjoy the misadventures of PC Peter Grant, apprentice wizard. Not my favorite, not by a long shot, but definitely enjoyable.
4. The Riddle of the Wren by Charles de Lint. I don’t even remember now why I picked this up in a bookstore back in the early 2000’s, but I am so glad I did. It’s quite probably de Lint’s style that has made me enjoy books that don’t give all the answers and don’t always wrap everything up with a neat little bow at the end of the book.
5. Children of the Night by Mercedes Lackey. I was introduced to Lackey’s better-known Heralds of Valdemar series, but I’m not the kind of person who always goes to pick up every book by an author I read no matter how much I do or don’t like their work. But I’m glad I decided to give her Diana Tregarde series a try.
6. Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper. I don’t remember where or how or why I picked this one up – maybe it was a random gift? – but nobody told me about it or said ‘you should read this’. It’s been about fifteen years since I first picked up the first book in the Dark is Rising sequence and I still don’t regret that decision.
7. Wolfblade by Jennifer Fallon. The cover just leapt out at me when I was browsing in a bookstore one day. I devoured the rest of the series as well as the sequel trilogy.
8. The Iron Tree by Cecilia Dart-Thornton. Another book that I judged by the beautiful cover. Now if only the fourth book would be released in America so I can finally finish this series…
And I’m sure there are others, but I just honestly can’t think of them right now. So I’ll have a short list. *shrug*
Anyone have a favorite book they found on their own?