Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read On A Whim


Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  The topic this week is Books I Picked Up On A Whim, but I've narrowed it down to books I've read on a whim.  Here we go, in order of date read beginning with the most recent:


Last Rites by Perry Michael Smith (March 19 - April 27, 2016) -  I found this novel at an antique show - how could I pass by a book with a cover like that?


Unstoppable by Bill Nye (February 8 - 9, 2016) - I had no idea that Bill Nye was coming out with a new book until it showed up at the library - a great new non-fiction title.  I rarely read science books, but this one is worth it.


Blur by Steven James (November 8 - 11, 2015) - A coworker had great things to say about this author and this novel - I picked it up knowing very little about it was pleasantly surprised by how much I, too, enjoyed it.


Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman (October 1 -5, 2015) - Randomly stumbled upon this great historical epic fantasy novel at the library - super excited for the sequel, Empire of Dust!



The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle (September 10, 2015) - I just happened to see this pass by the desk at the library shortly after its release and I knew I had to get my hands on it.  I didn't know much about it, but it was such a pleasant surprise!


The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi (July 8 - 12, 2015) - I found this paperback on the bargain shelf at a local book store.  I hadn't heard of it before I purchased it, but the cover and the blurb sold me right there (and the fact that it was deeply discounted).


The Hope We Seek by Rich Sharpero (May 14 - 15, 2015) - This came across my desk at the library and I needed to look into it.  I only read sixty pages into it, but I felt incredibly confused like I missed some key point.


Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal  (April 26 - 27, 2015) - I picked this up as a part of a library reading challenge.  I had hopes that it would be something like The Bletchley Circle and Agent Carter, and while good in its own right it just didn't quite have what made those shows so fascinating.  Someday I may continue the series.


The Girl from Felony Bay by J.E. Thompson (January 28 - 29, 2015) - I lucked out when I found this amazing middle grade mystery novel at a thrift shop.  The blurb sounded excellent, but what really drew me to it was the cover art by Brett Helquist, the illustrator behind Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.


Chew, Volume 1: Taster's Choice by John Layman and Rob Guillory (November 23 - 24, 2014) - I happened to stumble upon this graphic novel through the library and it has quickly become a favorite series!


What do you think of my list this week?  What books have you bought or read on a whim, and were any of them pleasant surprises or those new favorites?  As always thanks for visiting my blog and I will try to respond to all comments!

44 comments:

  1. I've read The Accident Season too, but I didn't read it on a whim! These books look like fantastic choices for whimsical reads!

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    1. All I had heard of it before I read it was the name, definitely glad I picked it up since it was one of my favorites last year!

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  2. It seems like I saw a review for Blur somewhere, it sounds really familiar. And I like the sound of it. I had totally forgotten about it, nice to see it again. :)

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    1. It's supposed to be a series, so I will probably get the next one. :)

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  3. Great list, I really want to read legacy of Kings !!

    My TTT

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    1. It's so good- I hope you'll like it!

      Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I was the same with The Accident Season! *flails* I knew basically NOTHING about it...buuuut, I just knew it was a "me" kind of book and OMG IT WAS ONE OF MY FAVOURITES OF LAST YEAR!! Yay for spontaneous loved reads. :D Here's my TTT!

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    1. Same her - one of the best of 2015! Glad we both decided to give it a shot!

      Thanks for sharing, Cait!

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  5. I loved The Quantum Thief! That reminds me, I still have yet to read the last book in the trilogy...I hope to get around to it at some point this year :) Great list of books, glad to hear you enjoyed all of these!

    My TTT

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    1. I still have to read the rest in the series as well - I hope we will both enjoy the rest of the m! :)

      Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I'm posting my TTT later today but you had a great list! Be glad my eye on both The Accident Season and Legacy of Kings. Glad to hear you liked it!

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    1. They were both great - I'm dying for the sequel to Legacy of Kings to be released already! :)

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  7. So glad you liked Legacy of Kings. I just got Empire of Dust and it's really making me want to start the series!! I haven't heard much about the books though, so I keep forgetting about them!

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    1. Ooh! I can't wait until I can get my hands on it! I'm even signed up for the ARC giveaway on Goodreads!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I've been meaning to read more nonfiction titles, too. Mostly, I've been wanting to read I Am Malala, but I'm trying to broaden the scope of nonfiction, and, well, it's freakin' Bill Nye the Science Guy. I HAVE to read it.

    Glad you enjoyed Legacy of Kings, too! I've seen it around quite a bit, but I was waiting for more reviews/opinions before picking it up.

    Brittany

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    1. I know right - I couldn't pass by Bill Nye! I still need to read I am Malala - I can't miss it.

      I'm really surprised that Legacy of Kings didn't take off.

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  9. The Blur cover jumps out at me. You have a good selection and I hope you enjoy or enjoyed them all.
    sherry @ fundinmental My TT

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  10. STEVEN JAMES! I've not read Blur. But I love his series, The Patrick Bowers Files. It's very good.

    The art for The Girl From Felony Bay is awesome! It looks really good.

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    1. I really want to try The Patrick Bower Files, too. The coworker who recommended Blur also recommended it. :)

      You should really try it - it's fantastic.

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  11. Glad to hear you enjoyed The Accident Season, it's one of the books on my TBR for this year.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/top-ten-tuesday-57/

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    1. It was great and I hope you end up enjoying it! :)

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  12. I haven't read any of these other than Chew. Which I liked. I need to get more of that series. I only read the first volume. The Bill Nye book looks interesting, but not sure if I will enjoy a science non fiction book.

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    1. I usually wouldn't enjoy a science non-fiction book, but this one was really well done. :)

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  13. Ooh, Legacy of Kings! That one was definitely fun.

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  14. The Accident Season is on my list! It sounds so weird and interesting.

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    1. I really hope you enjoy it - it was such a pleasant surprise. :)

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  15. Yay for the Accident Season. I'm so glad I decided to give it a chance. I can't wait for her next book!

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    1. I know, right! I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

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  16. What a fun list! I've seen Chew pop up on a bunch of my recommendation lists. I should probably check it out!

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    1. Chew is so good - weird but great! Hope you like it! :)

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  17. I haven't heard of any of these but Legacy of Kings sounds cool!

    - Kritika @ Snowflakes & Spider silk

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    1. If you're interested in Alexander the Great, it's definitely a must read! :)

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  18. You definitely stumbled on to some great reads (The Girl from Felony Bay and Chew look so good). I probably would have picked up The Hope We Seek too- that cover looks great.

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    1. The cover for The Hope We Seek is certainly eye-catching, but it just wasn't for me. However, The Girl from Felony Bay and Chew are excellent.

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  19. Legacy of Kings is on my list to read soon. Also I so just had a flash back to my old middle school days with Bill Nye the science guy! I don't read non-fiction like ever but I might.

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    1. Just because it's Bill Nye - I don't blame you. :)

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  20. You're right about Last Rites. That cover intrigues me! I've heard a lot about Chew on Youtube and I'm interested to read it.

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    1. I'm really excited to hear that there's going to be a Chew movie, too. :)

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  21. Can't wait to read The Accident Season!

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    1. It's so good - I bet you'll love it! :)

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