TTT: Books I Picked Up on a Whim


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, if you want to know more about it, you can just click on the name! It’s all about books we picked up on a whim:

Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)

For today’s post I am going to stick with books that I bought on whim, because I am very much a mood reader and just read whatever I want whenever I want, even if it doesn’t fit with my planned TBR at all. However, I usually do have my book budget planned really neatly, so I don’t just buy random books all that often.

The Siren by Kiera Cass

The SirenOkay, it’s not like I didn’t know about this book at all or about Kiera Cass as an author. I have read the Selection series, but I knew virtually nothing about The Siren. I thought it was a series as well, which is so not true and I was a little afraid that I wouldn’t like it. But in the end I walked out of the store with the book held tight to my chest. I am so glad I bought it. It is still one of my most favourite melancholy reads!

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

We All Looked UpI have no idea how I found out about this book! I seriously don’t. I just saw it, read the blurb at least a little bit and then I needed to have it.

Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop TalkingThis is one of my all time favourite non-fiction books. It taught me so much about myself and how I can feel more comfortable with who I am. It also showed me some of the most important differences between extroverts and introverts and how we can make each other’s lives easier, simply by listening to our own needs and not letting us be forced into a role we are not.

Avalon High by Meg Cabot

Avalon HighI remember clearly that I discovered this book around the time when I decided to read more books in English instead of the German translation and I was in the shop and the cover is bright and shiny pink. It definitely got my attention and it was awesome. So here’s to that!

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

The Time KeeperThe Time Keeper is a book that I had seen in the shop a couple of times before I actually picked it up. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t want it right away – because I definitely did – but it was so expensive. And then, I finally bought it, not thinking about the money.

The Film Club by David Gilmour

The Film ClubThat day I went into my favourite book store and told the person what I had read before and that I was looking for something similar. She had no idea what to recommend and I don’t blame her. I hate it when customers ask me that sort of thing, I never know what to say either. At least in most cases it is fairly difficult. But we got talking and in the end she recommended this as a summer read and I enjoyed it. There was not much content or story to it, but he feeling was the right one.

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

My Sister's KeeperBack during my exchange semester I read a lot. I even sent home a moving box with magazines and books because I knew that my luggage would otherwise be overweight. This book, however, I got during my last few days. I was staying with my liaison instead of my host family by that time and I had been seeing the trailer for the movie adaptation for weeks now. I wanted to go watch it, but we didn’t have time. She took me to Barnes & Nobles though. I didn’t have all that much money left, but that book I couldn’t resist buying. I saw it and wouldn’t let go anymore.

Angel Uncovered by Katie Price

Angel Uncovered  (Angel Summer, #2)Ha! This one is a bit of an embarrassing one, but it actually wasn’t the most terrible book I have ever read. I think it mostly made me laugh, whether that was intentional or not, I cannot tell. Either way, I got it during my time in France. I didn’t quite feel ready to read a whole book in French and the English section was really small, so that’s what I ended up getting. I think I could have picked something worse.

How to be a Time Lord

Doctor Who: Official Guide on How to Be a Time LordOh boy, this brings back all the happy feels from being at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff. I think I could have spent hours in that merchandise store, but I knew that I had to make a decision at some point or another. Well, a book seemed to be the right item for me (I got tons of other stuff too though).

The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Last TycoonEveryone mostly only ever talks about The Great Gatsby, but I actually really liked The Last Tycoon. I was in one of those very rare classics-moods and I just bought this one because I wanted to be different and not just read the most well known book by the author.

Which books did you just have to buy as soon as you saw them? Are there some where you didn’t even read the blurb? Tell me all about your TTT!

49 thoughts on “TTT: Books I Picked Up on a Whim

    • Susan Cain is a real advocate to make the surroundings, especially in school and at work, more accommodating to both, introverts and extroverts. I guess there was some drama because she didn’t showcase the extroverts as much as the introverts, but I think it showed both and that introverts get overlooked a lot of the time anyway. Their needs are very different.

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  1. Fantastic list! The Doctor Who one looks really beautiful, I bet it’s even better on the inside. Does it mention all the doctors?
    Also, I’ve always wanted to read the lesser known works of famous authors, but never do. The Last Tycoon might be a good choice!

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    • Thank you 🙂 I am really happy to hear it!
      The Doctor Who book mentions the Doctors up to Eleven. It’s basically written with his comments.
      The Last Tycoon was great, but I should probably warn you. Fitzgerald never got to finish it :/ so half the book consists of his notes rather than the real story. It was still an interesting experience!

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  2. I’ve never heard of The Last Tycoon, but I am a big fan of The Great Gatsby so I think I will check it out and find out more about it 🙂
    Books I bought on a whim and ended up loving; Glass House, The Morganville Vampire Series by Rachel Caine!

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    • It was an okay read in the end. I liked it enough to pick up his other new book as well, but it was only mediocre too. I’ll give him one last chance, if I don’t love his third book (whenever that comes out), I’ll just give up on him.


      • Ok.. that was my initial reaction, but I couldn’t quite remember. Did it disappoint you, did it feel unfinished? Or is it fairly cohesive?


      • Hmmm, it’s been a while, but I felt like my flow of reading was really disrupted, especially because I didn’t know beforehand that it wasn’t finished. But I love that era of Hollywood so I enjoyed it nonetheless. I think I never full read all the notes though.


  3. I actually don’t like Kiera Cass at all – I’ve only read The Selection and it was just very… vapid? In my opinion. And I don’t like ballgowns and girls on the cover, and ALL her books seem to be like that, haha. Glad to hear that you like The Siren though! Is that related at all to The Selection?

    Also My Sister’s Keeper was my first Jodi Picoult book and whoa did it blow me away. Such a difficult, emotional read!


  4. i was super convinced that The Siren would be a series as well… maybe it’s the cover? it screams series to me. You have such different books on your list… is Angel Uncovered by Katie Price that bad? what is it about?

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  5. OH The Siren was such a melancholic read, I think we already agreed on that. IT made me kind of in a sad mood to be honest, ahah., but I really liked it!
    My Sister’s Keeper sounds like a great book, I’ve heard a lot about it, but I think it’s one of these very, very emotional books…s o whenever I pick it up, well…let’s just say I probably need to be prepared? 😛

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    • That’s exactly how I felt too! Usually everyone wants to push you to be more outgoing and extrovert, but it’s just not in everyone’s nature and this book showed that that’s totally fine too.

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  6. I’ve not read a Kiera Cass book, mainly because I’ve heard such negative things about The Selection series that it scared me away haha. I’m also not the biggest fan of the girl in ballroom gown cover but the one for The Siren doesn’t seem to bother me as much. I’ll be sure to consider giving the book a chance. 😀

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