May 17: Top Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim
With BookTube and bookstagram being such huge presences, especially in YA, it’s difficult for me to ever pick up a book on a whim – the books I read are usually all added to my Goodreads TBR months before I actually read them (as a result, this is a list of books I picked up on the spur of the moment – without having pre-planned when I was going to read them).
1. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
I read this on holiday in France, Italy, Switzerland and Germany in 2014: it was one of a number of paperbacks I took with me, affording me the choice upon arrival, and I’m so glad I plumped for this – I now have some amazing memories of that particular summer holiday!
2. Killing Floor by Lee Child
This was a series I was excited to read for a while, but when I picked up the first book on the spur of the moment I hadn’t anticipated just how amazing the whole plot would be.
3. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
I believe I read this after watching (and falling in love with) the film. To date it’s one of only a handful of books that has made me cry.
4. Marley & Me by John Grogan
I don’t remember the reason for picking up this particular book (perhaps I had just rewatched the movie – I’m just speculating), but I absolutely adored every page of it.
5. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
On holiday in France in 2013, my Dad was heavily invested in this series, so I picked it up to see what all the fuss was about and ended up devouring the first book at the golf resort we were staying at.
6. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I lent this book and its sequel to my Granny a while back, and she thoroughly enjoyed them, so one day I picked up this fantastically funny novel – I only have good things to say about this fabulous book.
7. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
In September 2013, myself and two friends went on a girls holiday to Spain, and this was one of the books I read by the pool. I had heard amazing things about the series, and decided to read it in the sun (I have a feeling my positive ‘whim reads’ have something to do with being abroad with the sun on my face and a book in my hand!)
8. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
This book was spreading like wildfire over the internet last summer, so I decided to get on the hype as it was happening (most unlike me, I’m usually the person that reads the no longer “cool and relevant” book).
9. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Despite reading (and not particularly enjoying) Twilight years earlier, one day in 2015 I picked up New Moon on a whim, and barely breathed before I had finished the entire series – to date it is one of the best reading experiences of my life!
10. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
I picked this book up when I should have been reading Jane Eyre for my MA – it was a wonderful diversion from work and I devoured it.
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