Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks topic: Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card. I’m very excited about this Top 10, and I’m telling you, it wasn’t a hard one to write up! 🙂 The books I picked are mainly ones I’ve wanted to own for ages but there are also a few that I’ve come across recently and would love to read (the four I included on my Friday Finds last week would also have belonged on this list) 🙂
(Also, I haven’t included Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on this list as my boy has already bought that for me :D).
1. More Than This by Patrick Ness
More Than This is a great YA novel, a kind of sci-fi take on the afterlife from the perspective of a boy who drowns. It’s a wonderful novel and one that I borrowed from the library a long time ago and have since wanted to own and re-read. I especially would love a copy of the hardcover version, as the little door on the front is cut out and I, as book nerdy as I am, happen to think that is insanely cool.
2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I know my list is so far Patrick Ness heavy, but A Monster Calls is so great I need to own it asap. The story is simple enough, it’s about a boy named Conor who gets midnight visits from a monster, who only seeks the truth. It’s a clever story, but what I love most about this book is Jim Kay’s illustrations. They really are so lovely 🙂
3. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
I loved reading Never Let Me Go a year or so ago and again, I’d love to have this on my bookshelf one day just for the mere point that I love to collect the books I’ve enjoyed over the years and this is indeed one of them. It’s a harrowing and stupendously clever science fiction. For whatever reason, I really love this cover, too.
4. Cormoran Strike 1-3 (plus unreleased) by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
I really love the Cormoran Strike novels. In the past I was never that big into mystery and crime fiction, but these books have largely changed my mind about that. I love Cormoran and Robyn and I’d just really love to see the whole series sitting on my shelf right about now. Plus anymore that come out 🙂
5. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince is a must-read and must-own for any booklover out there as far as I’m concerned. I have now at least read this (though I don’t know how it escaped my attention for so long) and would so love to own it. It’s a magical little book and as soon as I see a copy, I think I need to snap it up, gift card or not.
6. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Graffiti Moon is a fairly unknown, as most Australian novels are, YA and it’s one that I enjoyed immensely. It’s set in my home city Melbourne, but that’s neither here nor there. It’s a great little novel about art, love and secrets that I came across by accident at the library once and definitely belongs in the library I hope to have in my own home one day.
7. The Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard
This is a book I’ve not read and that I’m entirely intrigued by, therefore if I had the money, I would go find it at a bookshop or find it online right away. I love books about characters who work in bookshops (because bookshops are the best location for anything) and I love strange mysteries that involve books and writers and this just hits all the spots. Must have, must read!
8. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
Lily and Dunkin is another book I’ve come across briefly in my browsing of the interwebs and want to own for a few reasons. First of all, I love the cover of this book and would love to see how it looks in real life. Secondly, the story sounds really interesting, as do the characters, who are, through simplification, a transgender girl and a boy with bipolar. Lastly, one can never have enough books, specifically YA books :).
9. The Night Walkers 1-3 by J. R Johansson
I’d never actually heard of these books until my Aunty told me about them. She’s given them the praise, and while I don’t always think her tastes are accurate (she once told me to read those Sylvia Day “porn” books), I think she’s right about these ones. They sound really interesting and entertaining enough for a good little series to sink my teeth into :).
10. The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Now, Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind is an all-time favourite of mine, and The Angel’s Game is the prequel. I already own The Prisoner of Heaven, which is the sequel, thanks to my dearest, and now I just need to get this one to complete the collection. They are such brilliant books (well I can only assume so, anyhow).
11. Harry Potter Box Set by Juniper
Okay, so I just had to tack this on at the end because HELLO these are beautiful. I didn’t even know they existed until I saw them on someone else’s Top Ten 😛 Oh wow, if I had money… I can’t really choose between the Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw versions, although to be honest the Gryffindor and Slytherin ones are super lovely, too.
Or, you know, if I was a millionaire I’d get these Harry Potter leatherbound ones in an instant :O They’re amazing :O
Looking at the Juniper collections is a very dangerous thing indeed. :D.
Well, that’s all from me this week. What’s on your Top Ten Books To Buy?