Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in 2010 and was moved to Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week a new topic is chosen, this week’s is: Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library.
As you may as yet be unaware, I’m one of those people who very seldom reads a physical book anymore. Because of this, I was so excited to do this post since buying books is genuinely uncommon for me. I really had to think about what I’d go out of my way to find just so that I could sniff the pages like a weirdo and binge on staring at the cover (I’m a sucker for a gorgeous cover!). Here’s my list:
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows – I love this cover. It’s so shiny in person. I’m like a magpie for shiny covers. Plus, who could resist buying a book that not only speaks out for women but raises awareness for independence, immigrant experiences and portrays an insight in to Indian culture?
100 Days of Sunlight – I mean…it’s gorgeous right?! The bright yellow. The numerous miscellaneous items that somehow hint at the book’s content. The inspirational quote at the top. That’s enough for me to praise the cover artist and put it in my cart – without having to read the blurb. Sometimes its pleasing (not only just aesthetically) to buy something without reading a million reviews on it first. Going in blind (pun intended) is one of the few spontaneous things I enjoy doing!
101 Moments of Joy and Inspiration – this whimsical, inspiring book of quotes and stunning watercolour artwork caught my eye the other day and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about buying it since. Meredith Gaston has created the perfect book that will cheer you up on a dreary day!
Puffin Classics – I have to admit, I’m not much of a classics reader. Some of them are amazing – Pride and Prejudice being one of them. Others…not so much. It takes considerable effort to convince myself to read a classic book, or even heavy literature, so the Puffins Classic covers go a long way in capturing my interest and motivation. Look at the P&P one – it’s charming, floral and just so cute. I can’t resist!
City of Bones – 10 Year Anniversary Edition. City of Bones was one of the first fantasy books to really capture my attention when I was younger. It opened the doors to a whole hoard of books that I may not otherwise have tried without this book’s influence. For that reason, and the gorgeous cover, I would love to own the 10th year anniversary edition.
Lioness Rampant – The Song of the Lioness was the first series to make me aware of the disparity in the representation of males and females in books. Alanna was this incredibly strong, independent and resilient heroine that I absolutely adored. She taught me that women can do anything that they set their mind to. The message has stuck with me ever since. I would love to own the new boxed-set edition. Look at these covers!
Luna and the Lie – While I would love to own this book purely because it’s one of my all-time faves (Rip will always have a piece of my sappy heart), this one really represents ALL of Mariana Zapata’s books. Until recently, all of her books were exclusively ebooks (which is my main format for reading, so this didn’t bother me) but they’ve now been released in paperback and I’m itching to get my hands on them!
Lothaire – My absolute favourite nutty Vampire. He’s literally crazy to the point of madness but his small vulnerabilities capture my heart every time I re-read (which is going on 8 times now I think… ). I honestly could read this book every year of my life and be happy!
Black Dagger Brotherhood Series – Need I really say more? If you haven’t read this yet, you’re honestly missing out. There are a tonne of tropes I adore in this vampire series, as well as kick ass females, grumpy-ass males and fated mates. My paranormal-romance-loving-soul couldn’t be happier!
The Art of Taxidermy – A captivating, macabre story told in verse about a child’s search for a connection after unspeakable loss. This is a gripping, morbid and heart-rending story that respectfully paints the picture of a child that’s had to suffer innumerably in her short life. Not only did this well-written story capture my heart, it also left me thinking for days. Plus, the cover is truly a work of art (pun intended).
// what books would you love to own? would you ever buy two of the same book just to own a new cover? //