Top Ten Tuesday: Buy Me These Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week is all about the books you’d buy if someone handed you a fully loaded gift card. I could go on for ages with this topic, but I’ll try to stick to 10.  

Age of Myth (Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan // I love Michael J. Sullivan, and had been anticipating this book for ages before it was released. However, I haven’t gotten around to purchasing it yet. I REALLY WANT IT. 

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton // Alicia has been recommending this book to me for a while, especially because I asked for magical realism recommendations. And this cover is so pretty! I need to have it. And read it. 

The Once and Future King by T.H. White // This is a classic, and I feel like as a fantasy/mythology fan it is a shame I haven’t read it yet. I really want to give this one a go. I’m trying to read more classics, and I feel like fantasy/mythology classics may be the best way to start reading more.

The World of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin // While it’s been years since I read A Song of Ice and Fire last, this book ha been on my wishlist since it was announced. I need something to help me survive the wait for Winds of Winter. But this book is so expensive, I can’t make myself buy it. I could buy 3 other books with that money… 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen // First of all, look at this cover. It’s so beautiful! The reason I chose this one for this topic is that I would purchase it with a gift card. I don’t have a great track record with classics. I hated The Great Gatsby, and thought The Picture of Dorian Gray was just okay. So I’m hesitant to buy them with my own money.

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin // I recently read two of her other books in the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms series and really loved them. This more recent release has received a lot of buzz, and I really want to own and read it. 

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Song of the Shattered Sands #1) by Bradley P. Beaulieu // When this book came out, I was so excited. It looks absolutely epic. But it wasn’t cheap. Still isn’t, I think. So I’ve been waiting, hesitant to buy it. 

Fallout (Lois Lane #1) by Gwenda Bond // I love Lois Lane. That’s no secret. I watched Smallville when I was young, and Erica Durance was just an amazing version of Lois -in my opinion of course. So I want to read this! Plus, I haven’t seen this around the blogosphere much. 

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski // This book is just unique. I have no idea what it’s about, if I’m honest. But it looks like such a different and intriguing read, I want to give it a go. Yet I’m hesitant to buy it. If I don’t like it, I’ve spent money I could have used to buy a Rick Riordan book.

The Last Wish (Witcher #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski // This is really intriguing to me, because it inspired The Witcher games. I haven’t played any of them yet. I’ve only just started gaming, really, and am not very good at anything yet. But I bought Dragon Age: Origins, have played a few hours, and really liked it. But before I buy/play Witcher, I want to read the fantasy series behind it!


Those are 10 books I would immediately purchase if I were given a gift card. Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think of them? And of course, which books would you purchase?

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50 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Buy Me These Books

  1. I have tried many many times to read Pride and Prejudice but have never been able to finish the book. I love the storyline, and have watch every adaptation ever made, but I just really struggle to read it. That being said, I want this edition because the cover to SO PRETTY!!!

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  2. Woah, that edition of Pride and Prejudice is gorgeous! It reminds me a little bit of a watercolor edition of Pride and Prejudice that I bought a few years ago… and still haven’t read. Whoops.

    Great list! 🙂

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  3. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender looks gorgeous and sounds really intriguing. Definitely adding to my TBR. Also, that cover of Pride and Prejudice really is beautiful!

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  4. I think I’ve recommended Ava to about everybody. It was one of those books that took me by surprise. You know those books that feel like the author took a peek inside your soul before writing it? That’s what it felt to read Ava. Oh great, now you have absurd expectations. I have no idea what House of Leaves is about either, but I’ve seen these amazing pictures of it and I want to read it! Great list this week.

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  5. I just read Fallout! I also just met Gwenda Bond (who is adorable and awesome and funny as hell) because she came to my bookstore last week for a YA Panel that I got to moderate (along with Megan Shepherd, Megan Miranda and Beth Revis). Her Lois Lane is fantastic- spunky and smart and a crusader of the underdog.

    I also want to read the Walton book, and while I have The World of Ice and Fire, I haven’t read it yet.

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  6. Wow, what a gorgeous edition of Pride & Prejudice!! P&P is a great classic to read if you don’t usually read them because there’s a lot of fun drama and it’s easy to follow. Austen is such an excellent writer and I love her wit and sarcasm. Happy reading! 🙂

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  7. Reading the Witcher series before playing the game is definitely worth it. There’s a lot of backstory that isn’t really explained in the game so certain scenes will be more impactful.

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  8. I have Northanger Abbey on my list, since I already own a gorgeous copy of P&P. I’ve never seen the edition you have here, but I personally love the Vintage Classics Austen series—they’re mindblowingly beautiful.

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  9. Age of Myth has such a great cover. I was curious about it and after reading the sample at Amazon I wasn’t sold, but I’d like it just for the cover! And The World of Ice and Fire- that’s one I’ve been wanting for a while, I kinda forgot about it, and yeah it’s not cheap. One of these days I’ll get it!

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