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Monday, May 16, 2016

TTT: Books I purchased on a whim

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've recently purchased on a whim.
Note: I don't often buy books for myself and I usually scrupulously research books I purchase for my library before add them to my orders. But for some reason the following books just caught my fancy and I purchased them without my usual regard.

1. Dodgers by Bill Beverly---it is touted as a literary crime novel, which is probably why I bought it, but it is an adult book which makes me wonder what I was thinking as I don't usually buy adult books for the high school library without reading lots of reviews first. (Purchased May 2016)

2. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson--- a nonfiction book about the justice system and defending those wrongly committed. I think I read a few reviews on blogs and thought it sounded good though it doesn't really sound like a book teenagers would be likely to read, (Purchased May 2016)

3. The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez---I don't even remember reading the review for this novel though I am always on the hunt for multicultural books. I hope it is good. (Purchased May 2016)

4. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke---talk about a whim of a purchase. I read one blogger's raving review and added to my next order. (Purchased May 2016)

5. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heillig--- less of a whim purchase than the above four books, but only because it was on my order wishlist for several months before I purchased it.  It doesn't mean I know really anything about it. I think I saw the cover on a lot of blogs and thought, "why not?" (Purchased May 2016)

6. Lit Up: One Reporter, Three Schools, 24 Books That Can Change Lives by David Denby---I saw this on a blogger's Goodreads page (was it Nance at ReaderBuzz?) and I decided I had to have it without reading a single other review. I bought it for my library, for other teachers. I'm half way through it and loving it. (Purchased in April 2016)

7. All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness by Sheila Hamilton---another blogger review caused me to buy this one on a total whim. I have finished it and recommend you buy it on a whim, too. (Purchased April 2016)

8. Readers, I Married Him. Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre edited by Tracy Chevalier---I love reading short stories when I travel and I hope to travel this summer. Plus I am a fan of Jane Eyre. When I saw this, I bought it without much other thought. (April 2016)

9.  The Man in the High Castle audiobook by Philip K. Dick---my family and I watched the Amazon Prime series on TV and really got in to the story line. As the last episode ended I immediately went to the computer and ordered the audiobook for us to listen to in our cars. The book is not nearly as good as the TV series, which is quite altered from the original. (Purchased December 2015)

10. Speaking With the Angel. Original Short Stories, edited by Nick Hornby.---this is whimiest buy of them all. I was waiting for someone at a grocery store. I glanced at the used book sale table which was set up for some benefit and saw this book. One of titles caught my eye, "Nipple Jesus". I bought the book. It cost a dollar. I actually read the whole book, not just the provocative story, on a trip to Europe. Ha! (May 2012)

23 comments:

  1. Interesting books! I often buy books because of intriguing titles or descriptions and then get burned because the writing isn't very good.

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    1. I know what you mean. I so rarely read whim books though, so it doesn't happen often.

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  2. I have heard so many wonderful things about Reader, I Married Him! :-) Fantastic list.

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    1. I am sure I've heard the same thing. I should try one of the stories now to see what i think.

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  3. Great list! Same here, I usually meticulously ponder and research books before picking them up (not to mention I try to keep a bit of a list of "yes, I am going to pick them up at some point" lol). Sometimes even some of my whim books get a quick browse before picking them up or not; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't xD

    My TTT

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  4. I've borrowed both The Girl from Everywhere and Wink Poppy Midnight from the library. I still haven't read Wink Poppy Midnight, but I did get through The Girl from Everywhere. It was an interesting read.

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    1. You are probably ahead of me. I won't likely get to the book until this summer. I hope you remember to link the reviews back for me to read.

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  5. A great list of titles! I've actually never heard of ANY of the ones you listed. I've read Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by AGT a couple years back and while I wasn't blown away, it wasn't a terrible book. I'll have to look into Wink Poppy Midnight.

    Oh, and followed you via Google+ ^-^

    Brittany @ http://www.spacebetweenthespines.com/

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  6. I really want to try Wink Poppy Midnight and The Man in the High Castle. Great picks!

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    1. Skip The Man in the High Castle, none of us liked it.

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  7. "The Girl From Everywhere" and "Wink Poppy Midnight" have been two books that I've picked up myself (just because the cover's were so lovely!) but didn't bring home with me.

    Very diverse list!

    My TTT

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  8. I have seen Wink Poppy Midnight a lot. I may have to add this to my TBR list. Great list! Thank you for stopping by. :)

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    1. I've seen Wink Poppy Midnight on quite a few lists, too. I hope it is a book which students like.

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  9. The Girl from Everywhere was great. It's among my favorite debuts this year. Great list!

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    1. Good to know. I will add it to my summer TBR pile.

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  10. Wow you got some good books. I most curious about Dodgers. I think I heard about that one. Also the Book of Unknown Americans looks good. I heard about that one too. Enjoy!

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  11. Numbers four and five are on my "curious" list too! I'm definitely excited to someday give them a read. :)

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    1. I haven't read any of #4 but #5 Lit Up is very inspiring.

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  12. Loved loved loved Just Mercy! Bryan Stevenson is my hero!

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    1. Good to know. Maybe it was your blog which cuased me to order this book on a whim.

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  13. I really liked the Book of Unknown Americans and I LOVED Just Mercy

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  14. Dodgers sounds good to me, too, although I haven't yet purchased it.

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