(Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish!)
I am a very calculating reader. I will see a book announcement, and I will follow it through cover reveals, chapter samplers, blog tours… All the way up to release date. I either do that, or I get recommendations from friends or other bloggers about what to read. There aren’t many books that I spontaneously grab and end up really enjoying.
However, these ten books are ones that I picked up with no prior knowledge – either due to the covers or the interesting blurbs – and I don’t regret a single one of them.
10) ‘The Last Leaves Falling’ by Fox Benwell
9) ‘Eve’ by Anne Carey
8) ‘The War of the Worlds’ by H. G. Wells
7) ‘Entangled’ by Cat Clarke
6) ‘Black Orchid’ by Neil Gaiman
5) ‘Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl’ by Carrie Brownstein
4) ‘Sweet Damage’ by Rebecca James
It’s been quite a while since I read ‘Sweet Damage’, but thinking about it still sends shivers down my spine. I picked this one up from the very small local library – there weren’t many books that I’d heard of and was interested in at the time, so this one made its way into my pile.
3) ‘True Born’ by L. E. Sterling
2) ‘Born Wicked’ by Jessica Spotswood
I adored the first two books in the Cahill Witch Chronicles, but I picked them up purely based off of their beautiful cover design. I haven’t read the last book in the trilogy yet, because I’m so nervous about what’s going to happen, but I really want to!
1) ‘Golden Boy’ by Abigail Tarttelin
As soon as I saw this week’s topic, there was no doubt in my mind that ‘Golden Boy’ would be taking the top spot. It was undoubtedly a five star book, and one of the only portrayals of intersex that I’ve encountered. It’s heartbreaking and will definitely make you want to cry, but it’s so human. I only found this one because we had a duplicate copy on shelf in the library where I work, and I pulled it off and was instantly intrigued.
I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! Do you have a favourite book that you discovered completely by chance?