Top Ten Tuesday
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Top Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. I honestly just thought it had a pretty cover, so I requested to read it on NetGalley.
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I hadn’t heard of the book when I requested it on NetGalley, but it quickly became a favorite. I rushed out to buy a hardcover when it released just to have it in my hands. I own the trilogy and recently bought a copy for my brother.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown. Despite later reading it based on a friend’s recommendation, I requested it on NetGalley beforehand based on the description, so I suppose this counts. I now own a beautiful paperback and the rest of the series.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. After looking through the shelves of Barnes and Noble one day with my husband, I couldn’t really find something I really wanted to buy with my coupon. Shatter Me was on an endcap and I liked the cover. I never expected to fall in love.
You by Caroline Kepnes. Now, this WAS on my wish list based on a friend’s recommendation, but I accidently bought it without even realizing I wanted it. (That’s how I know I have a problem.) So, I’m counting it.
The Taker by Alma Katsu. I entered a Goodreads giveaway and won… and didn’t expect to be blown away by the story. I have the series in paperback and frequently recommend it.
Angelfall by Susan Ee. It was a Read Now on Netgalley that had a cool description.. turned out to be ABSOLUTELY AWESOME.
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. I had heard of it, but I only grabbed it from Netgalley because it was a Read Now. It turned out to be the most amazing trilogy! I have them all on kindle.
The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe. Also from Netgalley. I own the kindle versions of this and the sequel and I’m impatiently waiting on book three……
Poison by Bridget Zinn. Another Netgalley book. This turned out to be a big hit with bloggers after release and I’m glad I was able to read it and be a part of the awesomeness.
After compiling this list, I realize that 80% of the “on a whim” books are from NetGalley. It’s amazing that books I was randomly curious about with no expectations became treasured favorites. I suppose it’s almost better to read the books before the hype sets in. There’s no pressure to scroll through NetGalley and decide if you want to request a book. Sometimes, they have Read Now books, meaning you don’t even have to put in a request, you can just read it. And considered I own the books outright for the majority of the ones on the list, I guess I understand why authors and publishers use reviewers in the first place. Not only did they gain my business, I know I’ve highly recommended all of these and have even gotten friends to buy a copy because I’m so enthusiastic. This list prompt really put that in perspective for me.
What amazing books have you picked up on a whim? Did you find you had more ARCs on your list like I did?