Tuesday, August 2, 2016

top ten tuesday: books i'd buy with a fully-loaded gift card

Once again, it's been forever since I've done a Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but this topic was too good to resist: Ten books you'd buy right this second if someone handed you a fully-loaded gift card.

Oh, my, where do I even start??? I'm fortunate to receive review copies of many of the books that I would normally buy, so several of the books on this list are ones that don't necessarily fall into my "normal" genres but have intrigued me ... just not enough to actually pay for them. But with a gift card I'd totally go for it. Also, I'm limiting my selections to books that have already released.

1. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

I've been this close to buying Eligible a few times, most recently on Sunday, when it was highly discounted on Kindle. A couple well-written negative reviews have kept me from jumping in. I'm a total sucker for Austen adaptations, though, and I've read two of the other entries in The Austen Project, so I'd like to read this at some point, too.

(The verdict on the two Austen Project novels I read? I liked Val McDermid's Northanger Abbey, and I loathed Joanna Trollope's Sense & Sensibility.)

2. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Ever since I first heard about this novel about a lonely bookstore owner, I've wanted to read it. Seriously, what could be more in my wheelhouse?

3. Everyday Detox by Megan Gilmore

Megan Gilmore's blog, Detoxinista, has become my go-to for healthy-ish recipes. With all of my food restrictions lately (no gluten, grains, dairy, or refined sugar), it can be hard to find treats ... and I need my treats! I have yet to make one of Gilmore's recipes that didn't turn out amazingly, so I'd love to get my hands on her cookbook.

If you'd like to get a taste of her recipes, my favorite is Healthier Flourless Chocolate Cake. I make it way too often!

4. Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen

I love, love, love Julie Klassen's regency romances! Somehow, this one has slipped through the cracks, and I'd love to remedy that.

5. He Won't Know It's Paleo by Breanna Emmitt

When I began the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet last fall, the He Won't Know It's Paleo blog became one of my most visited websites. (The "Paleo" part is kind of a misnomer—while the recipes are Paleo, they're also AIP, and AIP is much, much stricter than Paleo.) While I'm not strict AIP anymore, if I ever have to go back to it, I'd love to have this cookbook in my corner. If only it wasn't so pricey: the Kindle version is $9.99 (which is more than I've ever paid for a Kindle book—yes, I'm a cheapskate), and the paperback is a whopping $27.38!

6. Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Michael Ward

A few years ago, I read Ward's The Narnia Code, which is an adaptation/abridgement of Planet Narnia. Ever since then, I've had Planet Narnia on my Amazon wish list.

7. I'll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones

I've read the Kindle sample of this book already, and I almost bought it several times. Actually, the only reason I haven't purchased it yet is that I know I won't be able to keep from devouring it all at once, and I don't have time for that right now!

8. The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof

I have yet to read anything by Bischof (This Quiet Sky is waiting on my Kindle for ... someday), but this book is getting such great reviews that I may have to start here!

9. Silver Linings by Debbie Macomber

Macomber's books are hit-or-miss for me, but I've enjoyed the previous books in the series, and I'd like to continue it with Silver Linings ... even though the book has some terrible reviews!

10. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This book is probably the most "un-Beckyish" of the bunch, but it's long intrigued me. The comparisons to Gone Girl, which I bought but never read after my sister told me about it, do make me a little nervous. I think I'd like to read it, though. Maybe. I'd definitely buy it and let it sit on my shelf, anyway!

What about you? I'd love to know what books you'd buy if you had a gift card! Please share in the comments, and if you participated on your own blog, leave a link so I can visit.

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  1. oh. oh. The Lady and the Lionheart. Start there. Yes. That book is still resonating in my heart. And then Lady Maybe - another one I want to own! My TTT

    1. I have heard nothing but positive things about The Lady and the Lionheart ... so yes, I think I must get it!

  2. Ahhh! You must buy Jenny's when you have the time to enjoy it. SO (so) good. Also, you know I'm going to rave about Joanne's. Also amazing. I've been curious about Eligible too. It sounds interesting. :)

    1. How did this comment slip through the cracks? Anyway, yes, I'm still itching to get Jenny's book. Almost bought it the other day (right after I finished Amy Matayo's latest, which is fantastic), but then I remembered my shelf full of books to read. Someday ...

  3. Great list! I haven't done Top Ten Tuesday in forever. Bischof is marvelous. And love Jenny B Jones but I haven't read this one either. : )

    1. I am SOOOOO sporadic in my participation! Partly because I never think about it until I see other bloggers' posts popping up ... and by then I don't have time to get together a post :-)


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