Ten Books We Picked Up On A Whim

Posted May 17, 2016 by Michelle in Memes, Top Ten Tuesday / 16 Comments


What is this? Are we actually following the topic for once? SHOCK HORROR. But seriously, today we’re sharing some of the books we’ve picked up on a whim.



Forgotten by Cat Patrick – I picked Forgotten up because I found it for $2 at and op shop and the premise on the back sounded interesting enough so I thought why the bloody hell not? I was also very pleasantly surprised by this book, it’s about a girl that forgets the events of the previous day/year/life is she doesn’t write them down and read them every morning and it recounts her struggle with love. See more of my thought here.

False Memory by Dan Krokos – I honestly do not remember why I picked up the book to begin with, I think I may have seen it cheap online and knowing me and my addictions purchased it. This book also has a little bit to do with a girl that wakes up and can’t remember anything but this time she can’t remember anything and she has powers. This is the first in a trilogy that just gets more and more epic as it goes along so I highly recommend you pick them up!

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan-  It seems like the main reason I pick up a book on a whim is because it was cheap. Oh well, it’s a method that has worked out well for me. So I found this book for cheap, read it in a couple of hours and loved Sarah Crossan forever. This book is told completely in verse and follows a young girl Kasienka and her mother as they move to England in search of her father. Very sad and beautiful at the same time.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion- I actually got this book for free from my  brother as he won it in a competition and knew I’d get more enjoyment out of it then him. I had a rather large obsession for zombies at the time and this really helped my zombie itch. Not just about zombies though, Marion has a beautiful way of writing  and there is a romance and friendship angles in the book too.

One True Thing by Nicole Hayes- Okay so this book I picked up for a different reason…IT WAS PRETTY! Also this book is set in my home city and features politics which oddly enough I find intriguing in books ( if told in a decent way). I wrote more about my thoughts on this book here, but in short it deals with friendships and family and the importance of those relationships.

Pure by Julianna Baggott
I picked this up because it had a very cool, all white cover, and sure it took me like four years to actually read it but wow. This is set in an incredibly unique post apocalyptic world, and is the first book in a trilogy. I feel like this could become a new favourite series, once I pick up books 2 and 3. You can see my full review

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
I know I talk about this one all the time, but I just love it so much. I picked this up, again, because of it’s pretty cover. At the time, I hadn’t even read Anne Frank’s diary and my obsession with WWII was only just beginning. If you’ve missed this somehow, then you ABSOLUTELY need to pick it up.

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Last week I participated in the Book Buddy-a-thon with the very, very, very lovely Annika of Hiding Books, and we chose this book as our buddy read. I hadn’t read any Holly Bourne before, but wow, I think I can feel a new author obsession coming on. This is just an incredible book about mental illness, relationships, female friendships and lots more. It’s really, really incredible.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
One of my very good writing friends actually had Jennifer Lynn Barnes as a professor at University, and my friend mentioned she really liked her class so I kept her name in the back of my mind. I happened to see this one at the library one day and picked it up with pretty low expectations (thanks to the cover), but then I ended up loving it. It was such a fun book, but it had it’s intense moments too. I would definitely recommend it.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
I read this during Michelle and I’s Bookentine read-a-thon last year, and really enjoyed it. I have read quite a few books about LGBTQ+ boys, but never about the girls. I happened to see this on a Goodreads list once, and then the next time I went to the library I picked it up. I wasn’t sure about it when I started, but I did end up really loving it when I was done.

What books have you picked up? Have you read and loved any of these?


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16 responses to “Ten Books We Picked Up On A Whim

  1. I loved The Miseducation of Cameron Post too, and I think I picked it up on a whim too. It’s been about 3 years since I read it though. I actually want to buy a physical copy and re-read it. I might check out The Sight, because I’ve never heard of it before!

    • I borrowed a copy from the library so I don’t own it either. I might re-borrow it one day, or buy myself a copy. I think it’s one I’d like to re-read.

  2. Yes, to Warm Bodies! So good, and so not like most zombie books. I also really need to read more Ruta Sepetys because I picked up Out of the Easy on a whim (New Orleans? Gorgeous cover? Got to have) and loved it. She’s an amazing writer, and I’m a little sad I haven’t made time for all the things she’s written.

    My Top Ten Tuesday

    • I bought Out of the Easy when it came out, but I haven’t read it yet. I feel like it’s going to ruin me just like Between Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea did.

  3. Great Top Ten!
    I’ve heard SO many girl things about Holly Bourne, and I got Am I Normal yet? for Christmas…and I STILL haven’t read it! I need to get to it ASAP!
    My TTT!

  4. I loved Between Shades Of Grey! Pure and The Naturals were also pretty good, and I still need to read the Miseducation of Cameron Post. I have Warm Bodies as an audio book, but still haven’t listened to it. I think I might have to soon!

  5. I haven’t read Between Shades of Gray yet, but I need to get on it asap because Salt to the Sea is one of my favourite novels that I have read this year.
    Also I really need to read Am I Normal Yet ? – sounds so good.

    Thanks for the post.

    • Oh my god, Angel, you HAVE to pick up Between Shades of Gray, especially if you loved Salt to the Sea, I think you’d really like Am I Normal Yet?

  6. I picked up Forgotten by Cat Patrick on a whim as well and I just loved it! I couldn’t get it out of my mind for days afterwards, although it has been a while since I last read it. So glad you could enjoy it too. Some of these books are on my TBR already as well :3