TTT: Choose Your Own Adventure – Instant Book Buys Edition.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.

Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second if Someone Handed You a Fully Loaded Gift Card

This is a tough list for me. Most of my books I don’t buy – I borrow them from the library. And I am happy to borrow them from the library. In fact, I have a long list of books on hold at the library. Here is my book-buying criteria:

  1. A few favorite authors that I always buy their latest book.
  2. I’ve read a book from the library and loved it so much I want to buy my own copy.
  3. The occasional impulse buy if I find myself inside a bookstore or locate a used book bargain.

Based on my criteria, in thinking about my list this week, I looked through my TBR and said to myself, Yes I want to read this one, but would I really buy that book? And I’ve found the answer to most is no. I’m happy to check them out and return them in exchange for another book on my TBR.

Also keep in mind that these are my choices when in the “planning” stage, but I know when I got to the bookstore I would see other titles, throw this list out, and completely change my mind. Without further ado, here are my…

Instant Book Buys


Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow – Confession. I am completely obsessed with the musical soundtrack to Hamilton. I recently bought the book Hamilton: The Revolution, and now I’m thinking I need to read the book that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda to write the musical. I am interested to learn the fact vs. fiction.

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. I love Ms. Moriarty’s books. Each one has great characters and themes, and a central mystery that pulls me right in.

The Bloomsbury editions of The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. As both an anglophile and a Harry Potter-addict, it would be great fun to read the UK version of my favorite series.

The 14th Colony by Steve Berry. I love Mr. Berry’s Cotton Malone novels, but these are ones I typically get from the library. Since I have a fully stocked gift card and I haven’t read this latest outing, I would probably pick it up.

The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle by Laura DiSilverio. This is the third series that I’ve read and enjoyed by Ms. DiSilverio. The Readaholics is a fun cozy series, and Ms. DiSilverio is a local author that I’m happy to support.

The Making of Return of the Jedi by J.W. Rinzler. I’ve got the first two in this series, it would be nice to round it out with the third.

And because I’m stuck on this week, here are the four books I’ve bought this summer (not including the books sent to me from my awesome OwlCrate subscription!):

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Originally, I checked this out from the library, and the book is so gorgeous that two weeks ago I bought a copy for myself.

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner. The premise for this book sounds so intriguing, and our library only had a handful of copies with a growing waitlist, so I bit the bullet and bought this one.

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. I had heard great things about The Nest and was on the waitlist at the library. I was in the bookstore with my boys when I saw it in person. This was a total impulse buy. I blame the beautiful cover.

Journey to Munich by Jacqueline Winspear. Maisie Dobbs is one of my favorite series and this was an autographed copy! I had to get it.


Your turn! What books would you buy with that loaded gift card? (And, in turn, what should I be buying?) Comment below and link up to your own TTT if you’ve got one this week!

9 thoughts on “TTT: Choose Your Own Adventure – Instant Book Buys Edition.

  1. I just read the Readaholics and the Gothic Gala and LOVED it! I expect to enjoy it because a cozy mystery involving books is my kind of thing but I really enjoyed it – especially when they really got down to discussing the book which was Rebecca. It made me happy! Missing, Presumed and The Nest are both calling my name too.


  2. The Nest is one I can’t wait to read! I am on hold at the library. I didn’t love Truly Madly Guilty but can’t wait to see what you think when you get to it. I also love the Hamilton soundtrack and have been eyeing the book at the library! Great list!!


  3. I’ll probably buy Truly Madly Guilty but as an ebook, I liked Big Little Lies so much it’s pretty much an auto buy for me even though I’ve heard mixed things early on. And The Making of Return of the Jedi- I’ve never heard of that one but I just clicked over to Goodreads and I think I need to get that! Looks very interesting!


  4. I had the same problem compiling this week’s list: I get just about everything from the library and only buy a book if it’s something really special, or if I find a happen upon a cheap (like under $3) copy of a book I really want to read.

    I, too, would love to have the U.K. versions of the Harry Potter books and I’ve actually been mulling over buying them… but I already have two full sets (the originals and the newer paperback box set with the new cover illustrations) and I’m working on three as the illustrated editions come out. Do I REALLY need another set?!

    My mom is a huge library user too, but she actually grabbed “The Nest” as an impulse buy a couple months ago! She really enjoyed and and she’s going to send it my way next time she mails a box here. I’ve heard good things about it, and that cover is gorgeous!


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