Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
The vast majority of books I read these days I only pick up based on recommendations. Even review books, by the time I get around to them at least someone has read it. But once, there was a time, before Goodreads and blogging, where I picked up books just because (and sometimes even without reading the summary!) Fortunately my spontaneous decision making paid off for these.
Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) by Amy Thomas [Review]
There are vast quantities of books about Paris and I’ve read a few of them. This one is less about actual Paris and more about the delicious foods to be found there. Being such a huge fan of foodie fiction, this one was quite a delight.
The Beautiful Indifference: Stories by Sarah Hall [Review]
This was one of those rare, randomly picked review copies. I had not only never heard of this author but commonly avoid short story collections more than anything. Something made me pick this one up anyways (I blame it on the interesting cover) but I fell completely in love with this authors writing.
Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield [Review]
The funny thing about this one was I still decided to read it even though the vast majority of my blogger friends didn’t care for this one in the least. It’s always fun being the black sheep, but loving it when everyone didn’t.
Christmas at Tiffany’s: A Novel (At Tiffany’s #1) by Karen Swan [Review]
Every year, I convince myself that this is going to be the year that I read a bunch of holiday romances. I don’t know why, but I keep thinking it’ll totally be my thing. (It’s not.) But this one was damn adorable and I’m glad I took the chance on it.
Craving Perfect by Liz Fichera [Review]
When I usually pick a book at random, it’s from the library. I don’t like taking chances with review books that nobody has read and I haven’t heard a single thing about. This one hilarious and a ton of fun to read. To this day I still laugh in thinking about this one because magic treadmills.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind
I picked this up at random in a bookstore when I was in high school (way before my Goodreads/blogging days). It wasn’t a genre I typically read in those days but it is one of my all-time favorites to this day.
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1) by Libba Bray
This is another all-time favorite, pre-Goodreads/blogging days that has stuck with me. I did a re-read in recent years despite my nervousness that it wouldn’t hold up to my memories; it did.
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
I vividly remember reading this on a plane trip to visit my grandpa in Kentucky when I couldn’t have been older than 13. It was my first Crichton and is the book I blame for my ongoing fascination with books about plagues and pandemics.
Forever and the Night (Vampire #1) by Linda Lael Miller
This was my first ever paranormal romance book (picked up in the same bookstore that I found Perfume in, ha). The cheese is strong (I recently re-read bits of the first one) but it’s a classic (1993!) and I’ll always have fond memories of this series.
Triangles by Ellen Hopkins [Review]
This was my first verse novel and first book by Ellen Hopkins. I hadn’t even grasped the immense popularity of Hopkins (or even realized she lived like 30 minutes away from me). I’ve gone on to read many more by her and am always anxiously awaiting her next book.