Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Picked Up On A Whim


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top 10 Books I Picked Up On A Whim.

These are titles I bought spur of the moment or didn’t have any plans to purchase until I ran across it in the book store. They’re also all titles currently sitting on my TBR pile.


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Genre: Literary Fiction

Rosemary doesn’t talk very much, and about certain things she’s silent. She had a sister, Fern, her whirlwind other half, who vanished from her life in circumstances she wishes she could forget. And it’s been ten years since she last saw her beloved older brother Lowell.

Now at college, Rosemary starts to see that she can’t go forward without going back, back to the time when, aged five, she was sent away from home to her grandparents and returned to find Fern gone.


Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Genre: Biography

In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.


Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
Genre: Literary Fiction

Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

shades of milk and honey

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal
Genre: Historical Fantasy

Shades of Milk and Honey is an intimate portrait of Jane Ellsworth, a woman ahead of her time in a version of Regency England where the manipulation of glamour is considered an essential skill for a lady of quality. But despite the prevalence of magic in everyday life, other aspects of Dorchester’s society are not that different: Jane and her sister Melody’s lives still revolve around vying for the attentions of eligible men.

Jane resists this fate, and rightly so: while her skill with glamour is remarkable, it is her sister who is fair of face, and therefore wins the lion’s share of the attention. At the ripe old age of twenty-eight, Jane has resigned herself to being invisible forever. But when her family’s honor is threatened, she finds that she must push her skills to the limit in order to set things right–and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.

a criminal magic

A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly
Genre: Historical Fantasy

It’s 1926 in Washington, DC, and while Anti-Sorcery activists have achieved the Prohibition of sorcery, the city’s magic underworld is booming. Sorcerers cast illusions to aid mobsters’ crime sprees. Smugglers funnel magic contraband in from overseas. Gangs have established secret performance venues where patrons can lose themselves in magic, and take a mind-bending, intoxicating elixir known as the sorcerer’s shine.

Joan Kendrick, a young sorcerer from Norfolk County, Virginia accepts an offer to work for DC’s most notorious crime syndicate, the Shaw Gang, when her family’s home is repossessed. Alex Danfrey, a first-year Federal Prohibition Unit trainee with a complicated past and talents of his own, becomes tapped to go undercover and infiltrate the Shaws.

a madness so discreet

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
Genre: YA Thriller

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Genre: Middle Grade

Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventure – one that will threaten their lives and our universe.

Winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal, A Wrinkle in Time is the first book in Madeleine L’Engle’s classic Time Quintet.


A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Genre: Literary Fiction

Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.


Murder Your Darlings by J.J. Murphy
Genre: Mystery

One morning legendary wit Dorothy Parker discovers someone under Manhattan’s famed Algonquin Round Table. A little early for a passed out drunk, isn’t it? But he’s not dead drunk, just dead. When a charming writer from Mississippi named Billy Faulkner becomes a suspect in the murder, Dorothy decides to dabble in a little detective work, enlisting her literary cohorts.

It’s up to the Algonquins to outwit the true culprit-preferably before cocktail hour-and before the clever killer turns the tables on them.


Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
Genre: Mystery

Maisie Dobbs isn’t just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence—and the patronage of her benevolent employers—she works her way into college at Cambridge. When World War I breaks out, Maisie goes to the front as a nurse. It is there that she learns that coincidences are meaningful and the truth elusive. After the War, Maisie sets up on her own as a private investigator. But her very first assignment, seemingly an ordinary infidelity case, soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.


34 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Picked Up On A Whim

    • I really like Amy Poehler as well. It’s actually the audiobook I own of that one. I need to get around to listening to it one of these days.

      Same here with Maisie Dobbs. The setting was the biggest draw for me.


  1. EEE! You haven’t read “A Madness so Discreet” OR “A Wrinkle in Time” yet?! These are two books that I LOVE! So I highly recommend dropping absolutely everything to enjoy them! I wish “A Madness so Discreet” was a series so I could keep swooning over the characters.

    Anyway, hope you enjoy them bunches when you finally do get to them!

    My TTT

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  2. I completely forgot about A Madness So Discreet. I love weird, creepy books and I’ve been wanting to read this since way before the publication date. I can’t believe I still haven’t, wtf @ myself!
    Yes Please is definitely something I want to read as well, I’m sadly super iffy about non-fiction though and need to seriously kick myself in the butt so I’ll pick up a non-fiction book.

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  3. Ooh, Amy Poehler! I’ve been curious about that one but I barely watch any comedy, though I’m familiar-ish with Poehler thanks to Parks and Rec. And Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad… I’ve heard good things about it, and I’m glad you liked it.

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    • I’m with you on Amy Poehler. I only really know her from Parks and Rec as well.

      Since I’ve bought A Visit from the Goon Squad, I’ve been hearing good things about it as well. Hope it lives up to the hype!


  4. How many of them have you read? 😛 Did you read A Criminal Magic yet? I’m curious about that one…

    and what made you pick up A Madness So Discreet? Gotta admit the cover is gorgeous… but the blurb? Hmmmm.

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    • All of these are on my TBR pile still. LOL I’ve heard some really great stuff about A Criminal Magic though.

      I’m gotta admit that the reason I picked-up A Madness so Discreet was a little shallow. I just really liked the cover. However, since I bought it I’ve read a lot of reviews on it from people who really enjoyed it. So I’m hoping it’ll be a good one.


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