This week on The Broke and the Bookish, it’s all about the whimsy. Last minute reads or books picked up on the fly without even so much as a glance at the summary. I’ve certainly read my share of these, but here are some of the memorable mentions:
Browsing the Shelves:
I spent a lot of time at my hometown library as a teenager…I wasn’t really one for the mall since I didn’t have any money to spend, so the it was the library was the next best thing. I would spend hours just browsing the shelves, from fiction to non-fiction, I’d leave no shelf unturned. So there were plenty of covers that caught my eye while passing by.
The Man of My Dreams by Curtis Sittenfeld
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
(Actually, this title happened to be on my class reading list when I found it at the library. Say a stroke of fate, considering it’s still one of my favorites!)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
(Eventually I had to buy my own copy, I read it so many times. Hardly suitable content for an 8th grader but I couldn’t get enough of it! I was completely mesmerized by Savannah and its quirky natives.)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The New Shelf:
Every time I go to the library it’s for one thing only: to pick -up the week’s holds. It’s my Thursday afternoon ritual, and I typically have 4 to 6 books to check out…and yet, I can’t seem to leave without a few stowaways from the New Shelf. It’s not my fault, they put it RIGHT NEXT to the hold shelves!
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke (Review)
Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash (Review)
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (Review)
A Bright Man For Fools by Jasper Gibson
Man, I am such a sucker for book cover art. Looking back on this list, I’m pretty sure it was the cover that drew me to each of these picks – especially All the Birds!
On A Whim:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
This novel took several tries before I actually decided to finish it once and for all, on a whim. I’d been browsing Overdrive for what seemed like an hour when I happened upon it. And yes, I finally finished it!
Wayward Pines by Blake Crouch
I read this series on a whim when my boyfriend started reading it. He’s not much of a reader, so if a series has him captivated – I have to check it out! I’m glad I didn’t read a summary or any reviews beforehand, because this series has a crazy twist you’ll never see coming. The show is good too, but the books are much, much better.
What books have you read on a whim?
2 thoughts on “Ten Books Read On A Whim”
I read The Glass Castle on a whim. Loved it and have since read it several times.
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Wink Poppy Midnight made my list, too. I have to stay away from the new books shelf, though. I already over commit myself on the holds… My TTT