To be honest, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday was difficult for me. Mainly because in answer to the topic “Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You a Fully Loaded Gift Card“, I really just want to say “my entire ‘to read’ list on Goodreads“. But something tells me that 2261 books (minus the few i actually do already own) is a bit more extensive than the ladies at The Broke and The Bookish had in mind.
I have read the complete Harry Potter series, borrowed from a friend. (Friendly PSA: THE BOOKS ARE SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE MOVIES! If you have only watched the movies, you are seriously missing out. Just saying.) I have listened multiple times to the Jim Dale audiobooks which my husband and I both adore. But I still don’t have the paperback set for my own collection. This is an oversight I need to correct at the first possible opportunity. And since I hypothetically have a fully loaded gift card, I might as well spring for this absolutely gorgeous box set.
I have all of Melanie Dickerson’s books either in Kindle or eARC or paperback. But… some books … they just need to be held in your hand and even hugged on occasion. I have all of Melanie’s recent books (including her Regency spy novel!) in paperback but I so badly want to own the earlier Fairy Tale Romance retellings in paperback as well. They need a spot on my favorites shelf. They need to be pulled out and sighed happily over from time to time. Yes, I can read them all on my kindle because yes, I bought the whole set. But…. paperbacks. I need them. Enough said.
I know, I know. I talk ad nauseum about this book. But if I’ve got access to a fully loaded gift card, I’m for sure stocking up on Safely Home because I’ve given away all my copies and am currently left with none. 🙂 And – y’all could probably predict what I’m about to say next – out of all the fiction books I’ve read, this is the one that has changed me the most. I’m due for a re-read, come to think of it 😉
I collect Cinderella stories. Yet, I still do not own this collection of Cinderella stories. This is a travesty of the highest order. (Ok, not really. I may have a melodramatic side.) But this book HAS been high on my wish list since I first learned about it. I know nothing about the authors or any of the stories but they had me at the title. While I’m at it, I wouldn’t mind owning these other collections either:
When I read Jane Austen, I want to read pretty books. Something about the language and the setting and the “classic-ness” of her stories just makes me want to curl up with something lovely and feminine and not a paperback. This hardcover set from Penguin Classics fits the bill quite nicely.
Speaking of lovely books, I want this collection for my personal library as well. Colorful books make me happy. Colorful books beloved from my childhood make me even happier. This set from Puffin Hardcover Classics includes A Little Princess, Anne of Green Gables, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Secret Garden, The Wind in the Willows, and Peter Pan.
Modern Mrs. Darcy did a post on beautiful editions of Anne of Green Gables and another post on beautiful books with which to build your kids’ libraries. I discovered this pretty box set from Tundra Books in one of those posts. I don’t remember which one exactly because I have both of these posts bookmarked for my wish lists, not for my nieces and nephews (as much as I love them) but for me. LOL. No apologies. If I end up with any extra on this hypothetical fully loaded gift card, I may decide to buy a set for the nieces. But the first one is all mine 🙂
Quick secret about me: I have always wanted to be a spy. Just by stating that fact I have probably ensured I will never in fact BE one. So, to me, the next best thing is reading spy thrillers and books like this one by Jason Hanson. I discovered the existence of this book-that-belongs-on-my-bookshelf on someone’s Top Ten Tuesday a few months ago and I’ve been itching to add it to my personal library ever since!
While I’m at it, I might as well get 100 Deadly Skills too. Another quick secret about me: I’m like Jason Bourne. Ok, really really not. But I am able to tune in to multiple conversations going on around me and I usually scan for all the exits when I enter a building. That counts, right? Anyway… this book seems like Jason Bourne’s handbook. So I need it.
On a completely different note, my last book of the ten I would buy with a fully loaded gift card is Toss the Bouquet, a collection of novellas from Ruth Logan Herne, Amy Matayo, and Janice Thompson. Besides the fact that Ruth Logan Herne basically has her own shelf at my house, my reasons for needing to own this book are quite simple. I have the book that comes before this one – A Season to Wed – and I have the book that comes after this one – To Have and To Hold. But I don’t have Toss The Bouquet and that just really messes with my just-enough-to-be-annoying-in-cases-like-this OCD tendencies 🙂
So … after reading today’s post … you have learned that I like to hug my books, would intentionally withhold books from my nieces if it came down to me or them, have OCD tendencies, and am basically delusional because I think I’m a spy/JasonBourne in the making. If you are still following my blog after all that craziness (please rest assured that my sister-in-law is a therapist so I’m probably ok. lol) let me know which books YOU would buy if you were handed a fully loaded gift card!