Top Ten Tuesday #23: Books I picked up on a whim

I realized while preparing for this post that I don’t read many books without getting a strong recommendation from another blogger or someone I know IRL (i.e. people in my book clubs). And when I do select books for myself it’s usually because they’re books by authors I already love.

I had to dig deep, but I came up with these 10 books that I selected for myself over the last year. Most of these were books I requested on NetGalley, Kindle book deals, or physical books I bought/found. Some worked out well. Others did not.

Good Reads


Multiple Listings by Tracy McMillan (5 stars)

The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman (5 stars)

Second House from the Corner by Sadeqa Johnson (4 stars)

How to Be Brave by Katherine Kottaras (4 stars)

Small Data by Martin Lindstrom (4 stars)


So-So Reads




Hit (Hit #1) by Delilah S. Dawson (3 stars)

Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock (3 stars)

A Grown Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson (3 stars)


Less than Stellar Reads

All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith (2 stars)

The Heart of the Fight by Judith & Bob Wright (2 stars)

What books have you picked up on a whim recently? How did they work out for you?

This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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10 Comments

  1. My most recent on a whim reads would be Bone Gap by Laura Ruby and The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant, and they were both great! I'm the same way, though, I really don't pick up books where I haven't read a bunch of reviews or come away with a strong recommendation.

  2. I read Me and Emma forever ever ever ago. I can't even remember what happened in it…. except there's a big twist isn't there. I think I remember being mad at that twist a little bit!! Great list 🙂

  3. Out of these books, I've only read How to Be Brave and Hit. How to Be Brave was an okay read for me, but I did end up selling it to Half Price Books. I just felt like it was being pushed as a body positivity book when there wasn't a lot to really back that up. Hit was a disaster for me. I did finish it, but it wasn't a book for me.

    1. Interesting…body positivity? Really? I don't see that either in that book. I liked it so much because the pacing was good and the characters seemed so real.

      Yeah, I wanted to like Hit more, but it wasn't as good as I was hoping. I'm still undecided about reading the sequel.

  4. Great list of books! I am always looking for recommendations to add to my TBR pile (thanks!). I recently read a super funny book by former comedian Margot Black called “Where’s My Award? How to Get Baby Barf Out of a Red Carpet & Other Tales from a Working Mom in Hollywood” . This book is a MUST read for working mommies who are looking to inject some humor into their routine. The author works as a celebrity publicist in Hollywood while trying to raise a family and her stories about daily life are crazy!! She talks about the pressures of being a “perfect modern mom” and her memoir is heartfelt and relatable (minus the celebrities!!) I really hope you will check it out and perhaps it will make it on a future list of yours. Would love to know what you think

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