Ten Books I Bought Because...

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, appealed to me because I buy books for a wide variety of reasons. Rather than list ten books that I bought for the same reason, I decided to feature a variety of reasons I'll buy a book. I tried to only choose books that I actually remembered buying, not ones that I read for review and then purchased. Additionally, I only picked books that I love! I've purchased plenty of books for the reasons below and ended up wishing I hadn't. So, here are ten that I definitely recommend!


1. OF THE COVER: A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams
I have to be honest: I bought several Beatriz Williams books before I'd ever read my first. The covers were just so lovely and they sounded like something I'd love. Thankfully, I wasn't wrong and found a new favorite author!

2. OF A RECOMMENDATION: Happiness for Beginners
by Katherine Center
Estelle recommended this book to me, and I remember seeing it at Target not long after. On a whim, I decided to go for it. That was one of the best decisions I've ever made because this one of my favorite books of all time.

3. OF THE HOOK: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice? Of course I had to try it, even though I'd decided not to finish another book I'd tried from Sittenfeld in the past. While it won't work for everyone, I thought this was so clever.

4. OF A SALE: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
While wandering my local used bookstore, I spied a copy of this book in the wrong section. I'd planned to re-shelve it but couldn't resist the $4 price tag. I'm so glad I trusted my gut because this was an absolute delight!

5. OF A SERIES: Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers
LaFever's His Fair Assassin series was such a delight, and I was thrilled when I found out she was continuing the series with a new duology. I bought myself a copy on my birthday bookstore visit last year.

6. OF THE MOVIE: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Yes, I broke the cardinal rule of many readers and saw the movie before picking up the book. But in this instance, I was so glad I did because it helped me keep track of all the characters. The next two books were even better!

7. OF THE AUTHOR: Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil
 by Melina Marchetta
I will read anything that Marchetta writes, whether or not the summary appeals to me. I was nervous about her trying a new genre, adult mystery, but shouldn't have been. It was just as flawless as her young adult.

8. OF A SAMPLE: The Opposite of Love by Julie Buxbaum
I still vividly remember seeing this on the shelf at Borders (RIP), sitting down to sample it, and realizing that I had to buy it immediately. The rest of the book lived up to the beginning and became a favorite (and frequent re-read).

9. OF THE HYPE: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
While on vacation two years ago, I decided to treat myself to this book at my favorite independent bookstore. Beloved on bookstagram, I was convinced it wouldn't live up to the hype. I was wrong – it's amazing!

10. OF THE TOPIC: The Real Jane Austen by Paula Byrne
It's a truth universally acknowledged that I cannot resist anything related to Jane Austen, and that includes non-fiction about her life. I bought this on vacation a few years ago and finally read it this January and adored it.

Have you ever bought a book for one of these reasons?


  1. I thought Eligible was a terrific read and I also enjoyed Crazy Rich Asians.

  2. Beatriz Williams really does have great covers! A Hundred Summers is my favorite by her.

  3. I think it's great you bought multiple Beatriz Williams books before reading anything from her just based on their covers alone. :)

    My TTT .

  4. That is such a pretty stack of books! Especially The Real Jane Austen, which sounds like an exceptional resource with an innovative and awesome premise.

  5. I have absolutely bought books for all of the reasons you listed above! I'm generally most likely to buy books because of recommendations from friends that I trust or a sale.


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