Purely on a whim..


Every Tuesday over at the  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  The topic this week is:

Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

So, these are books that I sort of idly picked up, not based on recommendations or were just found at book sales when I wasn’t looking with anything particular in mind:

  1. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I actually found this at a second hand book store and just quite liked the cover and blurb – I also figured it might be something my dad would enjoy so I thought ‘why not’!
  2. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – was another book store find – similar to the above.  I think it was super cheap so again I thought I’d give it a try.
  3. Poison Study by Maria Snyder – which I loved and also found similarly to the above.
  4. Longbourn by Jo Baker – I really did pick this one up in a moment of whimsy because I’ve never liked the idea of authors tackling subjects written by other authors – and look what happened – I loved this!
  5. Jane Steel by Lindsay Faye – I was sent this book by the publisher and was so intrigued by the concept, plus it has a similar storyline to Jane Eyre which is one of my favourites so I though I’d have a go – I really enjoyed this one.
  6. All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry. Oddly enough this book was a recommendation but to be honest it was one that I didn’t really fancy having a go of.  Fortunately I went for it and I’m so pleased I did.  This is a really compelling tale.
  7. Witch Light by Susan Fletcher.  This is one of my favourites.  I found this in a ‘3 books for £5 sale in The Works and think I chose it to make up the numbers.  As it happens it was an absolute ‘find’ and I’ve read everything by this author since!
  8. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice – this was another of my The Works ‘specials’ and I was really pleased with it.
  9. The Rebel Angels by Gillian Philips.  This wasn’t a recommendation but I saw an article about the first book – Firebrand and decided to give it a go.  I loved this series.
  10. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – I found this, along with a lot of other favourites, amongst my dad’s books.  He never actually told me which books to read I just slowly made my way though them and Rebecca was and still is a firm favourite.

27 Responses to “Purely on a whim..”

  1. Jamie Wu

    I love Name of the Wind and Lies of Locke Lamora, but I actually got them after hearing a lot about them. Firebrand sounds like something I should look into. Love the premise.

  2. rosemawrites

    oooh. i love the haunting vibe of some of your picked books, Lynn. 🙂

  3. imyril

    Wow you have good taste in impulse buys – some real classics on that list!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – and also thank goodness for that second hand book shop – I would have never heard of Lynch or Rothfuss otherwise – well, maybe I would at some point, – but who knows!
      Lynn 😀

  4. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    That’s an interesting mix of books! 🙂 I’ve only read three of them. Absolutely love 2 of those three, and still enjoyed the third. Will have to take a closer look at some of these others.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s amazing what books you can pick up sometimes. All of these were not planned books at all – I think it’s great that I picked up Lynch and Rothfuss in a secondhand shop and at the time I’d never heard of either of them!
      Lynn 😀

  5. Danya @ Fine Print

    You’ve had some excellent serendipitous finds! I just read Jane Steele a few weeks ago (on your recommendation) and it was SO GOOD. I’m very intrigued by Firebrand now!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love the Rebel Angels – Seth in particular (ahem!)
      Lynn 😀

  6. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    You picked up both The Name the Wind and The Lies of Locke Lamora on whim?! You win 😛

    • @lynnsbooks

      At the time I’d never heard of either of them – they were in a second hand book store and at the time they sounded good and I thought why not – I was reading a much more diverse range of books back then with a lot less fantasy.
      Lynn 😀

  7. jessicabookworm

    I also have The Lies of Locke Lamora and a Daphne du Maurier on my whim list; both of which were bought cheap at The Works 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      The Works is pretty good for impulse buys – even if you know a couple of the books you pick up you’re always tempted to find that third one for the deal!
      Lynn 😀

      • jessicabookworm

        Exactly! And at those prices/deals it’s worth taking a chance 😀

      • @lynnsbooks

        I’ve read a few very good books that I picked up from the Works – I don’t get to visit as often these days so no doubt I’m missing loads of good books! Still my stacks are breathing a sigh of relief.
        Lynn 😀

  8. sweettalkrevolution

    I really enjoyed “Jane Steele” and my older brother has been raving about “The Name of the Wind”. I’ve had a few other people give me recommendations on this one, so I might need to look in to it!

    My TTT

    • @lynnsbooks

      Both are really good. I can safely say that you’d have to go a long way and read a lot of books before you read anything that surpasses Name of the Wind. Plus the second book, Wise Man’s Fear is awesome – the only problem is waiting for No.3 to come out! Still, all good things to those that wait.
      Lynn 😀

  9. sjhigbee

    Some cracking books in there, Lynn:). I love Patrick Rothfuss, Scott Lynch and Daphne du Maurier – I’m now tempted by Witch Light…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Oh, I think you would love Witch Light. I loved it – the language is really beautiful, I admit it took me a little while to get into at the start of the book but then I was hooked. Fletcher’s turn of phrase is just so lovely. I’ve picked everything of her’s up since and in fact have a book right now waiting to be read. I strongly recommend it.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Thank you for that:) It’s always useful to get a strong recommendation.

  10. Samantha @ Book Minx

    Poison Study was a whim purchase for me as well and I loved every second of it.

  11. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    A lot of my impulse buys in the past have turned out to become some of my all time favorites. Name of the Wind was a spur of the moment, whim purchase for me too 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was reading a whole lot less fantasy then – still sort of developing my own likes and dislikes and so I was reading more history/contemporary and some light fantasy. I’d never heard of Lynch or Rothfuss. Those two surprise finds were the best books I’ve ever picked up – both bargains!
      So good that Name of the Wind was an impulse buy for you too! I thought I was on my own with that.
      Lynn 😀

  12. Wendleberry

    I have numbers 1 & 2 on my to read list. Good knows when I’ll get to them, but they’re there! 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      and they’re so good – I hope you manage to find time for them at some point.
      Lynn 😀

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