Books Worth Buying | Top Ten Tuesday

I do confess that this was a hard topic for me to actually answer. Because almost all of my spare money goes to, and has always gone to, buying books. I have a lot of books. I will never be one of those humble readers who actually uses a library or an eReader. And so, I have two bookshelves and hundreds of books . . . so what books could I possibly want?

Well LET ME TELL YOU. I’ve done a tiny spin on this and we’re going to talk about the books that I DID borrow (from the library or a friend, or something I’ve had as an eBook and wanted as a physical book) and ended up buying anyway. Because there have been a few amazing reads in my life where I’ve been compelled to simply own the book – to give it a place of honour on my bookself because I loved it so much.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s prompt is:

Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library

So let’s have a look at these very special books that have well and truly earned their very tight spot on my overfull shelves.


1. Poison Study
by Maria V. Snyder

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I am even using the old, original cover which was the version I was given by a friend in high school. Truth be told, this friend (her name was Brona in case she’s reading) was probably a huge reason why I got into reading YA. She used to come to my house, piled high with books in her arms that I simply HAD to read. A few books on this list will be from her. I’m so grateful she foisted Poison Study upon me because it has been true love with Snyder’s work since that day and I have since gone out and bought not only book one of this book (post-reading) but the next two books in the series too.

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2. The Ruins of Gorlan
by John Flanagan

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The Ranger’s Apprentice series was another such story that Brona introduced me to. And it’s still one I’m trying to finish today, probably nearly ten years on. I LOVE this series (I just never get around to picking it up) and after borrowing the first five books from her, I have since gone out and slowly collected the entire 13-book series that sits proudly on my shelf. Happy was the day when this series got its beautiful cover redo.

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3. Splintered
by A. G. Howard

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Yep, you guessed it, this is another book that Brona lent to me. God, I could not get over this story when I first read it. I’ve been a massive fan of Howard’s work since then too (I’ve bought and read the rest of this series, novellas included, and have read her other popular (Phantom of the Opera retelling) book, RoseBlood, too). This book was crazy and everything I could have wanted from an Alice in Wonderland retelling.

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4. Longbourn
by Jo Baker

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This is one that I plucked randomly from the shelves at my local library once upon a time and fell madly in love with. This was during the brief and singular phase when I frequented my library (mostly because I felt it to be my bookworm duty to do so, and valiantly ignored my books at home). This is the servant’s story (/retelling) of Pride and Prejudice and to this day, it is one of my favourite books. I picked up my own copy of this at a secondhand bookfair.

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5. An Ember in the Ashes
by Sabaa Tahir

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This was another library borrow. This time, however, not random. I was well aware of the good reviews this was getting and had been on the waiting list at the library for my turn to read this. I’d been thinking to myself: hey, why don’t I not just buy a book for once and borrow it. And then I loved it so much I had to order myself a copy. So that clearly didn’t work.

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6. The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield

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Another library read! Who knew I’d borrowed three books from a library in my lifetime?! Not me! This was a random choice. I must admit, I do love randomly selecting books at the library and wildly throwing myself into the perils of an unknown world. This ended up being an excellent choice. To this day, it remains one of my favourite mysteries of all time. I have not, however, bought my own copy of this book and I have no idea why not.

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7. American Gods
by Neil Gaiman

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Here’s a curious one for you (and maybe proof of how book-crazy I am), I listened to this on audiobook originally (Gaiman narrates this own audiobooks and it’s fantastic). I really loved the story. It’s something so different to anything else. Which meant when I found this special edition in a bookstore, I bought it. I own the audiobook but I needed a physical copy of it to show off. So I bought a nice, big hardback that cost a pretty penny to satisfy that need. I’m crazy, I know.

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8. Thorn
by Intisar Khanani

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To finish off, here are a couple of books I’ve read and still don’t own. Thorn is a book I think so fondly of. Something I received through NetGalley and have heard nothing since reading it (seriously, why are most people reading this?) I would LOVE to own a copy of this. But it’s lack of mainstream popularity means it’s always been too expensive or flat out not available to order online.

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9. Because You’ll Never Meet Me
by Leah Thomas

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Because You’ll Never Meet Me is a contemporary that has haunted me in a good way since I finished reading it. It’s not a well known about book but I reviewed it for NetGalley and enjoyed it so much. I’ve been meaning to buy it for years now but it still eludes me.

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10. The Wolf Wilder
by Katherine Rundell

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Oh, so many happy memories around this book. I received an ARC of this many years ago on NetGalley (something I rarely use because I almost NEVER pick up eBooks) and I fell in love with Rundell’s stories. I own many of Rundell’s books now and have done advanced reviews for several, too. Yet The Wolf Wilder is a book I’ve not managed to get my hands on yet and I so want to.

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That’s a wrap!

What’s a book you wish you owned?


Happy reading!

~~ Kirstie ~~

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16 thoughts on “Books Worth Buying | Top Ten Tuesday

  1. Great list! I need to cross Longbourn and The Thirteenth Tale off my TBR, and I’m interested in checking out Thorn, too. I love those older copies of the Poison Study books! The first three are available in a charity shop near me and I’m so tempted to pick them up.

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  2. The cover of splintered is so beautiful! I would also love to own An ember in the ashes 9even though I haven’t read it yet..)

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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  3. Thank you for the amazing shout out! I am so thrilled you enjoyed Thorn–and I’m excited to share that it will be re-released from HarperTeen (US/Canada) and Hot Key (UK/Commonwealth) next spring. It’s been fully revised and somewhat expanded, but at heart it is the same story. Here’s hoping their distribution will bring Thorn to a bookstore near you soon. 💕

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  4. The Thirteenth Tale is one of my favorite books of all times! I’m a sucker for gothic mysteries 🙂 I really need to re-read it since it has been YEARS since I’ve read it.

    An Ember in the Ashes is definitely an awesome series! I read the first two books in the series in preparation to attend Sabaa Tahir’s book tour for the 3rd book. Have you read the second and third books? I think the second book was just as excellent as the first, but that the third book is the weakest in the series. I am really looking forward to the conclusion!

    I just read American Gods last month and enjoyed it! I definitely think audiobook is the way to go for this particular story. I listened to the version narrated by a full cast, but would have probably preferred NG’s narration.

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    1. I am probably due a re-read too! It’s been ages for me as well.

      I’ve only read the second, haha. I’ve not picked up the third because of the cover changes – it literally stumped me because I can’t buy a matching set now without rebuying them all XD

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! And ooh that’s interesting that you listened to a different cast. Neil Gaiman was absolutely fantastic – you should watch the Prime series of it, it’s very interesting and (somehow) expands on the whole story!

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