Top Ten Tuesday | On a Whim

May 17, 2016
Top Ten Tuesday

Hello, happy readers! Here we go with another new week, and the start of a new week full of blogging (this week that is going to be true as I have two committed posts and plans for at least one other). As we come off of Armchair BEA (who else joined in that bit of fun?), I’m excited to join another Top Ten Tuesday meme.

As years have been added to my blogger tally, I’ve learned
many a thing about my reading habits and life. One of the most important in my increasingly
prolific (my type-A-must-post-something-three-to-four-times-a-week self is showing
here) book blogging life has taught me is this: know what you like.

Explaining this more thoroughly is definitely something I
could talk more about at greater length. However, perhaps that is something best
saved and further explored in a  topic
post. Today, we’re here for Top Ten Tuesday fun.  

Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday May 17th  

Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim  

Some of these books I’ve featured time and again (apologies for this!), but hey,
when you love a book, we shouldn’t apologize for giving them too many
shout-outs, right? #BookNerdProblems Some of these I picked up “on a whim,” but also knew something
about them because of amazing book blogger friends nudging me towards them. Either
way, I hope you spot some favorite reads or maybe even some new novels to
enjoy. Most of them may have begun as “whim” reads, but they have since become
treasured favorites. With exception to one or two on this list that, well, were

1. Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren | I was enchanted by this series. Someday the
plan is to enjoy a reread.  Amazon |
2. The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden | When it comes to historical fiction, I’m picky. Why I don’t know, but for some reason I have to play by a different set of rules when picking my historical fiction reads. This was an “on a whim” choice, and it wound up being a good one. Elizabeth Camden is now one of my favorite historical fiction authors, plus it helped that I can remember feeling some North and South vibes from this one. Just don’t ask me to remember why (it’s been too long since I read this). Amazon | Goodreads

3. The Selection
by Keira Cass | If I had to wager a guess, I’d say the cover of this novel pulled
me in. After that, there was no way I wouldn’t be reading this one. The inside
is just as lovely as the outside. Now, I simply must finish the series! Amazon
| Goodreads

4. Rules of Murder
by Julianna Deering | Love (lovelove) Julianna Deering’s sassy and perfect atmospheric historical series. It’s crazy good, and of course, the hero, Drew, is unforgettable. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Dollar | This is one of the books that did not become a
favorite. In fact, I put it aside it was so not a “me” kind of read, and haven’t
gone back since. Still, that cover is gorgeous! Amazon | Goodreads

6. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner | This was another “give me the pretty” book purchase. But it wound up being a good one. The story is intriguing and since reading it, I’m constantly reminded that I’m still in need of reading its companion novels. Amazon | Goodreads 

7. A Table by the Window
by Hillary Manton Lodge | This is one beautiful novel; anyone who likes contemporary fiction simply must read it. I don’t think you’ll regret it. Amazon | Goodreads 

8. Remembrance by
Michelle Madow | Read this one because I really liked the authors
journey-to-publishing story plus it was inspired by Taylor Swift’s ‘Love Story.’
Yep, that was all the incentive I needed. Amazon | Goodreads

9. Submerged by Dani Pettrey | It may have began as a “whim” read, but has since become one of my most favorite suspense novels. Still love this  one. Amazon | Goodreads
10. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch | I don’t remember if there was an underlying reason why I picked this one up, but either way, it was a random choice (I think) likely meant to introduce myself to more YA fantasy, and I wound up really enjoying it. Amazon | Goodreads


Those are some of my “on a whim” books. What books did you
pick up on a whim: did you end up loving or loathing them? Comment down below
with YOUR thoughts on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. 

As always, thank you
for visiting Finding Wonderland
. You’re most welcome.  



  • Anonymous

    May 17, 2016 at 5:02 am

    I'm almost always pulled in by a pretty cover. I can't help myself! :-) Great list!

    1. Rissi

      May 18, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      Right!? Me too, Chrissi. :)

  • Lenore

    May 17, 2016 at 5:27 am

    OHNOES!!! I *just* picked up Where the Stars Still Shine TODAY because it was on sale! I've read one other by Trish Doller and loved it. Hopefully I have better luck with it!! Great list, so glad that most of your whims worked out!!

    My TTT.

    1. Rissi

      May 18, 2016 at 11:38 pm

      I hope you do too, Lenore! It just wasn't well suited for my reading tastes, however if you liked Trish's earlier novel, you'll likely enjoy this one. Or that's what I've found when it comes to authors I continue reading. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting. :)

  • DeAnna Julie Dodson

    May 17, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Awww, I'm so glad you're enjoying Drew and his adventures. Thank you! :D

    1. Rissi

      May 18, 2016 at 11:53 pm

      My pleasure, DeAnna. Thank you for writing these novels. Honestly, they're phenomenal. :) Glad you stopped by.

  • Anne Bennett

    May 17, 2016 at 5:39 am

    The only books I know on your list are the Selection series which are quite popular in my library. I would say they are whim-worthy with the lovely dresses on the covers! My whimsical purchases

    1. Rissi

      May 18, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      Most definitely, Anne. :) Thanks so much for visiting (as always). Off to read about your whimsical purchases.

  • Belle @ Belle’s Books

    May 17, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I really enjoyed the Selection too and it was totally a cover buy for me aswell haha. I am currently reading Snow like Ashes and I'm loving it!
    Great TTT!

    1. Rissi

      May 19, 2016 at 12:40 am

      As did I, Belle. I Still have to read The One, a couple of the novellas, and the spin-off duo, but they're my guilty pleasure reads! SO glad you are enjoying Snow Like Ashes. Happy reading – and thanks so much for visiting. :)

  • Lianne @

    May 17, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Great list! It can be a hit or miss for me when it comes to picking books up on a whim but it's always such a pleasant surprise when you do pick up a book randomly and end up loving it =D

    My TTT

    1. Rissi

      May 19, 2016 at 12:51 am

      It is indeed, Lianne. That's one great joy for a book nerd – the feeling you describe. :) As always, super glad you stopped in!

  • Chelsea Coates

    May 17, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Snow Like Ashes almost made my list too and The Selection was one of those books I grabbed for the cover hehe. Great list!!

    My TTT

    1. Rissi

      May 19, 2016 at 12:53 am

      The Selection is totally worth buying JUST for the cover if you ask me. It's SOOO pretty. Hope you liked Snow Like Ashes. Thanks for visiting, Chelsea. :)

  • Miranda Atchley

    May 17, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    I just love the cover of Glamorous Illusions. And The Lady of Bolton Hill and Rules of Murder sound interesting, too. Lovely post, Rissi.

    1. Rissi

      May 19, 2016 at 12:55 am

      As do I, Miranda. :) Elizabeth's covers are wonderful stories and Julianna Deering's books are amazing! Happy reading.

  • Michelle

    May 17, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I had the same thing going on with Where the Stars Still Shine. I told myself that Callie and me just weren't meant to be besties… but yes to the beautiful cover!!!

    1. Rissi

      May 19, 2016 at 12:57 am

      I'm glad I'm not the only one, Michelle. *sigh* I really wanted to like 'Shine,' but just couldn't get into it. But, yes, most definitely! It has a gorgeous cover. :) Thanks for visiting.

  • Dawn Janis

    May 17, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    You've got some good ones today.

    1. Rissi

      May 19, 2016 at 12:59 am

      Thanks, Dawn! Always great to feature awesome books. :)

  • Kelly

    May 17, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    These Broken Stars really was an engaging read! I hear that the TV rights have sold for the whole trilogy recently, so we might be seeing an adaptation soon.

    1. Rissi

      May 19, 2016 at 1:01 am

      That's awesome, Kelly! I'd guess that would be something that'd do really well on a network like CW. :)

  • Liselle @ Lunch-Time Librarian

    May 18, 2016 at 12:54 am

    These Broken Stars does have such a beautiful cover. I think when you end up picking a book on a whim it's like 90% based on the cover. That is a great way to get drawn in.

    1. Rissi

      May 19, 2016 at 1:02 am

      So true, Liselle! The cover is the fist thing we see, so naturally, that's initially what we're drawn too. :)

  • IloveHeartlandX

    May 18, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Glad to hear you really enjoyed Snow Like Ashes, it's one of the books on my TBR for this year!
    My TTT:

    1. Rissi

      May 19, 2016 at 1:05 am

      Well, I sure hope you enjoy it. :) Thanks so much for visiting.

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