Top Ten Books I’d Buy If I Have a Gift Card


Happy Top Ten Tuesday, lovely people! This week’s theme is ‘books I’d buy if someone handed me a fully loaded gift card’ and it’s one I’ve taken complete advantage of. Nowhere was the value of the gift card specified to be amount, so I kind of went on a virtual window-shopping spree — a shopping spree that, had it actually been real, would have costed me AU$1,142.46.

That’s a hell of a lot, isn’t it? Well, let’s find out what I’ve bought… in, er, my imagination. 😛

1) A Thousand Nights – E. K. Johnston

PRICE: $23.75

FORMAT: Hardcover

I feel like more people love the purple cover more, but I am in love with this one. I just feel like it’s just more mystical, which suits the story a bit better given how much focus was put in the power of ~small gods~ and ~curses~ and ~demons~.

This would be 100% a cover buy for me. I’ve read the book before and while I enjoyed it and appreciated it, I didn’t love it. Here’s my review.

“If you listen long enough to the whispers, you will hear the truth. Until then, I will tell you this: the world is made safe by a woman. She bound the monster up and cast him out, and the man who was left was saved.”

2) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Illustrated) – J. K. Rowling

PRICE: $41.33

FORMAT: Hardcover

This is the book that I keep going back to every time I spot it on my bookshop visits — the illustrations are gorgeous (it’s by Jim Kay, who did Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls), and the story… well, you know, it’s Harry Potter.

I’m tempted to get all seven books in the series (once they’re all published) but let’s be honest, I’ll likely just stare at them and stroke the pages for the experience, not actually read them… so let’s go with the first one, for now.

3) V. E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic Series

PRICE: $25.71 + $29.99 + $29.99* = $85.69

FORMAT: Hardcover (3 books)

This series is one of my favourite ever and whoever did this cover design (Will Staehle) is a genius. You can read more about the design here.

* Predicted price as the third book isn’t out yet.

4) Puffin in Bloom Collection

PRICE: $68.29

FORMAT: Hardcover (4 books)

Puffin in Bloom is a boxset from Penguin Random House and IT LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL. It contains four female-led classics: Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, A Little Princess, and Heidi.

I believe I’ve only read Anne of Green Gables from the four, which would make this a real worthy buy. It’ll also look great on just about any bookshelf, I think. THE COLOURS!

5) Roald Dahl’s Scrumdidlyumptious Story Collection

PRICE: $39.02

FORMAT: Paperback

Growing up, I absolutely loved reading Roald Dahl’s stories. There’s just something about his plots that generally take an unexpected turn, and I love how dark and twisted some of his books can get.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was my jam, and I’ve always wondered what it’s like re-experiencing his works an adult.

6) Penguin Drop Caps


PRICE: $797.60

FORMAT: Hardcover (26 books)

I actually don’t read a lot of classics, but who can resist this stunning collection from Penguin? I mean… the colours! The simplicity! If I ever get my hands on this collection, I swear I’ll buy a bookshelf just to showcase it. Unfortunately, I just don’t have 800 bucks to spare. D:

7) The Wrath and the Dawn Duology

PRICE: $19.92 + $22.60

FORMAT: Hardcover (2 books)

The Wrath and the Dawn was so beautiful a book, and while I didn’t like The Rose and the Dagger as much, it was still a preeeetty damn good conclusion to the series. Plus the hardcovers are just so pretty — I’d like to just, er, rub them.

“I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it.”

8) Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed

PRICE: $18.92

FORMAT: Paperback

Cheryl Strayed’s writing remains one of my favourite ever because it’s just so beautiful and relevant, and this book was so damn relatable. Here’s one of my favourite quotes:

“Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you’ll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.”

9) The Mindfulness Colouring Book – Emma Farrarons

PRICE: $6.49

FORMAT: Paperback

An unexpected choice? Well, I’ve never coloured for mindfulness and I should like to try! If you’ve tried it, please let me know whether or not it’s effective before I spend a whopping $6.50 on it. 😛

Oh, I’d also need to buy colour pencils. I don’t know when was the last time I even saw my collection…

10) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo

PRICE: $18.85

FORMAT: Hardback

Essentially, this is to soothe my organising soul. And it being a hardback non-fiction makes it a (semi) coffee table book, the kind of book you flip through just to encounter inspirational quotes like this:

“Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.”

What’s on your TTT this week? Leave me a link or let me know in the comments!


76 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I’d Buy If I Have a Gift Card

  1. Hi! 🙂

    The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up really is expensive, huh? Also here in the Philippines! Another one that’s expensive here are the HP collections; the rest of YA novels are quite average priced. 🙂


    • They are! And yeah, I’m excited to reread Roald Dahl again eventually – I love how well Quentin Blake’s illustrations work with his stories.

      Thanks for sharing – I’ve actually commented on your TTT yesterday. 🙂


  2. I really want to read Tiny Beautiful Things. I read Wild a couple months back and I adored it. I have a book of Cheryl Strayed quotes too that my mum brought for me. I think a lot of them are from Tiny Beautiful Things. When I am feeling shitty first thing in the morning I flip through her quotes to prep for the day.


    • Get it from the library! That’s how I read the whole book – I still don’t own a copy, haha. Her writing is just beautiful and inspiring and I can see myself doing that as well if I have that quotes book (though probably at night because that’s when self-doubt creeps in for me).


  3. This entire post has me all 😍😭😍😭 everything is SO PRETTY!!!! I need those Penguin drop cap editions right now I don’t even care that I probably wouldn’t read most of them hahaha. The Puffin In Bloom editions are so stunning too.

    I really want the hardcover of the Shades of Magic series too. As well as the illustrated HP of course. The reason why I haven’t bought physical copies of TWATD is because I hate the paperback covers 😂


    • I KNOOOW. At times like this I cry because $$$$ is so hard to get. ;__; The Penguin drop caps will be SO MUCH a spine buy I think – like I have no doubt I’m never, ever going to read 99% of them.

      I feel the same way about TWATD paperbacks! But I generally don’t like having human faces on a cover, illustrated or photographed or otherwise. 😛


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