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 x 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!