Ten Books I’d Buy in an Instant (If I Had a Gift Card)

August 2, 2016 Top Ten Tuesday 8

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card.


These are all books I want for my physical shelves (so nothing that I’ll probably buy in ebook or borrow from the library — these are physical keepers.) They aren’t in any kind of order. Where the edition is important, I’ve noted it; otherwise, assume the best copy available (hardcover or trade paperback.)


  • Ghost Talkers (Mary Robinette Kowal) This historical fantasy about a corps of mediums during World War I has intrigued me since I first saw the description. And I’ve heard really good things about the author, too. Sadly, my library doesn’t appear to have ordered it. (Due out later this month.)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J. K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay) The British edition, of course, to match my Philospher’s Stone. Fingers crossed that it will show up under my Christmas tree!
  • The Murder of Mary Russell (Laurie R. King) In hardcover, of course, to go with my growing collection. I’ve read it (and reviewed it here), but I love this series, and I’ve been trying to complete my hardcover set (insofar as a series where they keep changing the cover style can be considered a “set.” Grrr.)


  • The Blue Fairy Book (Andrew Lang, illustrated by Frank Godwin).  Granted, this would have to be a heck of a gift card. This edition is out of print and the last time I searched, I couldn’t find a used copy for less than $150. But the illustrator is my (step-)great-grandfather, and I love his art. My collection of his illustrated books is sadly incomplete without this one.



  • Unbound and Revisionary (Jim C. Hines) Hardcover for my collection, and because despite the fact that they’ve been out for a while, I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy yet, and I really, really want to read them.


If you count all the P. J. Lynch titles, that’s well over 10!

What books would you get with a gift card?

8 Responses to “Ten Books I’d Buy in an Instant (If I Had a Gift Card)”

  1. Literary Feline

    I think I have The Name of the Wind in three different formats (print, audio, and e-book). I’m not sure how that happened. Haha.

    This is a great list! I can see why you would want all of these. I want most of them too, now that you mention it.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It’s happening! I think they’re planning to do the entire series. Which means I will have two hardcover copies of every book, plus all the audiobooks, and so will Robin. Yeah, we’re sort of addicted!

      I love the variety of your list. And you inspired me to check out the Avatar graphic novels, which I didn’t know even existed. I will definitely be taking a look at them, and the Fables series as well.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It’s an amazing book/series. I highly recommend it—although I also recommend patience in the first section, as it takes a while before you have a sense of what’s really going on. If you want a better idea of why and how much I loved it, I reviewed it here.