Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic, as you probably gleaned from the post title, is books I’ve read that I want in my personal library. Because these aren’t necessarily just favorites (though some of them are), I have a little explanation for each one as well! Enjoy! (Note: these are in no particular order, so don’t take it as an indicator of priority.)
1. Spin the Dawn
Yes, it’s an awesome story–one of my favorites this year–but also, just look at that cover!!
2. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
I actually already own at least three different editions of this book, but I will always take more. It’s been an all-time favorite since the first time I read it in high school.
3. On a Sunbeam
I tried this graphic novel on a whim and totally fell in love with it. I want that lovely artwork and those adorable romances near me at all times.
4. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy
This is the first book I’ve read with a canonically asexual main character who wasn’t heartless or anything, and in fact was highly relatable. As an ace person, it was possibly the first time I’ve actually understood what it means to feel “seen” by a book character, and it really drove home for me why representation matters. It holds a special place for me as a result.
5. The Raven Cycle (whole series)
This is another case of “amazing stories but also wow pretty book covers.” Plus, I saw Maggie Stiefvater speak at a literary event a few years ago, and basically she is super cool and can take all my money.
I have Darkdawn preordered already, but it would be nice to have the full series on my shelf. Plus, they’re among my favorite books I’ve read recently, and the covers are so freaking cool. I would be even happier if I could get the UK covers, because the art on them is really nice–the silhouette of Mr. Kindly on the Darkdawn cover is especially awesome.
7. A People’s History of Heaven
Kind of cheating since I do have an ARC of this one, but it has a few typos/errors because, you know, uncorrected proof. I loved the book and would love to have a final edition of it.
8. One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
I had a copy of this book. Loaned it to a friend. Never got it back, but every time I see him, he mentions how he needs to get it back to me. At this point I just kind of want to replace it and be done with it. Because it’s all short stories, it is an easy book to just leaf through, reading random bits and pieces, so I like having it around.
9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
For some reason, this is the only Harry Potter title I don’t actually own. My personal collection feels incomplete without it.
10. Mistborn (the whole trilogy…or all the books from Eras 1 and 2, including Mistborn: Secret History, if that’s fair game)
I have become a huge Brandon Sanderson fan over the past year, and this series is the one that started it all. I want the books on my shelf to reflect what I love to read, so I probably should get my hands on these ASAP. Plus, I need to reread the series, knowing now what I do about where the twists will come and what’s going on behind the scenes (dammit Kelsier…), so I can fully appreciate all the foreshadowing and brilliant setup.
So that’s my list for the week! What do you all think? Do you own any of these beauties? Any of them on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!