Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Hello! I hope you’re all having a nice week so far! This week we’re discussing books I’d like to have in my personal library. To be honest, most of the time, if I want a book I will buy it at some point pretty soon after because I have zero self control when it comes to books! However, I have come up with ten books I would like to own so without further ado, here they are!
1. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
I own Little Fires Everywhere on audio and I listened to it a little while back. I really loved it, it’s exactly the kind of well written, character-driven and insightful book I enjoy reading and the audiobook version was great. Because I liked it so much, I would like to own a print copy of it!
2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I first read The Handmaid’s Tale when I was 15 in my Higher English class and I was kind of ambivalent about it to be honest. Reading it again as an adult I realised how timely and incredible it is. I own a battered old copy of it already but I really love the above edition and desperately want it. The cover is perfect and I’m hoping to add this one to my collection soon!
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I so enjoyed reading Gone Girl a few years back but I have no idea where my copy has disappeared off to! I think I possibly lent it to someone and they never returned it or I’ve just managed to lose it but I would like to have a physical copy of the book so I can read it again at some point.
4. Game of Thrones Folio Edition
I mean, do I really need to explain why I want this book in my personal collection!? It is unbelievably beautiful and I’m a sucker for any folio edition really. The illustrations look simply stunning and if I win the lottery it will be one of the first things I buy. Unfortunately I haven’t won the lottery yet and can’t afford to spend £125 on a book, regardless of how amazing it looks!
5. All of the Barnes & Noble Editions!
Living in Scotland, I can’t go to a real Barnes & Noble shop but some of their beautiful editions are available on Amazon so I am constantly tempted by these lovelies! They are so colourful and gorgeously designed and I just think they’d look amazing on my shelves!
I collect the penguin clothbound classics so I kind of want all of them but Frankenstein is one that I definitely want to buy soon! I can’t believe I’ve never read it before because Mary Shelley fascinates me and I’m thinking of finally getting around to it this Halloween!
7. Educated by Tara Westover
This one is another audiobook that I loved and now I want a copy of the book for my permanent collection. I listened to this way after it was seemingly being read by everyone and I didn’t think it would live up to it’s hype but it totally did. It is such a fascinating and unique story and it blew my mind that Westover managed to achieve what she did despite her at times shocking and bizarre upbringing.
8. Illustrated Harry Potter Editions – The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets
This one is so tricky because I love the illustrated versions so much but there really is a limit to how many times I can justify buying the same book over and over. I still have most of my original Potter books (my Philosopher’s Stone one is actually quite rare because it’s definitely one of the earliest editions) and I own the first three Ravenclaw House editions and, because it’s my favourite, I also own the Illustrated Prisoner of Azkaban so I don’t think I should really be buying more! They are gorgeous though….
9. The Choice: A true story of hope by Edith Eger
This is another audiobook I listened to that I now want to own a physical copy of. It’s an amazing and inspirational story of hope and love even in the most horrendous of circumstances. Edith Eger is an amazing woman and I really want her story to be in my personal library.
10. Notes on a Scandal by Zoë Heller
I read this for the first time when I was about 16 and I think I still have my annotated and battered copy somewhere but I would really like a shiny new copy to add to my shelves. It is a twisty, dark and clever book about obsession and the film version starring Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett is also awesome!
Well that’s it – ten books I’ve read and want in my personal library! I really hope you enjoyed reading my list and I would love to know your thoughts on it in the comments! I can’t wait to read all of your lovely lists too so feel free to leave me a link to them!
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