Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday for August 2, 2016!!

This weekly meme 
is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Of course, this is a wicked topic for someone like me 
who is trying NOT to purchase more books, 
but still it is tons of fun to imagine! 

This week's topic:

The Top Ten Books I'd Buy Right Now if 
Someone Gave Me a Fully-Loaded Gift Card

Of course, that card would need to work at my local indie bookstore!! 
(NOT Amazon...please!)

#1  I would buy the hardcover
      I have always secretly wanted this! 
      And yes, I am definitely 
      "a child at heart"!! Oh, and, of course,
      I would purchase one set for each of
      my three son's households, for the 

      I have reread this whole 
      series 3 times!!
      and honestly, would love 
      to do so again...soon!

#2  I would purchase all the books in Laurie R. King's 
      Russell & Holmes series! I own two, but would love to 
      own them all! My husband (who is retired) literally 
      'inhaled' this series after I introduced it to him! 
      I am slowly trying to work my way through it, but have 
      (as usual) over-committed myself to reading challenges, 
      Read-Alongs, etc.! :) I was introduced to this series     
      through the Christamore House Guild's 
     Book & Author Benefit this past spring. 
      What a delight to speak with Ms. King and 
      hear her talk about writing and her experiences! 

      I now own a personally inscribed copy of The Murder of Mary Russell, the most recent 
      release in this series! And although I rarely am enamored with a cover image, this one
      is absolutely gorgeous, in my opinion!

#3  I would love to own a 
gorgeously bound set of all 
Agatha Christie's books!
When my husband first established 
an E-Bay account I would drool 
over these and dream...
Christie represents my first foray
into "adult" mysteries.
For that reason, she, her books and characters will always hold a special place in my heart!

Try as I might, this was
the closest cover image
I could find to my own
gorgeous edition!
#4 I would love to purchase all the gorgeously bound 
oversized elegantly illustrated children's classics 
I could find for my grandchildren! 
There would need to be three of each title, 
one for each of my three son's households. 
I remember just such an edition of 
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass 
that someone gifted to me as a child. I loved that book so much!
The illustrations were gorgeous, some full page!
They were not the least cartoonish 
or especially spooky/scary. 
I would love to be able to provide such editions 
for all my grandchildren. 
They really are special!

#5 I would purchase whatever books my friends and fellow readers desired 
and gift them! 
I never will forget bringing signed copies of 
two of our favorite books to my 
book club members following a trip to 
Seattle where I met so many wonderful 
authors, including two of our 
Borders Book Club's favorites, 
I brought back gifts for each member, 
a signed copy of 
One member was especially thrilled, 
stating that she had never before owned a signed copy of any book!
That reminded me that what one person may consider common,  
may well be a brand-new delight to someone else!

#6 I cannot imagine a better feeling than to be able to stock 
each teacher's classroom library and each public school's library! 
If I'm gonna dream, I'm gonna dream big
How much fun would that be?!? 
As a former schoolteacher and librarian, it would definitely 
"put me over the top" for inspiration and fulfillment! 
And once I'm done in the U.S.? 
On to other countries! Why not?!? :)
Just imagining that makes my heart feel full and puts a huge smile on my face!
Okay, back to my real life now! :)

 How about you? 


  1. That hardcover Harry Potter trunk is super cool! I would totally get it, too :)

    My TTT.

  2. I need to try the Russell and Holmes series! :)

    Check out my TTT and my leg of the Launch Day Blitz + Giveaway of United by Melissa Landers.

  3. Garth Stein's novel The Art of Racing in the Rain is one of my favorite books!! I met him last year at a book signing event at a local bookstore. He's really nice!!

    Hope you receive the books you want soon. Happy reading!!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for the week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2016/08/top-ten-tuesday-ten-books-id-buy-right.html

    1. Stein is a bundle of energy, isn't he? He is one of my favorite people! Have you read A Sudden Light? It was so good, but very different from The Art...

  4. The Harry Potter series in the trunk looks so cool!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/top-ten-tuesday-68/

  5. Great list. I have heard so many good things about The Art of Racing in the Rain.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. I would highly recommend it! Though it had made virtually everyone I have known who read it cry...fair warning! :)