Top 10 Books I’d Rush to Buy if Given a Fully Loaded Gift Card

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Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card.   This has probably been the easiest Top Ten Tuesday for me to do since I started participating because I ALWAYS have a long list of books that I’d buy if money were not an issue. A list I might add that is inspired by all of the wonderful reviews and recommendations of my fellow book bloggers. 🙂

Top Ten Books I’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed Me A Fully Loaded Gift Card


1. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Goodreads Synopsis: A riveting kaleidoscopic debut novel and the beginning of a major career: Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing is a novel about race, history, ancestry, love and time, charting the course of two sisters torn apart in 18th century Africa through to the present day.

Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonist, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising “half-caste” children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle’s women’s dungeon, before being shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. (Read more…)

2. And I Darken by Kiersten White

Goodreads Synopsis: This vividly rendered novel reads like HBO’s Game of Thrones . . . if it were set in the Ottoman Empire. Ambitious in scope and intimate in execution, the story’s atmospheric setting is rife with political intrigue, with a deftly plotted narrative driven by fiercely passionate characters. Fans of Victoria Aveyard’s THE RED QUEEN, Kristin Cashore’s GRACELING, and Sabaa Tahir’s AN EMBER IN THE ASHES won’t want to miss this visceral, immersive, and mesmerizing novel, the first in a trilogy. (Read more…)

3. This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

Goodreads Synopsis: Synopsis: There’s no such thing as safe. Kate Harker wants to be as ruthless as her father. After five years and six boarding schools, she’s finally going home to prove that she can be. August Flynn wants to be human. But he isn’t. He’s a monster, one that can steal souls with a song. He’s one of the three most powerful monsters in a city overrun with them. His own father’s secret weapon.

Their city is divided. Their city is crumbling. Kate and August are the only two who see both sides, the only two who could do something. But how do you decide to be a hero or a villain when it’s hard to tell which is which? (Read more…)

4. Redemption Road by John Hart

Goodreads Synopsis: From the bestselling and prize-winning author of The Last Child and Iron House comes this long-awaited new thriller that will appeal to all fans of Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane.

Elizabeth Black is a hero. She is a cop who single-handedly rescued a young girl from a locked cellar and shot two brutal kidnappers dead. But she’s also a cop with a secret. And she’s not the only one…Set in an America of desperate small towns and uneasy and remote landscapes, REDEMPTION ROAD has all of John Hart’s trademark evocation of the abandoned and the derelict and sense of place. With descriptions so chilling and a story so full of twists and turns you cannot stop reading, it marks a new high point in the writing of this very talented author. (Read more…)

5. Falling by Jane Green

Goodreads Synopsis: The New York Times bestselling author of The Beach House,Jemima J, and Summer Secrets presents a novel about the pleasure and meaning of finding a home—and family—where you least expect them…

When Emma Montague left the strict confines of upper-crust British life for New York, she felt sure it would make her happy. Away from her parents and expectations, she felt liberated, throwing herself into Manhattan life replete with a high-paying job, a gorgeous apartment, and a string of successful boyfriends. But the cutthroat world of finance and relentless pursuit of more began to take its toll. This wasn’t the life she wanted either. (Read more…)

6. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand

Goodreads Synopsis: For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England.

Like that could go wrong. (Read more…)

7. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Goodreads Synopsis: From New York Times bestselling author of the “twisty-mystery” (Vulture) novel In a Dark, Dark Wood, comes The Woman in Cabin 10, an equally suspenseful and haunting novel from Ruth Ware—this time, set at sea.

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…(Read more…)

8. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany

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Goodreads Synopsis: Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. (Read more…)

9. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Goodreads Synopsis: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two. (Read more…)

10. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Goodreads Synopsis: Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. (Read more…)

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So, my fellow book lovers, what books would you rush out and buy if someone were kind enough to hand you a fully loaded gift card? And OMG, doesn’t just the thought of a fully loaded gift card to go book shopping with just give you warm fuzzies?

18 replies
  1. Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know says:

    HP8 made me list too. My SNL DNF’d And I Darken. It was on my TBR list before that. She and I have similar tastes in books so if she didn’t enjoy it enough to finish it then I probably wouldn’t either. BUT I hope that you love it. My Lady Jane was enjoyable for me. I won’t say that I loved it, but it was better than I was expecting so I was happy to see how it turned out. Have a great week!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I keep reading mixed reviews about And I Darken but still have high hopes for it, so we’ll see how it goes. Hope we both enjoy Harry Potter 🙂

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m so excited to hear you say that! I had read a few mixed reviews on it but it just sounds amazing that I still can’t wait to get my hands on it.

  2. Greg
    Greg says:

    I just read The woman in Cabin 10 and loved it, so I hope you enjoy it too when you get to it. And I’ve heard really good things about the Sarah Maas books.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      So glad to hear how much you enjoyed The Woman in Cabin 10. It just sounds like such an amazing read. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog 🙂

  3. Krystianna
    Krystianna says:

    I have had a copy of An Ember in the Ashes on my shelf for a while but I still haven’t picked it up. I really want to check out Harry Potter and the Cursed Child too!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, I’m getting more and more excited about the Harry Potter book as I see everyone else saying how much they love it. Hard to stay spoiler free on it though, so will definitely have to read it as soon as possible.

  4. Diana
    Diana says:

    I have the Homegoing, I hope to read it this weekend. I hope that you will get your copy soon also. I can see we both want The Woman in Cabin 10. I hope to get my copy soon too.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Me too! Homegoing, in particular, just sounds so amazing. Payday can’t come for me so I can start picking up some of these books. Where is that fully loaded gift card when you need it, haha.

  5. Jess @ POB!
    Jess @ POB! says:

    The Cursed Child is on my list, too! I have all of Sarah J. Maas’s books except ACOMAF, but I’ve only read the first three ToG. I’m working on catching up to the series, though! I’ve seen My Lady Jane & And I Darken EVERYWHERE, so I hope you enjoy it as much as others have.

    Jess @ POB!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I really need to get my hands on The Cursed Child ASAP. I’m trying to stay spoiler free but it’s sooo hard when I’m dying to know what happens. I’m just starting to get into Sarah J. Maas but I can already tell that I’m going to get hooked on her writing quickly! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog 🙂

  6. Annemieke
    Annemieke says:

    I see And I Darken so often, haha, it almost makes me want it too. But I don’t know if it really is my thing. I read This Savage Song but was a bit dissapointed in it. 🙁

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Based on the reviews I’ve read so far, I have a feeling ‘And I Darken’ is going to be a book I either completely love or totally hate, so I’m really hoping it’s the first one, haha. That’s too bad about This Savage Song. I hope I won’t have a similar experience. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog 🙂

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