Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library

It’s been awhile since I’ve done Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly book tag hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The last few prompts gave me nothing but blanks and with the heat already making me feel sluggish, I felt too uninspired to really participate. As for this week, at least half of what I read in a year is from the library or an audiobook (or both!) so it didn’t take too much brain power to find 10 books I’d be delighted to own physical copies of.

Several of my choices this week are non-fiction books I listened to as audiobooks thinking it would be a bit like being back in university and attending lectures. While that certainly was the case, I found that I probably would have enjoyed the physical copies more so that I could truly absorb what I was learning about. I’d also like to have a point of reference to go back to if I wanted to do more research or further reading on topics mentioned in the books.

Drumroll, please…


This is easily one of my favourite books of all time, but I read it as an ebook. One of these days I want to own a physical copy so I can show it off and also so I can shove it at people telling them they have to read it. There are a few different editions out there, but I’m partial to this one that seems to have Raymond Reddington on the cover.


Another one of my favourite books, and another one that I read as an e-book. Fun fact: this is Morgan Freeman’s favourite book.


I downloaded this during an Audible 2-4-1 sale and soon realised that despite how interesting it was, I was having trouble following along at times. It came with supplemental reading material, but I usually listen to audiobooks while doing other things so I couldn’t really pull the material up. One of these days I’m going to buy a physical copy and give it the proper reading it deserves.


Pretty much the same as above, except that this one was narrated by Neil De Grasse Tyson himself. I really enjoyed having my own little personal lecture from him, but I think I would get more out of it if I re-read it in print.


I adored this as an audiobook, but it was full of so many interesting facts and bits of history that I would like to have a physical copy so I can go back and keep notes and use them for further reading. You can’t really search an audiobook for the words you’re looking for! Additionally, the cover is gorgeous so I’d love to add it to my collection of books.


A very endearing middle grade book I reviewed earlier this year. I loved the story, but I want to buy a copy purely for its absolutely stunning cover. I have a feeling that if I owned it, I would often be caught staring at it.


I mean, I want to own every single one of Penguin’s clothbound classics, but this is one of my favourite books I read as a kid. My copy got lost somewhere along the way so this would be a beautiful replacement.


I have the audiobook downloaded, but will probably be exchanging it for something else because I’m hoping to buy a physical copy instead. I’m a very visual learner so even though I can learn a lot by listening, unless I’m taking notes I don’t remember things as well as if I were reading it as a physical book. This one seems so fascinating so I want to be able to take it all in. And also, DINOSAURS.


This series is AMAZING and if you haven’t read any of the books, stop whatever you’re doing now and go read them. I’ve read most as e-books or audiobooks, but this is one of those series where I’d love to own them all and proudly display them on my shelves.

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I finished this yesterday as an audiobook and omg. How are we not all familiar with this incredible American woman and her work with the French Resistance? I’ve been talking about her non-stop all week to anyone who will listen because everyone needs to know her name.

Have you read any of these? Which books made it to your TTT this week? Let me know in the comments!

25 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library”

      1. I lovingly assembled a rag tag mismatched collection from used book stores everywhere. I know some readers like them all to match or to have the same editions (and I totally get that) but I have a thing about used books. Books I really love I like to buy used.

        I don’t have many reader friends IRL- so it sounds corny but it feels like somehow sharing the love of books between readers. Even if I don’t know those readers.

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      2. I have a serious used books addiction, it’s how I’ve ended up with such a massive library of books. Our town has a lot of charity shops and most the English Heritage/National Trust sites run little used bookstores on site so I can feed my addiction on a pretty regular basis.

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  1. I love your taste in books!

    I’ve read about half of these titles and enjoyed them quite a bit. You’re making me want to check out Bernard Cornwell’s series next. 🙂

    My TTT.

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    1. Funny enough even though I haven’t read Sharpe, I own most of them. Haha, a few were my husband’s but the rest I picked up when I saw them all for sale at a thrift store.


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