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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved So Much I Bought a Physical Copy (or two…)

Hey y’all! Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish question idea that was originally created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, from way back in June 2010! Since January 2018, Top Ten Tuesday has been hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Thanks for taking it over! The idea is to make a list of ten books or bookish things on different topics each week. Check out her site for details on how to join and what the upcoming prompts are. 😊 You can also see all the posts from other bloggers linked on each weekly post on their main site.

Today’s prompt is books that I bought because I loved them so much (prompt recommended by Alecia @ The Staircase Reader). This is one that I can only join because of recent changes in my life, namely having space to HAVE a library of my own of shelves and shelves of books. It’s such a luxury, and it’s basically all I need to be happy in my home.

The books that have moved me most enough to buy a copy tend to be nonfiction or graphic novels (or sometimes both!). This is partly because nonfiction tends to have a lot of information that I like to quickly thumb through and refer to or dip back into on re-reads, and graphic novels or heavily illustrated books are nicer to have a physical copy of to enjoy the art. With that in mind… here’s my list!

The Books

The Graphic Novels

  • Lore Olympus Vol 1 by Rachel Smythe: because I’ve fallen in love with the characters and art and world and even sprung for the elaborate extra pretty special edition(s)
  • Cardboard by Ten Napel: because it took such an intense unexpected turn and punched me right in the feelings
  • Manga Classics: Macbeth by William Shakespeare, Adapted by Stacy King: because the art captures the essence of the story so well and draws me in to the grim world
  • The Fox and Little Tanuki Vol 1 by Mi Tagawa: because it’s hella cute and never fails to make me laugh

The Nonfiction

  • The Cat I Never Named by Amra Sabic El-Rayess: because this one lingered and I had to have it on hand to remind me about what’s important in life
  • Around the World in 80 Plants by Jonathan Drori: because the mini histories of each plant are fascinating and the illustrations are gorgeous
  • Invisible Women by Caroline Criado-Perez: because there is so much data and yet it’s still riveting, and also depressing and baffling…
  • The Moth Presents: All These Wonders by various, edited by Catherine Burns: because there’s so much emotion in it that I wanted to come back to it anytime I needed
  • The Pun Also Rises by John Pollack: because I don’t even know where I first read it but it’s so packed with history and language fun that I wanted it

The Fiction

  • World of Warcraft: War of the Ancients by Richard A Knaak: because the series was SO DAMN GOOD and introduced me to a lot of the history I’d been craving about key characters and events,
  • Foul is Fair / Golden Boys Beware by Hannah Capin: because I LOVED the ARC when I got it, and purchased it under it’s original name (with hideous cover) and it’s second name (less good but with a less awful cover) because I loved it so much I wanted to support and have both. I re-read this book yearly pretty much, so now I have options (though the content is the same)

That’s it y’all! Do you have any common triggers for what makes you purchase a copy of a book? Drop a link below to your TTT! 🙂


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9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved So Much I Bought a Physical Copy (or two…)

  1. oh wow it’s been a long time since i’ve thought about the war of the ancients trilogy. i remember toting that same collection around during high school and getting through it bit by bit at a time. good memories


  2. I love just having certain books especially if they’re made an impression on me. Lore Olympus sounds quite good- I can see where that would be a keeper.


  3. Great list! I also loved Lore Olympus so much that I got super excited to get my hands on the physical copy. Can’t wait for the other volumes! 😍 That Macbeth manga version looks really good. I’ve read the Count of Monte Cristo one and really enjoyed it so will have to keep an eye out for this one!


  4. These look good! I plan to buy paper copies of Lore Olympus at some point this year, too. I do enjoy having print copies of graphic novels, though I also enjoy reading them on my iPad. (I switched from Kindle Paperwhite to iPad Mini specifically for graphic novels.)

    I also just got The Pun Also Rises out of the library! If it seems appropriate once I’ve read it, I’ll be buying a copy (or two) to give as gifts this year.


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