Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Picked up on a Whim and Enjoyed


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Books We Picked up on a Whim and Enjoyed


1. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie

lone ranger and tonto

I randomly saw this book in college and decided to give it a try. And so started my love affair with Sherman Alexie.

2. The Bus Driver who Wanted to Be God and Other Stories by Etgar Keret

the bus driver who wanted to be god

This is the best collection of short stories that I’ve ever read. In high school, I saw it on the shelf and the title captured my interest. The stories were absolutely hilarious and highly entertaining. My best friend and I don’t enjoy the same books, but we both loved it.

3. Native Son by Richard Wright

native son

I found this book in my school’s book room. No one had taught it in over a decade. I read it and loved it so much that I incorporated it into my college credit course. It’s fantastic!

4. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

little brother

Computer science isn’t my thing, but I was intrigued by the futuristic take of this book and wondered if the title connected to 1984, a book I love. This book is fantastic, and I highly recommend it!

5. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

ten little fingers

I saw this book and figured I’d pick it up because the binding was a bit different from a typical board book. Oh, I love this book so much!


1. Don’t Push The Button by Bill Cotter

don't push the button

This book caught me off guard, and Trent and I think it is hilarious! I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before I picked it up at the bookstore.

2. Liberty’s Voice: The Emma Lazarus Story by Erica Silverman

Liberty's Voice

I picked this book up on a whim at the Scholastic Book Fair because I wanted some new nonfiction picture books. This one was fascinating and taught me about a strong, talented woman of history I didn’t know.

3. Tommy Can’t Stop by Tim Federle

tommy can't stop

I loved the Nate books by Federle, so when I saw this at the library, I knew I had to grab it. I love Tommy! I see him in many of my students.

4. Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova


Graphic novels are what I probably read on a whim the most. I often will judge by the cover and hope that they will impress. This one did and my students love it too.

5. Heavenly Nostril series by Dana Simpson


I love this series! I hadn’t heard of it until I saw the second one on Netgalley, and I adored it when I read it. I then HAD to read the first, and I am currently reading the third. I love Phoebe!

Which books did you pick up on a whim and enjoy?

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