Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Buy Right Now

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This week’s theme? Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card. Fully. Loaded. Gift. Card. Damn. That’s hot. I like this challenge! It was surprisingly hard because I was trying to focus on the books I would really, really like to own physical copies of right now rather than the books I really, really want to read right now.  It WILL be handy come Christmas time when people ask me what I want though!

  1. Jane Austen: The Complete Works (Penguin Classics) by Jane Austen. Yes, this is actually seven books and is therefore a total cheat, but I wants it and I wants it now!!! Also, it’s embarrassing reader confession time: I only own one Jane Austen book in order to re-establish my book nerd street cred.
  2. The Literature Book by DK Publishing. I love books about books, and this one has pretty pictures and infographics!
  3. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. I’ve somehow never read this book, and I feel like it’s totally up my alley. Plus, I adore the Penguin Classics cover.
  4. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell. I love Sarah Vowell and own a good chunk of her books, so I need to get this just to round things out.
  5. Big Hard Sex Criminals, Volume 1 by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky. Two reasons for this: 1) That name is amazing and 2) Apparently underneath the dust jacket, there is an alternate cover for a book called Down, Boy (a book apparently about euthanizing dogs?) so that you don’t have to be seen in public reading a book called Big Hard Sex Criminals. Also, I love this comic.
  6. This Harry Potter box set. Again, this is a cheat, but I only actually own two Harry Potter books, and I really like the new artwork!
  7. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin. I’ve read nothing by her, and I’ve heard such good things that I feel like I would want to own the physical book.
  8. The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee. Another book I feel like I’m going to love but I’ve been holding off on reading it until the paperback comes out and I’m cheap.
  9. Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Shaped Our History… And Our Future! by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl. Yeah it’s a kid’s book and I don’t have kids. So what?
  10. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Because it’s such a lovely, perfect little book and I somehow don’t own it.

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