Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Buy RIGHT NOW If I Had All That Money

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

The topic this week is Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card. It’s almost too easy.

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee – Okay, I actually have this book on Audible – but I feel like I need a print copy too, so I can switch between the two and highlight and make notes.

The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andres ResendezJenny wrote a great post about this book and I really want to get my hands on it.

The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service by Laura Kaplan – Are we seeing a trend here? I really like to have non-fiction in print specifically. This sounds FASCINATING.

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach – How have I not read the Mary Roach sex book yet??? I’ve even taken it out at the library a couple times but I never seem to get to it before I have to bring it back.

The Hike by Drew Magary – This actually comes out today! And it’s by the authors that wrote The Postmortal, which I loved, honestly I don’t even know what this book is about but I’m so here for it.

Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn – This has been receiving ALL the praise and I want to read it so bad. It is very tempting to go to the bookstore and get this right now, gift card or no.

Plucked: A History of Hair Removal (Biopolitics) by [Herzig, Rebecca M.]

Plucked: A History of Hair Removal by Rebecca M. Herzig – Back to the non-fiction! So I actually read the Intro to this book when I had it out from the library, and I realized that it’s more in-depth and serious than I had anticipated, so I stopped b/c I knew I was going to need my own copy to highlight the crap out of. You think it’d just be about silly human hair rituals, but she talks in the Intro about the ethics of forcing detainees at Guantanamo Bay to shave when it violates their religious principles and oh man, I want to dive into this.

The Pirates! by Gideon Defoe – I have and read the first two in this delightfully goofy, bonkers series but I really really need the other ones.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai – I have heard so many wonderful, courageous things about Malala and this is one of those books that I really should have read by now.

Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc by Hugh Aldersey-Williams – I mean I feel like I don’t even have to explain at this point. But science! The elements!


Now for funsies, let’s do a comics list!

Jessica Jones: Alias (volumes 1-4) by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos – I borrowed these from the library and devoured them and they’re so good, much have for my shelf.

Jessica Jones: The Pulse (complete collection) by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley – I have not read these yet, but they come next for Jessica Jones so obviously I need.

March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin  – This also comes out today! The third (and final, I believe) installment about John Lewis’s involvement in the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement.

Preacher: Volume 1 by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon – I want to read because I want to watch the show. Duh.

APB: Artists against Police Brutality: A Comic Book Anthology by Bill Campbell and Jason Rodriguez – Needs no explanation.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (all the volumes) by Ryan North and Erica Henderson – Do I have basically all of the single issues? Yes. But she’s so dear to my heart that I need the trades.

Locke & Key (volumes 1-5) by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez – This series is SO SO GREAT. I borrowed most of them from the library but had to by the last volume to finish the series – now I need to backtrack and buy the rest because they totally deserve my shelf space.


What books have you itching to go on a crazy spending spree?




  1. THE PIRATES YASSSSS. I have a fond place in my heart for the long-suffering pirate with a scarf. I think I only have the fifth book left to read – Romantics? Must check the library system, see if there’s one floating around somewhere. And BONK ALSO YASSSSSS. That was my first Mary Roach and so frickin’ good she’s been an autobuy author of mine ever since. Haven’t read ’em all yet, but I splashed the cash anyway. 🙂


  2. I want Romeo and/or Juliet so very, very much. I might even actually go to the bookstore and buy it anyway, even though I don’t necessarily have, er, the money. :p

    The Other Slavery! Excellent! I hope you will get it at the library soon, even if you can’t buy it. It’s super good.


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