Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Bought/Borrowed Because…


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For the rules see her blog.

This week’s topic is Books I Bought/Borrowed Because… (Fill in the blank. You can do 10 books you bought for the same reason, i.e., pretty cover, recommended by a friend, blurbed by a favorite authors, etc. OR you could do a different reason for each pick.) 

These are some books I’ve bought:

  • All Change by Elizabeth Jane Howard – because this is the last book in her Cazalet series and I’d read all the others. I’d love to re-read the whole series sometime.
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens after watching the TV series. I much prefer to watch a dramatised version before reading a book – the other way round can be so disappointing.
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett  after watching the film. Both were good – in different ways.
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie because I was reading all her books for The Agatha Christie Reading Challenge run by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise.
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce because I was browsing in a bookshop and saw that it’s about Harold’s journey on foot from one end of the country to the other – from South Devon to Berwick-upon-Tweed and I was intrigued. I wondered which places he went through.
  • L S Lowry: A Life by Shelley Rhode because I love his paintings, so when I saw this book at an exhibition of his work I bought it.

And some books I’ve borrowed:

  • The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters – this is just one of the many books I’ve bought/borrowed because so many other bloggers had praised it, so when I saw at at the library I borrowed it.
  • Quite Ugly One Morning by Christopher Brookmyre – because I went to his author event and then borrowed this book from my son.
  • The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell because I read her book, Instructions for a Heatwave for book group and as I loved that book one of the other members lent it to me.
  • The Mystery of Princess Louise by Lucinda Hawksley, subtitled Queen Victoria’s Rebellious Daughter. I’ve borrowed it from the library as a friend had borrowed it before me and said it’s very good – and it is.

24 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Bought/Borrowed Because…

    1. I took The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry off the bookshelf and thought the same 🙂 I’ve moved it up my books to read soon list.


  1. You have some great books here, Margaret. I read Sarah Waters’ The Paying Guests and liked it very much, so I’d like to read The Little Stranger. And I liked the Brookmyre, too.

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  2. The Help!! So good!! I remember years ago watching the movie with my family and being completely captivated. When I found out it was a book I raced to the library to get it immediately. Such a powerful read!

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    1. I’ve been disappointed so many times when I’ve watched a film of a book – so sad, because the film may be good, but just not the same as I had imagined.


  3. Lois Lowry: A Life sounds so good. I loved her books as a kid but know nothing about her personal life.

    And Sarah Waters is one of those authors whose books are auto-buys for me.

    My TTT .

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    1. Oh, I should have explained L S Lowry was a British painter best known for his urban landscapes peopled with human figures often referred to as “matchstick men”!

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  4. Oh, it’s so nice to see someone else who likes to go screen version first. I figure there’s nowhere to go but up (usually — Good Omens proved me wrong), and if it turns out I don’t like the story, the movie takes less time.


  5. I love THE HELP – both the book and the movie. My husband and I saw the movie while on vacation in Hawaii and it was so funny how engaged the whole audience was with the film. We booed and cheered and it was a grand ole time!

    My book club is reading ROGER ACKROYD in October. I’m excited for it. I’ve only read AND THEN THERE WERE NONE and MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS by Christie.

    Happy TTT!


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    1. I saw the film at the local cinema. The audience loved it too – mainly women with just a few men. The sound was so bad we couldn’t hear it and we all cheered when they began the film agaim – this time with the proper sound. 🙂 Enjoy your Agatha Christie books.


  6. You’ve got two of my favorite authors here – Rachel Joyce and Maggie O’Farrell. I can hardly wait for Joyce’s new book (she said she’d send me a proof copy – I hope she comes through). I just finished reading O’Farrell’s new novel “Hamnet” and wow! Up until now, her Esme Lennox was my favorite (with Heatwave second and this book third), but Hamnet is now my #1!

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      1. Fingers crossed! Just in case, I pre-ordered a copy on Book Depository anyway. Not cancelling my order because it will make a nice birthday present for someone if I end up with two copies.

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