Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library!

August 27: Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library 

I borrow and read A LOT of books from my local library.

I really have to give credit to the Libraries Ireland system because I firmly believe it is the best public library service in the world. It is free to join, there are no late fees and no fees for inter-library reservations.

Okay I actually was against the idea of no late fees because lots of people suck at bringing back books on time but the idea is to make Irish libraries a completely inclusive and free public service and so far the new system seems to be working really well.

But my favourite thing about the library system we have her is our amazing inter-library loan set-up. I can go online and check the library catalogues for pretty much any public library in the country (I think there are still some exceptions), reserve a book and have it delivered to my local library within a week or so…depending on where I am in the reservation queue for that book obvs.

So ladies and gentlemen you can be very jealous of me and my access to the amazing public library service that we have here in Ireland. So it should come as no surprise to you all that I max out my 12 loan library limit and my 5 loan e-book library limit pretty much constantly!!!

So the following list of ten books are all books I have read in the library and really enjoyed. There are definitely library books that I have read and have subsequently purchased too…case in point Bridget Collins’ fab The Binding earlier this year, everything written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Queenie by Candice Carty Williams, the I heart series by Lindsey Kelk, The Hunger Games trilogy, The Legend trilogy, the Lara Jean books… I could go on!! So these ten books are definitely books that someday might make their way into my personal collection.

(1) The Outsider by Albert Camus

A simply stunning book that deserves all the praise that gets heaped upon it.

(2) In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey

A fab gothic tale that I read earlier this year.

(3) Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple

A forgotten classic reissued by the brilliant publishers at Persephone books.

(4) Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T Lee

A moving tale of two sisters that touched me so deeply when I read it in January of this year.

(5) They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple

Another forgotten Dorothy Whipple book published by Persephone.

(6) Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

A fabulously fun Sci Fi YA read… I’m waiting for my library to add the third book to their collection so I can read it too.

(7) Letters to the Lost by Bridget Kemmerer

A book that just made me feel all the feels.

(8) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

One of my all time favourite books from my teenage years. Am hoping to buy a cloth bound penguin edition of this someday.

(9) Girl in the Window by Penny Joelson

A book that I feel more people need to read as the own voices chronic illness rep is simply brilliant. If I could give a copy of this book to everyone I know through Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram or my blog I would. Sadly my pockets are not that deep.

(10) A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

A gorgeous YA contemporary that made me swoon.

And that’s my TTT for this week! Let me know what you think of my choices in the comments below and feel free to link to your TTT so I can check it out.

40 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library

  1. Great post!!! And great books ,I’m so jealous of you library system. I’m constantly having to buy books (which is great for me but not for my bank account😂)instead because my library is never up to date 😢.

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  2. The Irish library system sounds wonderful! I especially like the no late fees. We have late fees in Australia but you only have to pay if you get upto $30 which seems fair enough to me! I think the most I’ve racked up is $2.50? My problem is checking out too many titles then trying to cram them all in if I’ve renewed too many times

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  3. Great list, Emer! I was going to add that Brigid Kemmerer book to my shelf the other weekend when I saw it at one of the smaller bookstores here, but when I picked it up it was all stained and yellow and eugh. SO disappointing! Glad to hear you really enjoyed it 😊
    Also I’m so insanely jealous of your library access/system! Haha I really wish that they had libraries here. I really miss going to libraries and having access to so many amazing books and discovering hidden gems amongst the shelves! 😭 Maybe one day I’ll end up living somewhere with a public library again!

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    1. Thanks Dini! I know I’m extremely lucky with our great library public service here. I definitely think it’s world class. And it’s the only reason I can afford to read the quantity and variety of books I do read. And oh that’s so annoying when the only copy of the book available is damaged like that. So disheartening!

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      1. I really miss having access to a library service. Some days I dream about opening one up here in Bali but haha I think the publication rights are just too restrictive 😅
        Also, YES it’s so annoying that books are damaged especially since here they wrap everything up in freaking plastic. Like, how!? Lol It’s baffling and annoying!

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  4. Wow, I am jealous! Sounds like you have a wonderful library system in Ireland. The county library system where I live just got rid of library fines, which is nice, but you can’t check out new books if you have even one that is overdue, so that’s a bit of a bummer. I guess they have to have SOME way to force people into bringing books back!

    Happy TTT!


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    1. Yes that’s the same here! If your book is overdue you can’t borrow a new one until it’s returned. I think it seems quite fair really. We have a three week loan period with the ability to renew online or over the phone so it’s pretty convenient. I do feel so lucky to be able to avail of this service. It’s the reason I get to read such a wide variety of titles because I certainly couldn’t afford to buy all the books I read :)))
      Thanks so much for your lovely comment Susan


    1. $20 isn’t too bad I suppose! But it’s still quite a cost to those on very low incomes. It really is why I’m so proud of our public service here. The library is very much a community hub.
      I’m so pleased that you do get to enjoy your library system though. We definitely are privileged to have such access to great services :)))


      1. I completely agree. Folks who live within city limits do not have to pay a fee since their share is covered by property taxes. More people should take advantage of and be thankful for their local libraries 🙂

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        1. Oh definitely. I don’t think a lot of people actually realise what a wonderful resource the library is. Here are libraries are more than places to borrow books, there are many classes, exhibitions, talks etc etc that also go on at the library as well as computer access facilities and study areas for students and researchers.

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  5. I am sad because I wish we could have an amazing library system like yours. In my country, almost no one takes books from libraries, and the choice of books in libraries is limited. Ebooks are my only salvation.

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    1. Oh I’m so aware of my good fortune when it comes to my library. It’s how I don’t spend very much on books at all. The majority of my reads these days are either library loans or eARCs. It truly is an amazing public service and one that makes me feel very proud to be Irish :)))

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    1. Yes! It’s quite amazing isn’t it. There are obviously measures in place to prevent people from borrowing books again until the loans have been returned but it’s truly a wonderfully inclusive system.
      Oh there’s so much I love about a tale of two cities, it’s just such a great story with wonderful characters. I haven’t reread it in quite a number of years so my memory is somewhat foggy. Definitely a book that I need to reread soon :)))

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    1. Yes!!! Browsing in the library is such an amazing way to discover new books. I typically don’t go into the library looking for a particular book. Instead I just like to wander around picking up titles that jump out at me for one reason or another :))

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