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.