Top 10 books I would buy if you gave me a gift card


Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card

Well I am guessing here fully loaded gift card means buy any ten books you want regardless of price! Ok before we go into this, I will have to explain that I tend to get my books from the library or from library book sales. That is, I very rarely pick up books from the bookstore. I tend to buy books only when I really love them or their authors (or you know, if they are super cheap used books!)


This fully illustrated version of Terry Pratchett’s Mort by The Folio Society. Because, well, look at it!!


The British version of Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown. First because I loved the book, but also because it is just beautiful!



Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien is long listed for the Man Booker and is probably the book on that list I want to read most.


The Makioka Sisters – Junichiro Tanizaki. I loved this book and have been meaning to buy my own copy.


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is another book I keep meaning to own (already read it). I like this cover by Vintage.


I also want to finally read – and own – Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. 

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race edited by Jesmyn Ward. It’s out today people!! If Jesmyn Ward’s name isn’t enough to make you all happy, here are some contributors:

Carol Anderson, Jericho Brown, Garnette Cadogan, Edwidge Danticat, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Mitchell S. Jackson, Honoree Jeffers, Kima Jones, Kiese Laymon, Daniel Jose Older, Emily Raboteau, Claudia Rankine, Clint Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Wendy S. Walters, Isabel Wilkerson, and Kevin Young.


Kao Kalia Yang’s The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir. I loved Yang’s The Song Poet and want to read her first book, but the library doesn’t have it.

What books would you buy right now?


  1. If I had done ‘books based on covers’ for my approach I would have put all the Terry Pratchett’s being released in the UK. I want them all. lol


  2. I like your list and am kinda afraid to make one of my own. But I also think there is a Folio Society Edtiion of The Handmaid’s Tale that struck me as being exceptionally awesome (I just have a paperback, but it reads just fine). If the imaginary gift card was limitless, I’d swap Vintage for that one!


  3. I’ve not heard of most of these titles and am most intrigued by Yang’s memoir.I can’t think of a list. I’ve too many books that are still travelling on a boat from Belgium to HK and that I’ve yet to read. Hah. I suspect that I’ll have to give a fair number of them away when they eventually arrive as our apartment is much smaller here. Boo.


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