Top Ten Tuesday: The First 10 Books My Daughter Randomly Grabbed from My Shelf

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s prompt was to choose the first 10 books that you randomly grab from your shelf. Then they suggest that you talk about whether you have read them, and if so, what you thought of them. I thought it would be fun to have my daughter (who is 6) pick 10 random books from my shelf while my back was turned. After some ominous crashing sounds ( 😂 😳) here were the 10 books she brought me!

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Collins Italian Dictionary from Collins gem

Of course we started off right away with an…interesting choice! This book is left over from my college days when I was taking an Italian diction class (I was a voice major). I have not technically read this book from cover to cover, but I did spend time with it when I was taking classical voice lessons. And again when I went to Venice on my honeymoon.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

I read this book a while ago, and I really enjoyed it. I am a big fan of true crime, and this was a fascinating read. It is tragic in that Michelle McNamara never actually finished it (she died before she got the chance), but her lead researcher finished it for her. Her research was so thorough that it actually helped solve the case! It does have some fairly graphic descriptions of rape, murder, and violence, so keep that in mind if you decide to pick it up. I gave this one 4 stars at the time.

Here is my full review

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

The final book of the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn was long anticipated at the time of its release. I was an original Twi-hard (I was reading it before there were even plans of it being a series), so at the time I was ecstatic about this book! Looking back on the series, there are definitely some things I don’t love about the last book, but it did round everything out fairly nicely. The five stars I gave it are almost purely for nostalgia’s sake.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

I really enjoyed this book! It is a prequel to The Hate U Give, from the perspective of Starr’s father, Maverick, when he was a teenager. It was a compelling look at what it is like to grow up in the inner city as a black male. Obviously, this is something that I can in no way relate to, but it was well written and moving. It looks like I gave it 4 stars, which is a good rating from me!

Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian

This is the second book in the Ash Princess series. I remember liking this book, but honestly, its been a while and I cannot remember exactly what happens in it. That might be somewhat telling…but I did give it 4 stars at the time.

Fable by Adrienne Young

I loved this book! The duology is fantastic. There are now two companion novels that I have yet to pick up, but I am excited to read them soon! I gave this one 5 stars, and deservedly so. Also, that cover 😍

Here is my full review

French Phrase Book from AA Publishing

She brought me another language dictionary 🤣 I have not actually read this one, and I’m pretty sure I inherited it from my husband’s collection. It is good to have on hand, since I do love to travel, and I just like to be able to look up foreign words from time to time.

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

The second book in The Lady Janies series, I really enjoyed this one. It is based around Jane Eyre and follows both Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte as characters. I love these quirky books, and this one was no exception. Incredibly funny and a fantastic retelling – I gave it 5 stars.

Here is my full review

Dreamland by Nicholas Sparks

This book was actually loaned to me by a coworker who thought I might like it. I have not picked it up yet, but I plan to sometime soon!

Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

This book was also loaned to me by the same coworker as the last book! Now, please make sure you are sitting down…I have never read any Colleen Hoover books 😬 I know, I know!! But, perhaps this will be my first!

I thought my daughter did a great job choosing random books for me! Some were a bit out of left field, but that made it more fun!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Of the ones I haven’t read yet, do you recommend any of them? Let’s chat in the comments!

Love and happy reading,


2 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: The First 10 Books My Daughter Randomly Grabbed from My Shelf

    1. She was so confused at first, but then she really got into it haha
      Yes, I still need to get to Saint and The Last Legacy, but I loved Fable and Namesake. And I need to get the second book in Laura Sebastian’s new series.


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