Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie AKA All The Library Books I was Reluctant to Return

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.  Click on the link for more info and to find out about future topics.

This weeks theme is:   Freebie.

It’s Freebie week on Top Ten Tuesday, and recently I was thinking about just how many books I have on loan from the library at any one time.
It’s a LOT.
I love libraries. All those wonderful brand new books, all for free. Also, there’s the added bonus of not having to store all these great books, because I ran out of bookshelf space a long time ago.

So, having books on loan forces me to eventually take them back and saves on space. Great. Until you come across one of those books that you really love…
It’s a beautiful book to look at, the story has been amazing, you’ve lived that tale with those characters and you can’t imagine not having that book in your possession any more.

So, here’s a post devoted to a few of the library books that I’ve been very reluctant to part with…


Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden


The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley
Sins of Empire by Brian McClellan


The Autumn Republic
by Brian McClellan
The Essex Serpent
by Sarah Perry
The Diviners by Libba Bray







The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Have you read of the books that made my list this week? Let me know what you thought of them, and what topic you chose for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday freebie!

31 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie AKA All The Library Books I was Reluctant to Return

  1. @lynnsbooks says:

    The Wicked Cometh and Silent companions are two books I’m really keen to get to. Funnily enough the Essex Serpent is one of those books that I really fancied reading and so I reserved it at the library, of course, as is my usual fashion about 6 books came in at the same time – which I wasn’t anticipating – and so I had to take it back before reading (somebody else had reserved it – *shakes fist*) I should perhaps try it again.
    Lynn 😀


    • pagesandtea says:

      That happens a lot at my library too. I’ll have requested some of these books weeks or months before and then a whole pile arrive at the same time, and they’re usually massive books as well so I know I’ll never have time to finish them before the loan expires.


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