Tuesday Top 5: Books I Got Without Knowing They Were Already On My TBR

By: Manuela Soares

Hello all and happy Tuesday! Welcome back to Functionally Fictional. This week my topic was inspired by a book I was recently given. Have you ever bought or been gifted a book only to look it up on Goodreads and find out that it, or a book in the series if it’s part of one, was already on your Want to Read list? Yeah, that happened to me this weekend and got me thinking about how many other books I have collected over the years, not realizing that I had already added them to my list. So, I looked through my unread books and compared them to my Want to Read list and came up with five books that were either on my list or are a part of a series that had a book on my list.

1.) Quarterstars Awakening by David L. McDaniel

So, this is the book that prompted today’s post. My mom went to a somewhat local craft fair this past weekend and came across McDaniel’s booth and had a chat with him, prompting her to pick this book up for me. While technically the second book in what is to be a five-part series (as far as I know), this is a prequel to books 1, 3, 4, & 5. When I looked it up on Goodreads, I was surprised to see that the first book was on my Want to Read list, and I apparently put it there FOUR YEARS AGO! Oops! I have no memory of this, so my best guess is that it was a Goodreads Giveaway that I entered and didn’t win. I have so many books on my list from that, that I genuinely have no idea what most of them are.

2.) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

I was gifted a copy of this by my bestie so long ago and didn’t realize that it was on my WtR list. I don’t always scan and add all my books to Goodreads immediately when I get them, so it’s fun finding out which ones I’ve wanted to read in the past and if I’ve gotten a copy of them at some point.

3.) The Stolen Baby by Diney Costeloe

I came across this one on Kindle Unlimited not too long ago and found it on my WtR. It’s not too surprising since I love historical fiction centered around WWI & WWII.

4.) World War Z by Max Brooks

I got a copy of this ages ago, not long before the movie came out but never ended up reading it in full.

5.) The Secret Language of Birthdays: Personology Profiles for Each Day of the Year by Gary Goldschneider, Joost Elffers, Aron Goldschneider (Editor)

This is a book that I saw at a friend’s house years ago and picked up at some point. It’s a hefty book with a lot of fun tidbits in it.

Now that you’ve read my list, what is a book that you picked up or were given only to find out that it was already on your Want to Read/TBR?

Happy Reading!

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