Shut Up and Take my Money (If I Had Any) // Top Ten Tuesday #15


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This Week’s Theme: Ten books you’d buy right this second if someone handed you a fully loaded gift card!

Alternative Title: Honestly All I’m going to do in this post is repeat the word “Pretty” and cry over books

Slight Disclaimer: None of these photos are mine, obviously, because I don’t own the books. All photos link to the original owner and if any of them somehow stumble across this blog and want them removed I’ll do so immediately! 

Prices = Book Depository unless otherwise stated

In no particular order…

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter ($46 AUD)

Hamilton The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter Hamilton The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter 1
Sources: All Aboard for BroadwayYour Story

I’m only new to Hamilton, but I’m already obsessed. I listen to various songs on the soundtrack every day. My favourites are Satisfied and Take A Break because I am Hamilton/Angelica trash. I want a copy of the Hamiltome SO BADLY. From all the photos I’ve seen it looks so beautiful. It’s quiet pricey so I don’t know when I’ll be able to order a copy. I hope I can soon though because LOOK AT IT. I want to cry. It’s so beautiful  😍

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling and Illustrated by Jim Kay ($40 AUD)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling 1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Sources: Scatigno9 – Odius

I’m actually so mad at myself because I had a chance to buy this a few weeks ago, but I didn’t because I was trying to keep money back for dumb adult things like food and bills. The illustrations are so, so stunning.

Harry Potter US Boxset by J.K. Rowling ($111 AUD)

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling 1 Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Source: Bookables

Obviously I already own the Harry Potter series. My copies are battered to pieces and I LOVE THEM. However that said the way the way the spines make the Hogwarts castle in this boxset is so beautiful. I’m not even going to lie – I want these purely for aesthetic purposes. Judge away.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Deluxe Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling and Illustrated by Jim Kay ($180 AUD)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling DELUXE Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling DELUXE 1
Sources: The Leaky Cauldron – The Book Depot 

Are you sensing a theme yet? This is gorgeous. Do I even need to say anything else?

Harry Potter Page To Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey (Collector’s Edition) ($1,741 AUD)

Harry Potter Page To Screen The Complete Filmmaking Journey (Collector’s Edition) Harry Potter Page To Screen The Complete Filmmaking Journey (Collector’s Edition) 1
Source: Nerd Approved 

Hey, it said the gift card was fully loaded. Why shouldn’t I lash out? Apparently there were only 3,000 of these made and the only ones available now are on Amazon. If you’re giving me a gift card with infinite amounts of money you bet I’m taking the risk and buying this. This is worth it for the Care of Magical Creatures book alone.

The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Steifvater ($87 AUD)

The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater 1
Sources: Maggie Stiefvaterbookishandnerdy

I really want physical copies of this series because I only own them on my Kindle. The covers are beautiful especially The Raven King. As a bonus I’d love the Fountains Bookstore edition of The Raven King which comes with the drawings by Maggie and is signed. I don’t even know if there’s anymore of these left but hey I have a loaded gift card I’m sure I can work something out.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories (Barnes and Noble Leatherbound Edition) by Lewis Carroll and Illustrated by Sir John Tenniel ($40 AUD)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories 1 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories
Sources: Radioativa Fluffy – Just Carol

I love everything about Alice in Wonderland. The concept and characters are everything. I love that on the surface Wonderland seems like this incredible place, but if you look deeper it’s actually quiet dark and I think that’s something that can apply to so much in real life. This edition is STUNNING. It’s pink which is one of my favourite colours and those GOLD PAGE TRIMMINGS!!!!!! SEND HELP.

Alice’s Adventures  in Wonderland (Puffin Bloom Edition) by Lewis Carroll and Illustrated by Anna Bond ($30 AUD)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 1 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Source: Kasa Suasa

Just give me all the beautifully illustrated editions of Alice in Wonderland tbh. The art in this is looks so wonderful. I love the colours.

The Merciless series by Danielle Vega ($48 AUD)

The Merciless Danielle Vega The Merciless Danielle Vega 1
Sources: Quality FangirlsPenguin Teen

The Merciless is one of my favourite horror books and I’m so excited to read the sequel. I love the design of these SO much. They suit the tone and feel of the book so much. I love that I look like a spell book or something. It’s honestly my aesthetic.

Illuminae by Aime Kaufman & Jay Kristoff ($25 AUD)

illuminae illuminae 1
Sources: Michelle’s MinionsReading Teen

I bet you all thought I managed to make it through a post without mentioning this book, but please. I need the hardcover of this book for REASONS. The main one being how it looks under the dust jacket.

Grand Total: $2348 AUD

 This post was actually quite depressing 😂 Anyone actually want to supply said gift card to me for real? No? Fiiiine.

Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the books I’ve chosen! Feel free to leave a link to your own TTT so I can drop by. Or tell me in the comments what book you’d buy if you had unlimited funds?

Hope you’re all having a fantastic day xx

75 thoughts on “Shut Up and Take my Money (If I Had Any) // Top Ten Tuesday #15

  1. Wow, I DID notice a theme…
    I’m the same way about the books I love: I want a copy to read, and a copy to keep mint. My mom says that’s obsessive-compulsive behavior (which I do have a tendency to display), but I think it’s just a want to preserve something beautiful and still enjoy it at the same time. 👍🏻


  2. All of these books are so pretty 😭 I want the Hamilton book so freaking bad. Also, YES I LOVE THAT YOU ARE ANGELICA/HAMILTON TRASH. I am too. Especially during my first listen through. I hope you enjoy the rest of it. What I would give to be in your shoes, listening to it for the first time lol. Great picks!

    Check out my TTT


    1. RIGHT. Oh my god, YESS. They cause me so much pain. I’ve actually already listened to the entire soundtrack! It made me cry so much and was such a wonderful experience. I still make sure to listen to some of the songs on it every day though because I’m obsessed. I so wish I could have seen the musical.


  3. Your list is amazing! I think I was drooling over the large majority of it, haha. The deluxe illustrated edition of the Philosopher’s Stone is gorgeous! I didn’t know that even existed, but I’m convinced I need it in my life like now. Too bad I don’t have that much spare change in my piggy bank, haha!


    1. It was actually torture making it 😂 I’m hoping to get the regular illustrated edition really soon, but I would LOVE to also get my hands on the deluxe edition. But yeah, unfortunately I don’t have that much spare change either. Boo.


  4. Beautiful! While I read almost exclusively on Kindle these days, I collect old fairy tale books. If I had unlimited book funds, I’d probably spend a fortune on beautiful hundred year old fairy tales with stunning book plates.


  5. I have the Alice in Wonderland Barnes and Noble Edition, I managed to get it off Book Depository for about £15, they have it for $23 australian dollers now. I checked just incase so I wouldn’t be telling you about somewhere just as expensive haha! I’ve had mine for about a year so I think the price is always rather low, they also do free worldwide delivery incase you decide to check that out in the future 🙂

    I would definitely get everything Harry Potter, especially the Movie Collectors Book Editions, the monsters one would be so fun to have! I have the Film Wizardry book and the Page to Screen and they are great! The Film Wizardry one offers little pullouts and extras such as the maurenders map! 😀

    Great Post Lauren!


    1. Thanks, Hannah!!!

      Ooh that’s so awesome! I think the $23 is a different edition? The one I listed was this one which shows as $40 for me. However, now I’ve seen that other edition I want to buy that too 😂😂

      Ahh so jealous!! That sounds amazing!! There’s too many good Harry Potter things out there and I want them all.


  6. I WANT EVERYTHING IN YOUR LIST. HONESTLY Can’t get enough of HP and the illustrated edition omg
    I haven’t read Illuminae but I heard great things
    PS I think we need to steal a bank together haha


  7. I love all of those Harry Potter books. I don’t have any of the special editions (because I already own one set of the series and I just can’t justify buying another set when there are so many other books to buy) but they’re so beautiful!!! Especially the Deluxe Edition of HP and the Philosopher’s Stone. I’ve never seen that edition before.


  8. Wow some of these are really gorgeous books, and they’d be on my list as well just because of how beautiful the covers are! 😀
    I love the editions of Harry Potter you found, especially the Page To Screen books but wow they are really expensive! Then again like you said the gift card is fully loaded! I’m thinking about buying a new copy of the HP series, just because my original books are so beat up now from all the years I’ve owned and read them.
    The Alice in Wonderland editions are amazing as well, and so is the hardcover version of Illuminae as well. I do aready own the book in paperback but I would definitely splash out and buy the hardcover as well!
    Great picks for this week! 😀


    1. Riight! Making this post was kind of torture 😂

      I know!! The price for the Collector’s Edition is crazy. I figured I may as well go all out though, haha. I’m thinking of buying this edition boxset for the same reasons. It’s also available at my local Target store which makes it so hard to resist because every time I walk in there I see it, haha.

      Yes, same!!

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      1. Yeah I know that feeling! It made me want to jump right into Amazon and buy everything I put in my list for this week. I did manage to stop myself though. My bank account wouldn’t have taken it! 🙂
        Ohh, that one is pretty as well, and yeah it’s harder to resist books when they’re practically staring you in the face isn’t it. I’d be no help I’d just be telling you to buy it! 😀


  9. Yesssssss to all the Harry Potter ones!! There really are some beautiful sets for that series, plus I need the Illustrated HP and The Cursed Child too. Fantastic list!


  10. I absolutely LOVE that set of the Harry Potter books and want it RIGHT. NOW. The spines are so gorgeous, and I cannot get over how stunning they are. Ugh!
    And yes, I want the hardcover of Illuminae as well. IT IS SO AWESOME!


  11. That Harry Potter US Boxset is AMAZING. I love, love, love the look, but it’s super expensive and I can’t justify the purchase. ;_;

    The Page to Screen one is CRAZY EXPENSIVE. I was shocked to see that it costs that much, but then it makes sense if it’s a limited edition and there are only 3000 in the world. Hope they make more eventually, because wow. $1,741 for a book??? I cry.


    1. Same here! Otherwise I would so be buying it. They have a boxset at Target that’s $80 which I suppose for 7 books is a pretty good deal, but I can’t justify spending it on books I already own.

      I KNOW!! I flipped when I saw it. There’s only like 2 on Amazon and a couple on Abe Books, haha. If I had the money to waste…Haha. So crazy though!!


      1. Yeah, I understand! The HP books I own don’t match per edition because some are in Indonesian, some are in English, and some are from the US, some are from the UK… but I kind of like that they don’t match, though obviously my shelves don’t look as pretty. 😛


        1. Ooh that’s so cool!! My books are all different too, haha. There’s like a mixture of paperbacks and hardbacks and they are all seriously battered like the spine on my copy of OotP is pretty much none existent because I read it so many times 😂


  12. Love all your choices. Like you I am also new to the Hamilton fandom but making up with it in enthusiasm. My fave songs are Satisfied (great minds and all) and the Schuyler Sisters.


  13. I totally want all of these as well! I almost bought The Raven King with the illustrated bookplate from Fountains as well but it was just too pricey to ship to Australia. I kinda wish I’d bought it though because it’s absolutely beautiful! I’d also love to own the Deluxe Illustrated Harry Potter but definitely cannot justify spending that much. I also really want to House Editions of Harry Potter because they’re just soooooo beautiful! Great choices, Lauren!


    1. The price of shipping to Australia is always SO expensive. It’s the worst!! It would have been so cool to have an edition that Maggie had drawn in though!

      Same here! I just found the house editions after I posted this. I would LOVE to own the Hufflepuff ones. If I had money to waste they’d all be mine 😂

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  14. The Harry Potter boxset is awesome! And of course the illustrated series 😀
    I’ve heard a lot of great things about Hamilton, but I haven’t seen/listened to it yet.


  15. These are all gorgeous! I’d love the Harry Potter boxset as well. I have all books, but they are all different editions, different sizes and even different languages. So the boxset would just be super nice to look at 🙂
    I’m actually also very intrigued by the Hamilton one as well. A month ago I’d never thought I’d ever say that but now here I am 🙂


  16. Ooooohhh love the books on your list! Illuminae is A MUST! I was broke when I purchased it but WORTH IT! I’d totally broke myself again for Gemina hahaha those Harry Potter books are also awesome! I’ve read them all but I honestly don’t own any of HP books 😦 not even the e-version. I borrowed all and buying it right now seems a bit late… not to mention that I already have a bunch of books on my to buy list haha but if someone gives me the money then why not??? 😛


    1. Thank you! I have a paperback of Illuminae, but I seriously need the hardcover too. Same as Gemini 😂 actually I just want that book nowww. I don’t even care what format it’s in 😂 Ahh yeah, that’s totally understandable!! It’s why I haven’t updated my HP collection because I already all own the books so I can’t justify it when there’s so many other books out there to buy. But like you said if someone gave me the money then… haha!!

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  17. I’ve stumbled upon a few of these today and I love how everyone has added multiple Harry Potter editions! I would totally do the same thing, especially those illustrated versions. Aren’t they gorgeous?


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