Hey guys, it’s Tuuuuuuesday!
As always, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish, and this week’s theme is:
April 18: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book
I’ve been excited for this topic for ages because there are so many things that will make me pick up a book, so I’m just going to get straight into it.
1. Magical powers
If a book gives me even the slightest hint of magical abilities, I want to read it. I love fantasy worlds that weave in elements of magic and mythical powers into their characters and storylines. I will eat that stuff up. Just a few of my favourite magically-infused books are:
2. Own Voices
Own voices literature is hugely important in giving a platform to people whose experiences are just as valid as non-marginalised groups, but don’t get fair representation, often because publishing houses don’t want to take a chance on their stories selling. I love reading own voices books because it gives me an insight into a huge variety of different people’s lives and helps me understand more about their struggles and triumphs. These are just four at the top of my TBR!
3. Diverse rep
Similar to own voices, diverse rep is incredibly important in expressing the views and lives of marginalised groups that don’t get the representation they deserve. If a book has LGBT+ characters like Of Fire and Stars, characters with disabilities like You’re Welcome Universe, fat characters like The Upside of Unrequited, characters from marginalised backgrounds like When Dimple Met Rishi, or any other diversity that doesn’t get written about often enough, then hit me up.
4. Female protagonists and female friendships
If you offer me a book that has a) a dynamic female MC b) female friendships c) f/f romance d) women kicking butt e) all of the above I will add it to my TBR quicker than you can load Goodreads. I love reading about books where women share their strengths with other women and these are just a few that are great for that:
5. An intriguing title
As someone who studied linguistics, I’m a little in love with words. We can create some incredible combinations with words – just look at how all these books came into existence! So as much as I love short, snappy book titles, if you give me a longer, intriguing title it’s going to grab my interest. I always read the synopsis before I add a book to my TBR, but if it has an eclectic title (like some of these) then I’m far more likely to read up on it.
6. A sexy cover
I’ve long since come to terms with the fact that, yes, I do judge books by their covers. As much as I try to read the title and blurb before deciding whether to pick it up, if a book has a bright or powerful cover then I’m going to notice it. My eyes are often drawn to books like these:
Say it loud, say it proud: I’m a feminist. So when a book is explores feminism, I’m there. These four I added to my TBR just for being about intersectional feminism.
8. Recs from bloggers and booktubers I follow
I’m forever chatting to people about books on Twitter (and here of course!) and watching booktube videos, so I’m constantly getting recommendations for new reads. If a blogger or vlogger who I’m good friends with and/or whose opinion I highly value recommends a book, then it’s a must-read.
9. Written by an author I love
If one of my favourite author’s has a new book, series, short story or anything coming out, it’s an immediate buy for me. I often add new books by my favourite authors to my Goodreads TBR before they even have a cover!
10. Unique premise
If a book sounds different to anything I’ve read before, or puts a new spin on an old story, then I’m likely to be intrigued. Onto my TBR it goes. Examples of this are:
What kinds of things make you immediately want to pick up a book or add it to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!