Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and 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 theme is:
April 2: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book
This is a pretty open topic and there are so many tropes, character archetypes, or narratives styles I could choose from, but I’ve done my best to narrow it down to ten that make me go ‘I need to read that.’
If I read the synopsis of a book and it has queer characters or is about LGBT+ issues in some way, I’m immediately interested.
F/F is so underrepresented in YA (and in literature in general) that if a book offers me a sapphic romance, I want to read it.
One of my favourites tropes of all time. I literally can’t get enough of it, especially because every author does it differently, and there are so many routes this trope can take.
I’m a HUGE sucker for ‘evil/dark character sees the light and becomes good’. I just really enjoy the development of a character as they realise they’re on the wrong side and decide they want to help others/save the day/be the hero.
Part of the reason I like anti-heroes so much is because they have huge potential for a redemption arc. But the other part is how they go against the grain of what we expect in a novel.
We open a book expecting to side with a good protagonist, but if we’re faced with an antihero, it throws up all kind of moral questions. Should we be on their side? Is what they’re doing actually right?
Antiheroes, arguably, make readers think about these questions far more than heroes to, and I really like that about them.
To be honest, you know I’ll read books with any kind of magic in them, but elemental magic is so much fun. Seeing characters summon fire or stop a waterfall? I’m here for it.
Aromantic and asexual characters
Again, a-spec characters are still pretty rare in YA, so any time a book professes to have an ace character, I’m keen to read it. I ID as demi/graysexual so I’m always looking for books with more characters who feel the way I do, as well as all other orientations on the a-spec scale.
I’m don’t have much time for bad-boy romances any more (she says, planning to read The Wicked King in a few weeks), because I’m giving all my time over to soft romances.
Why have love interests who treat the MC terribly and undervalue them, when you can have love interests that are kind, thoughtful, and incredibly soft.
YA has been a white-dominated field for far too long, but now that more own voices books are coming to the fore I want to support the authors as much as possible.
If I see a book that’s own voices and the premise sounds interesting, I’ll try to prioritise it wherever possible.
Yes, I am that reader, who gets drawn in by a well-designed cover. But I have very little shame about this. After all, what’s wrong with wanting your bookshelves to be filled with lovely covers?
Yes, it’s what’s inside the pages that counts, but if the story is stunning, doesn’t it deserve a stunning cover to match?
If the setting for a book is very different to anything I’ve read before, or has something unique about it, I’m likely to want to pick it up. The YA market is quite saturated with similar stories, so anything new is intriguing to me.
What makes you want to pick up a book? Are there tropes or character archetypes that will make you automatically buy a book?