First off, I hope everyone had a great Easter (for those of you that celebrate it) and / or an amazing weekend!
Second, it’s Tuesday and you know what that means… It’s Top Ten Tuesday! For those of you who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and book bloggers from all over the world make a list of 10 things that fit that week’s topic.
This week’s topic is “Things That Will Instantly Make Me Want to Read a Book.” This is an absolutely fabulous topic to discuss, so let’s get straight into it.
Content-wise, I’ll read anything that features:
1. A cute romance
I’m a sucker for a cute romance, especially when it’s first love. There’s nothing like reading someone about two people falling in love for the first time and all the joys (and troubles) that come with it. Who wants a tortured romance with a lot of drama when you can read about awkward first dates and kisses and figuring things out? I hate it when the romance is perfect like they were “meant to be”. No, no. Give me awkward first love any day!
Example: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
2. Forbidden love
Having said that, forbidden love is my guilty pleasure. There’s just something about rooting for two people whom you know can’t / shouldn’t be together. It’s frustrating, sure, and you might want to throw that book out the window when your OTP comes this close to making things work, but it’s all worth it.
Example: Robbie & Cecilia (Atonement by Ian McEwan)
3. The friends to lovers trope
Are you noticing a theme here? You probably think I’m a die-hard romance fan that’ll read anything with romance in it, but that’s not actually true. I don’t even read romance books where the romance is the main plot. I just love it as a side plot. Anyway… the friends to lovers trope is one of my favourites. Bonus points if said friends are childhood friends.
Example: Lexi & Aiden (Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt)
4. Humour / Funny situations
In general, I prefer books that deal with “serious” topics (racism, grief, sexuality, etc.) but sometimes I need to take a break and I’ll choose something that’s a bit lighter. Lighter meaning my heart is not in danger of being crushed into a thousands pieces and I don’t spiral into an existential crisis.
Example: Paper Towns by John Green
5. Strong, non-romantic relationships
Caring and supportive parents? A female protagonist who’s got a female BFF? A bromance that makes you smile like an idiot? Yes, please! I love my romance, but I also think it’s really important there’s a bit of balance.
Example: Simons vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Things that are not related to the actual content of the book:
6. Blurb / Summary
For me, this is make-or-break. If the blurb and / or summary doesn’t appeal to me, I probably won’t be reading it. That sounds harsh but there are SO MANY books that you’ve got to pick and choose.
7. First paragraph or page
If the book passed the blurb / summary test, I’ll have a look at the first page. I know some people just look at the first line, but that’s not such a deal breaker for me. If I don’t like the first line, I’ll still read at least the first paragraph. If I like it, I’ll read the first page. If the first page has me wanting more, I’ll buy the book.
8. Favourite authors
When it comes to my favourite authors, I’ll skip any and all tests. I don’t care what they’ve come out with. If they’ve published something new, I’ll read it. At the moment, I only have two favourite authors though: John Green and Adam Silvera.
I’m definitely not immune to hype. If everyone is talking about a particular book I’ll check it out on Goodreads and see if it’s something that I’d enjoy. This is key. If I genuinely don’t care about the book (i.e. it’s not my preferred genre, I don’t like the summary or the first page, etc.) I won’t read it. BUT if it does seem like something I’d enjoy, I’ll boost it to the top of my TBR list.
Example: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
If someone I know (friends, family members, bloggers, etc.) recommends a book to me, I’ll always have a look at it. I’ve found many great and all-time favourite books I probably would’ve never read if they hadn’t been recommended to me.