Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on April 2, 2019 | 3 Comments



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This week’s topic is things that make me pick up a book! Here are things I look for:

  1. A gorgeous cover. Let’s face it, I’m a shallow creature. If the cover is pretty enough it doesn’t even need a synopsis.
  2. Fave genres. If the book is one of my preferred genres, I’m definitely adding it to my TBR list at the very least. High fantasy and sci-fi are my faves, but I’m also super likely to add steampunk, grimdark, dystopian, and Arabian fantasy. Extra extra bonus points if it’s Asian Fantasy!
  3. Fave authors. Obviously if it’s written by an author I’ve read before and trust to write a masterpiece, I’m going to pick it up. Likely buy it, too! Examples: Jay Kristoff, Julie Kagawa, Karen Marie Moning, Laini Taylor, Pierce Brown.
  4. Space. I’m such a sucker for space stories. Bonus points if it’s a space horror!
  5. Dragons. You literally don’t even have to say anything else. Sign me TF up.
  6. Recommended by a trusted friend. There are a select few friends who can rave about a book and it will make me instantly want to pick a book up. The main example is Christy (@cbookaddiction) because she is literally my book twin and we agree on books 99% of the time!
  7. Hype, oops. I always fall for it. ALWAYS.
  8. An explosive beginning. Bonus points if it grabs me right in the first page. A great example of this that I read recently is Stain by A.G. Howard!
  9. A really unique premise. If it sounds like something I’ve never read before, I’ll definitely be picking it up. Example: Storm Crow: Magical elemental crows and people who ride them. (Sadly it fell flat, but it sure AF sounded unique and intriguing!)
  10. Retellings. I am such a sucker for retellings, especially if it’s faves like Beauty and the Beast and Mulan!

Do you agree with any of these? What makes YOU pick up a book?

Jessi (Geo)

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3 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

  1. Nice reasons! I fall victim to hype as well, and it’s usually 50/50 if I will like it or not because of said hype. Other times I just gravitated towards hyped book without paying attention to said hype if it was already an author I love! Which tends to be the case for the most part!

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  2. What are your go-to elements for cover buys? I like a pretty dress on the cover with some sort of ominous overall vibe. Example: “The Great Hunt” by Wendy Higgins. So good. I have to read my first Julie Kagawa book series soon so I can catch up. I have tried her books ages ago but I think I may like them more now. I have recently embraced the steampunk life. Gail Carriger is a favorite thus far–I have read only one book by her but it made me so happy. As for retellings, I hope to find a decent Arabian-set fantasy sometime soon. It’s hard to find something that’s creative without being too westernized. Ugh, Mulan is such a good story. Do you have any favorite retellings of that story?
    PS: newbie visitor to your blog here. Hi. I am Dina. What a lovely blog you have!

    • Hi Dina! That’s a great question, actually – I do like pretty dresses on covers but I think I’m a sucker for fantasy looking covers with good art! (i.e. Sorcery of Thorns, Spin the Dawn, Wicked Deep) Bonus if they have dragons on them!
      I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Gail Carriger series from my bookstabestie Katie, I’ve been meaning to read them! As far as Arabian set, I definitely recommend The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh if you haven’t read it already. I loved We Hunt the Flame as well!
      I have yet to find a Mulan retelling, but Spin the Dawn is supposed to be one. I read a chapter or two and wasn’t in the mood for it but hope to get back to it soon! It’s not a Mulan retelling but it does have the girl-disguised-as-boy trope – Flame in the Mist (also Ahdieh, I love her stuff!) is Asian fantasy. It’s also Japanese, not Chinese, but I loved that one!

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