Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book.
Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book
There’s no single thing, other than perhaps being by a favorite author or a recommendation from Robin, that guarantees I will read a book without hesitation. But if a book fits any of the parameters on this list, it has a very good chance of ending up on my “want to read” list, provided the book description (summary) appeals to me also.
1. It’s by an author I love. I pretty much can’t resist a book by a favorite author—and I have a lot of favorite authors.
2. Robin recommended it to me. She probably knows my tastes better than anyone else, at least for fantasy and mystery, having grown up with me reading them her all those years. Anything she recommends has an excellent chance of getting my attention. (It may take me a little while to get around to it, but I will read it eventually!)
3. It got a fantastic review or a great blurb from one of my favorite authors. Kind of the next best thing to a recommendation from someone who knows my reading tastes. For instance, if Tamora Pierce loves a YA fantasy novel, I know it’s worth checking out.
4. It has dragons in it. OK, I don’t read every book I come across that has dragons in it, but I definitely give them a good hard look.
5. It’s a fairy-tale retelling. That will get a book a second, third, and probably fourth glance. If the summary appeals to me, I’m in.
6. It’s a mystery set in Britain. Preferably in the Golden Age or cozy tradition—in other words, not too dark, not overly violent, and with good characterization. As with most of my other criteria, the description has to appeal, but dangle the words “British mystery” in front of me and I guarantee I’ll take a closer look.
7. It combines two of my genres in a way that appeals to me. Fantasy romance where the fantasy is as strong and well-written as the romance, for instance. Or mystery and fantasy. That said, the jacket copy (summary or blurb) has to grab me, too.
8. Other bloggers that I follow are raving about it. This only works if it’s the sort of book I tend to like anyway. I mean, I’m not going to delve into a really dark psychological thriller because lots of my fellow bloggers loved it. But if there’s a new historical romance writer on the scene, and everyone is raving about her, yes, I’ll probably give her a try.
9. It has a gorgeous cover. A cover alone isn’t enough to make me want to read a book, no matter how beautiful it is. But it’s enough to get me to read the description, and it’s sometimes enough to tip the scales if I’m wavering. Especially if the cover illustrates the story in a way that gives me some idea of what to expect, either through the style or the content. (Those covers that are mostly title? They may be pretty in terms of design, but they don’t make me want to read a book. Give me good, illustrative, non-generic covers any day.)
10. I loved the movie, and the book came first. I don’t see a lot of point in reading a novelization of a movie, but if I’ve seen a really good movie that was based on a book, I’ll probably want to read the book. Examples of books in this category are Stardust by Neil Gaiman and The Princess Bride by William Goldman. In both cases, I saw the movie first.