Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and runs every Tuesday — obviously.
I am quite easy to please when it comes to reading or buying books. Basically, I am a pro at buying books — even when I don’t actually NEED any books. And, really, with nearly 150 books on my personal owned TBR, I really don’t need any new books, but sometimes there’s just that one thing that sells me on a book! Here are some of those things.
1. A book by one of my favourite authors.
If an author is on my auto-buy list, you can bet that I’ll be reading their next book! I don’t even care what it’s about, I’m buying it, I’m reading it, and most likely I’m loving it. Authors on this list include Sarah J Maas, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Sarah Dessen, Kelley Armstrong, Sophie Kinsella, and Tessa Dare.
2. A book that includes some kind of parallel universe.
Any book that show “what would happen if this happened and what would happen if this other thing happened” is an auto read for me. I just love those stories that deal with “what if” … what if that character took that other road instead of the one they’re on?
3. A book that is raved about by practically everyone.
I am a sucker for a hyped up book. I remember not even wanting to read A Court of Thorns and Roses until I saw how excited everyone in the book community was. People were ridiculously excited about this book and so I bought the ebook version on the day it came out and DEVOURED it. I then bought the hardcover AND the audiobook because that’s just how I roll. If a book is talked about enough, chances are I’ll want to check it out.
4. An underrated book raved about by my favourite book bloggers or vloggers.
If I have the same reading taste as someone else, if they start gushing about a book that not a lot of people have loved, chances are I’ll have to check it out. This is currently happening with Regan’s vlog, Peruse Project. I LOVE her recommendations and if she talks about a book that’s underrated, I need to read it!
5. If it’s a retelling of Pride and Prejudice.
I freaking love Pride and Prejudice and adore retellings of the story. I will read anything about any version of Darcy you have!
6. If the cover is unique and gorgeous.
I am a sucker for gorgeous covers, so if a book is absolutely beautiful, I want to try it out to see if the story is just as beautiful.
7. If there are highlanders.
Seriously, if a book in any genre features Scottish highlanders, I’ll read it. Props if it contains romance or time travel, or both.
8. If there is romance!
I love people falling in love and no matter what the genre, I will instantly be drawn to a book if it contains characters having a believable romance. No insta love please! I kind of love that slow burn of a romance that has me on the edge of my seat!
9. If it’s compared to my favourite books.
If there is a book that’s said to be for lovers of this author, or say “fans of xx will LOVE this book” I will want to check it out.
10. If there is a TV show or movie coming out based on the book!
I am definitely one of those people who prefers to read the book before seeing a show or movie. This is probably why, now at mid-April, I’m realizing that I need to read The White Princess and American Gods, and even reread The Handmaid’s Tale, because the TV shows are out or out soon. I love watching it played on the screen and thinking about the similarities to or differences from the book.
What will instantly make you want to read a book?