Tuesday, April 30, 2013

What Attracts Me to a Book [Top Ten Tuesday]

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they provide a Top Ten topic for you to create your list, then you share it on their post so others can find you. :)

  Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly

Make Me Pick Up/Buy a Book 

I struggled with this one. I wanted to be consistent and do all words, or all topics, or all something... but, alas, I couldn't do it. So I'm sort of all over the place with my answers. Full disclosure? These don't mean I necessarily *read* said book, just that I will definitely look closer at it.




I'm a glutton for punishment. I want to feel, and feel some more. So if someone touts it as heart-wrenching, I'm definitely going to take a closer look at it. :)



I like it when they have a darker, gritty feel if it's appropriate, and done right. Definitely one I would look into reading. 


Praise by Someone I Trust

This is probably the most important one. So why is it listed at number 3? It's the only one I paid attention to what number I gave to it, actually. And 3 happens to be my favorite number. :) Anyway. Back to the topic at hand. There are some close friends I trust thoroughly with their book recommendations - if they praise it or say they think I'll love it, I'll read it without any further consideration. Sometimes I don't even read the dust jacket or anything, just dive right in. For example, Code Name Verity, Revolution, and the mystery book I'm going to start reading after I finish Insurgent. I also take stock in what my favorite authors are liking. My thought process on that - if I like their writing there's a good chance I'll like what they're reading.



Despite that probably meaning something different for everyone, I tend to look at that as being a book I could potentially be sucked into.


Award Winning

I always want to look closer at these and see why they won an award, and if I agree. I don't always end up reading them, maybe they don't sound up my alley or whatever, but I always take a closer look at them. 



Come on, if you tell me you're not willing to at least try a free book then color me shocked. lol I will definitely take a closer look at those free bargains that grace my email and see if they're something I might be interested in. I've found quite a few good ones that way, actually. :)


Best Seller

This one is tricky. I'm not saying that I will read it, nor like it if I do, but I'm always curious as to what makes it a best seller... why is everyone loving this one and buying it?



I'm not Dystopia'd out... yet. But I won't read them all. The description has to really grab me, or the writing has to suck me in. I also prefer it be different. I know there's going to be common elements, being that it is a Dystopian novel, but there is always room for surprises and new ideas.



For as long as I can remember I've loved reading about supernatural things. One of my favorite books in probably second grade was The Ghost of Windy Hill by Clyde Robert Bulla. And that has yet to change. Again, though, the description has to sound promising to me, and the author needs to suck me into their world.



I can never go wrong with a good contemporary. I typically leave them feeling good, or uplifted in some way. Even The Fault in Our Stars left me with a good feeling, despite ripping my heart out and shredding it to pieces. There's something about them that will always draw me to them.
There you have it. Ten topics or words that draw me to a book. 

What about you? What makes you gravitate toward a book?



  1. Love the way you presented your list for this week's TTT! I totally forgot to mention award-winning on my list because I do take extra note if a book's been long or shortlisted for a prize or if it won xD

    My TTT

    1. Thanks! :) Sometimes being an award winner/honor/nominated book will get me to look at a book I may not have otherwise ever looked at.

  2. Haha free :D I go for "used." I pick up soooo many books that way at second-hand stores. Dark/gritty is also definitely a word/topic that for me generates interest. I like creepy books :) I'm not the biggest award-winning follower, unless it's the Printz award.

    1. I definitely follow the Printz award. ;) I have yet to be steered wrong with that one. Yet. lol I work in a library as a youth services director so I sort of have to pay attention to award winners. Not that a book has to be an award winner/nominee or whatnot to get my attention or be worthy of one to get my attention, but sometimes it gives me a book I may not have noticed otherwise. :) Used is a great word as well... nothing can beat bargain prices like that. :)

  3. I love how you did that. and free. yes. thanks you Kindle
    Come check out mine at: http://www.nobentspines.blogspot.com/

    1. Thanks! :) Kindle is good for that. lol
      I will head over to yours now... thanks for stopping by!

  4. Brandy I also had dystopian on my list, but award-winning…that's a good one :D

    My Top Ten

    Have a great week!

  5. High praise from a trusted book friend is high on my list of reasons why I'd pick up a book. It would be hard to list all the things that would make me pick something up, but I thought you did a wonderful job, Brandy! :)

    1. Thanks! :) It's not easy to list things like that. And it changes, too.

      Thanks for stopping by!


Thank you so much for taking your time to share your thoughts! I try to respond to everyone. :)