Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is the top ten things that will make you instantly want to read a book.
1. A pretty cover
Okay, so I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but I have to admit that if there’s a book I’m interested in and it also has a beautiful cover, I will be ten times more likely to pick it up sooner rather than later.
2. If I’ve seen people raving about it on booktube
Booktube is a very dangerous place. One minute you’re binge-watching book hauls and reviews and the next, you’ve added approximately 20 books to your basket on Amazon and are clicking ‘place order now.’ If I see my favourite booktubers raving about a book, it’s almost guaranteed that I’m going to pick it up as soon as possible.
3. If it’s blurbed by an author/someone I love
If a book has a really positive comment on the cover from an author or someone else that I really admire, I will be way more likely to pick it up, because I trust their opinions.
4. If it was recommended by one of my friends
I have a couple of friends who love reading just as much as I do, and we tend to read and love very similar things. So if one of my bookish friends recommends something to me that they really loved and are excited about, I’m 100% going to want to read it!
5. When a book is described as being similar to Harry Potter
Okay, so I’ll admit that the amount of books that are marketed as ‘The next Harry Potter’ or ‘For fans of Harry Potter’ can get exhausting, but my inner Potterhead can’t say no to them. I can’t help it. I just crave stories about magic that make me feel nostalgic for being a kid growing up with Harry Potter. So anything that is advertised in this way is pretty much an auto-buy for me.
6. If it’s written by an author who I love
There are certain authors who I love so much I will read anything that they publish – they could publish their shopping lists and I would still throw my money at them. So if I see that one of my favourite authors has a new book coming out, I will immediately pick it up – no questions asked.
7. If it has a high rating on Goodreads
Goodreads is not always the best place to get book recommendations and their ratings aren’t always reliable, what with people rating books before they’re released (or even written in some cases) and everyone’s different interpretations of the star rating system. But if a book has a particularly high average rating on goodreads, it will definitely make me want to read it, as it suggests that lots of other people have really enjoyed it.
8. If there are fantastical/magical elements
Fantasy is my favourite genre and I love stories with magic. It’s probably my favourite thing to read about as I love being whisked away to a whole different world where so many crazy things are possible. It just makes me so happy. So if a book is fantasy and contains an interesting magic system, I’m more likely to add it to the top of my TBR list.
9. A strong female lead
The strong female lead is a very common trope in YA books, and I know a lot of people think it’s overdone, but I still really love it. It’s one of my favourite perspectives and I find it so empowering to read about such strong, independent female characters. If a book features this trope, I’m almost definitely going to want to read it.
10. If it handles subject matter that isn’t often seen in books such as ‘taboo’ topics
If a book is said to handle a difficult topic or one that isn’t usually discussed, I will be super interested in picking it up. I find it intriguing to see how the author handles the subject and if the topic is something I don’t know much about, I’m even more interested because I want to learn more about it.
So those are the top 10 things that make me want to instantly read a book. I really enjoyed making this list! I had so much fun thinking about all the things that intrigue me about a book and make me really want to pick it up.
What things make you want to instantly read a book?
Thank you so much for reading!
Chloe 🙂 x