Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things That Will Instantly Make Me Want To Read A Book


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and The Bookish and this week’s theme is things that will instantly make me want to read a book.

1. The author

We all have go-to authors, right? Those people whose books you wil pick up whatever they’re about, or however much they cost. The first two that spring to mind are Charles de Lint and Lisa Williamson (and you’d struggle to find two authors more different than those two!), but there are others too.

2. LGBT content done well

I’m always looking out for books that have central LGBT themes, but I have to know they’ll be done well. I don’t want to always be reading about a gay kid who spends the entire book being victimised for his sexuality/gender identity. Give me positive representation, with happy endings please. Bonus points if it includes bisexuality and/or transgender, or if it’s own voices.

3. Alternative history

Steampunk Victorian England with werewolves? GIVE IT TO ME NOW. A world where Hitler won WWII? MINE. A world where Hitler never existed but WWII still happened and was worse? GIMME. I love alternative histories. (I will also love any of you who can identify those books – leave me a comment! – or recommend anything else.)

4. Bookseller recommendations

My local YA bookseller is a goddess of book recommendations and if she tells me to read something I will read it. I might not manage it straight away *cough*ACOTAR*cough*, but it still makes me want to read it immediately. (Seriously, since book club started, I have spent So. Much. Money.)

5. A well written romance that is not the focus of the story

I am a sap at heart, and I really like reading romantic stories, but I still don’t want the romance to be the be-all and end-all. I want the characters involved to have lives that don’t revolve around each other.

6. Strong female friendships

Two women who have a proper, realistic, supportive friendship, not a bitchy one. Is that too much to ask? (Sometimes, apparently yes.)

7. A blurb from an author I love

If you’ve got a quote from my favourite authors on your cover, there’s a pretty good chance I’m going to pick your book up, because I reckon they probably have good taste.

8. Positive representation of marginalised people

This would have been higher up the list, but it’s taken me this long to work out how to phrase it. Bring me your books about anybody other than able-bodied white people, preferably by own voices authors, and I will read them. Do NOT give me books that marginalise people further, or appropriate different cultures, ok?

9. Fairytale retellings

I am 90% more likely to buy a book if it’s a retelling. I love them.

10. A pretty cover

Yes, I am that shallow. If it’s shiny, I’m there.

What makes you want to instantly read a book? Let me know in the comments!


6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things That Will Instantly Make Me Want To Read A Book

    1. Oh, it’s taken me so long to reply to this comment – apologies! Yeah, full on romance books aren’t really my thing, even though I am an absolute sap. There just needs to be something else there as well. Same ges for films really!


  1. I agree with so many of these! And if you still haven’t read ACOTAR do it now!! If only so you can read ACOMAF which is so much better, honestly if you struggle with ACOTAR just persevere, it gets so good in book two 😀 Also, I haven’t read it yet, but is Wolf by Wolf one of the books you hinted at? I’d love to know the others, they sound fascinating!

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    1. Yes, Wolf by Wolf is the when Hitler won the war one. The steampunk Victorian Britain with werewolves is Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series, which I HIGHLY recommend, and the killing Hitler but WWII is actually worse is Making History by Stephen Fry. An oldie (compared to the other two) but a goody! (I will read ACOTAR one day – there’s just so much other good stuff coming out!)

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