Top Ten Tuesday: Things That USUALLY Make Me Want to Read a Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Things That Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book. But I really don’t have any absolutes to share — there’s no secret formula that always works for me! So, instead, I’ll share a list of things that — most of the time — draw me in and make me at least consider reading a book.

  1. If it’s by a favorite author. This doesn’t work 100% of the time (sometimes I just won’t be interested in the topic of a new book)… but I’d say 90-95% for sure!
  2. If a favorite author blurbs it or mentions it in an interview or online post. Again, not always — but usually if I see that a go-to author is raving about a particular book, I’ll at least check it out.
  3. Cutesy bright cover. (For example, check out any of Emily Henry’s books!) I love books that look like they’ll be FUN… and if the cutesy bright cover also has books on it, even better!
  4. Books about books. Depending on the plot, of course, but I’ve yet to hate a book set in a bookstore or library.
  5. Colorful but creepy cover. Maybe dark background with overly lush flowers, for example? Something eye-catching but not necessarily comforting.
  6. Next in a series. This one’s practically a given. If I love a series, then OF COURSE I’m going to read whatever book comes next.
  7. Recommendations from people with excellent book taste. Whether real life friends or bloggers whose tastes seem to align with mine, these are the folks whose recommendations carry the most weight with me.
  8. Certain settings, especially places I love or dream of going. I’m thinking Alaska, Montana, Scotland… I could go on and on.
  9. A retelling of a favorite story. Not always, and the new version has to sound like it’s got a good twist… but I’m often down for a fairy tale retelling, or a twist on an Austen novel, or even a new version of a childhood favorite.
  10. A tie-in with a movie or TV series I’m interested in. This one can also drive me away (I hate movie tie-in covers), but if I see something popping up on Netflix that looks good and it turns out it’s an adaptation, there’s a decent chance I’ll read the book first before watching!

What makes you want to instantly grab a book?

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23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Things That USUALLY Make Me Want to Read a Book

  1. Books about books is a big one for me. I just can’t resist a cover featuring bookshelves/stacks or anything set in a bookstore or library. The publishers finally seem to be catching on to the fact that so many readers love bookish books because there seem to be tons of them out there these days. Yay!

    Happy TTT!


  2. I, too, included movies and books and a tie in. I guess the same goes for TV shows as well. The whole reason I started the Sookie Stackhouse series was because of True Blood.

  3. I never can resist a retelling. Especially if it’s from a favorite author. Books and movie/TV show tie ins usually draw me in. I hate the alternate covers though, too.

  4. Favourite author is definitely a big one for me, though like you said, that doesn’t mean I always want to read 100% of what a favourite author has written (for instance I’ve never read Rick Riordan’s Egyptian mythology series because that mythology is one that’s never particularly interested me for some reason). I almost always love books about books, I can’t remember the last one I didn’t enjoy, they’re like catnip to me. Next book in a favourite series is also obviously a given. I tend to be the one giving recommendations more than getting them but I do have a couple of close friends whose recommendations I will always take.
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