Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is things that will make me instantly want to read a book. Going back through my Goodreads log of books I've read, I can see definite patterns in the types of books I choose, so here's my list of things that will make me want to pick up a book!
- A pretty or striking cover. Not every book that has a good cover is something I will want to read, but it helps! I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a cover snob - if I'm not drawn in by the cover, I won't even take the time to see what the book is about.
- Dual timelines: I'm a sucker for a story with dual timelines. There's just something about the past and present colliding that really speaks to me, especially if it involves...
- World War I or World War II: I'm just so drawn to these time periods.
- Psychological thrillers: I've been obsessed with thrillers lately, so if that phrase is in the blurb, I'm probably adding it to my TBR.
- A family in crisis: I love reading stories about families that are facing great odds or trying to put the pieces back together. If the story's focus is on just the siblings or even twins, that's even better!
- An old English estate: Perhaps it's my love of Downton Abbey, but I seek out stories that feature a countryside manor that plays as big a role as any of the characters. I like reading about upstairs/downstairs relations, dilapidated houses that are being restored, and parties in ballrooms.
- Alzheimer's: Ok, this is kind of a strange one, but no matter how many times I've cried while reading a book about someone with Alzheimer's, if the blurb mentions this terrible disease, I'm probably going to want to read it.
- A supernatural element that feels real: I don't read a ton of fantasy, but I do enjoy novels that feature some kind of mystical element, whether that's clairvoyants, mediums, or fortune tellers.
- The Tudor dynasty: I am obsessed with Henry VIII, his 6 wives, and his children. If a book is even tangentially related to the Tudors, I'm in!
- Paris: I don't know if I'll ever get to visit the City of Lights, so I get my fix through books. If a book takes place in Paris, it almost doesn't matter what the rest of the book is about.
Do any of these make you instantly want to read a book, too?