Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
I read a pretty wide variety of genres, so this week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt really made me stop and think about what exactly draws me to certain books more than others. I think I figured some things out, and to help with my thought process, I’ve included examples of books I want/wanted to read specifically for the reason stated.
So, without further ado, I will instantly want to read a book if…
- It takes place entirely in outer space.
Since I’m not an astronaut, I enjoy pretending I know what space is like through books, even if it’s fictional. And there’s just something exciting about the extra danger the vastness of space and zero-gravity entails. Example: Illuminae
- There are creepy-looking trees on the cover.
I don’t know what it is, but if I see a cover with dead, creepy trees on it, I want to read the contents. Example: Last Seen Leaving
- It’s being made into a TV show, and I have enough time to read it before the release.
I’m a TV junkie, so odds are I will watch the show, and I take it as a personal challenge to read the book before the release of the first episode. Example: The Handmaid’s Tale
- It’s feminist, gender-bent, or promises a badass female lead.
I don’t think this one needs much explaining, because women are awesome. Example: Thor (Goddess of Thunder)
- It was written by Marissa Meyer.
I don’t even need to know what the book is about; if Marissa touched it, I’m reading it. Example: Renegades
- The setting is in a country I don’t live in, or know little about.
I used to be in a terrible habit of mostly reading books that took place in America or Great Britain, and I’ve been trying to fix that. Example: City of Saints & Thieves
- It has been reviewed as really scary.
Thrillers have been the foundation of my reading life for as long as I can remember. I will be the judge of what is scary! Example: In a Dark, Dark Wood (for the record, not scary)
- It’s a fantasy my book bestie raves about.
I value Melanie’s opinion on these things, so if she talks about it a lot or features it on her Instagram, odds are I will pick it up! Example: Mistborn, Passenger
- Characters can control the elements.
This gives me hardcore Avatar: The Last Airbender vibes, and since I want to be an airbender so badly, I will read about people who can work this fabulous magic. Example: A Darker Shade of Magic
- It causes people to swear allegiance to certain people/places/etc.
I love the competition and playful banter that ensues when readers love a book, but are divided by their allegiances to certain aspects of it. Example: Harry Potter Hogwarts Houses (I’m a Gryffindor), A Court of Thorns and Roses Courts (I’d be in the Dawn Court)
What about you? What makes you instantly want to read a book?