Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is the top ten things that make us instantly want to pick up a book. I thought this was such a fun topic, and one that I hadn’t really thought about previously. Without further ado… here are some tropes, premises, and general attention-grabbing things that make me interested in a given book!
madalyn’s top ten
This is one thing that pretty much guarantees I’ll pick up a book, no matter what genre it is. There is so little queer girl rep in YA that I’ll devour every page that’s available to me. It’s just nice to see myself and my sexuality represented in the books I read, ya know?
Interesting magic systems!
This is a bit of a vague one, but I’m a sucker for magic systems that are completely unique. Sure, I love a good fantasy that features elemental magic, but that’s been done so many times before. My favorite magic systems are completely original. Examples: Mistborn, Warbreaker… basically, all of Brandon Sanderson’s books.
Historical fiction with paranormal or magical elements!
Historical fiction is my favorite genre in general, but my favorite historical fiction stories incorporate some type of fantastical or paranormal elements. I think it puts an interesting spin on the history we all know and love. The best examples of this, in my opinion, are Libba Bray’s books– both the Gemma Doyle Trilogy and the Diviners series have a bit of an urban fantasy/paranormal spin to them that makes them all the more delightful.
YA contemporaries set in the South!
As someone who grew up in the Southern US, I know how unique of a place it is. Southern life really is quite different from the rest of the country; there are so many quirks, and so many interesting juxtapositions. It’s a really distinct culture. I wish there was more YA set in the South that accurately portrayed what teenage life here was like! I think Jeff Zentner and Jaye Robin Brown both show this really well in their novels.
If I know a book is #ownvoices (for those unfamiliar, this simply means that the author of the book shares the main character’s marginalizations), it makes me a million times more eager to pick it up. I try to read diversely in general, but reading #ownvoices is especially important because it lends the story and the characters’ experiences an authenticity that other diverse books can’t replicate, despite authors’ good intentions.
Boarding school settings!
Enough said. BOARDING SCHOOL SETTINGS ARE THE ABSOLUTE BEST, OKAY???
Floral covers and covers with interesting typography!
I’m not normally a cover-buyer, but if a book cover features pretty typography and/or eye-catching florals, I’m going to be more intrigued to check it out. Those are definitely my design weaknesses.
Retellings of classics!
I know everyone loves fairytale retellings, but even more than that, I love retellings of classic novels (especially Jane Austen books!).
Pen pal romances!
This is one of my favorite romance tropes. Whether it’s through letters, emails, texts, or any other form of written communication, I just adore books where the main characters fall in love through writing to one another.
Music, music, music!
I mean, this likely comes as a surprise to no one. I grew up singing in choir, doing musical theatre productions, and doing classical solo singing. I’m currently in college studying to become a music educator. So, any book that involves music (especially choir or musical theater) is an auto-buy for me!
There you have it– the top ten things that instantly make me want to read a book! What are some tropes or elements that make you more likely to check out a certain book?
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