Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Want to Pick Up a Book

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Things That Make Me Want to Pick Up a Book.This was a really hard list to put together. I think I know what I like, but when I sat down to write this list, it was incredibly difficult to be really specific. I’m sure on a different day, I’d have a completely different list for you.

1. I’ve Enjoyed the Author in the Past – Is this cheating? I feel like this might be cheating, but there are certain number of authors who have never let me down and I intend to pick up every book from them.

2. Magical Realism – Why is this genre so underrated? I love the way magical realism makes me feel. The atmosphere, the writing, all those magical possibilities.

3. Enemies to Lovers – Perhaps my favorite romantic trope. The perfect romance to me is one that contains this trope coupled with the slow burn. I fall for it every time.

4. PoC Front in Center in a Contemporary Novel – I want to read all the contemporary novels with PoC MCs. The vast majority of the contemporaries I pick up these days feature PoC leads.

5. Stellar Casts – I love when books are able to showcase more than one character. Some of my favorite books feature amazing ensembles.

6. Latinx-Based Fantasy – I see a lot of urban-based fantasy series with Latinx influences, but I perk up immediately if it’s Latinx-inspired high-fantasy.

7. Assassins – I haven’t read a new book about assassins lately, but I still love them. I know a lot of people think assassins are overplayed, but I actually haven’t had a ton of luck with these books. I’m always on the lookout for more assassin books.

8. Witches – I don’t think I will ever tire of witches. I love them in all settings, in all time-periods, and in any form. Good. Bad. Somewhere in between. I love it.

9. Banter – Next to enemies to lovers, I also love romance with great banter. Witty remarks flying all over the place is such fun.

10. Antiheroes – I suspect a lot of us enjoy antiheroes. I love exploring grey characters and appreciate authors pushing certain types of characters to their limits, seeing them compromise on their morals, and seeing what becomes of them as a result.

Do these also make you want to pick up a book? Do you have any recommendations for me based on these? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

77 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Want to Pick Up a Book

  1. I’m 110% all about good banter, and I also love returning to favorite authors. I don’t care how many I’ve read by them, if their books make me happy and leave me with a smile, I’m going to return. 🙂

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  2. Great list!
    I don’t think “I’ve read other books by this author and liked them” is cheating, as that’s… one of the most convincing reasons there are to pick up a book, at least for me. I know that even if the book won’t be my thing, it will probably have something I appreciate in it anyway.
    And anything but with antiheroes and/or witches automatically gets more interesting for me too!

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  3. I find it fun that you chose plot points and character types that make you pick up a book, while I tackled the subject much more literally (cover, blogger recs!). I definitely agree with you on previously loving the author’s work – it’s definitely not cheating!

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  4. I don’t think the first one is cheating. One of the main reasons to pick a book is knowing and loving the author. 🙂 Yay for any book with the romance trope enemies to lovers. I can’t resist. The slow burning romance is so perfect.

    Happy readings! 😉
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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  5. Great list! Witches made my list this week too, I can’t resist a witch story, but I so agree about ensemble novels. I desperately need to read more Latinx-inspired fantasy!

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  6. Our lists are so similar, I love every single thing on yours! I’m so excited there’s so many diverse contemporaries out now, it’s made me fall in love with the genre all over again 😊

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  7. I like enemies to lovers too, and if you’re one of my favorite authors… I’ll probably pre-order your book. Right now I have seven books pre-ordered (I intend to add another one as soon as I get more Amazon money) and all but one is an author I’ve read and liked before. The other has a comp title I love.

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  8. I love magical realism, too, and I don’t see enough of those books! There are a few authors that I really love and I will actively seek out their next book, but often I am really lazy about finding more books by an author I’ve enjoyed.

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      1. Ooooihhhh hard question! Lol soooo many! Bone Gap and Like water for chocolate are my top two! Followed closely by The Mermaid, Things we lost in the Fire and the House of The Spirits 😊 I liked the Ocean at the end of the lane too 😊 hope to read The Weight of Feathers and Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender next 😊

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  9. Based on the books I see you review, I would argue that you’re fairly devoted to books in a series. Even if you didn’t love the previous book, it seems like you’re willing to finish out the series.

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