Top Ten Tuesday | A Reader and Her Kryptonite: The Things, Concepts, Worlds, Characters, and Story Tropes
How many things does a book have to have to ensure you will instantly read it? One? Two? Or more? Inquiring minds (the Broke and Bookish gang) wants to know.
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There are a number of things that will draw me towards a book. Some of which are more prevalent and important to me than others. Either way, let’s be honest, we all have elements or things or issues that make us more or less likely to read a book. Some are superficial (*COVER SNOB ALERT*), others look deeper and ask the heart of the reader in us important queries.
So, today I thought I’d look at the five things that make me want to read a book – and maybe, because let’s face it, I cannot seem to stop there, take a closer look at the “why” behind these A-Z reasons.
1. Author | I’ll confess I’m a “comfort zone” reader. This means if a book has the name Jenny B. Jones or Stephanie Perkins; Sarah Sundin or Kiera Cass on its cover, there’s a 99% chance I’ll read the book.
2. Concept | While I love to read in that (above) referenced “comfort zone,” I also admire new concepts and worlds. Examples of out-of-this-world reads (for me) are These Broken Stars (quite literally in fact!), A Shadow Bright and Burning, and The Selection.
3. Cover Art | Yes, I’m shallow. When it comes to books, the prettier the cover, the more I’m drawn to it. This is a subjective quality since we all find something different defines “beauty,” but whatever your definition of it is, I am a self-diagnosed cover snob. Some recent examples of favorites include (And yes, depending on the execution, I have a fondness for “model covers” and those with “headless” designs. Example A, example B, example C. Plus, who wouldn't like this sweet "model cover"?)
4. Genre | Contemporary reads are my jam. I know, it’s weird since I’m such a British costume/period drama buff, but overall, it’s the contemporary world that most suits me.
5. New Author, Same Publisher | When I’m in my I-really-should-be-working-on-X, but-I-really-want-to-browse-Goodreads-or-Amazon mode, sometimes I run across new authors. When this happens, I look at the synopsis and publisher. If the former hooks me, and its from a publisher I read often, my curiosity scale level goes off the charts. New finds include a book from actress Bailee Madison (Blink), Sadhya Menon (Simon Pulse), and Joanna Davidson Palitano.
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That’s a wrap on another edition of Top Ten Tuesday. What are some of your favorite book “catnip” concepts? I’d love to chat with you about the things that draw YOU into a book? Comment down below with all the thoughts, opinions or bookish (or otherwise) comments. I’d love to chat them up with you.
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