TTT : Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book

April 30, 2013 Bookish chat 14

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by one of my favourite blogs – – if you are not reading this blog, then you should be!

This weeks theme is Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book .  I have lots of these so this was an easy one for me.  What I have done is given a quick description of the topic and then an example of a book that falls into category and so fell into my hands. 
1.  Dance settings but especially ballet.  I love them, my guilty pleasure.  Kicked off by my love of Drina ballerina books when I was a child.  Never really grew out of them.  Shrug!
2.  Road Trips – so much possibilities, love them.  In books and real life 🙂  And added bonus, we often get playlists as well.
3.  Adoption – very close to my heart so when I see a book that approaches this from any angle, I have to buy.
4.  Cities I love – If I see books are set in Dublin, London, New York, Paris or Rome, I’m immediately interested.  I want to see how well they portray the city and gives me a chance to spend a little time in a place I love.
5.  Curve balls.  A plot where it seems that I’ll be lead a merry dance, trying to figure out what’s going on.  I love guessing and trying to crack the plot open. 
6.  Books set in counties I’ve never been to – I like getting different perspectives and learning new things.  I have yet to read the one below but a book about 3 girls in the Israeli Defense Forces that has really wet my book appetite.
7.  Realistic, hard hitting, gritty topics.  I like books that talk about the often untalked about subjects.  And not in a trivial way but in a meaningful, thought provoking way.
8.  Books that feature lists.  Yes I’m a lister and proud. 
9.  Boarding School settings.  I suppose this is another one that started in childhood with Enid Blyton but I love reading books with contemporary school settings.
10.  Paranormal books.  But I’m very choosy, there are some great ones but there are some awful ones.  This is one of the best if you ask me.
Bookish Chat : Any thoughts on my choices?  What are your auto-buy topics?  Go on comment, make my day!

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14 Responses to “TTT : Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book”

  1. Asti

    Interesting choices! There are some that appeal to me as well (Paranormal, Realistic and hard topics, and loved cities like London). There are some though that really don’t phase me at all (lists? boarding school setting? Ehhh.) Now, I guess I just need to find you a book that has a paranormal ballerina who is from London but now lives in a different country after being adopted and is struggling through hard gritty topics at her new boarding school. Oh, and she likes to make lists and goes on a roadtrip at some point in the story. That’s not completely impossible, right?!

    • Trish Hannon

      But is there murders and a high body count too coz if not, then I’m not really interested! And OMG, you don’t like lists, how can you not like lists, I couldn’t function without one!

  2. Diamond Cronen

    Great list! Ah, I have to tell you! I saw Daughter of Smoke and Bone in the university library when I was working today.,and I just had to pick it up. For some reason (pretty obvious reason) the public libraries always have it out and I never think to put it on hold..well, when I saw it I remembered your review,,and lots of people saying it was worth reading (I admit, your review carries more weight to me than 100 “you should read this” from strangers). Sooo, long run-on sentence later– I checked it out and plan to read it within 3 weeks! (Maximum checkout time!) lol, but I hope to get to it sooner!
    Hehe, what are you reading now, btw? *goes n checks ur goodreads*
    Sorry for the major’s getting late & I’m lazy 😉

    • Trish Hannon

      Yay, delighted you got your hands on this treasure. Hope you love it as much as I did. I still have to buy and read the second book but I’m saving it for a weekend that I’ll have lots of reading time 🙂

  3. anaherareads

    Totally with you on books set in places I love or ones I’ve never been to. The one about the three Israeli girls sounds really interesting! 🙂

    As for mine, I have a huge fantasy bias in my list. Mainly magic, epic quests, fairytales with a twist, and the like. 🙂

  4. Kelly W

    Definitely with you on paranormal books and hard-hitting issues. I’ve only read a few books with travel in them, but I do tend to like the overall feel. I’ve never read a book with a lot of dancing, which I’m kind of surprised about when I think about it.

    Great list!

  5. Cayce

    Dance settings (and music themes) are my guilty pleasure too. As well as road trips 🙂
    And I wanted to list Boarding School (Anna and the French Kiss!), but run out of numbers. 😀

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