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

April 2, 2019 TTT 14

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


This weeks theme is Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book!  

I’m drawn to books for lots of reasons, like a book that all my friends are loving or an author I love.  But I’m focusing here on settings that always make me want to pick up the book.  If you click on the book image, it will take you to the book review (if I’ve written one for that book).
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.  *shrugs*
2.  Road Trips – so many possibilities, love them.  In books and real life 🙂  And added bonus, we often get playlists as well.
3.  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 it gives me a chance to spend a little time in a place I love.
Book Review : Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb
4.  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.
5. Books set in counties I’ve never been to – I like getting different perspectives and learning new things.
6.  Secrets!  Ssshhhh!  I love digging them up.
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.  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.
9.  The Tudor period. The treachery, the gore, along with all the political wheeling and dealing captivate me, and I can’t get enough
10.  Fabulous covers.  I’m drawn to them like a magpie to shiny things.
  The Woman at 72 Derry Lane by Camel HarringtonClass by Jenny Colgan
The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory

Talk to Trish:

What makes you pick up a book?  If you have also done this TTT, please leave a link so I can come visit 🙂

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14 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday : Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book!”

  1. Angela

    YES to Tudor books! Love, love that time period and those historical figures. And if a book is set in Paris or London, I’m always in.

  2. Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books)

    The promise of a secret to be revealed always gets me! That’s probably the biggest trope that draws me to a book. Glad I’m not the only one who’s a sucker for a good secret 🙂

    Happy TTT!

  3. Joy V Spicer

    Great list! Oh yes, secrets are good. Same here with Enid Blyton and boarding schools 🙂 Never been to a boarding school, but I really wanted to. I’m sure the reality would have been a rude shock *LOL*

  4. jen

    Brilliant post. I’ve never thought about this before. I’m a mood reader so usually it depends what I fancy. At the moment lots of fantasy. I love books set in places I’ve visited. I’ll be hunting for books to read for the summer this year, I’m not going on holiday so I need books that are set in different places or good holiday reads.

  5. Lola

    I also like reading about road trips. And yes to countries I’ve never been to, but with so few books set in the Netherlands, this is almost every book for me. But I love to vary things up and read about different countries and now that I track these stats I can see that i am sort of successful in that.
    Secrets are also a good one, there’s just something so intriguing in figuring out secrets and waiting for the reveal. And a great cover can really pull me in.
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