Top Ten Tuesday- Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book

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 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week we are thinking about things that make us pick up a book! Here are the 10 things that make me pick up a book!

In no particular order:

  1. A pretty cover. I just can’t resist.
  2. Bright page edges. I don’t know why this appeals to me!
  3. Good reviews from trusted bloggers!
  4. Fairy tale re-telling.
  5. Standalone. I read so many series in the past that I actually enjoy a book more when it’s a standalone.
  6. World War II- I have a fascination with WWII.
  7. Dance- I love books that have dance at the core.
  8. Music related- Like dance, I love music at the forefront of the story.
  9. Psychological thrillers- I’ve read loads of them but I can’t get enough!
  10. Strong female friendships- I don’t think we see enough of them! 🙂

What are your reasons for picking up a book? I can’t wait to see some of the answers this week! Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by! 

56 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday- Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book

  1. I love a good psychological thriller! Just got a review copy of My Lovely Wife and loved it. Good reviews from friends of mine always make me pick up a book or at the very least put it on my TBR. If a book gets a lot of buzz though I have to find out what all the hype is about.

      • I never want to miss out on amazing reads! But I love discovering books that are amazing but have no hype at all even more.

        I will say though, there have been books at the center of controversies that I absolutely loved and books everyone hated that I loved or books everyone loved that I hated. Sometimes I side with the majority and other times I don’t. For example, I hated A Court of Thorns and Roses– but I also read a lot of reviews before diving in, so I may have been influenced one way or another. I just try and follow positive recommendations, but also follow where my heart takes me in terms of what I want to read.

  2. I am total cover trash. No question about, they get me every time. And I have been all over the psychological thrillers for the last couple years!

  3. OMG I can’t believe I forgot to put your #3 on my list! My only defense is that I rely on reviews so much that I almost never pick up a book without any weighing in, so it feels like the foundation of my reading choices. But still. I love WWII, as you saw on mine- I think because my grandfather fought in it and my grandmother found her love of reading while hiding in bomb shelters. So it feels more personal than any other historical period. I just finished Daisy Jones & the Six – if you love books about music (or even if you just want a good, engrossing spring read) I’d highly recommend it. One of the best fictional books about music I’ve read, and one of the few that wasn’t ruined by not being able to hear the music. I don’t know why; it just worked. Great list!!

  4. Great list, Chrissi! I agree – I’m always intrigued by books that focus on friendship more than anything else, especially friendship between women.

  5. I love when you can look at the edges of the book and *see* that there’s something unusual on the inside. I don’t even know if that makes any sense or not.

    I have a weird fascination with Communism so that sort of relates back to WWII. Hah.

    Great list though, I agree with all of them.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  6. If you think I’m LOUDLY CHEERING YOU ON via this list, then you are absolutely correct. I’m fairly certain my neighbors hate me. In all seriousness, YES. This list! Especially retellings and strong female friendships. WE LOVE IT.

  7. I’m the same with pretty covers… I’ve never been able to resist judging a book by it’s cover when I’m choosing books

  8. WWII and psychological thrillers are always a weak spot and I love a pretty cover! Reviews of bloggers with a similar taste are always important and I’ve been more into stand-alones lately as well. Sprayed edges are so gorgeous! ❤

  9. I’m also fascinated with historical fiction, including WW2. And the aesthetic of the cover definitely has a lot of influence on my noticing or kicking up a given book. I also love to read good detective novels, cultural insight books, and old English classics.

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