Top 10 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 of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Hello, book lovers! This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is super fun, I can’t wait to read everyone else’s lists, so if you participated, please link to your blog post in the comments – I’d love to check them out 🙂


10 Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

  1. The Cover
    I could probably end this list right here because if I’m completely honest, when I’m wandering around in a book store, the #1 thing that will draw me to a book is the cover. YA novels, in particular, have stepped up their cover design game so hard in the past few years, I’m absolutely living for it. There have been several instances in which I have bought a book 100% because of the cover. (I’m looking at you That Inevitable Victorian Thing.) This is mostly because I love displaying gorgeous books in my bookshelves at home.
  2. An outstanding recommendation
    It doesn’t even have to be a ton of outstanding recommendations from people, honestly, all it takes is one rave review and I’ll add a book to my TBR. Particularly reviews in which people are gushing about how the book made them feel. Books that resonate.
  3. An intriguing/unique love story
    As a Romance Novel Whore©, I like to think that I’ve read about almost every type of romance trope there is, so when I see a unique premise for a romance… I’m drawn to it.
  4. A Compelling Title

    Much like a gorgeous over, I’m drawn to a really intriguing title. Of course, if it has a great title, but the synopsis and/or ratings are lacking, I’ll skip it.
  5. Hype

    I am NOT one of those people who hate hype. I LIVE for hyped books because 95% of the time, I totally agree with the hype. It’s rare that a hyped book does not live up to all the chatter for me. Maybe I’m unoriginal, but I like what I like. If a book is hyped enough, I’ll read it no matter the genre.
  6. Auto-buy Author
    I have a handful of authors whom I will read every damn book they write, I don’t care what it is. Mariana Zapata, Lauren Rowe, Trisha Wolfe, Deb Calletti, Lauren Blakely, Laini Taylor, Helena Hunting, Rainbow Rowell, Sarah J Maas, Sally Thorne, and Colleen Hoover to name a few!
  7. A book compared to a book I love
    I read The Wall of Winnipeg and Me because it was so highly recommended for people who love The Hating Game and that’s how I discovered my obsession with Mariana Zapata. This has only burned me a few times, but many times I end up discovering new books to love.
  8. Books being made into a movie
    Particularly if it is a romance, I feel like I must read the book if there is a movie coming out about it. I recently read Five Feet Apart and fell desperately in love with the book and the movie. I feel the same will happen with The Sun is Also a Star.
  9. Tropes I love
    This doesn’t automatically make it something I will pick up, however, if a book contains a trope I love PLUS a high recommendation or hype or awesome cover … some combo of something I like plus a great trope, I’m likely going to pick it up. A few tropes I love are villains with heart, hate-to-love, virginal guy, star-crossed lovers, and love triangles.
  10. Author recommendations
    I read The Hating Game because Sarah J Maas so highly recommended it. If an author I adore highly recommends a book, I’m very likely to pick it up. Sally Thorne, in turn, always gushes about Christina Lauren books and she’s so convincing, I often find myself seeking out her recs.

4 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

  1. I definitely follow a relatively similar list. I will say, since most of my reading is ebooks as of late, I tend to skim best and worst reviews on amazon as well, but that usually only after the cover art, title, and premise have caught my eye. I am also a sucker for certain tropes and authors! 😀 I like reading best and worst because it kind of helps me figure out what the strengths and weaknesses of a book might be. Also if the review seems of a similar mindset to me, it helps be figure out if I’d react similarly towards the book.

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    1. I rarely actually read full reviews of books because I’m terrified it’s going to change my mindset going into a book one way or another. That’s why I so appreciate star-ratings. But I do skim reviews, too and keep my fingers crossed that I won’t see a spoiler!

      Honestly, one of my favorite things is going in completely blind to a book. Which happens a lot because I tend to hoard books and take months sometimes years to actually read them, so I know, when I pick up a book from my shelf that at some point I wanted to read it, so I don’t need to refresh my memory about the premise.


  2. I feel like the title and cover are always the first initial draw you in aspects. After those though its definitely the reviews that will influence to a point on of I will or will not purchase a book.


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