Top Ten Tuesday (18)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

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This weeks Top Ten topic is …

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

I’m going to list the top eight topics that make me pick up a book, as to be honest there aren’t any words or topics that guarantee that I will buy a book. Even if a book uses a topic that intrigues me, if the blurb doesn’t work for me then I’m not interested.

  1. WEREWOLVES – or well, were-anything. I find how different authors interpert what it means to be a werewolf quite interesting. If you’re interested in some good Young Adult books then I recommend: DEADLY HEMLOCK by Kathleen Peacock and THE BLOODING by Patricia Windsor. If you’re looking for some good Adult books then I recommend: BITTEN by Kelley Armstrong, STRAY by Rachel Vincent, and MOON CALLED by Patricia Briggs.
  2. VAMPIRES – I like vampires for much the same reason that I like werewolves; how an author portrays them is interesting. If you’re interested in some good Young Adult book then I recommend: BLUE BLOODS by Melissa de la Cruz, VAMPIRE HEART by J. B. Calchman, and FALLING TO ASH by Karen Mahoney. If you’re interested in some good Adult books then I recommend: THE INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE by Anne Rice, GUILTY PLEASURES by Laurell K. Hamilton, DEAD UNTIL DARK by Charlaine Harris, and SOME GIRLS BITE by Chloe Neill.
  3. WITCHES – ditto above. How witches are seen in literature can differ vastly, like it can for werewolves and vampires, and I find the different ways they are written quite interesting. If you’re interested in some good Young Adult books then I recommend: THE INITIATION by L. J. Smith, BORN WICKED by Jessica Spotswood. If you’re interested in some good Adult books I recommend: A FISTFUL OF CHARMS by Kim Harrison.
  4. DRAGONS – there’s just something about dragons, whether they speak or not that draws me to them. If a character in a book is a dragon then I am instantly curious. If you’re interested in some Young Adult books then I recommend: EON by Alison Goodman and DEALING WITH DRAGONS by Patricia C. Wrede. If you’re interested in some Adult books then I recommend: DRAGON BOUND by Thea Harrison and TEMERAIRE by Naomi Novik.
  5. THE FAIR FOLK – faeries in all their different guises, be they pookas, goblins, or anything really can make some really interesting characters. I like the way that certain authors take the folk/fairy tales and twist them and re-imagine them. If you’re interested in some Young Adult books then I recommend: WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr, WONDROUS STRANGE by Lesley Livingston, THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa, and IRONSIDE by Holly Black. If you’re interested in some Adult books then I recommend: A KISS OF SHADOWS by Laurell K. Hamilton.
  6. KNIGHTS – I like the idea of chivalry. I especially like it when writers include both male and female knights, and honestly I wish there were more books like that. If you’re interested in a Young Adult book then I recommend: ALANNA: THE FIRST ADVENTURE by Tamora Pierce.
  7. MAGIC – this is going to sound quite broad, but if a book even hints that there might be magic involved I’m curious. Magic can be such a game changer. If you’re interested in Young Adult books then I recommend: FLEABAG AND THE RING FIRE by Beth Webb, HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE by Diana Wynne-Jones, HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE by J. K. Rowling, and SABRIEL by Garth Nix.  If you’re interested in Adult books then I recommend: DAUGHTER OF THE BLOOD by Anne Bishop, PAWN OF PROPHECY by David Eddings, and THE MAGICIAN’S GUILD by Trudi Canavan.
  8. SCHOOL – this might sound odd, but having never been to one I find the concept of boarding schools to be quite interesting. It seems like a completely new world, especially American High School. If you’re interested in Young Adult books then I recommend: NIGHT SCHOOL by C. J. Daugherty, GOING VINTAGE by Lindsey Leavitt, PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry, and ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins.

What topics make you pick up a book to find out more? Let me know in the comments below, or link back to your Top Ten post so I can see what makes your list.

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18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (18)

  1. I bought a copy of Deadly Hemlock today! I can’t wait to read it!!! The rest of your books are great too. Anna and the French Kiss – I love the school setting. And the Parisness. Hope you have a great week 🙂

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  2. I had a hard time with this list. Like you said, there are some topics I love, but just because a certain book is about a topic I love, if the book doesn’t sound like me, then I don’t pick it up. Also, love Pushing the Limits! 🙂

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  3. Ooooh I like how you gave examples for each topic. I pretty much love everything on this list (except Vampires. I really just don’t like vampires), but I’m required to say this: DRAGONS. DRAGONS. DRAGONS. DRAGONS. I love them. And magic and knights (ALANNA) and I don’t even know what else. I just love it all (except for the vampires >.<)

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  4. I’m with you on most of your choices (vampires and werewolves, not so much, though I have enjoyed some.) And you’ve recommended some books I love — the Temeraire series, and the Alanna books (though I prefer Kel), David Eddings’ Belgariad, Dealing with Dragons… If our tastes run that much in common, I will have to check out some of your other recommendations above!

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  6. Witches and dragons are two things that appeal to me too, and I can never resist books containing magic or books centered around a school. (This is probably why I love Harry Potter so much – it’s got all four of these!) I’ve been watching Merlin recently, so I’m really into Knights these days too, though I haven’t encountered any books about them. I’ll definitely have to check out Alanna: The First Adventure.

    Great list and recommendations!

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