10 Things That Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Certain Book #TopTenTuesday

For Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I’m talking about 10 Things that make me instantly want to read a certain book. Of course, I have my favorite genres which include historical fiction, uplit (with substantial story lines), narrative nonfiction, an occasional women’s fiction, literary fiction, and selected memoirs and biographies. However, what causes me to pick up a certain book?

What is one thing that causes you to pick up a book?


I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things That Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book.

(In no particular order)

1. Women Supporting Women/Fierce Friendships

(The Kitchen Front and The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle are examples of women supporting women on the home front during WWII; The Rose Code is a story of fierce friendships)

2. Favorite Author

(Fredrik Backman, for one)

3. Quirky Character

(see a few of my favorites in this post)

4. Unique Premise

(West With Giraffes is a recent example)

5. Diverse Reads

(always more to learn in reading from different perspectives The Girl With the Louding Voice and Last Summer on State Street are examples)

6. Books About Books, Bookshops, or Libraries

(books about books post here, stories set in bookshops here, and a post about stories set in libraries here)

7. Family Drama or Stories of Sisters

(not too dysfunctional; A Place For Us and Little Fires Everywhere are two examples of family drama; The Sisters of Sea View and the Vicarage Series are two examples of sister stories)

8. Favorite Themes

(found family, reconciliation, adoption, starting over, second chances, untold stories of difference makers (biographical histfic), forgiveness, friendship, etc.)

9. Narrative Nonfiction

(I love nonfiction that reads like fiction, a recent example is The Woman They Could Not Silence)

10. A Page-Turner

(The Girl From Guernica is a recent example)


What causes you to instantly want to read a book?

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  1. Great post Carol! I love books with great female characters and friendships, and diverse reads too. A strong, relatable narrator is also a must for me – and books where all the characters are realistic and three dimensional. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. Favourite Authors is a big draw for me as well. I am currently in a bit of a Steinbeck phase. I recently finished ‘Grapes of Wrath’ and ‘Cannery Row’. I am currently reading ‘Travels with Charley’ and have ‘Sweet Thursday’ in my reading cue! 😀

  3. More and more I’m finding myself searching to see when a favorite author’s next book is being published so I can jump on the waitlist for it at the library.

  4. All great reasons to pick up a book, Carol. Favourite author or series are big for me, as well as books recommended by other reviewers and bloggers I have similar tastes with.

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