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

Posted April 30, 2013 by Kara in Lyn / 21 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic: Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book

There are certain topics that just hook me right in the wallet feels. Certain phrases or plots will make me buy the book – money reviews be damned.

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Here are the top ten phrases/words/topics that make me pick up a book faster than you can say “Holy crap, you have way too many books!”

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Red-head main character – This might seem a little superficial, but I attach to a character with the prized hair color the fastest.  

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Apocalyptic/Dystopia  – We’re very near burn out on this subject, but I am a SUCKER for the new world order.  I blame The Hunger Games for turning me onto the entire genre.

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Texas – It is odd.  Sometimes I hate living here, but I do love to read about books set in Texas.  I suppose it helps me connect to the book.  I love reading about distant lands and other cultures, but a touch of home is sure welcome every once in a while.

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Music – I’m far from an mediocre musician, but I love the memories I hold about band.  I love to read about characters who love music, or play an instrument.  I’m a softie for melody.

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Road Trips – Althought I have yet to find the perfect road trip book, I love to see this phrase pop up in the description of any story!

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Mermaid/Sea/Ocean – I love the ocean.  Mermaid books have burnt me, but I have yet to learn my lesson.

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Zoo/Animals/Cats – Those glurge books will get me every time, even though I know an animal is going to die in the book towards the end.

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Space – I just love space or space aliens.  That would be the dork side of me coming out.

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Fairy Tale Retelling – I love love LOVE a new twist on an old classic, or updated fairy tales.

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Viking/Norse – My favorite subject.  I am hesitantly starting to read more fiction with this element.  I feel that I am very judgmental on the subject, because I hope Norse and Viking fiction in such high regard.

What phrases will make you instantly grab up a book? Leave me a link below!


21 responses to “Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book

  1. Jaz

    Oh woah that’s quite interesting!

    Road trip books: The Edge of Never, Just One Day (sort of), Amy & Rodger’s Epic Detour, Saving June – have you read/liked any of those?

    I love mermaid books too… I haven’t really found any I like. I’d really LOVE a story based in Atlantis omg.

    I have yet to read a fairytale retelling I enjoy :/

  2. Great blog post!

    I’m right there with dystopian and post-apocalyptic. Psychology and asylums reel me right in, along with prisons – especially when some Weird Stuff is happening there. England as a setting, but only if the author knows her stuff, as well as WWII. England in WWII is a huge win.

    Edwardian era is a huge buy, especially if the book channels Downton Abbey a bit. And if I just have a general sense that the book has a unique concept – think Cloud Atlas – I’m so buying it.

    • OH, OH! Mental facilities! Man, I should have added that! I just TOLD someone I was going to buy a book because she mentioned the mental ward! *kicks self*

  3. I am a sucker for a fairy tale retelling and folklore/mythology as well. I get the impression there’s a reason those stories have stuck with us for so long and they will continue to be told and retold.

    I am so nervous about Norse books. I want to delve more into this genre but know so much about it that I’m worried I’ll be disappointed. Have you found any good ones yet?

    • Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby
      Days in Midgard by Steven T. Abell
      The Viking series by Tim Severin

      That is just a start. I’m going to try to get through my other Norse mythology books I have and get up the reviews soon!

  4. Amy

    I am a sucker for Fairy Tale Retellings, Red-headed characters, and music too. I am also a big fan when it tells me it’s heartbreaking, or forbidden love. Ohh and action packed. I love a book that has me flipping pages like a maniac with my heart beating out of my chest!!

  5. Even if the market is flooded with post-apocalyptics & dystopians, I, too, am there with you. I think it’s not just THG–it’s the power of those books to illuminate the concerns and failings and wonders of our own. 🙂

    I am also a huge fan of fairy tale retellings (I mean, also, some fairy tales are so screwed up, they really do need to be retold) & space & road trip novels. I actually can’t think of a whole lot of the latter type of book….

    The Norse part reminds me of the book Melissa Marr & Kelley Armstrong wrote together, and that Rick Riordan is writing Norse mythology next. You may have a lot to read coming soon 🙂

  6. Oooooh, road trips and music! I love these topics, they’re so much fun! I think road trips go hand in hand with foreign locations – I just love any book that includes any form of travelling in it. It’s always so much fun to experience places through a book. It’s just so amazing that books are able to do that.

  7. I love your list and that you talked about why you love those things. I had to write my post in a hurry, so I couldn’t really explain. My dad’s family is from Texas, the Austin area. I have family in Houston and San Antonio too. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! 🙂

  8. I agree with practically all of them. Of course, we do tend to like the same books so I shouldn’t be surprised. I do have to say that I am a sucker for a good fairytale retelling. I find that they are either really good or really bad. Most of those books do not fall in the middle for me. Great list Lyn.

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