April 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That'll Make Me Want to Read a Book

I am extremely picky about the books I read, but there are at least ten things that'll make me more likely to read a book. Ready?

1. You've Got Mail comparisons
I love rom-coms, and YGM is one of my top faves. Books like Alex, Approximately and P.S. I Like You were made for me.

2. Homeschoolers
As a former homeschooler, I always want to read about more protagonists that had a similar high school experience to me. Unfortunately, most homeschooled protagonists are either a) famous (so they can't go to public/private school), or b) unrealistic. Here's hoping more books like Lucky Few show up on the YA scene soon.

3. YA historical fiction
I'm a sucker for history in general, but specifically YA historical fiction.

4. Time travel
On a related note, I love time travel stories, whether they're more like Time Between Us or in the same vein as The Girl from Everywhere.

5. Virginia or Kentucky settings
I'm pretty loyal to the two states I currently call home, so I will always take more books set in them.

6. Settings outside the U.S.
But also, I'm up for books set outside America! Of course, there are a lot set in Europe, but I'll always take more of that, as well as books set in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, South America, Africa...basically, the whole world.

Whether it be a character who loves to bake, a teen cooking competition, or a food memoir, I'm generally down for books that revolve around food in some way.

8. Shakespeare retellings
I love me some Shakespeare, but modernized (or historical fiction) YA retellings of his plays are my jam. There's a reason The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You is one of my all-time favorite books.

9. Superheroes/super powers
I just really like superheroes for some reason. So give me books like Fallout and Wonder Woman: Warbringer, but also books like Illusive and Pivot Point, where there are "super powers" but there aren't necessarily superheroes.

10. A Twitter recommendation from a favorite author
Ok, so this isn't necessarily something in a book that'll make me want to read it, but let's be real, if I see someone like Emery Lord, Heidi Heilig, or Morgan Matson tweet favorably about a book, you'd better believe I'm going to check it out on Goodreads.

What makes you want to read a book?


  1. YAY! I am so glad I found someone else that mentioned food on their list :D.

  2. Those are all pretty compelling! I like to read books set in my home territory as well. And Shakespeare retellings should be the next retelling boom for sure!

  3. Hi! I love KY :) Just ran a half-marathon through horse country in Lexington. I'd love to read a book set there :)
    My TTT

  4. Time travel's one of my favorites! The Girl From Everywhere is a favorite! :)

    Lauren @ My TTT and my current giveaway (INT)


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