Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Me Instantly Want To Read a Book

This week's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is "things that make me instantly want to read a book." When I first saw this topic I thought it would be more about the actual words on the page in a book. But the more I pondered my reasons I realized I often want to read a book for the strangest or silliest reasons. This was surprising to think about but we are often drawn to books in all kinds of ways. Here are the ten ways I decide whether or not to give a book a go. 

1. The cover 

This has fooled me many times....a beautiful cover with a gorgeous setting and a colorful display can really suck me in. I have to watch out for this and remember that often the cover is the end for me if the book is not great.

2. The author 

I am a huge fan of sequels...maybe it's just comforting to know that I already enjoyed the other books and I know what I'm getting. So if it's one of my favorite authors like Anne Perry or Diana Gabaldon, I am going to want to read the book instantly.

3. Good reviews

I definitely will read a book if a trusted reviewer recommends it. Some of my fellow bloggers are the ones I go to first for this but Amazon and Goodreads are always a great place to start too.

4. Subtitles

I didn't realize this would be on my list until I started thinking about my answers. A well written, succinct subtitle draws me in and gives me that added "extra" within the main title to make me want to open the book and give it a try.

5. Historical fiction 

If a book is historical fiction or history set in certain time periods with certain historical figures I'm almost certain to give it a try or at least read the summary.

6. Real people 

This sort of goes along with number 5. I'm not a huge fan of fictional characters. I only enjoy them if they appear alongside real historical characters and then I get drawn into their fictional lives as they relate to those real people.

7. Length 

I enjoy longer books, those with some depth to them. If a book is 350 plus pages I'm more likely to spend my time on it. Sometimes mysteries are the exception but I love to get into an epic long book when I can.

8. Kings, Queens, Royalty of any kind

Yes this is a lot like number 5 but for me it is its own category! I am obsessed with books featuring royal persons especially if it is a narrative style biography of them.

9. Cozy mysteries set in the 1920's

This one may have more to do with the cover thing  again (see number 1) but I have discovered I am drawn to this genre in this time period. They are just fun and light hearted and good for the soul.

10. Anything set in historical Scotland 

This is such a favorite setting with me that I will give most stories a try if they take place during this time and place. 

What are your top reasons for reading a certain book? What makes you want to give it a try?



  1. An author I love will make me pick up a book as well.

  2. I like reading about real people, too.

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday post.


  3. Same! If a book blogger (or IRL friend) whose reading tastes are similar to mine recommends a book, I'm definitely going to give it a go. I've discovered so many great books this way!

    Happy TTT!

  4. I've recently started reading historical fiction that feature real people. While these famous people are in the book, they are not necessarily the main character. And I'm okay with that.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

    1. There are so many good historical fiction novels out there. So many time periods and stories to choose from!

  5. That's a very specific period for cozy mysteries you've mentioned there. Any book in particular that you'd recommend to a fellow reader and mystery lover? Happy reading! My TTT https://readwithstefani.com/things-getting-in-the-way-of-reading/

    1. My favorite ones are by Verity Bright. They are so cute and have great twists to them. Sort of like Downton Abbey with a mystery. I will check out your list, thanks for commenting!

  6. Covers are definitely a big one for me too, a pretty cover is like catnip for me! If a book is by a favourite author, I will also definitely pick it up 99% of the time, unless I'm really not interested in the topic. I've been big into historical fiction in the last couple of years so that's also a really big draw for me too.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2023/05/23/top-ten-tuesday-421-the-literary-dinner-party-2022-tag/

    1. Thanks for sharing your list! Yes, I've been known to buy books strictly for their covers...glad I'm not alone :)