Good morning fellow bloggers! It’s Tuesday, and I am LE TIRED. I’m baby-sitting my almost 2 year-old nephew L and that kid has me so sleepy! Hopefully later he’ll want to take a nice nap with Aunt Sarah, cause a well-rested Aunt Sarah is a nicer Aunt Sarah. Anyyyyhoo, I still mustered up the energy to hop online and join in on Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke and The Bookish. The topic today is Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book. Onwards!
1. Humor – I like to laugh! And I love books that make me laugh, so if I hear that a book is funny or humorous, I instantly want to read it! And honestly, that’s worked out quite well for me in the past. So authors – be hilarious!
2. Comparisons to Outlander series – Is it ever AS good as the Outlander books? Of course not. But if I hear that something is similar to Outlander, I have to try it. I read The Bronze Horseman because someone compared the love story in that to the love story of Jamie & Claire, and that was a really good book! It’s also why I have The River of No Return waiting for me on hold at the library.
3. Zombies – Come on, zombies are so much fun! Ironically, I don’t think that the zombie trend is quite overdone yet. These fads usually come and go so quick, but I think zombies are such a fun scenario to play around with, and I’ve seen authors come up with VERY different and unique angles on it.
4. Childfree books – So, I don’t want kids. They’re just not my jam. But you would be AMAZED at the number of people who say “Oh you’ll change your mind” or just generally demean your situation. It’s frustrating! So whenever I see a book that’s about being “childless by choice”, I always want to check it out. The Baby Boon is about how our society caters to parents so much and kind of ignores the childless, and I’m waiting for I Can Barely Take Care of Myself by Jen Kirkman at the library, which is a humor book on the topic. Sometimes it’s nice to read about people who go through the same stuff as you and make it funny, ya know?
5. Parallel worlds – This is one of my FAVORITE sci-fi topics! Well, sci-fi and non-fiction, since there’s a growing number of science books exploring the topic and likelihood of the multiverse. The Neanderthal Parallax series is what really piqued my interest in the idea of parallel worlds and it’s a topic I’ve been seeking out since then.
6. Good blurbs on the covers – This isn’t so much a “topic”, but when I see recommendations from authors I like printed on the front of a book, of course it makes me want to read it! It’s one of the reasons I read Ex-Heroes by Patrick Clines, and that was a fun book!
7. Dinosaurs – This is a kind of new-ish topic that appeals to me. I already liked things like Jurassic Park and Terra Nova, but after reading My Beloved Brontosaurus recently I’m craving more dinos! So I might be seeking out some more dinosaur-related books soon, whether they be fiction or non-fiction.
8. Physics - This kind of relates to parallel worlds, but I’ve really enjoyed reading more about physics lately, in all it’s different forms. This mostly applies to non-fiction books, but it also means that if I hear that a novel’s main character is a physicist or something, I’m totally all over that.
9. Comparisons to Firefly – If I hear that a book is in anyway similar to the awesomeness that is Firefly, of course I’ll check it out! It’s what got me to check out the Tales of the Ketty Jay series by Chris Wooding and I LOVE IT.
10. Sci-fi and fantasy - You know what, let’s just make the last pick here a blanket topic – I really love sci-fi and fantasy. Anything that relates to weird science, space travel, alternate worlds, magic, the paranormal, etc and it instantly catches my attention.
Okay book-lovers! Those are mine, what are the words or topics that instantly make you want to read a book?