Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: What Makes Me Instantly Pick Up a Book

A weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, we answer the prompt each week. Come play along with us! 

This week's prompt:
Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book (thanks to Karin at My Life In Books for this topic & graciously letting us use it)


What a fun topic this week! It has forced me to think about which books I automatically purchase, and why that was. So that's helped me get to the following list:

1) Series that I love and want to own. I am a librarian so I am obviously a huge advocate of using your own library but there are some series that I just L-O-V-E and want to own. Usually, I have borrowed the first book and then I just got to have it in my personal collection as well as any additional books in the series.

2) Books that I feel I would want my daughter to read. For this reason, they are books that I feel that I would like my daughter to read at some point in her life. These could be books that I loved so much that I bought after borrowing them or just books that I feel would serve a good purpose at some point.

3) Favorite Authors. There are several authors I will buy usually automatically. I do read the synopsis first to make sure it is something that sounds good...but honestly, my auto-buy authors are sure bets for me that I would end up purchasing it 99% of the time.

4) Contemporary/Realistic YA Titles. These are not auto-buys but I will usually pick up any contemporary young adult title up once I read a blurb about it. It is my favorite genre. :-)

5) An Intriguing Cover. I admit, that a cover can draw my eye and make me wonder about the book...after all that's its job. 

6) A Good Review. A good review will make me at least pick up a book but it is not always a guarantee that I will read it.

7) A Recommendation from a Friend. I love connecting readers with books and I always appreciate a thoughtful recommendation.

8) Regency/Victorian Era in YA. I do not pick up every adult title set in these time periods (there are SO MANY) but I do like to pick up young adult titles set in this time period. I am drawn to it and enjoy them (mostly).

9) Mythology driven. This is more of a past topic for me but if it was a young adult/middle grade title with mythology incorporated into it, I will pick it up to see if it is something I would want to read.

10) My Teens tell me to read it. I offer them suggestions and they offer me suggestions. It is a collaborative relationship in that sense. :)

I may have taken this in a different direction than some. I cannot say I necessarily pick up books because of words like "vampire," "angels" or something along those lines. That is what is so great about this topic to me though--I will enjoy reading how you all interpret this week's topic! :-)

Happy Reading! 

16 comments :

  1. Mythology! I can't believe I forgot about that too. Unbelievable. I forgot SO many good words. lol
    <3!
    Beth | The Reading Vixens
    Vixen's Top Ten!

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    1. :) Thanks for stopping by today Beth. Happy Reading. :)

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  2. Mythology! I said that too - I do love that topic!

    Check out my TTT!

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    1. It is a good one. Thanks for stopping by Krista. Happy Reading!

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  3. An intruiging cover definitely makes me want to pick up a book! Great list :)

    Here's my Top Ten!

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  4. Although my 11 yo borrows tons of books from the library, she's a huge re-reader, so I end up buying books for her that I know she's going to read and love over and over and over.

    Happy TTT!

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    1. That's great! If I want to re-read the title, that's when I end up buying it if I didn't before hand (like most books). Thanks for stopping by Susan. Happy Reading!

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  5. I am a librarian too, and I would love to work with YA for that collaborative aspect as well. I also can't believe I forgot Mythology off my list. I'm kicking myself. Thanks for visiting my TTT.

    LisaILJ @ "I’ll Tumble for YA

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    1. It is great fun to work with the teens. Thanks for stopping by Love.Life.Read! Happy Reading :)

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  6. I love how you chose to write this! I agree that there are some authors that I wouldn't even think about not buying. (Ally Carter, Carl Hiaasen...)And series, half the time if I love a series enough I will pre-order it for my kindle months in advanced. Love your list and thanks for stopping by my TTT

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    1. :) Thanks for coming over here to Love.Life.Read! Happy Reading!

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  7. Favourite authors - they are a must for me. There are some authors where even when the little blurb really doesn't interest me I'll buy because I adore the author and the way they write.

    Great list :) Hope you have a great week.

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    1. they are favorites for a reason :-) Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Reading!

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  8. Oooh, I love YA set in the Victorian era, and having watched various documentaries recently about the Regency, I really should track down some Regency YA too.

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    1. :0) Definitely!! There are some good ones out there. Thanks for stopping by Julianne. Happy Reading!

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