Top Ten Tuesday: Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Want a Book


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish is all about insta-want (not to be confused with the dreaded and annoying insta-love trope). I am talking about those themes/descriptors/genres that pique your interest the moment you hear them. I have been known to have a Pavlovian response to the following:

1. Time Travel. This is a relatively new obsession and I must admit I am not indulging it nearly enough.

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2. Road Trip. I have always wanted to be the kind of person who takes road trips. I love the romantic book versions of road trips. In reality, gas station bathrooms are disgusting, you can only eat so many Combos, and cars are pretty uncomfortable. But the road trip novel? Heaven!

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3. Serial Killers. Nothing like a serial killer to get the heart pumping!

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4. Secret Societies. Who doesn’t want to be a part of a secret society? There is so much variety here-spies, magicians, nano-technology, paranormal agencies, secret demon hunters and more! LOVE this theme.

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5. Dark Humor. I love books that have a wicked sense of humor. I also enjoy a serious book with unexpected bits of much-needed comic relief.

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6. Sassy/Snarky/Plucky Heroine. It’s true! I love a mouthy gal! Frankie, Lucy, Sophie, Evie, Elvie, Amy, Jackie, and Ruby, I am looking at you!

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7. Retellings/Mythology. Fractured fairy tales and modern mythology seem to be all rage and I like it. I need to read more!

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8. Zombies and Vampires. For me this one is cyclical. I burn out on one and move to the other. I think I am heading back into a vampires kind of mood. I want to read Immortal Rules soon.

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9. Paranormal that is NOT zombies or vampires. You know, ghosts, chimera, demons, and other such mystical creatures. I never did get into mermaids though.

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10. Romance. I have been fighting this one. I was never a romance reader growing up, but I just have to come to terms with the fact that I enjoy a nice teen romance. I do!

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Bonus: Words/Topics that make me run away

1. Cancer. Nope. Can’t do it. No thanks. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. Too much real life experience with the old C-word to last many life times. No need to read about it. I am also not a huge fan of suicide and eating disorder books.

2. Holocaust. I try. I really do. I acknowledge that there is a ton of really amazing literature out there, and I have appreciated the works that I have read, but oh man, it is so horrifying and disturbing. I can’t handle it. I just can’t.

3. Fairies. So far there has been one exception: Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series.

Happy Reading!


16 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Want a Book

  1. Great list! I love Christopher Moore! I don’t know many people who are familiar with him. They don’t know what they’re missing out! Here’s my Top Ten

  2. Time travel, road trips, and (fairy tale) retellings are on my list too, and I love sassy heroines! 🙂 My TTT list:

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  3. Such a great list! I can’t say I disagree with any of these. (I adore Frankie, The Boyfriend List, Texas Gothic, and the Raven Boys!)
    Here’s my TTT

  4. Road trips are a must read!

  5. I love that you added books that make you run away! haha. It’s made me consider what makes me do that… the only one I can think of off the top of my head is vampires. 🙂

  6. Road trips and retellings are always on my radar! So is romance and heroines! I simply gobble them up! And for some strange reason, I LOVE reading books about the Holocaust and cancer even though they make me so sad. It’s weird but I find those two topics really enticing.

  7. Fantastic list! I love when there is a great fantasy story that does not involve vampires or zombies too. I also am a big fan of retellings, romance and road trips!

  8. Ahhh I forgot all about snarky heroines! One of the many reasons why I love the Hex Hall series and the Covenant series!

    Great list!

  9. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 10! I’m right there with ya!

  10. Interesting list. I like retellings, too. That one seems to be on quite a few lists this week!

  11. Road trip books are fantastic. Great list!

  12. I also just cannot do cancer books! There is nothing related to the topic that makes me want to sit down and read about if for hours. They are just too, too sad! However, I am the opposite on Holocaust books! Some of my all-time favorite books are related to the Holocaust and World War II. I agree that what happened during the Holocaust was unthinkable, but the stories from the Holocaust seemed to be filled with people who are full of hope, faith, and love. I just can’t get enough of the strong characters in Holocaust novels!

    Check out my TTT here:

  13. I love your thought process on road trips. Well said!

  14. Ohh, I love your list! Turns out we have a pretty similar taste in synopsises and your recommendations will be added to my TBR list on Goodreads 🙂 I especially love that seemingly everyone lists spies/thieves and secret societies this week 🙂 And that despite the fact that – in my opinion – that subgenre is highly underrepresentated in YA…I want more of those kinds of books!

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