Hi guys, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s all about what makes you decide to pick up a book.
I have a lot of bookish buzzwords. A buzzword is basically a specific word or phrase, mentioned in the blurb or in reviews, that makes you immediately interested and makes you want to pick up the book. So without further ado, let’s get into a few of my top bookish buzzwords!
Mythology / Retelling
This is a rather broad buzzword, but it gets me anytime. If a story has any mythological elements, I’m in. Mythological creatures like dragons, centaurs or kitsunes? I’m in. Is it a fairytale retelling? No matter how many I’ve already read, I’m still in.
Nothing gets me as emotional as books with amazing friendships. If a summary or review mentions friendship as a big aspect of the book, I’m pretty much already running to the bookstore.
Even though I love contemporary as well, I’m just a big sucker for fantasy. Give me an amazing magical world to get lost into, with an intriguing magical system to learn, politics to discover and so many magical characters to fall in love with, and I can just read the day away.
Morally Grey Characters / Antiheroes
Let’s be honest, the super good, kind, heroic and brave characters are boring. But introduce me to a morally grey character or antihero and I’m in love. Give me compelling back stories, motives and character development and I’m getting out the fictional wedding rings.
I love when characters feel so real that they basically jump right of the page. When they feel so real they almost feel like your real-life friends or family. So when a story manages to focus on characters and makes me feel all the things for them? I’m in.
There’s something about roadtrips that intrigues me. I love reading about them. I’ve always found driving around to be therapeutic so I guess it’s for this reason that I can’t say no to stories where characters find themselves on a roadtrip.
This overlaps a bit with the morally grey characters or antiheroes, but it can also stand completely separate. Either way, if a blurb has the word assassin in it, I will pretty much have already put it in my shopping cart before you could have finished reading the rest of the blurb.
This is my favorite romance trope. I can’t help it. I’m a huge sucker for this and no matter how many times I’ve already read it, I will continue to keep reading them.
Abilities / Powers
Maybe it’s because I was obsessed with X-Men when I was a kid (and to be fair, I’m still obsessed now that I’m an adult). But give me a story where the characters develop super powers or special abilities? OH YES!
Ragtag group of characters becoming friends/family
This may be oddly specific, but I LOVE it when a ragtag group of characters comes together because of circumstances, decide to work together, defeat the odds, and in the process become close friends and form their own little family.
I feel like diversity should be a standard in all books and stories in general, not just a buzzword. But even still, if a book has been praised as beautifully diverse with amazing rep, it’ll go immediately up to the top of my priority list. So I’m counting it.