Slow-Burns, Found Families & Auto-Buy Authors — Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!

Today’s all about what makes me pick up a book. Now I’m pretty easy as I tend to like the same tropes and I can read about them over and over and over again. Here are just a few of the things that make me pick up a book for sure (I did not include dragons, but rest assured, dragons ALWAYS work as well).


Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
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To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
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I don’t think there’s any trope I love quite as much as the enemies-to-lovers trope. Give me all the hate slowly (keyword: slowly) turning into respect, turning into friendship, turning into love.

Found Family

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
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Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie
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This trope has got to be a close, verryyy close, second place, because I’m a sucker for the found family trope. Give me all the misfits coming together and discovering they form their own family <3

Penpal Romance

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
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Geekerella by Ashley Poston
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There something about penpal romance. I love when two people get to know eachother on paper first, and only later meet up. It’s romantic.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Running With Lions by Julian Winters
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WE NEED ALL THE AMAZING PLATONIC FRIENDSHIPS PLEASE! If I even hear that a book has great friendships, I’m all over it.

Ace Representation

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
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Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
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As much as I am a sucker for romance, there’s something about asexual representation in books I can’t get enough of either. Too bad there’s not a lot of this yet, but I’m loving all the ones I’ve read so far!

Kdrama vibes

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The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
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I love me some kdrama. So when a book blurb  mentions something like ‘for fans of kdrama’, I’m picking up that book so fast!

Slow-Burn Romance

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Rock by Anyta Sunday
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I said I’m a sucker for romance, but most of all I love my romance with a slooow burn. No instalove for me, I want to angst and swoon and I want it to take so long that I am smiling like an idiot when the two leads finally hold hands or something.

Fake Dating

Roomies by Christina Lauren
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To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
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Ah, another classic trope I can’t get enough of! Give me all the fake dating and then slowly falling in love. Bonus points if the two leads have to share a bed because they’re supposedly dating, I’m not even kidding.

Auto-Buy Authors

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
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The Night Realm by Annette Marie
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Forget all the above tropes, if one of my favorite authors has a new book coming out, I’m on it.


Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
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The wonderful thing about being a book blogger is that there are so many recommendations all around. Nothing gets me more excited to pick up a book than seeing someone else rave about it.

Tell Me:
What makes you pick up a book? Do we have some favorite tropes in common? Feel free to rec me any book you think I’d love!

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26 thoughts on “Slow-Burns, Found Families & Auto-Buy Authors — Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book {Top Ten Tuesday}

  1. Di @ Book Reviews by Di says:

    Lindsey! Lookit me still all active and blogging. I feel like this might stick for the rest of the year ??

    Ha ha. Now, I totally agree onm the dragons. Funny how Annette Marie manages to fit in most of the most beloved tropes AND the dragons, right? 🙂 #justsaying

    Enemies to lovers is also my favourite!!!! And now that you mention it, while I never would have put ‘Found Family’ as a trope it totally is and I love ALL THE BOOKS you mentioned under that one. Obviously.

    I’m definitely reading The Raven Boys soon. Promise, okay! 🙂 Gimme great friendships anytime. And I also agree with the ACE rep and who doesn’t love a slow burn romance???

    Awesome list L!!!
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    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Di!! Haha, I hope your good blog ethic rubs off on me 😀
      Annette Marie basically writes all my favorites into one series, she combines the best of the best 🙂
      Hope you’ll enjoy The Raven Boys!

  2. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

    Great list! I must admit I’m not the biggest fan of enemies-to-lovers, but to be honest I think that’s because I need to read some GOOD enemies-to-lovers stories. I love a slow-burn romance, and often enemies-to-lovers romances are a little too fast-moving for me to believe. I feel like I need to check The Hating Game out, I’ve heard great things!

    Also 100% yes to ace representation and books about friendship – even better if an author can combine the two like in The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy.
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    • Lindsey Habets says:

      Yes, enemies-to-lovers definitely needs to be extremely slow-burn! I did really enjoy The Hating Game, hope you will too!
      And ahhh Lady’s Guide was amazing indeed, I can’t believe I forgot to mention it!

  3. Amy says:

    Yes yes yes to slow-burn romance, friendships, and found families! I’m a real sucker for those too. I just adore when misfits adopt each other and prove that blood doesn’t always make you a family. It’s amazing.

    Great list Lindsey! Hope your April started off well ?

  4. Brittany says:

    Enemies to lovers is my absolute favorite too <3 And Yes, slowly is key! Enemy insta-love is totally not the same thing! They need to earn each others trust and slowly fall in love <3
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  5. Tânia @MyLovelySecret says:

    Enemies to lovers is my favourite romance trope (I just wrote about it last month). The slow burning romance is so perfect. It’s a trope that I can never get tired of. Fake relationships also grab my attention. If there’s “fake relationship” on the synopsis, I know I need to have that book. I just love all the hilarious situations the two characters put themselves to hide their fake relationship.

    Happy readings! 😉
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret
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