Top Ten Tuesday

Things That Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book

20230523 Things That Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book

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Hi everybody and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s topic is things that make me instantly want to read a book. I made this list and when it was done, I discovered I made a very similar post way back in 2019 – and lo and behold my tastes are pretty much still exactly the same. Only the books have updated a bit with newer releases in there. Oh well, at least I’m consistent, right?

If it’s written by one of my favorite auto-buy authors

There are a few authors I love so much, I’d read their grocery lists if they’d publish them. So if they release a new book, it’s automatically on my want-to-read list – even if I have no idea what it’s about yet.

If it contains one of my favorite tropes

I love many tropes, but these four are the ones I can read over and over and over again:

  • enemies-to-lovers
  • fake dating
  • found family
  • penpal romance

If it is a slow-burn romance (but not too slow either)

I love a good slow-burn. I love the anticipation building up and swooning and sighing over hands brushing and fingers touching. That said, I’m also quite impatient so it is a fine line 😉

If it’s beloved by my blogger friends

Some books are not on my radar initially, but when I see multiple blogger friends raving about a certain book again and again and again – my interest is peaked. And usually, I end up loving those books too!

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Tell Me:
What makes you instantly want to read a book?
Any reasons we have in common?

Lindsey xoxo

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  1. I’ve been seeing Lucy’s making the rounds and popping up on lists, too! Makes me curious and wonder if I should read it. 🙂 Also, a favorite author is something I always take notice of AND usually love.

    1. I also picked up the Lucy Score books because I saw people on the blogosphere loving them – and I ended up loving them too 🙂

    1. Enemies-to-lovers always hits so good 🙂

  2. Yes beloved by blogger friends is a good point. Ive seen The Serpent around a few times now and it is piquing my interest as well.

    1. I picked up The Serpent because it was so loved and it was a hit for me too. Hope you’ll love it too if you decide to give it a try!

  3. I like the found family trope, too.

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    1. The found family trope is definitely one of my all-time favorites!

  4. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    These are all things that make me want to read the books !

    1. Glad we have these in common 🙂

  5. I love slow-burn romances too. If it’s a really good one, they hit sooo good!

    1. Slow-burn romances can be so good indeed!

  6. Yes to auto-buy authors – sometimes I don’t even read blurbs anymore, I just hit the preorder button!

    1. So true! 🙂

  7. I am bad about blindly picking up something because I like the author!

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    1. Me too! 🙂

  8. I will read books I had no plan on reading if a blogger friend loves it. Great list!

    1. So true! Being part of the blogging community has definitely made me try books I might not have otherwise.

  9. Big yes to found family, slow burn, and pen pal romances. Those definitely check my boxes!

    1. They’re the best 🙂

  10. Favorite authors… and yes if trusted blogger friends love a book that totally influences me! It’s probably how I discover a ton of books I otherwise wouldnt!

    1. So true, ever since I started blogging I’ve read so many books I wouldn’t have tried otherwise!

  11. I almost just copied and pasted my post from 2019 on this subject. Like you, nothing on that list has changed! I did think of ten more for today’s list, but it wasn’t easy. LOL.

    Happy TTT!


    1. Haha at least we are consistent and know what we want, right? 😉

  12. I totally bought The Serpent and the Wings of Night because so many of my blogging friends recommended it. lol It sounds really good!

    1. I really loved The Serpent and the Wings of Night, thought it was worth all the hype – hope you’ll love it too!

  13. I agree with pretty much all of these! I love the found family trope so any kind of book that promises that is always on my radar. I’m not a big romance fan but my preferred kind of romance is definitely the slow burn variety and of course I will read anything by my favourite authors (generally, occasionally they do put out a book where I’m just not particularly interested in the topic or they’re trying a genre I’m not so keen on). The blogger friends one can be a tricky one for me, it depends if the book is something I’d be interested in in the first place: if lots of people are talking about it and it appeals to me in terms of genre/author etc then it’s usually something I’ll read, but if lots of people are hyping it but it’s something I generally have no interest in (usually romance novels) then the hype isn’t going to make me want to read it more. Great list!
    My TTT:

    1. So true about the blogger friends! If they hype up a book that is not something I usually read, chances are indeed smaller that I’ll end up reading it, but most of my blogger friends do tend to review fantasy, contemporary or romance so usually it still aligns with my tastes 🙂

      1. Exactly! I mean the bloggers I tend to follow regularly also have very similar taste to me, it does track that you would generally stick to bloggers who you know will recommend books that you’ll like!

  14. I agree with the blogger friends! If everybody is recommending a book, I’ll probably read it, even if it isn’t one of my favorite genres.

    1. So true! Though I do tend to stick within my genres most of the times, I have tried other genres too because of recommendations!

  15. Yes!! I agree with all of this! Auto-buy, tropes, and recommended from friends/bloggers are pretty much all of my books! haha

    1. Haha same 🙂

  16. Same. Those would be my four main reasons to pick a book too 🙂

    1. Glad we have those in common 🙂

  17. masterspj says:

    I adored The Flatshare, but Every Summer After was a DNF for me. But I love seeing what others enjoy reading.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

    1. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed The Flatshare, if not Every Summer After 🙂

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