Top 10 Tuesday: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originated by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Click the graphic above to learn how to join in.

Today’s topic: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

It’s been a while since I’ve joined in on one of these, but today’s topic was one I couldn’t resist, though, so let’s get to it! Here is my list of 10 things that make me pick up a book.

1.  A Beautiful Cover

We’ve all been told that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but let’s face it: the cover is the first thing you see. Beautiful covers always catch my eye, and—regardless of its title or author—it makes me want to read the blurb. Illustrations typically win out over photographs, especially when it comes to fiction. Shown below are three covers I immediately thought were gorgeous.

2. The Setting

The setting of the story is a big factor in making me want to read a book. Some of my favorite settings are Scotland, the American South, Oklahoma (my home state) and Ireland.

3. Dystopian and/or Post-Apocalyptic Storyline

I’m constantly searching for good dystopian or post-apocalyptic novels. I adore reading these types of books, so I’m always delighted to find one that intrigues me.

4. Tudor England

Whether it historical fiction or nonfiction, it’s difficult for me to pass up a book dealing with Tudor England. It doesn’t have to be about the Tudors themselves, it could be about anyone (fictional character or otherwise) living during that time period.

5. Midwifery

I’m not quite sure why this subject appeals to me so much, but every time I see a book with “midwife” in the title, or with a pregnant woman on the cover, I have to know what it’s about.

6. Books Written by a Favorite Author

We’ve all got our go-to authors when we’re in the mood for a great read, right? A few of my go-to authors are Diana Gabaldon, Carol Wyer, Jonathan Kellerman, and Alison Weir.

7. I Heard It Through The (Bookish) Grapevine

I can’t tell you how many times I decided to read a book because the bookish community couldn’t stop talking about it. When the buzz gets loud, I know it’s time to find out what everyone is talking about.


8.  Magical Realism

Why? Because magic. ’nuff said.

9. Family

Some of my favorite books (or series of books) focus on families. Dysfunctional, loving, or somewhere in between… the family dynamics don’t necessarily matter, as long as they interest me in some way. Some of my favorite books throughout the years have included an unforgettable family at the core.

10. Cookbooks

I have a large collection of cookbooks—some of which were passed down to me from my mother and a beloved aunt. Some of my most cherished memories revolve around food in some way, and I love trying out new recipes and learning better ways to prepare foods. (I’ve learned SO much from watching Jacques Pépin’s cooking shows over the years!)


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