Top Ten Topics That Instantly Make Me Pick Up A Book
I picked topics instead of words because I'm not entirely sure what specific words persuade me to check out a book or even to purchase it. I wish I knew, but I think that's more of a subconscious decision on my part. And it's rare when a topic or a single word can convince me to "instantly" buy a book. A favorite author, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. So, without further ado...my list!
1. Deadly diseases or monsters that wipe out almost the entire population and force the remaining population to fight to survive - Whew, that's a conversation starter and quite a mouthful. A few examples are The Passage (I love this book!), The Stand (which I own and still need to read but its size intimidates me), and The 5th Wave (which I have pre-ordered because I now worship the ground Rick Yancey walks upon).
2. Unsettling dystopias - Wither is a perfect example for this topic, considering the series takes place in a dystopia where women only live to the age of 20, and men to 25. Other favorites are Unwind, which was very disturbing, and Blood Red Road. And, of course, The Hunger Games series!
3. Gothic anything - I mainly bought Unspoken because of its Gothic looking cover. I might not have liked the book as much as I thought I would, but the cover is stunning. Rebecca, Frankenstein, Dracula, anything by Edgar Allan Poe and other favorites of mine are all popular in this genre and are classics I simply had to read.
4. Fairy tale retellings - I don't read these nearly enough, but there are so many I intend to check out and a fair amount I already have read. Some examples of retellings I have read are Beauty, Beast, Sweetly, Sisters Red, Cinder, Zel, Book of a Thousand Days, Daughter of the Forest, and so on...
5. Magic - This is a pretty broad topic, but I have so many books that fall under it, and I continue to find myself attracted to books that take place in magical kingdoms or that intermix magic into our present-day world. Some favorites are The Curse Workers, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Poison Study, Shadow and Bone, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the Old Kingdom series, and Howl's Moving Castle.
6. Supernatural phenomenon - I love scaring myself, and I don't completely understand why. And of course, I am always drawn to Stephen King books.
7. Intense, jaw-dropping books - I love books that are really emotional and heart-wrenching. The Book Thief, Glass Castle, The Kite Runner, Jellicoe Road, The Fault in Our Stars and The Bell Jar are all wonderful examples and I love them all.
8. Assassins - I need to read more books that star assassins because I think they're kickass and are a great reason to check out a book. And that is why I loved Grave Mercy and Graceling.
9. Alternate worlds - My wardrobe, or well closet, is so boring and does not, in fact, open onto Narnia. Which is why I search for fantasy books where characters escape from reality into another world. The Magicians, Coraline, the Gemma Doyle trilogy, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (I think this was another world), and The Book of Lost Things are all examples that I've enjoyed.
10. Grief - I don't know why I am always drawn to upsetting, dark subject matters. I guess these type of books could technically fall under intense, jaw-dropping books. I find beautifully written issue books to be so rewarding and lovely to read. The Sky is Everywhere is a favorite of mine, and I definitely intend to read more like it in the future. I also picked up If I Stay because of its dark, upsetting premise, though I have yet to read this one.