Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there’s a new book-related topic to answer!

This week’s topic is Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book – so basically any topic or theme or ANYTHING that will make you instantly want to pick up a book.

  • Character-driven: This is such an important aspect to me when it comes to books! I LOVE knowing a character in depth, knowing all their strengths and flaws, the Ins and Outs, just things that help make the character feel more REAL! I hate when a character is flat, dull, boring UGH it makes me lose interest in a book in 0.02 seconds!!!
  • If someone tells me a character in the story is like Warner or a relationship is like Warnette from Shatter Me… I’M SOLD!!!!!!
Oh hi there WARNER!!!!
  • Diversity: do I even need to explain this
  • I will most likely read anything by Tahereh Mafi or Leigh Bardugo, I trust both of them with my life!
  • Friendship: Well, not like any friendship because I mean literally EVERY book has friendship in one way or the other but more the powerful bond type of friendship where they go on adventures or missions together and they know that they can rely on each other, they trust each other and you know, they’re trying to make it through difficult situations TOGETHER! I HOPE YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN I DON’T KNOW ANY OTHER WAY TO EXPLAIN IT!!!!! (I believe the friendship that I am describing here is like the one in Six of Crows??? Again, I haven’t read it yet but I get the impression IT’S THAT KIND OF FRIENDSHIP!!!!! THE ONE THAT I LOVE SO MUCH!!!! Also Kenji and Juliette’s friendship in Shatter Me, PLEASE IT’S THE BEST! Or the Harry Potter friendships! Or the group in the Grisha trilogy; Alina, Nikolai, Zoya, Genya, the lot!!!)

  • This kind of has to do with friendship but I really like if there is a strong sibling relationship in a book! Like when you can tell that they really love and care for each other and would do anything for the other! (I don’t mean to make everything about Shatter Me (lol or DO I?!) but something that Adam and James have (I can’t stand Adam but his little brother is his #1 and I admire that) or one of my recent reads that features that is Caraval with Scarlett and Tella! Or Katniss and Prim. Alec and Isabelle. You know it.)
  • If a book is about a prince or a prince is involved somehow. It doesn’t even have to be your typical Prince Charming but there’s just something about princes that I love! Oh, and even better if said prince is similar to Nikolai Lantsov. Or generally, if someone tells me a character has similar traits like him! That boy has my heart ❤
  • Poetic/Lyrical writing: (this is the last time I’ll mention it I PROMISE) I adore Tahereh’s writing in Shatter Me! I know that it’s not for everyone but I think it’s incredible and it hits me in all the right places! I was also a big fan of the writing in Caraval! BUT the poetic writing has to be good, sometimes it’s just too over the top or dramatic and it annoys meeee!
  • If PeruseProject recommends it! She’s probably the only Booktuber I don’t have ANY problems with! She’s just so likeable and I believe she has a great taste in books!

  • Tropes I’m a fan of: enemies-to-lovers, fake-dating (mostly in fics, I don’t think I’ve ever read a fake-dating book!), THE NERDY/GEEKY TROPE (I’ve been really loving it recently especially in Geekerella! Quick shoutout to Mandy for the super adorable and nerdy recs <3)

Honorable Mention (or my #11): This is not a necessity but if a book has 4+ stars on Goodreads I am more likely to read it or at least add it to my TBR! I mean, I don’t really care about the opinions of others because I’d always like to form my own (well, I kind of do care… sometimes… but…. you know what I mean) but it’s like OH, this is cool! It must be a good book if it has such a good rating!

That’s it for my Top 10 Things that will make me instantly want to read a book! Can we say Book Turn-Ons? Is that a thing? Well, I just made it a thing 😛

Jackie x

What are some of your favourite tropes/topics/themes/anything that will make you instantly want to read a book? Are some of them on my list? Let’s chat in the comments.

43 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

  1. Loved this post! This was a fun top 10 I also did and it’ll be up in the afternoon. I feel the same way about character complexity, I feel like it makes the novel. My top point was actually twists! If there’s a huge twist in the book you best bet I’m reading it.

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  2. Lol, I was about to squeal and go YES YES to #10 and then I’m like…well, clearly she already knows. XD I super agree about friendship as well. Almost all books involve some sort of friendship, but if a book promises me an epic friendship that will be super tight-knit, I’m soooo in. I love that dynamic. :O And even if I saw Bardugo’s name anywhere, I’m picking it up. XD Wonderful post, Jackie, and thanks for the shoutout – I really can’t wait to see what you think of the recs whenever you get to them!! 😀

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    1. Hahaha you are the first person on my mind whenever I think of nerdy/geeky books (or just THINGS in general 😅) I’ll make sure to let you know what I think of them!
      And trueeeeee, I am a sucker for those good, epic, super cool friendships! Thanks a lot ❤️


    1. AHHH YES THAT’S AMAZING!!!!!!!! ❤️ I don’t know many people who love these tropes either! Mm, let me think.. all of my friends are telling me to read The Hating Game which is a hate to love type of book (if you can’t already tell by the title haha) and apparently To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before has fake dating? I haven’t read those but everybody seems to be obsessed with them soooo we should probably check them out 😀

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  3. I totally agree with you on books that have strong relationships between characters (whether they are friendships or family). I love being able to root for a group of people rather than one character and see all their interactions!

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  4. This is such a good list. I love both strong friendships and strong family bonds in books. I’m an only child, so I appreciate the insight into life with siblings, haha. I’m also all about character-driven books. Based on that + diversity, I highly recommend Radio Silence and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. Also, YES to nerds in books! I hate when the MC in a book hates reading.
    My TTT

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    1. Thanks a lot! And I’ll definitely check your recommendations out – thanks so much for those! I’ve been meaning to read Radio Silence for so long, I’ve only heard great things about it 🙂 and nerds in books are so important, we can’t have enough of them 😀

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  5. I always trust Regan’s recommendations! She is one of the best booktubers out there who mentions unique reads instead of always mentioning the major hyped ones. Glad to find a PeruseProject fan here!!!

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    1. Aw it’s so cool that you like her too! I barely see people talking about her! You’re right she does mention different books than most of the other booktubers and I always find a new book to add to my TBR when I watch her videos 🙂

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