Top Ten Tuesday #205


Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week since I last did one these, I’ve been putting the finishing touches on my project, collecting it all together and formatting and all that boring stuff, but by Friday, it will be handed in and 3 months of hard work will be finally be over, in fact my entire Uni course will be over which is a strange thing to think about!

Anyway, since it’s Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week we’re talking Things That Make Us Pick Up A Book, and we did kind of a similar topic when TTT was still with The Broke and The Bookish last year, however for that I mostly did what content would make me want to pick up a book, so I’m going to try and mainly focus on external factors today, to make this post a little different. So here we go things that will make me pick up a book:

  1. It’s by a favourite author

I do like discovering new authors, if I didn’t then I wouldn’t have any of my favourite authors, since they were all new to me once! But once an author has become my favourite, it’s likely I’ll keep returning to their work again and again, because it’s very comforting to read a tried and trusted author and can often help me get out of a reading slump. So safe to say, if a book is by VE Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Rick Riordan, Jodi Picoult, Sarah J Maas, Leigh Bardugo, Neal Shusterman or Derek Landy, I will be reading it.

2. The cover is nice

Yes I know, I know “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” but all bookworms know that saying is utter garbage and that everyone judges books by their covers. If it has a pretty cover, then nine times out of ten, I will want to pick it up to see what it’s about. That doesn’t mean I’ll read it, I do still check the blurb to see if I’m interested, but I’ll be far more likely to be drawn to it in the first place.

3. Bloggers are recommending it

More and more now, especially with new books, I’ll check them out because I’ve seen a lot of buzz about them on Twitter, or on other people’s blogs. In fact I generally worry now if I haven’t seen much about a book anywhere, which I know is bad and I’m probably missing out on some hidden gems, but I feel a lot more confident going into a book when I know that bloggers I trust have liked it.

4. There is magic in it

I am and always will be a massive fantasy lover, so the first hint of magic in a book and I will be all over it. It’s not that I don’t like contemporaries, there are plenty that I have loved, but I just think that everything is better with a little bit of magic!

5. It’s part of a Buy One Get One Half Price offer

I get a lot of books from Waterstones and they always have this particular offer, so if there’s a book I want to read that’s included in the offer, I’ll often try to find something else as well so that I can make the deal.

6. It’s part of a series that I love

Naturally if I’ve read book one in a series and loved it, I will be picking up the next books in the series when they come out.

7. Humour

I love books that make me laugh, if your book is promising humourous dialogue, then 9/10, I will read it and love it because humour is one of my favourite things. Honestly I actually wish there were more books out there that made me laugh? Oftentimes it seems like YA is trending towards the more serious side of things, which fair enough, but you can have dark books and still inject some humour in there (case in point, Neal Shusterman’s Unwind series, they’re dark as hell, but also darn funny!).

8. Strong focus on friendship

I love books where friendship is celebrated and loved, just as much, if not more than the romance in a book. All of my favourite books have some form of strong friendship in them and they probably always will, for me, I find the friendship dynamics even more interesting than romantic ones.

9. The film/TV show was good

Okay don’t all shudder at once, but yes, sometimes I watch a film based on a book without having read the book first. Obviously I do prefer to go see book/film adaptations where I have already read the book first, but that’s not always possible and sometimes I see the film first. This does work in my favour sometimes though, as I’ll try books I might not have gone for previously, I never would have read Perks of Being A Wallflower if I hadn’t seen the film, I wouldn’t be considering reading either Game of Thrones, or You if I hadn’t seen the TV shows. So sometimes, a film or TV show can introduce you to a new book.

10. The book is historical/has historical elements

I’m a history student, so naturally any kind of historical fiction is a big draw for me, though I have to admit, I’d love it if YA authors were a bit more creative with their historical settings, as I’ve read an awful lot of WWII fiction and not much else! I also love fantasy books in historical settings, I’ve read a few of those and they’re brilliant, I’m so glad they seem to be on the rise right now.

So there we go, Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book. Do you agree with any of these? What things make you want to pick up a book? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is Outrageous Things I’ve Done For The Love of Books, but honestly I can really only think of about three things I’ve done that would come under this category, so I think I’m going to pull a topic from The Broke and The Bookish archives, and talk about my Top Ten Best/Worst Series Endings (I have A LOT of thoughts). Meanwhile, I’m going to have a review of my latest read, Descendant of The Crane up at some point this week, it will probably be over the weekend, after I’m done with all of my project work, but keep an eye out. I’m also going to have a really exciting post, a Q&A with author C.G. Drews, better known to most of you as PaperFury up over the weekend as well, so definitely keep a look out for that one as well.

67 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #205

  1. Jess @ Jessticulates April 2, 2019 / 10:39 am

    Great list! Yes, I love books that focus on friendship and I so agree about YA historical fiction – so many YA authors don’t seem to go beyond the 19th century, and as much as I love a Gothic Victorian-era story, I’m kind of done with the Victorian era in fiction? Or at least I’m done with it in terms of always seeing books about high society or Jack the Ripper. It’s become such a romanticised era, and for the Average Joe it was a very unhappy era to live in.

    • iloveheartlandx April 2, 2019 / 3:19 pm

      Thanks! Yes, I totally agree, there are eras that YA authors seem to see as “safe” and they don’t really go beyond them and I’d really like to see a wider range because there’s so much interesting history that we’re missing out on. Yes, the Victorian era was not great for the average person!

  2. @lynnsbooks April 2, 2019 / 10:51 am

    I agree with all of these. Great list. I really love books that have historical elements or real events that took place.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

    • iloveheartlandx April 2, 2019 / 3:17 pm

      Yes! I know it’s “sacrilege” or whatever to admit that sometimes you watch the film first, but it can bring new readers to a book, which is pretty awesome!

  3. J R Lynn April 2, 2019 / 11:53 am

    I agree about everybody judging books by their covers. I happen to do so too! And if a book has historical elements, I’d definitely love to try it too!

    • iloveheartlandx April 2, 2019 / 3:16 pm

      It’s been on pretty much everyone’s lists this week, so that pretty much confirms it! Yes, I love books with historical elements, all the historical fantasies at the moment are making me so happy!

  4. Lilyfae April 2, 2019 / 1:00 pm

    Many of these I can identify with- the tv and film one is such a difficult point though. There’s been some great films and great books but so often the film is a pale uninteresting effort compared to the book such as Ready player One or they change or Sanitise too much to not upset any particular audiences- for example Both Troy and Captain correllis mandolin took out LBTQIA subplots which made key characters do huge things in pivotal scenes that make NO sense whatsoever withoutbthe LBTQIA context.
    They relocated Nick hornby’s High Fidelity to America when it was supposed to take place a few roads over from About a Boy in North London so much of the nuanced humour was lost.
    However, some can be fabulous such as About a Boy was, but I’m always a bit nervous when favourites get optioned!!

    • iloveheartlandx April 2, 2019 / 3:15 pm

      Oh I feel the exact same way with my favourite books, I’m never really sure whether to be excited or nervous that they’re going to screw things up. What I meant was when I haven’t read the book, and I watch the film, then often watching the film can make me interested in reading the book.

      • Lilyfae April 2, 2019 / 3:22 pm

        Ah! Yes I think that’s pretty much always the best way round!!!

      • iloveheartlandx April 3, 2019 / 11:14 am

        It is-but I’m not as opposed to the other way as some people might be.

  5. Louise April 2, 2019 / 1:56 pm

    I’m with you on 10. I was a history student too so I love historicals but sometimes things set my teeth on edge. XD

    • iloveheartlandx April 2, 2019 / 3:11 pm

      Yeah, I’ve just read a LOT of WWII stories and while they’ve all been very good, I’d just like a bit more variety, you’ve got thousands of years of History to pick from guys, be a bit more creative!

      • Louise April 3, 2019 / 9:50 pm

        Absolutely! I find regency and Victorian are pretty overused too. Although at least you can excuse Victorian as it’s such a long period to work with.

      • iloveheartlandx April 4, 2019 / 10:17 am

        Yes, I was going to say, Victorian you’ve got a lot of leeway because it’s a LONG time so there’s a lot of changes within the period, something early Victorian won’t be the same as something late Victorian. I haven’t read many regency ones, but I guess that’s not as popular in YA?

      • Louise April 4, 2019 / 10:31 am

        The Dark Days Club series is a really nice YA Regency paranormal. I’ve also heard great things about The Glamourist Histories but I’ve yet to read them. πŸ™‚

      • iloveheartlandx April 9, 2019 / 3:41 pm

        I need to try those books, I keep seeing them in Waterstones but haven’t picked them up yet. Ooh I’ve not heard of those, I’ll have to check them out.

  6. Brooke Lorren (@Brookelorren) April 2, 2019 / 3:30 pm

    All good reasons to pick up a book.

    Maybe while I’m working on selling the current book I’m editing, I can write a historical fantasy inspired by some other era. I’m a student of history myself and I love all of it. There’s some pretty crazy stories that they don’t teach in school because they’re just not appropriate for children.

    • iloveheartlandx April 3, 2019 / 11:14 am

      Thanks! That would be awesome-I have thought about writing one, but I’m kind of terrified I’d accidentally get some history wrong and then never be able to live it down since I’ve spent four years studying it! Ha ha yes, there are πŸ™‚

  7. lydiaschoch April 2, 2019 / 3:44 pm

    I love magic in books, too.

    My post.

  8. ChrissiReads April 2, 2019 / 3:50 pm

    Friendship is such a good subject to read about!

  9. anovelglimpse April 2, 2019 / 4:50 pm

    So many great reasons on here! I am always reading books by my favorite authors first.

    • iloveheartlandx April 3, 2019 / 11:12 am

      Thanks! Yes, I usually only ever preorder books from my favourite authors because I know I’m definitely going to read them.

  10. Jessica at Booked J April 2, 2019 / 6:43 pm

    I love this weeks topic. I feel like I’M SO ATTACHED to what everyone’s reasons are. Like, did we all collectively ghost write a good chunk of each others reasons? Love love love it. But, SERIOUSLY. Yes to all of these!!!!

    • iloveheartlandx April 3, 2019 / 11:04 am

      Me too! Ha ha yes I think we did, I’ve definitely seen a few of the same popping up a lot this week. Thank you πŸ™‚

  11. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense April 2, 2019 / 6:55 pm

    I get most of my recommendations from other bloggers. I do think that as a whole we are good at championing lesser known titles as well as hyped books.

    • iloveheartlandx April 3, 2019 / 11:03 am

      Oh yeah, I’ve definitely found some books that I wouldn’t have heard of before blogging and loved them!

  12. Melanie (TBR and Beyond) April 2, 2019 / 8:39 pm

    Buy one get one half off – that is a great one that I never thought of. I’m a sucker for deals and places like Book Outlet always have me buying stuff for the price alone.

    • iloveheartlandx April 3, 2019 / 11:02 am

      Oh yeah, Waterstones uses that one all the time and it seems to work very well for them!

  13. agreatreviewer April 2, 2019 / 8:56 pm

    OOh nice reasons! I don’t get too many of the BOGO ones! And if I do get the sale, I usually already have whatever book I’d want to buy or there’s only one that I want to buy! Lol! Recommendations are another plus too! I know there’s quite a few series I eventually gave into because of their recommendations and I usually enjoy them! There have been 1 or 2 that were just blah. Hype is another story one that basically has me at 50/50 of enjoying it or not.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT post!

    • iloveheartlandx April 3, 2019 / 11:02 am

      Thank you! I mean I do find that a problem, quite a lot of the time there’s only one book that I desperately want to read and I’ve read most of the others, but I do usually find two books to fill the deal. For the most part I’ve done quite well from recommendations, there are a few that haven’t worked so well, but not necessarily because the book was bad, it just didn’t work for me. Yeah, I’m kind of 50/50 on hype as well, but I can’t deny that other bloggers talking a lot about a book does make me more intrigued to set it up.

  14. Greg April 2, 2019 / 9:25 pm

    The cover, fellow bloggers recommending it, a favorite author- those are all big for me too. And yes humor! I love humor in a story, especially if it’s an otherwise dark read.

    • iloveheartlandx April 3, 2019 / 11:00 am

      I think humour in dark books is essential, you need to give your reader time to breathe and a release from all the darkness!

  15. Rel Mollet April 2, 2019 / 9:47 pm

    Great list! We had some the same πŸ™‚

  16. abookandacup April 3, 2019 / 1:45 am

    I love historical books too! and bargains is always a yess!

    • iloveheartlandx April 3, 2019 / 10:58 am

      Yes, love a bargain! If I can get more books for less money, it’s a no brainer πŸ™‚

  17. rayasreads April 3, 2019 / 3:21 am

    The point about tv or movie adaptation is spot on! I forgot to add that to my own lsit. πŸ˜€

    • iloveheartlandx April 3, 2019 / 10:57 am

      Yes, I know we’re supposed to always read the book first, but sometimes I don’t and it works out better that way because I end up reading books I wouldn’t otherwise have read.

      • rayasreads April 3, 2019 / 5:40 pm

        I don’t believe that we’re supposed to read the book first. We should always watch the movie or show before reading the book. Because 9 out of 10 times the movie doesn’t live up to the book. But if I like the movie or TV show, 9 out of 10 times I’m gonna love the book.

      • iloveheartlandx April 4, 2019 / 10:21 am

        That is actually a very good way of looking at it!

  18. KliScruggs April 3, 2019 / 4:33 am

    Haha no one can help but judge a book by its cover. I’m 100 percent on board with that!

    • iloveheartlandx April 3, 2019 / 10:21 am

      From the number of people I’ve seen with cover on their lists this week, it certainly seems true!

  19. pagesandtea April 3, 2019 / 7:39 am

    I had the same experience with Game of Thrones. I’d tired to read the first book before and couldn’t seem to get into it, but after I’d watched the tv series I went back and started again and now I’ve read the lot πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx April 3, 2019 / 10:19 am

      I haven’t actually read any of them yet-I’m just considering it since I loved the TV show, but I wouldn’t even be doing that if I hadn’t seen it.

  20. Tanya Atkinson April 3, 2019 / 8:24 am

    I don’t know how I left “favorite author” off my list. That’s a huge one! πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx April 3, 2019 / 10:19 am

      Yes, it’s definitely one of my biggest ones, I only ever preorder books if they’re by my favourite authors.

  21. thebookdutchesses April 3, 2019 / 11:37 am

    I like that you said if the show or movie was good! I’m the opposite. If I like the book I will watch the movie or show, haha.

    • iloveheartlandx April 4, 2019 / 10:24 am

      Ha ha to be fair that is what most people do, I usually do it that way but sometimes if there are books I’m not sure about that have a film, I’ll watch the film first to figure out if I’ll like the book.

  22. Hannah @ Books, Life & Other Oddities April 3, 2019 / 5:47 pm

    Seems every bookworm judges books by their covers, given how many lists that’s been on this week πŸ˜‚ have you read the new Jodi Picoult? I think Rick Riordan has sadly fallen off my auto-buy author list 😭 I agree with historical stuff, although I never seem to read much historical fiction anymore! I suppose a lot of the classics I read weren’t historical fiction at the time but sort of are now? I have a Waterstones book token from work and now I plan to go in when they have a BOGOF deal on 😍 Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx April 4, 2019 / 10:20 am

      Ha ha yes it does. I have yes, I really enjoyed it. I get what you mean, I’m reading to the end of the Trials of Apollo books because there’s only two left to go now, but I don’t think I’ll read anymore afterwards. I read a little, I should read more really but I’ve been reading quite a few fantasies with historical elements recently and I’ve been really liking those. Yeah I suppose they were. Ooh they’re always doing the Buy One Get One Half Price thing so you can go in pretty much anytime and get something. Thank you!

      • iloveheartlandx April 9, 2019 / 3:41 pm

        Fawkes is one. Enchantee is another, and The Crown’s Game duology, it’s Imperial Russia but with magic!

  23. Kelly W April 5, 2019 / 2:12 am

    I’m always here for fantasy anything and strong friendships. (Especially in conjunction. I’m a huge fan of squads in fantasy).

  24. thebookishlibra April 6, 2019 / 12:41 am

    Great list! And I’m the same way when it comes to TV shows/movies based on books. If I haven’t already read, I’ll totally grab it up if I liked the onscreen version.

    • iloveheartlandx April 9, 2019 / 3:37 pm

      Thanks! Yes, sometimes I just haven’t got around to reading the book, or I want to try the onscreen version first because I’m not sure if I’ll like the book and if I like the screen adaptation, I’ll usually end up trying the book at some stage or other.

  25. Annemieke April 8, 2019 / 1:35 pm

    I’ve watched a movie/tv show before reading the book. We can’t always be on top of everything. πŸ˜‰

    • iloveheartlandx April 9, 2019 / 3:36 pm

      Ha ha no! Sometimes I’m not entirely sure about a book, so I’ll watch the movie first to see if I like it.

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