Top 10: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

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The Top 10 Tuesday tag was created The Broke and the Bookish and is now being hosted on That Artsy Reader Girl.

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April 2: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

There are so many different books out there to choose from and it can often be a daunting task to find the next book to read. Every reader is also attracted by different things, whether it’s the cover art, the book description, or something else. So what makes this reader pick up a book?


Eye Catching Covers
It doesn’t have to be super bright or super sexy, but it does need to stand out in some way from the hundreds of other books sitting next to it.

Favorite Tropes
There are certain tropes (fake relationships, friends to lovers) that will get me every time and I’ll give that book a chance no matter what.

Trusted Recommendations
Everyone has different opinions about books, but there are some readers that I’ve come to realize have very similar tastes to me. When they love a book, there’s a good chance I’ll love it too.

Interesting Descriptions
The back cover blurb is often my go-to for determining if I’ll like a book. What’s included in that description can make or break it for my interest level. So don’t bury the lead on those descriptions!

Unique Takes
I love when an author takes something familiar and turns it on it’s head and gives me something different. I’ll usually take a chance on these because I want to see what unique ideas they have.

Favorite Authors
Every reader has authors they love and will read anything they write and I’m no exception. I have a lot of auto-buy or auto-read authors that I excitedly read in the first week of publication.

I have a problem and it’s called the 99 cent sale on Amazon. Oftentimes I’ve nervous to try a new author but I want to give them a chance. Sales (of any kind) are always a great opportunity to try something new and see if I like it.

I spent my teen years devouring paranormal young adult books and most of my first adult romance novels were about vampires so I definitely have a soft spot for these paranormal creatures.

Another thing I’m a sucker for in romance is the bodyguard plot line. I don’t know what it is exactly but I just love these stories; maybe it’s the forced proximity of the situation, or the tension and danger, but either way, I’m all about these books.

10 is hard and I’m out of ideas
I honestly can’t think of a tenth reason, so I apologize to the gods of Top 10 but I’ve only got 9 this time.

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What makes you pick up a book?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.


One thought on “Top 10: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

  1. Great post, Alex. Covers and titles are the very first things that reel me in. I do judge a book by its cover (and title). Some are completely off-putting, to be honest. I prefer mysterious, artsy covers…less shirtless dude covers, I guess lol

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