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Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I'll Instantly Want to Read a Book

Top Ten Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is things that make you instantly want to read a book, disregarding other factors in the process.

An Eye-Catching Cover

I think most of us can be called guilty of this one. Despite the age-old adage "don't judge a book by its cover", I can't help it - I do. I like things to be aesthetically pleasing. That's not to say I won't read a book that doesn't have a pretty cover, but a good cover really adds to the experience for me. One example (off the top of my head) is The Hate U Give. I'd seen it before I'd heard about it, but the cover I spotted was the dark one with the white and purple text. It didn't really catch my eye, so I didn't bother reading the synopsis. That gorgeous illustrated cover though? Makes me want to pick up the book (that, and the reviews). As well, I could probably write an entire art essay on that cover.

An Author I Love

If I see a new book by an author I love, you know I'll want to pick it up. Emily Rodda, J.K Rowling, Tamora Pierce, Scott Westerfeild, R.J. Anderson… the list, naturally, goes on. These are authors I trust to make me feel good for reading their book - even if they have me sobbing like a baby part way through. I know I can count on them, so there's no hesitation in picking up another book from them.


I love me some books about pirates, like really really. Despite this I haven't read The Pirate Kings Daughter yet, but it's definitely on my wish list. When I was in high school I was actually part of this really amazing pirate role play on roleplaygateway: Possibly Pirates!

Fairy Tale Retellings

Uhm, hello?!?! What's not to love? A well done fairy retelling is a very special thing. My most anticipated fairy-tale retellings to read this year: Geekerella and The Wrath and the Dawn. I'll have the latter in my hands this week. Amazingly, I forgot to order Geekerella at the same time, so it will be on my next book order.

Australian Author or Setting

I'm Australian. I love stories set in Australia, or by Australian's, or both. I find it totally awesome-sauce that two of my favourite authors are Aussie (Emily Rodda and John Marsden). One of my role play forums I had was actually set in Australia, though in a fictional city.

Asexual Characters

I identify as panromantic graysexual, so to see characters that fall somewhere in the asexual spectrum makes me happy. Admittedly though, I can only remember one character that is asexual and that's R.J. Andersons Tori from Ultraviolet and Quicksilver.

Limb Different Characters

I'm limb different - having been born with only one hand. My left arm ends at the wrist area. As such, I love to see limb different characters. Once again, I can only think of one limb-different character who is missing a hand, and that's again from Anderson's Quicksilver - though that character is an amputee and not born limb different. To be honest, I don't think I've read anything with a born limb different character.

Quick side note into movie territory: I don't have any plans to watch Mad Max. I've seen some of the originals and never liked them, and the trailers for the new ones give me the geebies. But if I was to read Fury Road, it would be for Charlize Theron's limb different character.

Also, if you want to help teach kids about limb difference, make sure they watch Finding Nemo. It's a pretty freaking good representation of it. //end side note

A Well Written Synopsis

Another given, I think. If the synopsis falls flat, I'm not going to be as interested in reading it. A synopsis should be catchy, intriguing, and not tell the whole story in a few paragraphs (I've seen it happen folks).

A Lot of Hype

If a book is a getting a lot of hype in the book blogging and booktube community, I'm going to be more inclined to pick it up, even if it's a little out of my comfort zone.

A Unique Idea

Something really unique, that I haven't read before. A concept that makes me think before I even start reading it. Those sorts of books are special, and make me want to latch onto them.

What are some of your instant-read reasons?

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