Top 10 Tuesday: Things That Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book

Welcome to Top 10 Tuesday! This is a weekly challenge hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s challenge is about things that make me instantly want to read a book!

I have absolutely zero self-control when it comes to wanting to buy books when I go to a book store, so it was hard to narrow it down for this one! However, there are certain things that make me feel extra drawn to a book, or that will push me over the edge to actually spend money on it and add it to my shelves. Without further ado, here are the top ten things that make me instantly want to read a book!

1. Auto-buy authors: Angie Thomas, Renée Watson, and Leah Johnson

These are all some of my favorite YA authors that never let me down. If they release something new, I will read it!

2. Beautiful covers

I can’t think of a common type of design that I’m drawn to, but I know it when I see it. If a book has an extraordinarily beautiful cover, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t have any effect on my desire to read it!

3. Books with my name in it

My name isn’t super common (especially not my exact spelling of it), so I’m always really excited to see it show up in books!

4. Books set in Latin America or Asia

These are two settings that I’m really drawn to, especially when it comes to historical fiction.

5. Recommended by a reader I trust

If an author I love or a friend/family member with similar reading tastes recommends something, it makes me interested in reading it even if it may not have caught my attention otherwise.

6. If it’s about to be a movie or series

I generally like to read books before viewing their adaptations, so this is something that will really motivate me to move a certain book up on my TBR!

7. Book club

This one is a more literal interpretation of the prompt, but it works! If I’m required to read it for my book club, that will definitely make me want to read it so that I’m able to attend our discussion of it at the end of the month!

8. If it’s set somewhere I’ve traveled to

I love to travel, and I always enjoy reading books set in places that I’ve traveled to because it helps me relive that experience a little!

9. Books set in Portland, Oregon

This is the area I grew up in, but I don’t often see it as the setting of books. So I’m always really excited to read books when they’re set in a place I’m so familiar with!

10. Unique cookbooks

I love collecting and, sometimes, even fully reading cookbooks. There are some really interesting and unique ones out there, and I can’t resist buying them when I come across them!

Have you read any of these books? What would your top ten be?

Let me know in the comments!

5 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Things That Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book

  1. #7 is probably the main thing (besides reading challenges) that gets me to read books I wouldn’t otherwise. The people in my book club aren’t very diverse (We’re all middle-aged white women who go to church together), but our reading tastes actually vary quite a bit. I’m also a fan of #10 since I grew up in the Columbia River Gorge. Wal-Mart is the only “big” store in that area, so we always went to “town” (Portland) to go to the mall, Costco, Target, etc. I enjoy reading about iconic Portland sites that I recognize.

    Happy TTT!



  2. My friends have a fairly similar taste in books to me so if they recommend me something, I will usually check it out: sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but it usually always means trying something new which I might not have otherwise and that’s generally a good thing. I also have several auto-buy authors where I buy pretty much anything they put out, and I’m a sucker for a good cover too.
    My TTT:


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