Top Ten Tuesday #4: Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book


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 Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book


When any of the 7 Deadly Sins are mentioned

Usually the lust, envy, and anger sins are mentioned in a title, it perks me up because they’re so completely out of the norm for me to read. Oh and they also make me really curious.



I love how all the characters fight to survive and what they do to get there.



I’m a sucker for a good romance (even though I don’t read any from the adult romances),  but I like stories where they interlace with other topics. I also love happy endings.. ALL THE FEELS!



I love stories where the characters go on a journey to achieve their goals and this almost always includes a journey on how to get there. One of my favourites!



Love sci-fi, so whenever I see anything with aliens or a
futuristic world I have to almost always pick it up.




I’ve always loved reading friendship stories because all the personalities are so different. My fondest memory is probably the The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.


Angels and Demons

Sure, some of the angel books I’ve read aren’t the greatest, but I love how the authors come up with their take on the story. It’s all pretty similar to me, but I still enjoy it.



In my opinion, I think humour is one genre that needs to expand. Maybe it’s also
incredibly hard to write humourous fiction, but I do enjoy it immensely.


Horror and Thrillers

So this topic is something I’m trying to read more of.
Get over my fear of horror stories and thrillers.


Realistic Teen Characters

This is pretty much straight forward. I love characters that have flaws and real life problems. I love reading how they fix their problems, and how much they grow from start to finish.


  1. Brynna

    September 19, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    #1 And actually, just realistic characters in general! There is nothing that makes me l’ve a book more than having realistic characters! It totally ruins a book fi the characters are too unrealistic, even fi the premise is AMAZING!

  2. Rachel Spring

    August 31, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    I actually love all 10 of tours, but especially the 7 deadly sins! Such a great one to include! Your top ten is very similar to mine 🙂

  3. fatma shahin

    August 31, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    I adore all those genres! each one of them brings something new to the table that is in one way or another relevant and relatable. Great top ten! 😀

  4. Diana Grace

    August 21, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    I agree with your list! Although my number one weakness is romance 🙂

  5. florryalyna

    August 17, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    The words that instantly make me buy/pick up a book have to be about romance, humor, survival, adventure and some real facts.

  6. Amber

    July 7, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    I tend to read books written from the main character’s persepctive, especially if the main character is a girl… I find it easier to realate to girls, rather than guys… It also helps if the characters have a sense of humor… I dislike serious books.

  7. MonaG

    June 30, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    I also love books with :
    . Friendship — I enjoy books about friendship, especially female friendships b/c they are enriching yet complicated.

    . Humor — I love when authors inject humor into their plot and/or dialogue

    . Horror/thriller — suspense/thrillers is my favorite genre

    . Sociopaths — I don’t know why they fascinate me. I would never want to meet one irl though

    . Amish — I am somehow drawn to their lifestyle

    I’m sure if I racked my brain I could think of other topics.

  8. Fatma Shahin

    June 28, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    I love journeys where you get to see the nature of the characters and how they respond to particular situations. It really unravels the characters for me but also keeps me interested in terms of plot. 🙂

  9. Cali W.

    June 26, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    That list has a lot of of the type of books that I usually pick to read. 🙂

  10. bn100

    June 16, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    fun list; think these are true for a lot of people

  11. Jamie (Jay)

    May 22, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Survival, Horrors and Thriilers, humour, and journeys will get me especially hooked.

  12. Sundeep

    May 15, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    I need to find more books on the seven deadly sins they are the most intriguing, makes me pick up the book automatically

  13. Danielle S.

    May 15, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    A book on one of the deadly sins would be pretty cool. I’ll have to check some out.

  14. Holly W

    May 15, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    I am a sucker for romance as well! I find that if I am in a reading slump, I can grab a contemporary romance and read it quickly, then get back in to reading again.

  15. Becca Lostinbooks

    May 7, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Journeys and the Seven Sens are both good ones that I would add to my list if I could have 12 instead of 10. I never even thought of 7 sins.

  16. Adriana C

    May 5, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Great list! I love funny and realistic teen books.
    I like thrillers but I don´t like horror.

  17. Jaime Lester

    April 30, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    I am with you on every single one of these. The only one that isn’t necessarily a must-have for me is Aliens. I am slowly but surely getting comfortable with sci-fi, but I don’t immediately gravitate towards it. I love the 7 Deadly Sins, Friendships, Humor…. All of them!

  18. Janita @ Book, Interrupted

    April 30, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    So many awesome words and topics on this list! I’m a huge fan of alien, journey, and humourous books. Someone needs ot combine all three and make the most epic book ever. It’s hard to find a book that presents teen characters realistically, especially in genres outside of contemporary.

  19. Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books)

    April 30, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Great list! I love a good survival story, too, regardless of whether it’s man vs. nature, man vs. zombies, man vs. man. Whatever. Any of those makes for an exciting story 🙂

  20. Molli

    April 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    YES to journeys and friendship. I love when authors explore friendships or sibling relationships. 🙂

  21. Lola @ Reading by Lamplight

    April 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Great list! Humor made my list too! 🙂

  22. Ashley Rogers

    April 30, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    I think the main reason I pick up a book is if I am drawn to the cover. I am also drawn to the romance and relatable characters in the book. I feel that if I cannot relate to the character the book was a dislike for me. Thank you for sharing this post! It was interesting to learn what you look for in a book.

  23. Chrissi Reads

    April 30, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    I love Thrillers too, but only recently. Before then I was too scared to pick up a book that was creepy/slightly scary. I have a vivid imagination! Great list.

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