Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is actually “top ten books I could re-read forever,” but since we all know I don’t do re-reads, I decided to go with one from the archive instead: top ten things that instantly make me want to read a book. Prepare yourself. This could get fangirly.
1. Any kind of romance with the brother’s best friend or the best friend’s brother. It’s kind of taboo but not really and it usually has some searing sexual tension. Bonus points if there’s been a crush for literally forever.
2. Emails or texts in the blurb. Give me some insight into the personalities of your characters right in the blurb and I’ll probably drop everything to read your book.
3. OH MY GOD, THEY WERE ROOMMATES. It just adds another layer of tension to a relationship. I love it when they’re dancing around each other and they’re both feeling the attraction but neither of them wants to be the first to admit it.
4. A setting in Wisconsin. Nobody sets their books in Wisconsin. It’s my homeland. If your book is set there, I’ll probably pre-order it.
5. Or a setting in the New York / New Jersey area. This is where I live now, and I love reading about places that are familiar.
6. Anything having to do with music. Is one of the characters in a band? Do the characters talk about their mutual love of a certain genre? Does it take place at a music festival or concert? Just take my money.
7. Road trips. I honestly love road trips… when they’re with the right people. Driving across the country with your parents isn’t ideal, but a group of friends going somewhere fun, with snacks and music and random stops along the way? Yes, please!
8. Epistolary novels. I don’t know what it is about them, but I love reading correspondence between characters. It gives a whole different vibe to the book!
9. Written by one of my favorite authors. This is probably cheating, but I don’t even care. My favorite authors could write about grass growing or paint drying, and I’d still buy their books.
10. A really good cover. I know, I know, don’t judge a book by its cover. But sometimes I can’t resist and end up reading a book just because the cover was so perfect.