Top Ten Tuesday: Things that make me pick up a book

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today we’re talking about things that make me pick up a book, which is a pretty fun topic! I’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks, so I’m happy about this easy topic. 🙂 We’ve done a topic like this in the past, but I’ve tried to avoid repeating my answers.

written by a favorite author (obviously)

This is the only one of my previous answers that I’m repeating, because… obviously I’m going to read books by my favorite authors. That’s why they’re my favorites. Because I want to read everything they write.

featuring a friends-to-lovers romance

I’m a sucker for a good friends-to-lovers romance. The more pining, the more history, the more sexual tension, the better. If the book features friends falling in love, I’m probably going to read it.

featuring an enemies-to-lovers romance

The only thing that could possibly be better than friends-to-lovers is enemies-to-lovers. I have to be in the right mood for this trope, though, and it has to be done correctly for me to want to read it. There has to be a lot of banter, but they can’t be mean to each other.


Another thing I’m a total sucker for? Texts. Give me two virtual strangers who start texting and slowly fall in love. I. Will. Melt. You can even give me friends that send some really great texts, and I’ll want to read it.

it’s a graphic novel and I don’t feel like reading an actual novel

This is a more recent thing for me, but I find that a lot of the times when I don’t feel like reading an actual book, a graphic novel does the trick. I’ve read SO MANY graphic novels over the last few months because they’re quick and easy and make me feel like I’m accomplishing something.

it satisfies a reading challenge prompt

If I pick up a book that’s outside of my comfort zone, it’s most likely for a reading challenge. I’ve found some books that I’ve really loved through reading challenges and I’m sure I’ll find a lot more!

a title or plot that reminds me of a favorite song

So, here’s the thing. I’m really into music. I’m also really into books that remind me of my favorite music. For example, I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan and there’s a book by Brigid Kemmerer coming out later this year called Call It What You Want. I literally have no idea what it’s about, but I want to read it. I’m dying to read Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo for the sole reason that it reminds me of the Keane song. And If I’m Being Honest is one of my favorite dodie songs, so clearly, I need to read Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka’s new book too!

I’ve owned it forever and want it off my TBR

This is the case for at least three books I read each month. Sometimes I have no other reason for picking up a book than just wanting it off my list.

it’s not too overhyped, but it has great reviews

We all know that I have a problem with overhyped books, so I tend to avoid them for at least a few months until the hype dies down. That said, when a book is getting great reviews but isn’t too terribly overhyped, I’m probably going to read it sooner rather than later.

I think it has a great message

In general, I don’t like “preachy” books. I don’t want the message to be shoved down my throat. But I think it’s great when a book subtly touches on important subjects without being heavy-handed.

Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! What makes you want to read a book? Do we share any of the same thoughts? Let’s talk in the comments!

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42 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Things that make me pick up a book

    • Sara @ The Bibliophagist says:

      I’ve recently found out that I love reading graphic novels. I really want to head over to my library and see what they’ve recently added to their collection, but I want to finish the books I have checked out right now first. Hopefully this weekend I’ll get some more. 🙂


  1. Aurora Librialis says:

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who’s bought a book because the title reminded me of a song! I always feel unreasonable when I do it, but some titles just give me good vibes. And I love texts and enemies to lovers romance!

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  2. denaiir says:

    I have Call It What You Want stuck in my head now and it makes me happy 😉
    IT was a fun take on today’s topic, really enjoyed it!
    One thing that immediately comes to mind for me as an answer is serial killers, give me a synopsis featuring one and I’ll pick up the book every single time 😉

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  3. jess @ crowing about books says:

    “The only thing that could possibly be better than friends-to-lovers is enemies-to-lovers.”

    The BIGGEST of moods, I love friends to lovers, but enemies to lovers is just on a whole other dimension.

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      • Sara @ The Bibliophagist says:

        I really enjoyed Everyone’s an Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun. It’s a super cute story about an alien who comes to Earth. Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan is a fun story if you’re into a Stranger Things-type vibe with time travel on the side. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang is also really cute. It’s mostly about friendship and finding yourself with just a hint of romance in it.


  4. Hannah @ But First, Fiction says:

    These are all SO GREAT! I’m not sure if you’re much of a sci-fi reader, but if you haven’t read The Illuminae Files series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, I HIGHLY recommend them 😀 Not only do they feature *several* enemies-to-lovers storylines, but they are epistolary and basically rely on a LOT of text messages/IMing between characters. They’re super fun, epic YA and not really heavy on the sci-fi – the focus is definitely more on the relationships.

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