Top Ten Tuesday: Qualities that Instantly Make Me Pick Up a Book

Hi there everyone!

It’s time again for Top Ten Tuesday! Every week the wonderful people at The Broke and Bookish post a theme to create our lists by.  This week the theme is qualities that will instantly make me pick up a book. I have a few that will guarantee I pick up your book. Chances are that if I pick up a book with some of these qualities I’m going to enjoy it! (I’ve done extensive “research” on this topic…)

Entwined by Heather Dixon The Luxe by Anna Godbersen The Selection by Kiera Cass

1. Girls In Pretty Gowns.

I just LOVE pretty gowns and want to wear them. I also generally enjoy books with this type of cover.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

2. Romance Included.

Not romance novels, but novels with some romance in them. Le sigh…

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale Cinder by Marissa Meyer

3. Fairy Tales.

Yes. I will most likely pick up the book if its a retold fairy tale. Fairy tales are just so classic and I love the magic of them.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore Smile by Raina Telegmier  Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

4. Female Main Characters.

I just have a hard time connecting to male main characters so it’s always a tough sell for me.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

5. England.

If your book is set in the UK in some way…historical, contemporary, fantasy whatever. I want it. I am 100% Anglophile.

I'd Tell You I Love You but then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter HarryPotter & the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

6. Boarding Schools.

I have always loved boarding school books. Boarding schools just seem so fun without your parents watching you all the time!

Austenland by Shannon Hale prada and prejudice Pride and Prescience by Carrie Bebris

7. Jane Austen Related.

If your book relates to Jane Austen because it’s a retelling or something similar then I’m probably going to pick it up.

Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins The Parting by Beverly Lewis

8. Amish People.

I’m just so intrigued by their community and culture! I want to read about them!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

9. Husband Appeal.

If you’re book has qualities that both my husband and I will like, then the chances that I’ll pick up your book increase greatly. I’m not sure what those qualities are though…murder (judging by the three books above)?!

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

10. Audiobooks Narrated with a British Accent.

Yup. I’m 100% Anglophile.

So there you have it.  The qualities that will instantly make me pick up a book…all laid out in front of you.  Some one should write one book to rule them all….one that fits all of my favorite things! haha

What book qualities always entice you to read?  Thanks for visiting!

17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Qualities that Instantly Make Me Pick Up a Book

  1. Boarding Schools made my list too and England certainly could’ve. I don’t generally pick up books with pretty dresses on the front (though I like them), but I certainly would like to wear one!

  2. Whenever I listen to an audiobook read by someone with a British accent, I find myself thinking all day long with an accent too. I swear, when I listened to Chime by Franny Billinsley, I had to stop myself from speaking that way outloud! :) Great list!

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  3. I love your list. I have Jane Austen on my list too, as well as retellings in general (but mostly fairy-tales). And I agree about the girls in pretty dresses. I’ve read both The Selection and Entwined and their covers are amongst my favorites on my shelves.

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  4. I’m guilty of number 2 as well. If you like fairy tale re-tellings you should try the Sevenwaters series by Juliet Marillier. They are really good.

  5. I love books set in England and boarding schools. I love how you put girls in pretty dresses… those always catch my eye too, but they’re never in a genre that I actually read so I just look at them a lot :) Amish is a good choice too… They’re SO interesting!

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  6. I agree with almost all of these! I don’t know how many times I’ve seen boarding schools this week on TTT, but they are amazing book settings. I haven’t read about Amish people yet and I don’t know if that would be up my alley…then again I always like to try and learn new things, so maybe I should give one of your suggestions a try :)

  7. Yes to pretty dresses! I’m totally intrigued by a book if there is a pretty dress on the cover. Also love that you included husband appeal! While I don’t foresee my (potential future) husband reading many of the books I enjoy, it would be lovely if we could bond over a common book!

  8. I love fairy tale retellings, and boarding schools, and I still enjoy male main characters but I generally go for books with female main characters. Excellent list!

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