Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find the prompts here.
This week’s topic is about the Top
10 7 Things about a book that make it much more likely for me to at least check it out, though there are a couple on this list that make it an almost 100% certainty that I’ll just buy the book and enjoy it later.
There are a lot of authors that I’m intrigued by and will most likely look into their books when I hear about them, but there are two that, without a doubt, I will buy books published by. If it’s by J.K Rowling (or her nom de plume Robert Galbraith) or Neil Gaiman, I will without question be buying that book.
Audiobooks Narrated by Their Authors
Neil Gaiman falls under this category too, but my most recent acquisition because of an author reading their own story is Lauren Graham’s Talking As Fast As I Can. I feel like the author, assuming they’re also a good narrator as those I’ve come across have been, can give the story a bit more nuance that a narrator that’s not personally invested in the story. They understand what parts might need a little something extra, that sort of thing.
If It’s Recommend By Cait aka PaperFury
Cait has an unfailing great sense of humor and can make any book sound amazing. While I might not end up sharing the same opinion on the book in question, if she recommends it, I’m probably going to pick it up, 9 times out of 10. Check out her blog at paperfury.com.
If It Takes Place At a Convention
Some of my happiest times have been spent at anime conventions, especially Anime Next before it moved locations to Atlantic City last year. If a book takes place at a convention, I’m more likely to pick it up because it allows me to relive some of these great times and immerse myself in geeky culture. It’s even better if the conventions are based on actual ones that I can picture more accurately (Queens of Geeks = SDCC, The Four-Day Weekend = Otakon).
If the Main Character is a Book Nerd/Fangirl/Etc.
These are the kinds of characters that I relate to the best, so if a book has one of them as the main character I’m more likely to want to read it.
Manga was a bit part of my life starting in high school and has remained a constant ever since. I’ve begun to appreciate comics outside of the manga forum in recent years, especially if they’re funny and/or slice-of-life social commentary types, like Sarah’s Scribbles. R.O.D.: Read or Dream actually encompasses two of my Top 10 reasons (manga & book nerds).
The Book Is Related to Knitting/Crocheting in Some Way
The Blossom Street series is one of my favorites because it starts off a series of strong female friendships that begin because of interactions around A Good Yarn, the titular shop on Blossom Street. Each book features a project and the pattern is included at the beginning of the book so you can follow along if you like. Debbie Macomber is a strong crafting and charity advocate, so I loved getting further into this series.
I would like to see more books with crafters in them, especially written by people that know what they’re talking about. While I’m more likely to pick up a book if it mentions a knitter or crocheter, I’m also likely to be more critical of their use of terminology. If you get that wrong, what was the point of including that characteristic?