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


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This week’s topic is: Top Ten Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book


I’m not sure what it is but I always have a lot of interest in LGBT books. This interest lead me to some books that I absolutely love like The Miseducation of Cameron Post,


I always want to read books where there’s some kind of unique magic involved like Shadow and Bone, The Girl of Fire and Thorns etc.


There’s a book that comes out next year called The Truth About Alice Franklin and when it was announced in PW it was compared to FNL. Um, YES! I need more FNL-like books in my life. Another good one is In Honor with the Riggins like love interest. Yum…


Witches are the only species that will make me pick up a paranormal book quickly these days. Born Wicked is a good example of that paying off.


If the blurb says swoon-worthy or if a trusty blogger friend uses that phrase I must read it!


Another phrase that will guarantee I read a book. Especially from my favorite bloggers!


I looove books with great atmosphere and that words makes me add a book to my TBR so fast. A perfect example: Masque of the Red Death. I would never had read that book otherwise.


I can’t help it! I like sad books!


I’m a 90’s kid so I always want to read books set back then. Supergirl Mixtapes and Jessica Darling are some really good ones.


Who doesn’t love road trip books!?


  1. Oooo ‘atmospheric’! Good choice! That always grabs me too. I love great settings – that’s such a quick way to totally suck me into the story.
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  2. Great list! That atmospheric one sounds familiar… 😛 At least we have road trips in common!
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  3. LOVE your list and … seriously you are only telling me now that “In Honor” has a Tim Riggins like boy??!?! I NEED THIS BOOK now! I Loved FNL – I was addicted to this series.. so so much!

    But unlike you, Magic turns me off reading a book. I love Paranormal but Magic? Hm..

    But I think my biggest not-pickupable topic would be Ghosts … I just don’t like ghosts!
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  4. Road trips are on my list too, and I love a book with a great atmosphere! :) My TTT list:

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  5. I definitely have a soft spot for road trip books as well. And YES to anything resembling FNL! I am totally going to go check out that one you mentioned.
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  6. Oh, some of these are ones I didn’t think of but definitely appeal to me. Growing up in the 90s, I think books set in that time frame would be fun to read. I might have to check out the two you linked to! And the other topic I’m interested in is LGBT. So there’s ANOTHER book on my TBR list! Great stuff!
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  7. Whoa, great list! I totally agree with everything that you listed. Though I totally need to read more witch books, I’ve just never really been into them and when I try I tend to not love them, but I’ll give Born Wicked a shot!

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  8. So funny, I have the LGBT-point on my list as well – I guess I didn’t think there was somebody else! I have to admit that I’m a little over romance, so it takes me a while to read something called swoon-worthy. Awesome list though. :)
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  9. YESSSSSS to the 90s! I love reading books set then, too. You might like to watch My Mad Fat Diary – lots of 90s music :)
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  10. Awesome list 😀 Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3 Ahh. Magic. Me love. <3 And swoon-worthy 😀
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  11. Great list. I totally agree, LGBT, magic, and witches are great topics to make me pick up books too. I forgot to add LGBT to my list, I really should have done. I really enjoyed finding out why you’d picked the topics.
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  12. I am also a 90’s girl! I’ve recently become really interested in witches and Born Wicked is one of the books I plan on getting to soon.

    Great list!
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  13. Love your list! Magic is also on mine and I love books about witches! I can’t get enough of them.
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  14. Ooh, I picked witches, too! I think road trip books are popular with YA readers. What a fun list!

  15. YES to all of these!!! Especially the 1990s, they bring back so many great memories. =)
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  16. LGBT! Yes! I can’t believe I didn’t include that one. Road Trips are usually amazing too. Great choices!
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  17. SWOONWORTHY! Yes, that’s my #1!
    Also I love atmospheric books even though that didn’t make my list and your example is perfect. And heartbreaking – yes, yes, so much. I said “doomed romances” which is one form of heartbreaking even though there are a bazillion kinds but I’m SO ATTRACTED to doomed or impossible romances.

    But bring on the swoons!! Fun list, Lori!
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  18. This is a fantastic list. I totally agree with Magic, witches, swoon-worthy, and heartbreaking. I also love when something says action-packed or forbidden love.
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  19. I’m all about 80’s and 90’s!!! And road trips and books that break my heart!! I really loved Friday Night Lights too and would LOVE to read books like that… do those exist???

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  20. Fantastic list! :)
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  21. AH! I started writing this TTT last night and then gave up because I could not think of 10 but LGBT would have so been mine too. You should check out the books by JH Trumble. She is an absolutely lovely and engaging writing with powerful character dynamics.

    ROAD TRIP! woot woot

  22. Great list. Atmospheric books always get me too. Even if the plot or pacing isn’t perfect then I can usually enjoy the atmosphere of the book.
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  23. When I hear “magic” I’m definitely excited to read it. “A favorite” is also a word that makes me curious about a book.
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  24. I love heartbreaking books too! And there should be more books like FNL, and more YA characters like Tim Riggins.
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  25. LOL. Roadtrip books aren’t my favorite. It’s not like I won’t read them, but if I see it’s about a roadtrip, the book tends to be pushed toward the bottom of my TBR pile.

    But swoonworthy books – Definitely love those! :)
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  26. Great list :) I also had Witches in my list and also used Jessica Spotswood’s Born Wicked as my example!

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  27. I love reading LGBT books and experiencing the world from another POV! I’m actually doing an LGBT read-a-thon this weekend :)

    MAGIC/WITCHES = YESSS! Born Wicked was SO good — can’t wait for Star Cursed!

    Ohhh I was actually born in 1990 and would love to read more books set at this time!

    Great list!

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  28. I love books about magic and witches, whether they’re urban or high fantasies. I really loved Shadow and Bone as well because it was such a unique take on a magical fantasy with all its eastern European influences. Great list!
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  29. I’m with you on all of those except Friday Night Lights. I will read anything if someone says it’s a favorite and if it’s LGBT I automatically want to read it no matter what. I also love witches, magic, road trips and all that. Great list!
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  30. Ahh Heartbreaking!! Me too! Tragedy was on my list…oh man I can get lost in a tragedy. It’s weird, but those are often some of my favorite books because they make me feel so much more than your typical book.

    Great list! :)
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  31. Swoon-worthy and heartbreaking would definitely be on my list. First off, I love romance (as long as it’s YA) and heartbreaking books are often really beautiful. I love the depth of emotion many of them have.
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  32. A definite YES to 2, 5, 7, 8 and 10!! I’m especially a sucker for the term “swoon-worthy” — if I see that term, I want the book!

    Great choices :)
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  33. I always try to read the books my fellow bloggers love. The word Swoon almost always makes me pick up a book as well as books about witches. I steer away from “heart-breaking” if I can help it, but sometimes I’ll pick up a weeper. Great list!
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  34. That is an excellent list! I love anything that reminds me of the 1990s!
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  35. Okay, your list is pretty cool! I totally have road trip on my list, as well. But I’ve never read a good witch book and Bonnie from TVD has made me just about hate witches so…but, I haven’t given up on them yet. I have yet to read Born Wicked. I love the atmospheric word you chose, it instantly made me think of the upcoming book titled Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler. I also can’t resist a heartbreaking books, some days you just need to feels all the feels!
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  36. MAGIC! ROAD-TRIPS! WITCHES! YES! haha. great list :)
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  37. I’m so glad I’m not the only glutton for pain! I LOVE heartbreaking books!
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  38. I love reading about magic as well! It’s always cool to see how authors choose to include it in their books :)
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  39. I want to read more books set in the 1990s now! Fabulous list, I also read a lot of LGBT-themed books!
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