Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week the participants post their top ten to a specific topic.

This week is all about the topics that instantly make us want to read a certain book.

Hm... this is actually sort of hard! There are some topics I'm particularly interested in reading about and feel drawn to but that doesn't mean I instantly run out and buy All The Books. Here are some themes that make my reader ears perk though, in no particular order :)

  1. Stories about revenge
    I really need to check out some of these new books featuring the Furies! But yeah, payback is a bitch and I love to see it being served. These books usually have an edge and I like that.

  2. Stories involving road trips / travel
    Road trips in the way they are possible in the US can't be done in Europe, so travelling America in a car is very high on my bucket list! Till then, I'll live it vicariously :)

  3. Stories set in the late 19th or early 20th century
    Probably my favorite period, both in terms of literary history and/or culture. I love the state of in-betweenness, and at the point the Victorian age was crumbling but Modernism hadn't quite emerged yet. Yay for Decadence and Dandies.

  4. Stories that are loosely inspired by / based on classics (not necessarily retellings)
    I haven't read all that many of those yet but I love the general idea! I really want to check out Kenneth Oppel's books, and I love Kelly Creagh's Nevermore series! I'm not such a huge fan of fairytale retellings because you have to sort of stick to the outline in a way, but with classics you can explore the imagined childhood of a character or focus on a minor character and their story or just pick up on some of the themes.

  5. Stories with a new take on vampires
    The subgenre's sort of been done to death but I'm always open to fresh ideas about some of my favorite creatures...

  6. Stories about thieves or assassins
    Haven't actually read that many, but I have a bunch on my TBR :) Fascinating figures!

  7. Stories that feature Death as a character
    I love Death in Neil Gaiman's Sandman graphic novels! I have a macabre mind. Death doesn't really scare me (doesn't mean I don't grieve when someone I know dies!). There's no point being afraid of the inevitable. I think Death features in the Grave Mercy books (so do assassins) so those are high on my TBR.

  8. Stories with a type of creature I haven't read much about yet
    See above... I need something new! I think there are some gargoyle books coming out so I have high hopes!

  9. Bad boys that are really bad and not just essentially good guys with a bad reputation
    Because let's face it, so-called bad boys are everywhere but they're always just misunderstood or slandered or whatever and actually really nice. I want a bad boy who has more to his name than just a leather jacket, smoking habit, and a motorbike.

  10. Haunted house stories
    Because houses fascinate me and I love being creeped out. I'd also like to see more YA horror! Think Anna Dressed in Blood.
That's it, I think! I could probably keep going if I thought a bit harder. If any of you are interested in the same things and have recommendations, bring them on! And leave your TTT link in the comments :)


  1. I love road trip books too! And haunted houses always get my attention. Great list :-)

  2. All this topics interest me, but I just don't read them that much. I kept thinking while reading your list: oh yeah, I should pick up a book like that soon! But I know that it's also one of the many books that keep moving down my TBR pile for some reason.

    My TTT

  3. It's so hard to find a REAL bad boy, right? And, I love vampire books that break the typical vampire rules. Great list!

    Check out my TTT!

  4. Oh I love Nevermore! Great books! And I almost included Death too! BUt then I looked at my list and it just said Death and i was like hmmm this looks weird, let me change that... should have kept it because Death makes for an awesome character. Great list!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  5. Books with travel and books that have literary references are my favorites as well! Great list :)

    Here's my Top Ten!

  6. I wish I would've put revenge on my list!! I love books about revenge! Road trips are also one of my go-to topics! And I love a creepy haunted house book when it's done right :)

    My TTT

  7. Road trips are on my list too, and I'd love to read more books set in the late 19th/early 20th century! :) My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/04/29/topicsword/

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  8. I also like books with assassins or new takes on vampires!


  9. How could I forget about stories about revenge? Those are the best type of books, anticipating the event and sometimes feeling sorry for the victim, and then BAM!, seeing if the plan succeeded.
    Thanks for stopping by my TTT Carmen & awesome list! (:

  10. Yay for Decadence and Dandies indeed! I also love stories with a type of creature I haven't read much about yet, hence the inclusion of 'folklore' on my list.

  11. "bitch and I love to see it being served" Me too, me too! Lol.
    Awww, a cross country road trip in America sounds fantastic. Sigh.
    Death as a character? Yes, please. And that reminds me, I will HAVE to finally start reading Keturah and Lord Death!! (I also <3 grim reapers )

    Great list, Carmen! We have quite the same taste :)