Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Instantly Make Me Want to Read This Book

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I don’t need to say it, do I? I want more protagonists who are disabled, Indigenous, POC, or queer, written by #ownvoices authors. Beyond that, here’s what makes me want to pick up a book.

  1. Friendship. Seriously, well-developed friendships where both/all the friends are what my teachers used to call round characters are my jam.
  2. Sibling and familial relationships. If friendship is my jam, sibling/familial relationships are my marmalade: sweet and satisfying with a zing that somehow always manages to surprise.
  3. Courage/hope/nobility/pure hearts/whatever you want to call it, I’m a complete sucker for characters who 110% genuinely care and do their best to do well by others.
  4. Indomitable personalities – the character who survives and keeps on thriving. Out-of-the-box thinkers, schemers, instigators who are who they are and bend the world to their will.
  5. Artistic endeavours. If I can’t be in a play or in choir or taking drawing classes or [fill-in-the-blank-here], the next best thing is to experience creative pursuits vicariously. Let me experience that perspective tilt when a character sees the world – events, people, their surroundings – via the medium of their chosen art, whatever that art may be.
  6. Humour.
  1. First lines are very important to me and honestly set the tone for the entire novel. If the first line is intriguing enough, I will at least start the novel.
  2. Settings. If the setting is different, I will give it a try no matter the genre of the novel. I frequently read books outside of my comfort zone simply because I like the setting.
  3. The back copy is super important to me so I wish people would pay more attention when writing them. Sloppy back copies make me step away no matter how intriguing the cover. I can appreciate the cover without having to read the book, you know?
  4. If the book is an unconventional format; if the book engages with the boundaries and limitations of book and pushes against these in order to become something more, I’m in.
  5. If the book is written by a friend, it can be about frogs in the Amazon forest and I’d read it because I’m loyal like that.