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Five Reasons I'll Decide to Read a Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme: Top Ten Five Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book

Everyone has those things that are instant "I MUST READ THIS BOOK" decision-makers. And in a lot of cases, those contribute to our never-ending TBR problems. I couldn't come up with ten that are a deciding factor pretty much on their own, but I did come up with five pretty good ones.
1. Diversity. I have said this so many times, but I'll say it again: diversity is a pretty common final deciding factor on whether I want to read a book or not. If a book looks mildly interesting, but I'm not really sure, but then I find out about the diversity aspect? Yes please, definitely added.

2. Alternating past/present perspectives. I absolutely love this way of telling a story. Things just interweave in so many intriguing ways, and you kind of have to put things together on your own, but it still all works out in the end and you see how it all fits together.

3. Setting: the U.S., 1890-1945. I love most historical fiction, but this is the specific time and place for which I will read pretty much anything. I know it's pretty broad, which is great (or not great, when you look at the size of my TBR), but really, it's hard to find YA books set in that frame that don't interest me.

4. Comparisons to things I love. If I like something, I want more of it. (Obviously.) If a new book is going to be like that thing in a not-entirely-copy-cat way, I'm entirely on board. There's this one book that was described as "Graceling meets Pride and Prejudice" and I'm pretty sure I added it to my TBR without even reading anything else.

5. Recommendations from friends. I love when people recommend books to me. I don't always get to the recommendations super quickly, because there are a million things I need to read. But if someone who has pretty much the same taste in books as me (especially Sky, who's basically my bookish twin) says that I'm going to like something, I'm pretty much guaranteed to give it a shot.

What are some of the things that make you instantly want to read a book? Do we have any in common? Are there any of your favorite books that fall into one of these categories that I absolutely must read immediately? Tell me in the comments!


  1. YAY book twins! Also, what is the Graceling/P&P book because I NEED it

    1. Black Rose! It's not out yet, unfortunately. I linked it in the post!

  2. I totally agree with number 5! There are friends and bloggers whose recommendation I basically rely on. I'm making more of an effort to read diverse books, so number 1 kind of applies, though I still need the story to appeal to me too before I pick it up.

    1. I agree on the diversity thing. I won't pick up a book JUST because it's diverse, but it won't really take a lot more for me to add it to my TBR!


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