Tuesday, April 30, 2013

TOP TEN TUESDAY: The Top Ten Words/Topics That Make Me Pick Up a Book

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is the Top Ten Words/Topics That Make Me Pick Up a Book.

History   (Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly; Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein)
I loved history growing up (ok, I still love it… I was a history teacher for 5 years!) and much of what I learned came from historical fiction. I feel like many historical fiction books try too hard, but there are some that are just excellent!

Maps   (Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien; Graceling by Kristin Cashore)
If there is any indication that there is a map in the book or maps will be referred to I love it. I may get lost when I actually try to find a place using a map, but I like looking that them and planning my adventures.

Strange Creatures   (Iron King by Julie Kagawa; Paranormalcy by Kiersten White)
Oh, those adorable fantasy creatures who help main characters and/or create havoc. Gotta love them!

Magic   (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling; The Alchemyst by Michael Scott)
Magic is just so…. magical! It is especially fun when characters use their magic for good and totally surprise the bad guy.

Orphans   (The Graveyard Book by Neil Gailman; Trash by Andy Mulligan)
I have a heart for orphans so perhaps that is why I am drawn to these books. Or perhaps it is because these kids learn to become self-sufficient as they tackle the world around them.

Changes happen to character X   (Shiver by Maggie Steifvater; Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs)
There are lots of books where characters, for whatever reason, turn into vampires, werewolves, goddesses, witches, etc. It is interesting to read how they adapt, especially while trying to live a normal life in the everyday world.

Teens   (Fault in Our Stars by John Green; Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson)
I am a librarian who serves teens. I spend much of every day with teens so naturally I gravitate toward books about teens in order to see what my students might like and, also, because they are just enjoyable books.

Post-apocalypse   (Divergent by Veronica Roth; Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky)
Dystopian novels are popular right now and many of them are quite good. It is interesting to see (read) how so many different writers portray what the future might be like after a majority of the humans have messed the world up.

“In the kingdoms…”   (The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot; Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson)
Princes and princesses and kings and queens and courts hook me all the time. Those romantic notions of royalty are enchanting.

World Travel   (13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson; Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard)
I love travelling and wish I could do it more. There is something about the characters discovering things about themselves as they experience new cultures that is inspiring and makes me love yet another part of the world and the people who live there.


  1. Yes to world travel and books set in "kingdoms." I'm drawn to books about orphans, too. And teens, of course. Great list!
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  2. Yes to magic, and the whole castles/kingdoms/princes & princesses bit, too!