Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is what compels us to read a book. Try as I may to come up with ten things, I just couldn’t think up more than five. These five reasons are the main reasons I buy books, outside of the obvious one that I am a fan of a particular author and their work. So without further ado, here are my “Five Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book.”
- Awesome book cover – If you read my post last week you know how easily I can be swayed by a gorgeous or unique book cover, so this shouldn’t come as any surprise. An author can say so much, or very little with the right cover. Some covers draw you in by their beauty, while others are so mysterious that they compel you to pick up the book in order to solve it.
- Recommendation from a Trusted Source – If someone with similar tastes recommends a book to me, I’m more likely to add it to my TBR pile than I would otherwise. The same is true even if I’ve never heard of the book or author, and have no idea what the story is about.
- Good reviews – A good review is kind of similar to #2. If someone whose opinion I trust writes a good review about a book, I’m more likely to check it out.
- Intriguing synopsis – Number 1 is number one for a reason. Covers are what mainly attract me to a book. Sometimes, however, I’ll come across one that gives nothing away but interests me enough to pick up the book to read the synopsis. A synopsis will also suck me in if there’s buzz around a book, and I check it out to discover that it actually sounds like something I would like.
- Buzz – Buzz is the thing that doesn’t always get me to read a book unless one of the other options above is also at play. Buzz makes me nervous. Sometimes a book can be so hyped, that it’s a let down when I read it. Usually, a book with tons of buzz deters me from reading it for just this reason, however, if someone I trust recommends the book then I’ll most likely check it out.