It’s Tuesday once again, which means another Top Ten List. This meme was created by The Broke and The Bookish and this week’s theme is all about things that make you want to read a book.
There are definitely certain tropes and things that make me instantly want to read a book, no matter what the ratings are. I’m sure we all have them based on our preferences, here are mine.
1. Adorable Romances
I’m all about the fluff. There’s just something about cute, adorable romances that gets me every time. Super, cute YA romances are especially instareads. I go through them like crazy and they always manage to get me out of a reading slump.
- Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins — This is the second book in the Anna and the French Kiss series. You don’t need to read Anna and the French Kiss first as these three books are more companion novels than anything. There is some character crossover which is the benefit of reading them in order. Moving on, this book was just so adorable! Exactly what my fluffy little heart needed. How can you deny the cute boy next door romance?
- Geekerella by Ashley Poston — This book immediately found its way onto my TBR as soon as I heard about it. I’m all for mixing the classic Cinderella romance with nerd culture. It just sounds so cute and fluffy which makes it a instaread.
2. Secret Romances
As I’ve stated before, I love me a cute adorable romance. When that romance also has the whole secret/forbidden trope going on, it jumps even higher on my TBR. I wish I could tell you exactly what it is about these kinds of books that makes me want to read them, but I don’t really have a good reason. They’re addicting, super fun, and I like watching our couple do ridiculous things to prevent their secret from getting out. I like this trope so much, that I’ve somehow managed to work it into most of the things I write. I’m that obsessed with it…
- My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick — I think I originally picked this book up because of the boy-next-door trope. I was in the mood for it and it sounded cute and adorable. As soon as I realized that there was some secret romance happening, I quickly devoured this book. It was so good.
- Slammed by Colleen Hoover — I’ve been meaning to pick up something by Colleen Hoover for a while. She is a queen with New Adult fiction, a genre I’ve been meaning to get into more because I write within it. This one seems like a great one to start off with as there is some forbidden romance. It’s pretty high up on my TBR.
- Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett — Okay this book doesn’t seem like it has any forbidden romance, but there is secret identities. Listen, anything involving secrets and romance just hits me in the feels. I’m a sucker okay, and as soon I as heard about this I knew it needed to be on my TBR.
3. Stories that Involve Music/Theatre/Performing Arts
I am a huge music and theatre nerd. I was in band all through high school and college, involved with drama productions, and just love the performing arts. Through my experiences, I just saw so much material for stories. I always love reading about musicians, and actors because I find them relatable. It’s also really entertaining, because there’s usually some drama surrounding it. Plus, musicians, actors, dancers are dreamy and I love swoon worthy men.
- This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen — I enjoy reading Sarah Dessen books because they are great contemporary reads. This one is a personal favorite because our male lead, Dexter, is in a band. I say again, musicians are dreamy!! I found him super dreamy, and I loved the band’s dynamic.
- Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton — Ever since I watched Dance Academy (an Australian TV show about a dance school), I have been looking for more things like it. This book is about three girls at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, which makes me want to read it. I have a feeling there will be lots of crazy drama, but I say bring it on.
After I watched Mission Impossible I’ve loved anything having to do with spies. I secretly wish I could be one (though I would make an awful spy). Anytime there is anything to do with spies, I want to read it. I definitely prefer the more action packed stories, with lots of cool espionage scenes. I’ll take what I can get though, especially when it comes to spies in YA fiction. There just needs to be more of it. I don’t care how ridiculous the idea seems, I just want more teen spies.
- The Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter — This whole series is just a bunch of fun. It’s not a book you want to take too seriously, because if you sit there and try to pick it apart you’re losing out on the fun! That’s what this series is, fun! I had a blast reading this series, and I think the books got better as the series went on. While maybe not the greatest piece of fiction ever written, I thought it was so much fun. See a theme here?
- You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando — This book recently came out and I stumbled upon after hearing a few BookTubers talking about it. Seriously, as soon as they were like, “This is a book about a teenage spy,” I was sold. I literally will read every and anything about spies no matter how fantastic it is.
5. Heist Novels
Okay, so I know heist novels are very similar to spy novels. They both involve very similar things like sneaking around and espionage. One of the main differences is that spy novels are usually working for a government and considered “good,” while thieves are “bad” and working for themselves. However, I also think heist stories are structured very differently than spy stories. They’re different things, which is why they deserve different categories on my list.
I personally think my love for heist novels is a little greater than spy novels. The tension a good heist novel builds and the twists it takes just give me life. However, I’ve learned that good heist novels are hard to come by. They make way more movies about heists then they do novels. It’s okay, I’m just gonna write my own one day.
- Heist Society Series by Ally Carter — I really like the way Ally Carter writes okay? It’s fun, it’s exciting, and I like plot driven stuff. I also really like books that are light and fun, because that’s how I write. This is hands down my favorite series by her and has all my favorite heist elements. I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who likes Nick as a character, but that’s okay. Uncommon Criminals is probably my favorite in the series and I am patiently waiting for her to write a fourth book. It will hopefully be a thing eventually. The recent novella in that world, The Grift of the Magi, was such a tease and I just wanted more!
- The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn #1) — I’ve noticed that I find way more fantasy heist novels than anything else. This is one of them and I’ve heard nothing but great things about this series. I have already started the book, and I’m enjoying it so far. I just need to get back to it.
6. Ensemble Casts (or Books with a Team)
Part of the reason I think I enjoy spy and heist stories so much is that we usually get a really awesome team. I find that a lot of books are only about a small number of characters. You’ve got our main character, and their few friends. Sometimes in YA the parents are involved. Then there’s the love interest. However, usually the book just focuses on our one main character. It’s rare to have more than one or see books with a ton of cool side characters. When you get a solid team in a book or series, I’m all about it!
- Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas — Yes, at the end of the day this story is about Celaena Sardothien. However, she cannot defeat the evils in her world alone and has an awesome team to help her. I love how Maas introduces and develops new characters. She really fleshes out a good chunk of them and each usually has their own story line. You really get an ensemble cast here and it’s one of my favorite parts about this series. I’m really looking forward to the TV adaptation as well as the final book.
- The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater — I’m only two books in this series, but it is also one that features an ensemble cast. First, you’ve got our main team of five Gansey, Blue, Ronan, Adam, and Noah. Then there is Blue’s Mom and her two friends. Plus, Stiefvater keeps introducing new characters with every book. I really liked the fact that the second book was about Ronan instead of Blue. I am looking forward to seeing how this series develops.
There are not enough books in the world about friendship, especially in YA. I know I just said I was all about the cute adorable romances, but I like stories about friendship too! A “break-up” with your best friend can be worse than a break-up with your boyfriend. Friends need more love, okay!
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein — I know I talked about this book last week, but this book really hit me so hard in the friendship feels. I really need to re-read it so I can get to the second one.
- Radio Silence by Alice Oseman — This was on My Paper Infinity‘s Top Ten Unique Reads last week, and I immediately put it on my TBR after hearing about it. This is a book about plantonic friendship between a teenage girl and boy. It makes me so excited because you rarely see these kinds of friendships, especially in YA.
8. Unique World/Perspective
Last week’s topic made me realize how much I love unique books. There is something about a cool world or premise that brings me into a book. Sometimes I am disappointed, but most of the time I am blown away by it. Part of the reason I love fiction is that it allows me to escape this world and experience new ones.
- The Shadowhunters World created by Cassandra Clare — I love the fact that Clare has written so many books in this world she has created. It’s certainly unique and I love the fact that with each series that she creates, the world is expanded even more. I cannot wait to get to finish The Mortal Instruments series and get to Lady Midnight.
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab — This series has been getting so much praise and hype, but what really interests me in it is the idea of parallel universes. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book (or seen a movie/tv show) about parallel universes. I’m sure they exist, but I have yet to stumble upon them. I’m so interested to see this premise explored and cannot wait to pick this book up.
9. Books by Authors I Love
We all have instabuy or instaread authors. I am no different and there are just certain authors that if they wrote it I want to read it.
- Kasie West — West writes really cute, contemporary reads that fulfill all my fluff needs. After reading The Fill-In Boyfriend, The Distance Between Us, and On the Fence in like a two week span, she immediately became an instaread author for me. I am really looking forward to her new book Lucky in Love as it sounds completely adorable.
- Marissa Meyer — The Lunar Chronicles series is an all time favorite of mine (even though I have yet to finish it lol). I just love the world Meyer has created and the way she writes. I really just want to read everything by her. If it has her name on it, you can sure as hell bet I want to read it.
10. Books that Everyone is Talking About
These are either books that I read about in the Book Blogging community, BookTube, or my friend keeps recommending. I’m just like everyone else and want to see what the hype is about. This is another thing that sometimes has steered me wrong, but overall has gotten me to pick up books I would have never picked up otherwise.
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff — I originally picked up this book because it sounded interesting. However, when I first started it I wasn’t sure how I felt about the format of the book. My library loan expired and I wasn’t rushing to pick it back up. Then I started watching BookTube and literally everyone was talking about it. It made me be like, “FINE! I guess I’ll give this book another try.” I’m so glad I did, because I ended up loving it.
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas — This book has been blowing up recently. Literally everyone is talking about it! Everyone! It only wants to make me read it even more. So much so that I made it my book club’s read of the month. It sounds like such a powerful and important book, and I absolutely cannot wait to start it.
Alright! We’ve made it to the end of my list. Are you still with me? When I started writing this post, I did not expect it to be this long! Clearly, I have way too much fun talking about the things I love to read.
Let me know if you share any of my favorite things to read about! If so and you have any book recommendations, leave them down in the comments. Always looking for new things to read. Also let me know some themes or things that make you instantly want to read a book. I’d love to hear them. Let’s chat in the comments.