Top Ten Tuesday: April 30


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature run over at The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s Top Ten? The top ten words/topics that will make me pick up or buy a book. In no particular order:

– Historical Fiction
Ever since reading The Other Boelyn Girl, I have been loving the historical fiction genre. I do need a healthy dose of fiction with my historical fiction, though.
Favorites: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, The Other Boelyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

– Zombies
OK, I am totally and 100% guilty of being in love with the current horror craze, and seeing something with zombies will make me at least pick it up to check out the book blurb.
Favorites: Feed by Mira Grant

– Steampunk
Another trend I am very much on board with. I have found that I like a majority of the steampunk I have encountered.
Favorites: Soulless by Gail Carriger, The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

– Books about books
If the book is about a book, be it a book of power, a bookstore, an author making their last foray into the literary world… I am pretty much all over that.
Favorites: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

– Dystopia/Post-apocalyptic
Nothing like the end of the world and how humans survive afterwards, right?
Favorites: Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Partials by Dan Wells

– Fantasy
Generally speaking, if it is a fantasy book, it gets at least a cursory glance from me. For the longest time, fantasy was all I read.
Favorites: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

– A sale sticker
OK, so not technically a word or a topic. But I have a weakness for used book sales or the sale section at the book store.
Favorite Finds: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, Everything that Louise Cooper has ever written

– Unique magic systems
I like all magic, but when a book goes above and beyond to think of something unique for the magic, it really makes me more inclined to buy the book.
Favorites: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, Spellwright by Blake Charlton

– Dogs
I generally bawl at the end of every single one, but I am a complete sucker for books about dogs.
Favorites: Marley and Me by John Grogan, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

– Paranormal
I don’t like the standard representation of vampires and werewolves, but I do like to dabble in urban fantasy and paranormal.
Favorites: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

OK, that was much harder than I thought it would be. What are your top 10?


6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: April 30

    • Thanks so much for visiting! I am so happy to have new blogs to follow from this weekly feature. I can’t believe I forgot the circus (from your list), because I love the whimsical setting that the circus provides.

  1. Great list – I haven’t heard of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore but I think I might have to check it out just based on the title alone 🙂

    Sale stickers – ahahahaha!!! OMG, that’s me. Beware the bargain bins! I’ve found so many good/new books that way!

    • Thanks for the comment! Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore was a great (and fast) read, but there is a lot of product placement in it unfortunately. Though I still really enjoyed it. And sale stickers really are my kryptonite. My husband sometimes has to drag me bodily from the sale section.

    • Thanks for the comment! As I said above, I generally have to be dragged bodily away from the sale section. At the last catalogue I had over 400 paper books (and more on my e-reader)… so I have been trying to cut back on buying.

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