Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Us Instantly Want to Read a Book


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Ten Things That Make Us Instantly Want to Read a Book


1. It is by an author of color

Most of my research is concerned with multicultural young adult literature. I try to read any and every book that I can find in that category. I read all multicultural young adult books, but I specifically seek out those that are by authors of color.

2. It is historical fiction

I honestly can’t get enough of this genre. I love to be sent to a different time and place.

3. It is a picture book with a great cover.

I love artwork, so great illustrations are a plus.

4. It is by a favorite author of mine.

This list is not exhaustive, but I instantly read any books published by (in random order): Sherman Alexie, John Green, Kristin Cashore, Matt de la Peña, Laurie Halse Anderson, Oliver Jeffers, Aaron Becker, Coe Booth, A.S. King, Gene Luen Yang, David Arnold, Jeff Zentner, Adam Silvera, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, Eliot Schrefer, Margarita Engle, Meg Medina, Patricia McCormick, GOODNESS, I am going to quit while I am ahead. I am sure I am forgetting one of my favorite authors, and I will lie in bed tonight thinking, “Darn! I missed ____.”

5. It is a good fit for my older son

My older son goes through crazy obsessions: vehicles, the color yellow, Paw Patrol, superheroes. When a book matches his current obsession, I feel compelled to get it. (My younger son hasn’t shown strong preferences yet.)


1. Favorite Authors!

Unlike Ricki, I am not even going to try to list my favorites, but if it is an author I love, I will definitely pick up the book.

2. Road Trips

I am a sucker for road trip books! They are my favorite! They usually include humor, romance, identity searching, hi-jinx, and other things I love.

3. Kids recommend it to me or are passing it around at school

I cannot tell a student no if they recommend a book to me. I also really want to read books if I see that students are recommending it to each other.

4. Graphic Novel

I love graphic novels! All kinds!

5. I think Trent will love it

This means usually vehicles or monster or firemen or animals, but if I see a book that I know Trent will love, I definitely want to read it!

What makes you instantly want to pick up a book?

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5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Make Us Instantly Want to Read a Book”

  1. Cover art gets me both ways. I will always read a blurb or synopsis for a book with a great cover, and I will definitely run the other way for certain covers like barechested muscle men and girls in fancy gowns. Ha ha. Thanks for sharing your list. 🙂

  2. Great lists, as always! Ricki – I love your list of favorite authors!! Ahhh…so little time, so many amazing books!

    And Kellee, I am totally with you on road trip books! We LOVE our family roadtrips (and are getting used to empty nest roadtrips), so I love a fictional roadtrip, too.

    And as soon as I read the title of your post, I thought, “Time travel!” I LOVE time travel themes because they are so endlessly thought-provoking. What if…

    Great list!


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