I love this question and when I first started this list I thought it would pretty much only be “The cover” and “The title” but it turns out there are many reasons I want to read a books, things that I didn’t realize I was looking for.
Books I’ll look for that I want to read
Now that I’m aware of my likes and dislikes, this is probably going to make choosing books easier, but it also means that I may not pick certain books. Now that I know a little more about me, I hope to expand my reading portfolio and try to want to read books that don’t match what I’m necessarily looking for. That being said, knowing what I’m looking for also gives me insight into what books I should pick. The last two sentences contradict each other, I realize, but they are both true. The former is wishful thinking, the latter is more realistic.
Without further ado, here’s what I look for in a book:
The cover is by far the biggest one
The title is only slightly less important than the cover
When I see a book that reminds me of another I’ve read
A well-known author I’ve either read or heard about
An author I’ve read, even if I didn’t love their books
Anything from a BookTube haul!
Something a non-reader friend likes, though this isn’t as common as I’d like
Often the font of the title and the feel of the book
A blurb on inside of the dust jacket
Something I’ve seen over and over and over and OVER in the blogosphere
Anything with a terrifying cover
How about you? What makes you want to read a book? And what makes you not want to read a book? That list will be coming up shortly.
A year of reading comes to a close and it’s time for me to share with you my favorite books that I read in 2016! These books don’t necessarily have a published date of 2016; I’ve just read them and absolutely loved them. This is a meme started by The Broke and the Bookish: Top Ten Tuesday. Ten is a suggested # of books to list, I picked twelve books for my Top Ten Tuesday post because I had so much more than ten. My favorite 2016 books will be listed in no particular order. Unfortunately, I haven’t reviewed Without further ado, I present to you those twelve favorite books of 2016:
My Top Ten Tuesday begins with this book I purchased at a signing with the author. I devoured the series within a week.
This was a chilling book that was far too realistic. That’s why I loved it so much.
All I remember about this book is that I loved it from the first chapter through the end of the series.
This was a sad but beautiful story of the connection between a mythical beast and a human. I wish it was a series.
I read this graphic novel series in two days. Breast feeding on the cover? LOVE.
A re-telling of one of my favorite Brother’s Grimm’s stories. This was twisted in the same way.
I read a lot of non-fiction and this not only had the most beautiful cover of all the non-fiction I read, but also went into more detail than others I’ve read of the same topic.
I loved how The Infernal Devices trilogy took place in between The Mortal Instruments series. I was fortunate enough to find out that it was written this way before I got to the third book so I could read it as the author intended.
I read this series in a week. For some reason it took longer than the two books should but I read them and that’s all that matters.
A terrifying read that entertained me throughout the book.
I won this book through The Novl and couldn’t sleep without my Himalayan Salt lamp on the brightest setting.
A young woman was created to protect another. Their devotion to each other is beautiful.
I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday in a very long time, so I’m excite to do it again. Top Ten Tuesday is the first Bookish meme I took part in when I started out as a book blogger LINK TO FIRST REVIEW
This week the topic is “Top ten recommended books I’ve read.” This one is easy. When I was in college, before the Goodreads phone app, I wrote down all the books I found in BN. Now that I follow Booktube channels and other blogs, I’ve come across many rec’d books.
The first one is blatantly obvious and I’m embarrassed that I hadn’t read it until this year: The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. It is now easily one of my favorite series, though the Hunger Games and Harry Potter top the charts.
On that note, The Infernal Devices, a series that took place in the middle of The Mortal Instruments is a steampunk series.
Throne of Glass series. It’s funny. I got Queen of Shadows the day it was released, as I did with Empire of Storm. It feels like QOS only just came out and I…omg…haven’t read it yet. I was just happy to own it. I made it about a chapter in and stopped.
ACOTAR. I read this book when it was released, but because it was Sarah J. Maas I knew I’d have to read it, as did my other book blogging friends. I now have A Court of Mist and Fury and that, too I haven’t read.
On the topic of buying books I haven’t read yet–I have Lady Midnight and I haven’t even finished The Mortal Instruments series. It’s still fun owning it and getting excited about it with all the other book bloggers.
This list turned into a list of books I own but haven’t read. Well, not quite. That would actually make for an AMAZING list that would be far, far too long. Regardless, I thank book bloggers everywhere for introducing me to these books!
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Angie’s edition of the lovely meme Top Ten Tuesday
This Top Ten Tuesday (created by The Broke and the Bookish) is quite easy and exciting to create, considering I’ve been to as many Barnes and Noble stores as possible as of late. And so, let the meme commence!
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Added to My TBR
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton: I OWN THIS, WOOT. I was thinking of starting it next but I’ve opted for Black Widow: Forever Red instead because I got the ebook for review on Netgalley. And then I bought the physical copy. ‘Cause I’m weird and don’t make sense sometimes.
Black Widow: Forever Red: Read the comics, want to read her story in novel format now! I have high hopes for this book; I hope it doesn’t disappoint me.
Google Analytics by Jerrie L. Ledford: Sounds boring and it probs is but I need to further my understanding of analytics if I’m going to go into social media marketing with an emphasis on SEO.
Falling Kingdoms by Megan Rhodes: I kept seeing the 4th book in the series and it’s just driving me crazy that I haven’t read the first three.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness: I saw this on Booktube. It’s an interesting concept, following a person who isn’t a superhero in a world where it’s the norm.
Cruel Beauty by Rosemund Hodge–I can’t believe I don’t own this yet. I keep seeing it in the bookstore and I really really want to buy it but…I don’t buy it. I’m confusing, even to myself. I’ll really have to pick it up soon
Reawakened by Colleen Houck:I almost got this yesterday but writing trumped reading when I was at the bookstore because WRITING and also LAPTOP INTERWEB OMG SOCIAL MEDIA.
Half Bad by Sally Green: I searched near and for for it in hardcover and when I finally found it I got another book instead. o.O
Zodiac by Romina Russel:I don’t know much about this book but I liked the cover so I bought it. Because I can.
City of Halves by Lucy Inglis: For some reason I liked this unattractive cover and it makes me want to read it.
So there you have it, I finally posted something on this blog and–duh–it was my favorite meme, Top Ten Tuesday.
(For those of you reading this now, pre-pictures, come back later in the day, I’ll make this blog post look nice and classy.)
Books you should read if you liked… Thank you to The Broke and Bookish for creating this awesome “Top Ten Tuesday” meme. It is by far my favorite weekly book meme. I’m going to (gently) throw some spectacular books that … Continue reading →