Top Ten Tuesday #21: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book


Hey guys! It’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, which is currently being run by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.  We knew instantly that we wanted to take part in this weekly meme because both of us love making list, so this is perfect!

This week’s (April 2nd 2019) topic is: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

Since there are two of us running this blog (Melanie and Mireille), we’re going to break these memes up between us and each pick five!


The Cover
I’m a cover whore – I love a good cover that will look amazing on my shelves.

This isn’t really a common one but I’m a sucker for illustrations, especially in middle-grade novels or special editions YA books.

Author Auto-Buy
I have so many auto-author buys, so that is probably the easiest reason to buy for me.

Does it have pirates? Vikings? Necromancers? Blood Magic? Then sign me up! There are many themes I adore and it’s always so exciting when they get on trend.

I don’t have a lot of faith in random Goodreads reviews for many reasons – it could be a full post within itself! However, I do trust reviews from certain reviewers/friends that I know have very similar taste as me.  That can certainly push me to pick up a novel.


The Cover
I am a sucker for a beautiful cover. If it appeals to me there is a good chance that I will buy the book.

The Author
If it’s an author that I like or love, I will be getting anything they write. I have a couple instabuy authors. Some could be coming out with a phone book and I would buy it (**cough*Jay Kristoff*cough**).

The Hype
Of course like a lot if people are raving about a book, especially my friends I will end up buying it.

The Synopsis
I do sometimes read the synopsis and based on it decide if it’s something that I might be into.

The Controversy
If a book has controversy around it there is a chance that I will pick it up to see what the fuss is about.



60 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #21: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

  1. I’m a COVER SNOB (hopefully in still a good way), so I’m all about the COVER BUY! (Though I do plan to try and be better.) Auto-buy authors are another favorite of mine as well. So long as they keep writing stories that make me smile, I’ll keep buying their books! 🙂 Thanks so much for the Finding Wonderland visit.

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  2. Thank god I am not the only one who is a slave to beautiful covers. I’ve already seen it on several lists–it’s on mine too. XD And auto-buy authors are a definite must buy.

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  3. I have a couple of autobuy authors as well. When I was in boot camp, there was this girl who could sing so well, I said that she could sing the alphabet and it would be amazing. My autobuy authors could write about the alphabet and I’d know it’d be good.

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  4. Illustrations is certainly a great reason to pick up a book. I love a book with pretty illustrations and as such am a sucker for all those classic editions and illustrated pjo/hp coming out haha.

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  5. I love this list!
    I don’t really trust random goodreads reviews either, but reviews of the people I follow are really important to me when deciding whether I want to pick up a book. And so are covers – which might seem odd because I mostly read ebooks, so I don’t even really have to look at the cover, but some covers are so intriguing that I have to know the story.

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  6. I definitely agree with you on controversy. If it hadn’t been for that awful review of RUN by Kody Keplinger, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up as quickly as I did, but it ended up becoming one of my favourite books.

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  7. I’ve noticed this one everywhere today and so many of you say cover – more often than not, I’m reading an ARC book file that doesn’t have a cover and don’t know what it is until much later when the media kits are sent 😉

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