Spring is here! And even though there’s snow still on the ground, I don’t care. I’m in need of a change, a new start. Who’s with me?
Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. I am stoked for this week’s prompt. We get to gush about the reasons why we pick up a book. This list can be never-ending. So I want to pick my top seven reasons. So here they are!
I hope you all enjoy.
A Recommendation from You, My Trusted Bloggers
I put a lot of trust in my fellow bloggers. You know what I’m looking for. You know what to see past. You know how to capture the small but important details in a book. So, yes, most of the books on my TBR are there because of you.
Diversity (POC, Disabilities, Culture, etc.)
When I see myself in books, especially with mental illness, I know I have to champion diverse authors and characters. And when I witness POC and gay readers see themselves in those stories, I know I’m supporting the right book.
“So, why do you write these strong female characters?”
“Because you’re still asking me that question.”
Do I need to say more? Joss Whedon couldn’t say it better. More women need to take the lead. They should be flawed, broken, scared, and utterly courageous.
I have several who I’ve followed over the years. And I love how their writing has evolved. I don’t need to read the blurb, and I don’t need to see the cover. I’ll instantly buy the book.
I will die with this ship. I will go down with it. And I’ll always protect it as well. This trope holds a special flame in my heart. And I’ll be damned if I walk by a book with it.
Intriguing and Never-Before-Seen Covers
Vain, right? No. Covers are one of the most important selling features. They grab a hold of your attention immediately, hook you in, and make you read that blurb.
Dragons or Mythical Creatures
I’m a sucker for dragons and creatures. I don’t care if the characters are shifters or have dragon sidekicks. I’ll always pick up a book with them.