April 2: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book
What makes you pick up a book, or look a bit closer? Do we have any in common?
A really beautiful cover.
No matter what they say, covers are important. I can’t possibly read every blurb in a shop, but I can select a few based on the covers. Plus, a lot of work goes into book covers, and the artists are really talented. I don’t see anything wrong with admiring them.
Especially #ownvoices. And especially books about more than coming out or queer tragedy. I’m not saying those can’t be great books, but I’ve reached a point where I prefer seeing something different: queer characters fighting dragons or off on an adventure, stories where being queer isn’t the entire character.
… especially queer women.
There just still aren’t enough.
I just think this is such a cool novelty, and it makes the book really stand-out in a pile. I like seeing which colour they choose.
I love retellings. I know it’s not a real genre, but it’s my favourite genre. Fantasy, science-fiction, contemporary… whatever! I might not read them all, but I’ll definitely take a look.
I love when authors let their female characters be ambitious, practical and occasionally ruthless. Male characters get a lot more leeway here, so I’m always looking for cunning, creative women.
A clever or punny title.
High Fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, fabulism… I don’t know why, but there’s something about witches and sorceresses that always appeals to me.