TTT: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

top ten tuesday

April 2:ย 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.


Queer stories…

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.


Sprayed edges.

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.


Slytherin girls.

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.


Vaguely Gothic historicals.

36 thoughts on “TTT: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book”

  1. Great list! I 100% agree about witches, and yes to sprayed edges! I’m weak for a sprayed edge. I love Gothic historical novels and stories about queer women and Slytherin girls… basically I agree with your list entirely!

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  2. I’m always looking for queer stories too, especially ones that aren’t tragic or are set in fictional worlds.
    And I agree – I’m always looking for morally gray women because male characters always get the chance to be far more morally gray without getting half the hate.
    Great list!

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    1. Yep! I have nothing against sad queer stories — there are some great ones — but I’m not a huge fan of tragic melodrama anyway, so I’m glad we’re finally getting more representation in other styles too.

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  3. YESSS! Okay, so, first of all THE COVER FOR UPROOTED KILLS ME EVERYTIME. I feel like swooning and then fainting and then looking at it again just to repeat the process. It’s so stunning. I’m weak. Also, I like that you have Still Star-Crossed on here because I picked up a copy last year at a library sale and I keep meaning to get to it, but haven’t, and I feel like that is an absolute nudge in the right direction for me. So, cheers, for that one.

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    1. There’s been some pretty high-profile ones this year too which is nice! They still seem to have to work twice as hard though. Hopefully it’ll just keep getting better and better! ๐Ÿ˜Š


  4. As much as I hate to admit it, a good cover goes a long way with me! I also love books about groups of misfits/found family stories banding together to do something, whether that’s flying around the galaxy or defeating a big bad.

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    1. They’re getting more common I think? Its still largely a YA thing I think, but I’ve seen a few pop up in the MG and adult sections of my bookshop. It’s such a nice little extra. ๐Ÿ˜Š


  5. Yessss, totally agree with queer stories and queer women! If a book has an F/F romance, I’m much more likely to pick it up, because sapphic romances are still underrepresented compared to gay romances, and I really want to read more of them. Covers also influence my decision to pick up a book because if they’re eye-catching, I’m more likely to notice them ๐Ÿ™‚ Great post!

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    1. Yup me too! I’m more likely to take a risk on a genre I’m not sure about if it has an FF romance in it at the moment cause I want to support them.


  6. It would appear we are all lovers of beautiful covers ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish all books had sprayed edges too. Great list, by the way. 2 thumbs way up for retellings, Slytherin girls and Gothic historicals. And thanks for including pretty book covers – more for me to check out ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Covers, own voices and titles do the trick for me! I also love to read books about mentall illness or other health issues, I feel they have so much to offer โ™ฅ Great post, you made me want to do something similar! ๐Ÿ˜€

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