Top Ten Tuesday: Gimme that book, now!

It’s Tuesday again! Our Top Ten Tuesday theme today (as always brought to us by the Broke and Bookish blog) is Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book. 

While I really want to read everything under the sun, I realize I have to be a little selective because there just isn’t enough time in the day to read them all. Therefore, this list actually comes in handy because it helps me shorten my TBR list a little bit. The majority of the books I have read or want to read fall into one of points on this list. And if they fall into multiple points in this list, chances are we’ve found a new favorite book!

*any highlighted book is one I have reviewed on this site!


The Cover

I admit it, I judge books by their cover. Recent books that visually caught my attention were: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab, and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

The Author

There are some authors I cannot resist. I have a hard time saying no to C.S. Lewis, Mark Twain, Neil Gaiman, J.R.R. Tolkien, Margaret Atwood, Vince Flynn, and Alexander Dumas, to name a few.

The Title

If there is a title that intrigues me, but I’ve never heard of the book or the author, odds are I’ll pick it up. Some examples of titles that forced me to read them are: All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda, Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee, The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, and The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman.

Russian Literature

I want to read everything Russian–especially old Russian. I had always heard that Russian Lit. was something special, but honestly the length intimidated me, and I always made excuses not to read any. Then last year my book club read The Brother’s Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and I fell hard for it. It quickly became my all time favorite book and it opened the floodgates for Russian Literature for me. Now I want to read them all.

Upcoming Movie Adaptation

This one almost always gets me, but it has to be a movie I want to see…if the movie looks bad or uninteresting to me, I probably won’t bother with the book, but if it looks good, I’ll most likely try to read it first. Furthermore, if I see a movie and really liked it but I haven’t read the book, chances are I’ll read the book after. Recent reads that are also great movies: The Martian by Andy Weir and Life of Pi by Yann Martel

World War II

I am a sucker for WWII stories and have been since sixth grade. It is very hard for me to pass them up, and usually I don’t. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Night by Elie Wiesel are two of my all time favorites, but more recent favorites are All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

Recommendation from Reliable Source

There are a few people in whom I trust a recommendation without a doubt. Two of them are my sisters, one is a guy who has a podcast and he sometimes talks about books, and another is a friend from college–if any of them recommend it, I’ll read it, no question.

The Classics

If you follow my blog and read my posts, it’s not a secret that I love my classics. The majority of the books I read were written over 40 years ago–some way more than that. I just see it as making up for the books I missed when I wasn’t alive yet. Some of my favorite classics are: Brother’s K, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Lord of the Rings, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas.


I feel in love with the Dystopian genre when I first read 1894 in high school, and since then, it has been like a good friend…well, a good friend with some serious issues. I’m always amazed with the Dystopia’s some authors come up with, and their creativity keeps me reading!

4+ GoodReads Rating

I put a lot of stock in the GoodReads rating system…maybe to much. It’s usually my tiebreak method when it comes to deciding to read something or not. If it looks interesting and it has a 4+ rating, I’m giving that baby a read.


And that’s all for this week’s TTT! Now you all know what to look for if you want to buy me books 😉



11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Gimme that book, now!

  1. Ara | The Books Between Us

    I’m happy to find someone who also loves WWII fiction! And thanks for all those books you mentioned. I haven’t read some of them, but now I’ll definitely be checking them out.

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  2. I love WWII fiction, The Nightingale, The Book Thief, and Unbroken are some of my favorites! If you haven’t read them yet, I would highly recommend Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum and I Have Lived a Thousand Years by Livia Bitton-Jackson!

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  3. You were right, there are a few parallels between your list and mine! I did the Russian thing some years ago – spent a whole year on Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, War and Peace, Karenina, etc. But there were still a few I missed and have to get around to like Eugene Onegin. I would strongly recommend Natasha’s Dance by Orlando Figes which is a cultural history of Russia and really offers a lot of understanding.

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