I'm Sold! | Ten Things That Will Instantly Make Me Want to Read a Book

I keep thinking, "Man, one of these days I'm actually gonna get my act together, and hop on board the Top Ten Tuesday Train" but I usually end up forgetting to check the theme for the week, or just getting busy and if just doesn't happen. :p
~Such is my life.~  

But today, you're in a for a special treat! (and by you I mean me, because I'm the one who really cares here.) Today, I not only have gotten my act together, but the theme is great.. and something I was just discussing off hand with my sister the other day. 
I don't know about you, but there are somethings that when thrown into a book description, will make my brain turn off all other thought process, and start screaming, MUST READ NOW. 
I mean, its basically just : 

Now, once I start reading the book, I'm often times sorely disappointed, but that doesn't keep me from repeating the process over and over again.

So, for all those publishing house marketers out there that are just trolling book blogs for new ideas to mass market, here's a free list of keywords, ideas, and general stuff that will get me to buy your books. 

1. Help! I'm Trapped in a Video Game! 
This was the one I was discussing with my sister the other day. I'm pretty sure it all stems back to this on Adventures in Odyssey episode where two kids get to play their favorite video game in the Room of Consequences, (which, now that I'm thinking about it, is totally just a fully immersive VR experience... I knew Eugene and Mr. Whittaker were ahead of their time!) and end up getting trapped and learning an important lesson about using time wisely (and video game addiction.) The lesson clearly went over my head, because all I took from it was how freakin' awesome the scenario was. Enter books like Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and You by Austin Grossman, and you have one captive audience in yours truly. 

2.Letters, Email, Texts: Narrative through passed notes and grocery lists
There is nothing more exciting than getting a letter in the mail. Nothing more romantic than the sound of AOL's standard "you've got mail" notification. No character study more fascinating than a fictional grocery list. That being said, if a book heavily features letters etc. more than straight up prose narrative, I'm there.
Bonus points if the book features a well designed graphic format, extra bonus points if it includes modern technology. Even MORE bonus points if the writing is plausible to the medium portrayed. (I want a letter to sound like a letter, not like a super polished piece of writing with "Dear {blank} Love, {blank}" bookending it.)
The Klise Sisters first got me hooked on this format when I was small, and are still my measuring stick in this department. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Attachments, and Rosie Dunne have been notables I've read as an adult
3.Jane Austen anything
This is the category I end up regretting the most, because most authors think they can take up Mr. Darcy and run with him and change thing and generally ruin a perfectly good satire of manners with just generally NOT getting the heart of Austen. But I will still give these books a chance... hopeful that this time, maybe, just maybe they haven't bungled things again. Austenland by Shannon Hale is the only one I haven't regretted terribly. and I am just now realizing there is a sequel! excuse me while I get myself to the library! 

5.NYC (just got here this morning. Three bucks! Two bags! One ME!)
This is a recent category for me, one that I blame 200% on Lin Manuel Miranda. I find in myself a burning need to experience life in NYC, though I live in Tennessee. I mean, I want to see the GWB from my front steps. I want FRONT STEPS as only brownstones have. I want to see Pizza Rat as I walk to the subway. I want walk past the dying bodegas and be sad about them dying, and remember when they were vibrantly alive. So I've been gravitating toward the earthiest NYC stories I can find. Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk was the best so far. 

6.Adulting is Hard
Clearly, I seek these books out as a mirror, so I can see my own life stage reflected back at me (I'm a librarian... this is how we talk). I like reading about twenty somethings moving to New York (yes... these categories often overlap) getting publishing jobs and trying to survive. I don't like reading about friends getting married, and having babies while main characters stay put and get depressed about it, yet somehow I end up there anyway. That's like a big magnifying mirror in which your pores look like moon-craters. Come to think of it, MOST of books on this theme make me depressed. Why do I read them? 

7.Funny Girls on the TV
If you have been on my favorite TV shows or movies and write a book about your life, Im gonna snatch that book up so fast. I want to know every thing about you and whether or not you like Mac and Cheese and if we could be BFFs. (I'm looking at you, Anna Kendrick). But this only applies if YOU actually wrote the book. If you hired a ghost writer, I don't want to talk to you. 

No really it is. Google and Facebook will join forces and take over the world! and if that doesn't happen, some upstart, startup millennial app company is going take over the economy! and if that doesn't happen, you're going to accidentally like your ex's photo from five years ago on instagram! Who needs thrillers when any of that could happen? If there's social media involved, I'm in.

9.Geek Life
people being unironically enthusiastic about the stuff they love? call it geekery, call it fandom, call it what you will. If it features extreme introversion, cosplay, fanfic, the works, I'm sold. put that book in my hot little hands. Also applies if the author is, in general, recognized as a certified Geek(tm). Here's my favorite:

10.I'm just a tender little bookshop, and my life is in peril!
Books about loving books. That's the true book lover's draw. I just want to crawl in to these books and live in their dusty messy bookshops! Even better if its a book shop about to meet it's demise. Has someone written a book based on the plot of You've Got Mail yet? cause I'd read the heck out of that. Let me know... Or maybe I should just do it! 

What about you? What are your MUST READ NOW topics? Let me know in the comments! also, if you know any books that fit these categories...please let me know. I always need recommendations! 

1 comment

  1. Such a great list and I'm right there with you on anything and everything Jane Austen, the Geek life, and especially on books set in NYC!