Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Words/Topics That Will Make Me Pick Up or Buy A Book

This is my twenty-first Top Ten Tuesday post. Top Ten Tuesday was created and is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I had to be careful when making my list for this topic to avoid replicating my Top Ten Settings I'd Like To See More Of (Or At All)! Did anyone else have this problem?


Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make Me Pick Up or Buy A Book

1. Quirky - it's right there in my profile - I love quirky characters, settings, plots, and details. If a book features a character who works in a cute café, or lives in a houseboat, I'm sold.

2. Music - I've got to love a book with a soundtrack or with musicians.

3. Theatre - the swish of the curtain, the glare of the lights, the costumes, the dramatics. I love getting behind the scenes of the stage, even if it's only at summer camp or school.

4. Ballet - see point three. Since reading Bunheads I've added tonnes of books about dancers to my wishlist.

5. Fairytale - I find fairytales irresistible in all their forms, as described a couple of months back in another Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Characters in Modern Fairy Tales and Fairy Tale Retellings.

6. Friends - I love books that explore the dynamics of friendship, such as the Ruby Oliver Quartet. Most recently I enjoyed reading about the problems Echo has with her friends in Pushing the Limits.

7. 1920s - there are many books on my wishlist set or written during the twenties or thirties, and it's all thanks to the course I took at university that required me to read Vile Bodies.

8. Folklore - further to point five, I really like finding new takes on traditional folklore. I've always loved mythology but I think that there is so much more untapped potential in local legends from around the world.

9. Parties - I probably like reading about parties more than actually going to them. Bonus if the party is in historical fiction - see point seven!

10. Heroines - I can't get enough of inspiring girls and women who grow in strength and resolve to overcome the challenges they face.

Do you share any of my bookish addictions?

24 comments:

  1. Oh hey, fellow Julianne. I'm all about quirky and folklore too!

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  2. You've got a really great list here! I love quirky and I can't believe I didn't think about it. Thanks for stopping by my TTT the other day :)

    Sheri @ Perks of Being a Bookworm

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    1. Thank you and you're welcome!

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  3. Theatre! YES! Makes me so happy to see it on another list! :) Have you read Staged by Ruby Preston?

    And the 1920's... I devour books about that time period. My favorite!

    Kimberly @ The Bookish Thespian

    New follower! :)

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    1. No, I haven't! Will check out your review, have followed you too :D

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  4. I really enjoyed your list :) and agreed with pretty much all of it. Ballet is a really neat topic, which I have to admit I've loved since reading Ballet Shoes - I should probably read Bunheads at some point.

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    1. You should! The backstage scenes and details are fantastic.

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  5. I would love to read more Music themed books. I think the closest I ever got to read would be Perks of Being a Wallflower, you know, with Charlie and his mixed tapes. :D A theater themed read would also interest me.

    And yay for fairytales! :)



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    1. The music in Perks is one of the best things about it! Yay indeed :)

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  6. Quirky is so good! I like it both, in books and in life :) And theatre as setting is also an interesting choice. I can't think of many stories with that right off my head now, except the hilarious stage scenes from Bulgakov's "The Master and Margarita".

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I really like yours :)

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    1. "The Master and Margarita" would be on my book bucket list, had I written one! You're welcome and thanks!

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  7. 1920s is an interesting one! I don't know if I've read many books set during that time period (I think I'm drawn more towards the 1930s or 1940s). I tried to read The Great Gatsby once, but I didn't get very far!

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    1. I'd like to read more books set in the 1930s. I haven't read The Great Gatsby yet but I really want to before I see the new film!

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  8. I also love fun characters and books about music. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. 1920's is a good one - I love books set in that era!

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    1. They are quite addictive!

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  10. Ooh, I enjoy folklore books too, and I looove the 1920's. Great list! Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

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  11. I also love the 1920s, quirky, fairytale, and music! I never thought about ballet, but that would be great as well. Great TTT!

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    1. It's a love I've only recently rediscovered! Thanks!

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  12. I love books with quirky characters too! Fairytales, friends, heroines, and folklore were on my list as well, and books with a musical theme, a soundtrack, or about musicians intrigues me as well. And yes, historical fiction parties are the best (I didn't realize it until you said it, but I like reading about parties more than I like going to them too, haha).

    Great list!

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    1. Parties in historical fiction have usually got some combination of frocks, formality, illicit behaviour, weird rules, dancing, and beautiful surroundings! Swoon.

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