Three Things That Draw Me to a Book | Top Ten Tuesday

April 1, 2019 Rissi JC 26 Comments

Hello readers and friends. After a week off (sort of) from this wonderful list meme, today’s post is again set to join another fun meme. On this first Tuesday in April, we participate (sort of) in Top Ten Tuesday April 2:

That Artsy Reader Girl | April 2: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

Ok, so right up front I’m going to say this topic seems like such a fun one. I love the idea of talking about what draws us to a book especially since I suspect we’ll have lots of different reasons that I’ve never even thought of! I do think I’ve talked about many things that draw me to a book before (in a discussion post), which wasn’t that long ago. Admittedly the post I reference is a little off topic, but I’m making it work. You see, in this post I talk more about the things that help me to define what I like so that the things that “make” me pick up a book (cover art, hype, etc.) will hopefully lead to less mishaps.

As a result of this I’m taking the lazy route and re-copying those reasons/answers below. (You can read the full post here, and yes, it’s freshly re-edited so the Blogger-to-Wordpress margins aren’t a mess!!) Plus, to be honest, all of these reasons still hold true, and since I cannot seem to resist the chance to talk about all the bookish things, I decided re-sharing was bookworm-okay.

Top Ten Tuesday April 2*

*sort of

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1: KNOW your Reading Preferences | Of course this goes hand in hand with today’s topic. But it’s so helpful once you “learn” what type of book you best love. There are millions (billions?) of books in this world, and of those books, a very small percentage (in the scope of the books out there) will be your kind of read. No one needs this permission, but this is okay.

There’s nothing wrong with clinging only to the reads you like.

My Stubborn Heart, repackage | AmazonGoodreads

Sometimes this means I turn down review offers, and there’s no shame in this. Just as there’s no shame in not signing up for all the book tours or opportunities that pop up in our inbox. Once upon a time this was a real struggle for me, and one I don’t feel I struggle with nearly as much today. To pace ourselves (for the sake of our blogs and our sanity) is a good thing.

Knowing what genre you like best is THE best bookworm feeling. Whatever it is, it’s OK not to like all the genres. For example, I adore contemporary fiction. Most people don’t. They want a fantasy novel or a historical read. No matter what your genre is, own it and love it.

2: The Genre & the Details | This one is definitely a personal measure by which I judge a book’s likability. Another way that helps me make judgments is the publishing house. Yes, publishing house. I find if a book is published by a publisher I’ve read a lot from, I’m more likely to click that little “add to cart” button.

(Coral, from Thomas Nelson Publishers; Seconds to Live from Bethany House Publishers; and Now and Then and Always from Indie author Melissa Tagg.)

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Publishers I often trust [and are therefore inclined to buy from] are Bethany House, Blink, HarperCollins (and its divisions), Random House, Revell, and Simon Teen. Under these publisher emblems I’ve often discovered books that suit my reading preferences so well.

Of course, I also consider the genre.

3: KNOW what Makes You Happy | Just living life has challenges, which is why my philosophy is to read what makes me happy. I’m not against philosophical, biographies or books about Christian living (at all), but I also live life and I know about its challenges because I’m living it.


Right or wrong, this is why I read what makes me smile, laugh, and yes, experience that HEA [anything – so far – by Kasie West is, for example, an author whose stories make me happy]. Life’s too short to force one’s shelf through a book you a: aren’t enjoying or b: cannot connect with. I’ve been there, done that. It’s not worth it.

PS: because I’m a weirdo fangirl, here are a few recent-ish cover arts that definitely draw me to the book; because I’m 100% a shallow cover snob. Also, let’s face it, this is the number one thing that draws me to a book.

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*no video this week; channel linked above

Your turn! What draws you to a book? Is it cover art? An author? Plot and genre? Share all of your thoughts down below. I look forward to reading your comments and talking with you all.

If you joined Top Ten Tuesday – or have a blog, please introduce yourself below. I’d be glad to visit your bookish spaces, too.

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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  • Melanie Parker April 1, 2019 at 11:19 PM

    I’m so glad that you added that you know your taste. I always wonder how some readers rate everything like two stars, it seems like most of us figure out how tastes after awhile *shrug* I mean I still pick up stuff that ends up being disappointing but I have a pretty good grasp on the stuff I like at this point. Great post.

    • Rissi JC April 1, 2019 at 11:30 PM

      I think it really helps if we can know – or work to know, what we like. Makes the reading experience better. Also, who has time to read books we just don’t care for!? ;) Of course, as you say, I also have some books that disappoint me too. That’s just the way it goes sometimes! Thanks so much for the visit, Melanie.

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  • Leah April 1, 2019 at 11:38 PM

    Great spin on the topic. It definitely does help knowing what I like and want in a book.

  • Chrissi Reads April 1, 2019 at 11:46 PM

    You’re so right, knowing your taste is such a massive thing! :-) Wonderful list, Rissi.

  • Greg April 2, 2019 at 1:16 AM

    Certain publishers or imprints definitely can make me more likely to try a book. And I’m all for going with stuff I know I like. While I do like to branch out sometimes, the familiarity of knowing what I like is nice too. :)

    • Rissi JC April 5, 2019 at 10:08 PM

      I try new genres sometimes too, but more often than not, they disappoint just because it’s not my type of setting/genre. That said, I do enjoy trying debut authors – especially when they’re with a publisher I typically enjoy reading from. :) Thanks for the visit, Greg.

  • Jess @ Jessticulates April 2, 2019 at 5:02 AM

    Great list! Reading what makes you happy, whether it’s contemporary romance or grimdark fantasy, is so important. I feel like there are still readers out there who read what they feel like they ‘should’ be reading, especially a lot of the hyped YA releases, but if that’s not your thing then why spend your time and money on it? When I first started blogging I read books I wasn’t all that interested in because everyone was talking about them, and now I know myself better and I’m a much happier reader.

    • Rissi JC April 5, 2019 at 10:14 PM

      *HIGH FIVE* I agree, Jess. If it’s not our type of read, we should move on. There’s too many other books that do suit us, and that’s where we should spend our reading time. :) I’m glad you too know your reader preferences better; I think when we “get” that, it makes the “job” of reviewing all the easier.

      Appreciate you stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Jess.

  • Jo April 2, 2019 at 6:17 AM

    I definitely know what I like and want in a book, and what makes me happy and it 100% helps because even when everyone is talking about a book, if it doesn’t fit my personal preferences, I won’t pick it up.

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  • Amber @ Books of Amber April 2, 2019 at 6:47 AM

    Kind of related, but I’ve only just seen that cover of Maybe This Time and I love it!

  • Astilbe April 2, 2019 at 7:38 AM

    Knowing what makes you happy is very important, and not only for your reading choices.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  • Lydia April 2, 2019 at 8:56 AM

    I have certain publishing house preferences, too. Some of them have done an amazing job at finding their niche and exploring every single angle of it.

    My post.

    • Rissi JC April 5, 2019 at 10:31 PM

      So true; and I love when I feel like a publisher is reliable for our respective reading tastes. Thanks for the visit, Lydia. :)

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      • Lydia April 6, 2019 at 2:30 PM

        You’re welcome. :)

  • Joy V Spicer April 2, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Love your first point – so obvious yet so many of us feel we have to read as many genres as possible. It’s good to see it written it down and explained so gently. At my age, I long ago stopped reading what didn’t interest me yet there are times I find myself teetering on the edge, thinking maybe I ‘should’. Then I come to my senses and spend my money on what I actually want :)

    • Rissi JC April 5, 2019 at 10:34 PM

      Thank you for reading, Joy; it was fun to write this. Most bloggers feel like they have to read all the books across genres when they’re popular. Or that’s the impression I get. I do wander into new genres (or ones I don’t read much from) once in a while, but for the most part, I stick with what I love, and it works well. :) Thanks so much for reading and for the visit! I appreciate it.

  • Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense April 2, 2019 at 1:28 PM

    I know the HEA’s are often unrealistic, but you know what, this is what I want when I reach for certain books.

  • Jessica at Booked J April 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM

    Ahh, yesss! Perfect list. I am nodding my head, like I’m listening to a catchy pop tune, at all three of these things. BUT, I think one of the biggest draws for me, personally, is magic. I don’t necessarily mean full-on magic–I mean all kinds of it. Magical settings and elements, yes, but also something that feels like magic. If I read a synopsis and something just hits a specific note to me, it’s automatically magic to me. THAT SOUNDS NONSENSICAL. In my defense, I’m running on three hours of sleep and a few cups of coffee to substitute that lack of sleep. BASICALLY, GREAT POST. SORRY FOR BABBLING.

  • Brooke Lorren April 2, 2019 at 6:28 PM

    Great list! I like a variety of genres, but some genres I tend to gravitate to more than others. I never noticed it until recently, but some publishing houses have more books that interest me too.

  • Kelly @ Wandering Through Books April 2, 2019 at 9:13 PM

    I feel like I’m constantly figure out what my reading tastes are? They keep evolving. I know a lot of the things that I like, and I definitely pick up books along those lines, but I also just keep picking up stuff that’s out of my regular comfort zone too.

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