Top Ten Tuesday: What Makes Us Auto-Buy Books


Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish! This weeks topic is ten words or topics that will automatically make us read or buy a book.

1. Zombies. I love me some zombies, all day, every day. Anything with a hint of zombies I just have to get my hands on.

2. Horror. I absolutely love the genre that is horror. Honestly, most of it doesn’t freak me out, but there are still amazing stories out there and when I find those gems that do give me chills… I just can’t get enough.

3. Psychological thrillers. I’m separating this from horror just because horror comes in many forms and here I’m talking specifically about the books that mess with your head. When a book pulls you in so deep you realize it’s actually messing with your brain. Love it. Love it. Love it.

4. Magic. I love pretty much anything that has to do with magic and I love all the different ways it has been written about. Two of my long time favorite series (Harry Potter and Sweep) are centered around magic and I just adore them. They’re such great books to relax to and read.

5. Mythological. Ever since I first learned about mythology in middle school I have been hooked. The myths themselves are so interesting, not to mention all of the books, movies, etc that have come of these myths. Any book that uses mythology, either following original myths or forming their own new ones, is a must have in my opinion.

6. Other worlds. I love the idea of other worlds being out there, so when a book takes place on another planet or in another universe I’m so there.

7. Romance. I am a sucker for romance. I can’t help myself. If there is rumored to be some sort of romance, I’m probably there, lol.

8. True crime/Justice. Being a criminal justice major, I have a major soft spot for stories of true crime, stories based on true crimes, and books about my and other countries justice systems. If I come across a book with any of those threads, it’s quite likely to at the very least catch my eye.

9. The brain. The brain is another of those things that I could just learn about nonstop for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. Any book that has a picture of a brain of some sort on it or mentions the human brain will get at least a few looks from me, likely before I take it home with me.

10. Kick-ass leading women. This is one of my favorite things to see in books, strong women characters, so when I see a book that looks like it has a kick-ass leading female or someone says there is one in a review, whatever the way, once I hear about it I must have it.

So there are ten things that will make me buy a book without thought. What are your auto-buy topics? Do share!

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: What Makes Us Auto-Buy Books

  1. megan April 30, 2013 / 4:15 pm

    I am finally accepting that I am a sucker for romance too. Have you read The Curse Workers series by Holly Black? I like to describe it as Harry Potter meets The Sopranos. I have been on a zombie kick for a while now, but I am thinking about switching back to vampires.

    • Hannah May 3, 2013 / 11:22 am

      I gave up fighting my addiction to romance a while back myself, lol. It became a huge part of my reading habits and I just decided to embrace it – stereotypes and all. XD I haven’t read any Holly Black yet, but she is on my list so I’ll add that series to it. And vampires are awesome, I mean, they’re mythical beings, but the histories and such themselves can be written so differently. That makes a lot of vampire stories really awesome.

  2. Cyberkitten April 30, 2013 / 4:36 pm

    Certain authors do it for me. Some of them I don’t even wait for the paperback. Life is just too short for that.

    Science-Fiction is my main thing so it gets an automatic check-out if nothing else. Especially Time-Travel, Alternate Worlds, Aliens and Combat SF.

    Vampires. Nuff said.

    Urban Fantasy – I always give it the once over and if it seems gritty or interesting enough its mine.

    Just about any Historical novel will get picked up, especially if its about:

    Napoleonic War
    Military – all eras

    Foreign – particularly Nordic – authors. Reading something from a different culture is often weird and eye-opening.

    The Classics. I read a lot but don’t feel that I’m particularly well-read. I’m addressing that – slowly.

    Is that 10……?

    • Hannah May 3, 2013 / 11:28 am

      I hear you on that first one. There are some books I preorder months in advance because I just can’t wait, lol!
      Urban Fantasy is an interesting genre that I’m trying to explore a little more… and I’m sure you’d guess I’m with you on the vampires. =]
      I know what you mean about different cultures, lately I’ve been buying a lot of books that are set in China or by Chinese writers because I find it to be an interesting setting and dynamic so to speak.
      The Classics are an interesting breed, for lack of a better word. I mean, they’re classics for a reason and I’d like to read more of them, but a lot are just so BAD for me personally.

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