Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesdays: Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy Pick Up a Book.

Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy Pick up A Book.

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Jeni's Picks

1. Fairy Tale Retellings.  As a kid I loved it when my mom read fairy tales to me. Now I love reading authors new takes on some of my favorite fairy tales. I come from a family with 7 girls so of course the 12 dances princesses was one of my favorite tales.  My favorite retelling is Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George.  Some of my other favorite authors in this category are Melanie Dickerson and Robin Mckinley. This is definitely a topic I instantly buy or put on my Goodreads TBR.

2. Witches. I love a good witch book. I've had disappointments in this category like Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, seriously this book dragged.  Some of my favorites in this category would be Once a Witch by  Carolyn MacCullough and Kim Harrison's The Hollows series.

3. Werewolves. I might not instantly buy but I will pick a book up to read blurb on back. Patricia Briggs is my favorite author in this category but some others I liked were Nightshade by Andrea Cremer and Destiny Binds by Tammy Blackwell

4. Time Travel: I love this category. Some of my favorite books of all time are in this category.  Ruby Red by Kirsten Geir is my favorite and I always recommend this book, I loved it.  River of Time series by Lisa Tawn Bergren is great too.  I did a post on time travels a little while ago so for more read that. A dud in this category for me was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  I read all the great blog posts about this series and I just don't get the hype.

5. Regency Romance: This is a category I'm new too. My sister begged me to read Jane Eyre and I finally gave in about two years ago. I can't believe I waited so long to read it. It was great and it got me hooked to this genre. My favorite author in this category is Julie Klassen. I pre-order all her books.  Sarah M. Eden is another favorite too. I could go on and on.

Emily's Picks

6. Fantasy. My Dad introduced me this genre, he would pick books out and then read them to us as a family. His first choice? The Hobbit. I soaked it up like bread and milk.  I branched out on my own and read Beauty by Robin Mckinley before, and loved it, and Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede, and then my dad seeing my interest told me to read The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks, I was hooked and tend to read a lot of fantasy in my every day..people I could make a list! I love this genre.

7. Modern take on Mythology,  etc.. This a new favorite of mine.  Introduced by Percy Jackson.  I have branched out. I liked Goddess Test, and thought Everneath was interesting.  But my overall impression?  Percy Jackson still holds a very high candle, maybe because Rick Riordan had such fun with his series, or maybe because that is the series that got my daughter too love reading..

8. Murder Mysteries. I like this genre, but I tend to only read a few of these a year. I really love Historical Murder Mysteries. I loved Anne Perry's series Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, and I have read a few others recently.  I like Phillip Pullman's Ruby in the Smoke, and I highly recommend P.D. James.  Her book, An Unsuitable Job For A Woman was a great read.

9. Strong Female's  Being a girl, I want to read a book where the main female character is strong.  None of this wish washy stuff (Bella). And enough with the love triangles! (every other YA book out there)  I loved A Spy In the House by Y.S Lee and would recommend the Green Rider by Kristen Britain. Of course we all know Hermione Granger. And Katniss Everdeen.

10. Dystopian  I was never a big fan of the Dystopian genre and shied away from anything "futuristic". Seriously. And then my sister told me that I had, had, had to read something called The Hunger Games. I am still fairly new to this genre. I enjoyed The Maze Runner and Divergent. I also read Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. All three I would recommend. Others, were on my okay list.  Ashes Ashes, Matched, and Enclave were all just okay for me. .And if you are feeling daring, read The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray. Seriously loved that book, which is technically steampunk but you will love me any way for including it. Chris Wooding was a great find.


  1. We have a lot of the same words on our lists - mysteries, time travel, witches! You've gone into lots more detail though will have to write down some of your recommendations.

    My Top Ten Tuesday

  2. Yes to strong females, fairytale re-tellings, witches, time travel, and modern mythology. Great lists!
    Here's my TTT

  3. Fun list! I totally agree with lots of these, especially dystopians and murder mysteries. I can't resist either of those :)