Top 10 Tuesday: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

A weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

I say I’m a mood reader and while that’s still quite true, there are a few things that will always make me pick up a book. Most of these are books filled with tropes I love, but other than that, this post might be all over the place.

Also, let’s see if I can come up with 10… (Spoiler: I can’t.)

Forbidden romance — Never will I deny that I love a good forbidden romance. So of course I love books like…

I love reading how these characters overcome their internal prejudices in order to grow. I love how all-consuming these loves are, too. (And yes, that’s Pride and Prejudice because let’s be serious, Lizzy and Darcy were totally forbidden romance due to their social classes.)

Historical fantasy –I love historical fiction! So what happens when it’s combined with one of my other favorite genres–fantasy? You get awesome books like this:

How about books that read like historical fiction? One that instantly comes to mind is…

Dark of the West

If you also like books filled with court politics and political intrigue with in-depth world-building, look no further than Hathaway’s debut novel. I read it as an ARC and enjoyed it. You can check out my review here.







Korean main characters — Hello, my name is Nicole and I’m half-Korean! So I’m all about books with Korean main characters. Some of my favorites include:

Yes, these are all contemporaries but need a book set in Korea? Better yet, futuristic Rebel SeoulKorea? I got you covered! Best of all, there’s going to be a sequel titled Rogue Heart set to release later this year.







And some upcoming releases I totally need my hands on…

Mental Health Awareness — This isn’t a trope really, but more like an important topic that I feel still needs more books written.

#friendshipgoals — Did I make that hashtag up? Possibly. (Not sure if ever was a hashtag but I think it should be.)

Positive parent/children relationships — I think YA definitely has a rap for showing parents who aren’t wholly involved in their children’s lives, are horrible, or just not in the picture at all. I know that’s reality to some people, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love a positive relationship between parents and children.

Beauty & the Beast retellings — Is this silly? I sure hope not. I know there are a ton of B&B retellings out there, but I just want to highlight two of my favorites:

A Curse So Dark and Lonely is also on my TBR! I’ve heard nothing but good things. I also read the synopsis for Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer and it sounds like a B&B retelling too, so… 👀

BONUS: Looking for a set of graphic novels set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia? You might be like me when I heard of this:

usagi starry eyes

Well, here you go:

I’ve only read the first two volumes, but this is just a reminder that I need to pick up the 3rd one if my library has it. I wish I had bought these as individual comic books but having them as a bind-up like this means I didn’t have to wait. 😂 Also, the art is simply stunning! Like the best type of manga and anime…

You can read my review of these here.

Okay, so that’s 8. That’s not bad, right? I listed more than 10 books with each topic, so that counts as a 10 of something. 😂😂


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