Top Ten Ways for Books to Get My Attention

April 18, 2017 | No comments


In the last 15 years*, my tbr list has been increasing at an alarming rate. To be honest, it doesn’t take much to make me want to read a book, but I’m trying to become more selective. The top ten things (as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) that are guaranteed to make me want to read a book are:

1. Include the word murder. The book blurb really just need to mention the words “crime”, “murder” and/or “police detective” and I will surely add it to the tbr list.

2. Be written by a Nordic author. It’s my kryptonite. Especially in combination with point #1.

3. Get recommended by one of my friends. Although I love reading book reviews and follow a lot of book bloggers, I rarely add books to my tbr list because I read a favourable review. There is, however, a very small exclusive club of trusted people who if they like or recommend a book to me, I will definitely read it (even if it is outside of my normal reading preferences).

4. Make it part of a series. The fact that a book is part of a series is often enough to make me want to read it. And once I’m hooked on a series, I will read everything by that author I can get my hands on.

5. Include it on an official list. I’m addicted to all kinds of official book lists. Probably half of the books I want to read are on there solely because I want (need) to read them so I can put a tick mark next to them on the list.

6. Have a great cover or title. I have no issues admitting that I judge books by their covers and titles. All the time.

7. Set it in a small town. Any book that takes place in a small town is guaranteed to get my attention (especially in combination with point #1 or #2).

8. Pick the right geographical location. Having the story take place in the UK, any of the Nordic countries, or in one of my favorite US regions is also a guaranteed way of making me want to read it.

9. Make it into a film. If possible, I always want to read the book before watching the film adaption.

10. Get an amazing audiobook narrator. If you get the right person to narrate the audiobook, I will listen to it (even if nothing else about the book appeals to me).

What things are most likely to make you want to read a specific book?

*I’m blaming you the Internet. (And especially Goodreads.)