To the Top of the TBR List

February 2, 2016 | 13 comments


I’d like to think that I’m quite a varied reader. My big TBR list contains over 1800 books, ranging in genres, length, and author gender and nationality. However, the books that are moved to the top of the reading list tend to mostly be from my very specific reading comfort zone. The top ten things (not quite* as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) that definitely will land a book at the top of my tbr list are:

1. If there is at least one dead body. Crime novels are definitely my genre of choice. I love figuring out the who/what/why/how of a good mystery. Bonus is the murder is especially gruesome (cozy mysteries is not my cup of tea).

2. If the author/setting is Nordic. For obvious reasons (being Swedish) I’ve always read a lot of Swedish literature. Lately, I’ve been branching out and reading a lot of books set in Norway and Iceland. Bonus if the book is set in Stockholm, one of my favourite cities.

3. If the author/setting is British. UK (and Ireland) is another favourite area of mine. I lived in the UK for two years, and hope to someday move back. Bonus if the book is set in Scotland or if there is a castle.

4. If there is a unlikable detective. I have a soft spot for brilliant, but socially inadept or unlikable, detectives (think Sherlock Holmes, Kurt Wallander, Harry Hole). Bonus if there is an awesome sidekick – crime solving duos is the best.

5. If there is an anthropologist or medical examiner. After the police detective, my favourite crime solver is anthropologists or medical examiners. Bonus if there is a strong science focus.

6. If the book is set in a small town. I definitely prefer the rural setting over big cities, both in real life and literature. Bonus if there is at least one nosy old lady who knows everything and everyone.

7. If the book is set in a remote location. I have a soft spot for books set on small islands, along the coast, in the mountains, in the far north, or similar. Thanks to watching random shows on The Animal Planet, I’m now craving books set in Maine or Alaska. Bonus if there is a game warden.

8. If the book is set on a farm. I love both contemporary and historical fiction where the farming community plays a big part. Bonus if there is a farm dog.

9. If the main character is part of a large family. I love books with multiple generations, or large families. (This also goes very well with #8). Bonus if there’s a matriarch or patriarch with very strong personality.

10. If the book is part of a series. The only thing better than a good book is a good series. Bonus if the series is very long.

What things makes you move a book to the top of your tbr list?


* Technically, the topic for today’s list was Top Ten Historical Settings You Love, Ten Historical Settings You’d Love To See, Top Futuristic Books You Love, or en Futuristic Societies I’d Love To Read in Books.

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