Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Words/Topics That Make Me Buy/Pick Up a Book

I've decided to jump on board with Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the topic is: Top Ten Words or Topics That Make Me Buy or Pick Up a Book.

This is a fun one, you get to see my quirks here!

1. Gothic - yep, I'll give anything described as gothic a second glance or a more in-depth look over. It's not a guarantee I'll buy it but it's definitely one that catches my eye. 

2. Orphanages/hospitals/asylums - especially if they're abandoned! I can't explain it, but a story set in or concerning one of these settings is pretty much a guaranteed buy on my part.

3. Apocalyptic - whether it's an outbreak or a disaster (or a combination), I'm pretty much a sucker for apocalyptic and post apocalyptic tales

4. Dystopia - usually paired with number 3 as well! I don't really know why but I do know that it's a trend I'm very much on board with.

5. Mash up/Cross Genre - so these can be two very different things, but I particularly enjoy books that are a bit harder to pin down genre wise because they contain multiple elements. Sci fi/horror and mystery or fantasy and horror especially.

6. Victorian horror - ghosts especially! A lot of times this will have "gothic" in the description anyway, but I do so love horror set in the Victorian period.

7. Book/author comparisons - I read a LOT of debuts so seeing them compared to books and authors that I'm already familiar with is usually a pretty good selling point for me.

8. Horror - yep, I'm a horror fanatic. Anything horror will get my extra attention and consideration.

This was tough! I only managed to come up with 8. I guess there's less rhyme or reason to my reading choices than I thought. 


Tez Miller said...

Agreed. Except for the book/author comparisons ;-)

By the way, have you read Johan Theorin's THE ASYLUM? Currently on NetGalley, I think. It sounds creepy, but I have trouble paying attention to books when I read them on the laptop.

Becky LeJeune said...

Oh, I've not! I'm not seeing it on NetGalley (though the new John Harwood of the same name is there - I'm reading that one as we speak). I'll have to look into the Theorin. I've got the first in his series and haven't read it. I understand ASYLUM is a stand alone, though.

You don't do book/author comparisons? Admittedly I have been burned but I'm especially drawn to certain psychological suspense comparisons. New UK authors compared to Ruth Rendell and Minette Walters come to mind.