Thursday, February 16, 2017
Instant TBRs-- Things That Make Me Say YES To A Book
Last week I talked about topics or words that make me say NO to adding a book to my TBR. It got me thinking about what I do like, so I decided to do an opposite post this week.
Sometimes I pick books based on pretty covers. Lots of times I just pick books based on authors-- but since there are always new authors and new-to-me authors, sometimes I pick based on random things. Of course, I do like YA Mysteries and YA Contemporaries (that aren't super romancey), but there are a lot of those and I have to narrow them down, right?
Here are some of the reasons I instantly hit WANT TO READ:
The "I don't remember" or Amnesia Trope- I think maybe it's the mystery aspect of this trope, but I'm not sure what it is that hooks me. I know it's overdone, but there's just something about the character NOT remembering and then having to work through what happened with the reader that just GETS ME.
Mean Girls- Sometimes I get sick of girls being mean to each other, but if there's a mean girl or 2 in the book, done right, I will usually be ALL ABOUT IT.
Unhealthy Friendships- Again, sometimes I really yearn for healthy girl friendships in books, but if they're not going to be healthy, then I want them to be extreme levels of messed up-- nothing in-between.
SUPER Healthy Awesome Friendships (super rare)- Ohhh how I love and need more kick-ass friendship books.
Secret Relationships- I love a relationship that has to be kept on the down-low for REASONS. I don't know why, I just find it thrilling.
Romance Gone Wrong- I'm not into Romance books that much-- but I do really like to read about the dark side of romance. I've been involved in a sketchy relationship in the past, so I can usually relate.
Prom- I'm not into this AS much as I used to be. A few years ago if the word Prom was mentioned in the blurb it was an INSTANT ADD. Now, I am becoming more picky about them, but it's still a guilty pleasure. (I'm not sure why considering I didn't even go to my own Prom-- that's weird, right?)
Cults- Excuse my language, but I am just fucking FASCINATED by cults. It's so interesting to me how people get caught up in them and how the leaders can get these people to do almost anything for them.
The Dark Side of Social Media/Internet- So much can go wrong with the internets and it is super interesting to me because I mostly grew up in a time where we didn't have online lives (and I'm kind of really glad of that).
Bad Reputations- I instantly get interested in books that want to delve into the issue of girls having "reputations" when they hook up-- but you know, it's super cool when guys do it :(
True Crime Fiction- One of my biggest obsessions used to be reading True Crime books-- and following court cases on Court TV. Reading YA has kind of taken over that obsession, but if a book comes along that COMBINES my two obsessions?? I'm so in!
Sole survivor- This is another one that is kind of overdone, but I'm a sucker for them. Maybe it's because I liked that movie Unbreakable with Bruce Willis??
Woods- Woods are creepy as hell and I love settings that involve people getting lost in the woods, people going missing from the woods, crimes being committed in the woods, etc.
Islands- Like woods, islands can be creepy because of the isolation-- or they can be fun because it's an ISLAND. For whatever the reason, I definitely like to add these to my TBR.
Twins- Maybe it's because all of Sara Shepard's books tend to feature twins?? Maybe I like twins because I've always thought it would be like being born with a built-in best friend-- and that sounds pretty cool to me!!
Coming of Age- Being a YA Contemporary lover, I'm gonna come across a lot of coming-of-age books. The thing is, I LIKE them because they're usually about more than just a romance. I'm still trying to figure out who I am and how I fit into this world, so reading about someone else figuring it out (no matter the age) definitely appeals to me.
Serial Killer- This is a lot like the True Crime one-- but I'm morbidly fascinated by serial killers. I don't even have to read the synopsis, if I see the words serial killer, I'm IN.
Diaries or Letters- I am a huge sucker for books that are written in diary or letter format. I don't know why because they really don't end up reading all THAT different from a regular book.
______ meets _______- When one of the blanks is something I'm all about like: Clueless, The Breakfast Club, Mean Girls, Pretty Little Liars, Can't Hardly Wait, 10 Things I Hate About You, Gone Girl. The thing is, those comparisons are usually always disappointing, but that doesn't stop me from falling for it every damn time.
The Boyfriend Dumps the Girl for Her Best Friend- Oh man, I'm kind of embarrassed to admit this one because it's SO angsty & stuff-- but sometimes I just love the drama. Also, SO MUCH BETRAYAL.
What are your weird/random/embarrassing reasons for TBRing a book?