Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week. This week the topic is all about those key words or phrases that will make me want to read a book. I feel like the following ten words and phrases will give you a great look into my tastes. So, in no particular order off we go!
I love stories about heists. I love the planning of them and then the reveal of how it’s all done and I definitely love all the types of characters you get when it comes to heists. There the grifter, the hacker, the distraction, the money guy, the patsy, the driver, the inside man and many, many more. I love it when characters fit neatly into these tropes and when the subvert them.
I love the intrigue that goes with spies, figuring out who’s telling the truth and all the gadgets and skillsets that comes with following a spy character. Like with heists, I love all the tropes that come with stories about spies, the gadgets, mission control. It’s just the best.
Family of Choice
This is my favourite trope in any type of media. Maybe my love for it comes from the fact I have a very small biological family and my friends are closer to me than some of my family members. I just love the idea of finding and choosing the people you consider to be family, those you’d do anything for and love unconditionally.
A ragtag group of heroes/villains
Like with the family of choice, I love it when the heroes (or the villains) are kind of a mismatched bunch of people with various skillsets or goals come together in order to get stuff done. It allows for funny moments, good character beats and it’s a fun way to move the plot forward.
A striking cover
I’m a sucker for impulse buying books just based on if the cover catches my eye. If it’s got a pretty or unusual style of cover then it will go in my hypothetical shopping basket and I will want to read it sooner rather than later.
The author isn’t American/British
I’m taking part in the Read the World Challenge so if I find a book by an author who’s not American or British (as so many of them are in my local Waterstones) I will definitely want to read it.
A comparison to one of my favourite films
I love the National Treasure movies so any comparison to them makes me think of fun, adventure with a conspiracy or a lot of intrigue. Hearing someone say The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall was kind of like National Treasure was what made me buy it, I read it and loved it. Also seeing someone say Tracked by Jenny Martin is like Fast and Furious BUT in space got me to instantly put it on my TBR.
I love superhero movies and comics but it’s the powers that I really love. While I do enjoy a hero vs villain superhero story, I think seeing superpowers in a more real world situation with maybe even those who have them are scared of their power really interesting. The superpowers and figuring out how or why some has them is what I love. That’s probably one of the reasons I stuck with Heroes through thick and thin.
Morally grey characters
I love characters that always look out for themselves or that do some good but you’re always thinking they must have an ulterior motive. I love the characters who will do bad things for the right reason and who will betray those who thought they could trust them. You just never know what’s going to happen next with morally grey characters and it allows the whole story to maintain a level of suspense.
If someone I know and trust recommends it
I feel like this sort of thing would be on most people’s lists. There isn’t one person, blogger or booktuber that is my go to for recs but if I see someone recommend or enjoy a book and it sounds like my sort of thing, it will probably go on my TBR. I have an eclectic taste in books so I do like gets recs from all sorts of people both in real life and online.
What about you? What tropes, comparisons or themes always get you wanting to read a book?