Top Ten Words or Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy A Book

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top Ten Words or Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy A Book
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Words or topics that instantly make me buy a book. I thought this would be an easy list to make but browsing through my read and own shelves made me realise some interesting things about my insta-buy preference if we ignore my insta-buy authors and focus on words in title or topic of book.


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DRAGON

Love them, Wanna hang out with them. Fly on them. They are the most awesome mythological creature for me.
Books I have read just because they had word 'dragon' in title: Dragonflight, Dragon Bound, Here There Be Dragons, The Last Dragonlord, A Natural History of Dragons, ...

Mythology

Egyptian, Greek, Slavic, .... The more unusual are the gods and legends added to the mix, the more I love that book. Example of some books I picked up only because of this theme: Ilium, Undeadly, Goddess of Spring, American Gods, Vukodav, ...
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Alternate History

I am fascinated with alternate history setting. What if plague in dark ages mutated our genes: God Save the Queen, How would regency England be if magic was part of everyday life: Shades of Milk and Honey, What if elves conquered England long time ago: The Fire Lord's Lover, ...

Epic Fantasy

You know those fat books with interesting fantasy pictures on the covers with some sword-wielding knight or similar scenes? I'm instantly attracted to them. I don't care what they are about, if it's epic fantasy I'm interested. Some of the books that I read without even reading the summary for this reason are: The Eye of the World, A Game of Thrones, The Chronicles of Amber, Lord Foul's Bane, The Final Empire, The Briar King, ...
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Kick-ass Heroine

You know the type. They fight for their right to party. Stand proud on the cover in some impossible pose that Jim C. Hines called cramp-inducing and shoulder-dislocating. Like: Halfway to the Grave, Shadow Kin, ...

Geek / Nerd / Dork

I'm one of those persons that proudly think about herself as a geek although my naughty husband teases me I'm a book nerd. Still, I'm attracted to books with these words in title, like: Geek Girl, Poltergeeks, The Rapture of the Nerds, Adorkable, ... And I just realised that I haven't read any of them, although I have them for some time. o.O
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Succubus

Another weird quirk of mine. If I hear book is about succubus or incubus (demons who seduce people and usually feed trough either sexual or life energy) I'm going to read it. I guess that it's my romantic side cheering for them to find love. :)
Example: The Demon Lover, Gentlemen Prefer Succubi, ...

Courtesan

The same like with above mentioned succubi, I am attracted to life or romance stories about either male or female courtesans. Everyone deserves to be love and find their happily ever after.
Books I read just because of heros/heroines profession: Memoirs of a Geisha, Kushiel's Dart, The Duke, Fallen from Grace, Escorted, ...
BTW I blame Pretty Woman for this succubus/courtesan obsesion.
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Friends to Lovers

I tend to pick romance stories about friends that after some time discover that they are in love with each other, probably because my husband and I were that case and I can best relate to their problems and feelings.
Some of the books that I liked but that were picked just based on this criteria: The Body Finder, Hot in Here, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Just Like Heaven, ...

Beach

I love beach, sand, sea, swimsuits, ... So if I notice some of this on a book cover, I'm reading it. Sadly, these books usually are just average but I still keep buying them. I guess because it's cheaper than going on real vacation. :D
Books I have read only because they sported beach-y cover: Forget You, Falling for You, Fallen Too Far, Twisted Summer, ...

Well that's it from me. Do we share the same insta-buy words or topics? What books are on your list today?

Share your thoughts and links to your lists in comments! :)

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14 comments

  1. Awesome list! I think if my brother had done this list he would've mentioned dragons. And yay for kick-ass heroines, epic fantasy and books that have friends to lovers themes...I enjoy reading those kind of books too xD

    My TTT

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad to hear that we share some similar interests. :)

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  2. Your first 2 are on my list too!!! Great list! I should have added Geek to mine too. You have good taste!

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    1. Thanks. And yay for dragons and mythology. I am always looking for good recommendations for these topic, so feel free to share whenever you read something. :)

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  3. Great list! Most of these work for me, too :) like: dragons, friends to lovers (I totally shoud've put this on my list), geeks, alternate history, epic fantasy, mythology, kick-ass heroines, yeah pretty much everything ;)

    My TTT

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    1. Haha I already suspected we have similar taste but this just confirms it. :)

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  4. Yes to kick-ass heroines, the beach, friends to more, and mythology. Great list!
    Here's my TTT

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    1. Thanks on complimenting my taste and for stopping by. :)

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  5. Gooooooooooooooooo dragons!! :D We have that in common too! ;) I'm not such a big fan of succubus but well what can we do. Thanks for stopping by :)

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    1. I don't know anyone who likes stories about succubus except me. I guess I'm weird. I blame tv series 'Lost Girl' for that one. :D

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  6. Oh yeah, I agree! Dork/nerds/geeks etc those type of words always make me excited :D

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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    1. Yeah definitely insta buy. Also bookworm (I forgot to add that one). :)

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  7. Minus the succubi and courtesans, I am all over this list. I'm slightly picky about epic fantasy, since I don't want the ones that are all battle all the time, but otherwise hell yes.

    Dragons are awesome. This makes me want to read some Anne McCaffrey.

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    1. I don't mind battles in epic fantasy, I still have some on my tbr that my friends complained had too much battles, so I will see how that turns out. :)

      I am thinking about making a new challenge for me to read one Anne McCaffrey book a month. there are so many I haven't read.

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