Top Ten Tuesday~ You Make Me Want {to Read} You

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the topic is things that instantly make me want to read a book. I will read {almost} anything, so there’s not a lot off limits for me {come back next week to see those}, but the elements below are sure to draw me in.

  1. It takes place in a library~ What book lover doesn’t love a story where the plot revolves around books? Or at least the home of lots of books. And it doesn’t have to be a library, a bookstore works too, or a house that just has lots and lots of books.
  2. There is magic involved… preferably a magic school~ I love magical stories, especially of witches {or wizards} who are just discovering their power. Many times this happens in schools, but not always. And not always young witches, sometimes they are already established adults and either haven’t understood their power or have blocked it {or both}.
  3. It takes place in a school… preferably a boarding school~ Because I love transitional books and school is such a time of transition, I tend to love books that take place in school {especially college}. Because I like the whole idea of being on your own and finding yourself, boarding schools tend to be a particular favorite.
  4. One of the MCs is a Seal or Special Forces {FBI agents are ok here as well}~ Because I like my romance mixed with a bit of action or suspense, I really enjoy series that revolve around Seal Teams, Spec Ops teams, teams made up of former Seals/Spec Ops, and those that revolve around FBI agents.
  5. There’s a romance pivotal to the story~ I love me some romance {I even like insta-love, sorry, not sorry}. While not every book I read and enjoy has a romantic element to them, I see a romance as an added perk. I love love, especially the fairytale kind.
  6. The MC is overcoming a loss {breakup, death, job loss, school issues}~ I mentioned above that I really like transitional stories, and that’s where this one comes in. I tend to be drawn to characters who are battling something in their lives. It doesn’t have to be a death or breakup, anything that brings them to the point of needing to re-evaluate their lives and direction is good for me.
  7. There is a quest involved… or maybe just a road trip~ One of my bucket list items is to take a road trip, so this may be why I am drawn to stories that involve lots of travel or quests. I feel like I am along for the ride with the characters.
  8. Cats play a big role~ Do I really even need to explain this one?
  9. The author’s name is Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz, Suzanne Brockmann, Rick Riordan, John Green, Jennifer Niven… or a whole host of other names~ I think this is another one that really doesn’t require explanation. There are certain authors, like those listed and many more, whose books I automatically purchase without even looking at a synopsis because I just know that I am going to love them.
  10. The MC is flawed, tragic, and most of all human~ I am very character driven and can forgive a slow or awkward plot if the characters are well written. Characters should have flaws, and probably some tragic moments during the course of the story. I need to be able to relate to the humanity of the character and immerse myself in their POV.

What makes you pick up a book?