Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book (topic originally done back in 2013 as top ten words/topics that will make me instantly want to read a book) — so yeah basically any topic or theme or ANYTHING (ie if X person recommends it) that will make you instantly want to pick up a book. My list will likely be called Jamie-bait because there are soooo certain things you can say in a summary or a review that will just instantly draw me to it!” I’m a bit late, but I really wanted to do this topic!
Lenoreo’s Top Eleven:
OK, these won’t necessarily immediately make me want to read a book, but will definitely put the book on my radar every single time. I’ll still likely read some reviews and make a final decision that way. These probably all look like contemporary tropes, but some of them can be found in non-contemps too, I’m just such a sucker for the romance parts that those are the things that stand out.
- Ugly Ducklings!!! Oh yeah baby, I LOVE me an ugly duckling book. By that I mean a heroine (or hero if it’s an M/M book) who feels ugly and overlooked. Low self-esteem, yes please! I know that sounds horrible, but what can I say, it’s easy to relate to. BONUS points if the heroine doesn’t go through some stupid makeover or plastic surgery that makes her traditionally beautiful, but rather that the hero just *sees* the beauty she always had. This one’s definitely top of the list.
- Sort of related is the popular/hot boy noticing/being slayed by the plain/shy/dorky girl. I even enjoy the opposite too, swapping the girl and boy. I don’t always love these ones, but I’ll always look into a book further if it has this story line. It’s a bit of opposites attract I guess.
- BETA BOYS!!! OMG I love me a beta boy. Give me some shy, give me some sweet, give me quietly adorable, I’m all in.
- Celebrity romances!!! Obviously I’m more attracted to the hero being the celebrity, but I’ve enjoyed the other way too. There’s just something about a “normal” person connecting with a celebrity that makes me happy sigh. Semi-related is Royal romances.
- And an offshoot of celebrity romances is secret identity romances!! Where one of them is a celebrity or royal or something and they go undercover and falls in love while pretending to be normal.
- Older Brother’s Best Friend romances. Maybe b/c when I was a kid I had a crush on my bro’s best friend. Especially if he’s secretly in love with her too, but has stayed away.
- Best friends to lovers!! Especially if one has secretly been in love with the other, but too afraid to make a move and assumes it’s unrequited.
- Secret baby/pregnancy!! ROFL, this one doesn’t make sense to me. I’m not a kid person. Seriously. But I think it’s just the dynamics of why it’s remained a secret, and what happens when the guy finds out, etc.
- Arrangements that turn to love — like forced marriages/relationships for some ulterior purpose where the couple is forced into close proximity and feelings develop. I think this is a holdover from my Harlequin days. Actually, a lot of these are.
- Hockey romances. What can I say, I’m a sucker for most sports romances, but I will always look closer to hockey romances.
- (sneaky bonus) Gay for you!! These don’t always work, but I often end up being attracted to M/M romances where they don’t know they’re gay/bi (sometimes just one, sometimes both), but then they find that one guy that they can’t deny. *sigh*
So what about you?? What “things” are guaranteed to have you looking closer at a book?