Happy Tuesday, everybody! You know what time it is…
“Top Ten Tuesday” is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s prompt is:
Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book
However, because I missed last week’s Top Ten Tuesday (sorry!), I’m going to be combining it with this weeks. Last week’s prompt was:
Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book
Thus, today I’m going to be talking about my book turn ons, and turn offs. Here we go!
⋘Book Turn Ons⋙
1. Pretty or Unique Covers
I just love it when books have beautiful covers, and this always makes it into the ‘pro’ column when I’m deciding whether or not to read a book. (I know, I know, don’t judge a book by its cover…) However, I love it even more when a book cover has a unique feature, like a foldout or double layer. This usually comes in the form of an upper cover having a cutout, and a secondary cover filling the gap, which I love. My favourite example is probably this edition of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon:
2. Pretty Spines
If a book has a pretty spine, I’m itching to get it on my shelf. End of story. Sometimes I’ll factor this above the cover. For example, I’m not really a big fan of the cover for Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, but the spine? Oh, that spine is glorious.
3. Short Synopses
If you can get a short synopsis that hooks me in, I’m yours. Forever. Poetry anthologies are usually good for this. A recent example would be Letters to Medea by Salma Deera:
A collection of poems that reincarnates one of the most wicked women in classical literature into the modern day. It is a collection that celebrates and understands girlhood, loss, and love. These are Medea’s letters to the modern girl.
4. A 4-Star or More Rating on Goodreads
I usually research a book before I read it just to find out if it’s worth it, especially if it’s on the pricey side. (That being said, I do enjoy going into books blind…) If said book has a 4-star or higher rating on Goodreads, I’m much more likely to read it. I usually scrimp with my ratings, and I know a lot of other people who do, so props to a book with such a high rating: you must be good.
5. Worn Books
This is a bit of a weird one, and I don’t know if many people are going to agree with me, but I love it when a book is worn. This is why I love second-hand book shopping. I think a worn book is a book with character (and not just those on the inside…) I’m talking yellowed edges, folded pages, cracked spines, the works. The other day, I bought a second hand book, and when I opened it for the first time, a page fell out, and I fell in love.
⋘Book Turn Offs⋙
1. Synopses That Feel Never-Ending
You know the one: you pick up a book, glance at the cover, turn it over to see a plethora of writing. The synopsis. You read the first line. You put it down. Well, that’s what I do, anyway. I don’t have time to read a synopsis as long as Chapter 1. Authors: less is more. Let your book speak for itself.
2. Cringe-Worthy Quotes on the Front
My favourite is “Just read it – John Green”
I stayed away from More Than This by Patrick Ness for months because of that awful quote. I also despise 1-word adjective quotes like “spellbinding” or “beautiful.” You could have picked any positive adjective, and it wouldn’t have changed what I took from it…
3. People Staring at you from the Cover
Yes, I’m looking at you, Wordworth Editions!
Thank you for reading!
What are your bookish turn ons/offs? Tell me in the comments!
Keep an eye out for more Top Ten Tuesday posts from me!