One of the only stores I can go to when I am in any mood and happily browse (and likely buy something) is a book store. I otherwise not a huge shopping fan unless I am in a certain mood.
This week’s top ten Tuesday list with the Broke and the Bookish is a list of the topics that will make me pick up or buy a book.
- Music. I am not a huge fan of reading the story of every band that has come to be, but I do love a good story behind a song or a well-writen non-fiction about some group on the music scene. I even secretly love books with music theory/science in them. I also love any book that is written with a plot line around musicians…
- Cancer. I know, it sounds morbid, but I love my job and I want to learn everything and anything real or imagined about the disease I am learning how to treat.
- Medicine in general. I must qualify this… I do like textbooks. I do hate self-help books. I love fiction based around medicine so long as it has some sort of ties to reality… If it gets too outlandish in the back cover summary, I will put that sucker down.
- “Classics.” If someone or something tells me a book is a classic in any sense of the world, I get an overwhelming urge to read it… Even when it sounds dreadful. I think it might be the overachiever or the academic in me that makes me think they consistently sound like a good idea. If generations of people love the book, then I should too.
- Quirky or odd characters. I am a bit on the unique side and there is something about a character that is considered strange that makes me already relate to them on some level.
- Friendship. I am lucky enough to have a few life-long best friends and many quasi-siblings. I seem to collect oddities wherever I go. Therefore, I love a good book about friendships.
- Places I have been. I love reading about places I have not been, but I find it extra fascinating when books are written in places I am familiar with so that I can say “I was there!”
- Places I want to go. This is not a given. I don’t pick up every book set in or about every place I want to go. But, it does peak my attention enough to look into it. Sometimes it can be a swaying factor if I am on the fence.
- Books based around actual events. For instance, The Book Thief or The Help. I think it is cool when books are happening during times or eras we hear about all the time.
- Books involving random challenges… People who do unusual things and write about it. Like AJ Jacobs or Julie Powell.
In contrast to these… Almost any book that is labeled as a sizzling romance or as scary is likely to send me for the hills.
What are some topics that draw you in to a book? What about topics that almost always stop you from buying a book?