TTT: The Laws of Book Attraction

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.

April 18: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book — basically any topic or theme or ANYTHING (ie if X person recommends it) that will make you instantly want to pick up a book.

This is a fun topic this week! We all have those key words, phrases, or even authors that make us instantly pick up a book, no further investigation required. You know, your book bait.

My Laws of Attraction


Some books around the house that fit this week’s TTT theme. I should point out that I haven’t actually read about half of these. But I will!

  • Time Travel. love to read books with time travel. I think this is my #1 this week. I cannot resist the allure of time travel.
  • J.K. Rowling. If it’s got her name on it, I want it.
  • History with a Twist. Not an “official” term that publishers use. But this is what I call it, anyway. You know, when the book is 90% historically accurate, but the author puts that little twist in there that sets a totally plausible mystery/treasure hunt/race to beat the bad guys to save the world scenario into motion. A la The Da Vinci Code or one of Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone adventures.
  • A Twist “you won’t see coming.” Girl on the Train. Gone Girl. Gone Without a Trace. You get the idea.
  • Characters who Love Books. I know right away we have something in common.
  • Vampires. What can I say? I’ve got a soft spot.
  • Set in the 1980’s. I grew up in the ’80s, and I love to read books set in this time period. (Examples include Eleanor & Park and Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone series.) Or with nods to ’80s pop culture. (See: Ready Player One.)
  • Local Authors. I love to support local authors, especially those who set mysteries right here in Colorado!

Audio Book Specific

In addition to the list above, I have two other things that can make an audio book a must-listen.

  • Memoirs read by the author. Especially funny ladies – Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ellen DeGeneres, Mindy Kaling. You get the idea.
  • Anything Read by Jim Dale. If it’s read by Jim Dale, you can guarantee I’ll listen to it.


What about you? What is it about a book that makes you immediately read it (or add it to your list)? Sound off below, and link up to your own TTT if you’ve got one!

10 thoughts on “TTT: The Laws of Book Attraction

  1. Time travel! Definitely, that always gets my attention. And I also love those amazing twists. The 80’s as a setting are fun too. And I do like when history gets a little twist, as you say, to juice up the excitement a bit!


  2. I love memoirs read by the author on audio! I read Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants before I got into audio books and when I went back and listened to it I found I enjoyed it much more that time in audio than print. I’m the same way with characters who love books. Those books are guaranteed to land on my TBR.


  3. Excellent list! Time travel is huge for me too. And you’re spot on with the audiobooks, memoirs read by their author are the best and you got all my favourite funny ladies in there!Have you listened to You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day? I really enjoyed that one not too long ago.


  4. I agree with lots of these — characters who love books, history with a twist, set in the ’80s (and ’90s), and time travel! Have you read “A Murder in Time” by Julie McElwain? You might like it since you’re a mystery fan, and it features time travel back to 1815 England. The second book in the series just came out! And one of my favorite time travel books is a bit of a hidden gem, “The River of No Return” by Bee Ridgway.


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