I’ve seen a few people do this now so I just wanted to give it a try myself. It looks really interesting and it would be cool to share what makes me want to pick up a book, as well as being able to link this when I’m asking for reccomendations so people know what I’m useful for! Plus, it looks like fun.
I really like witches so, if something is about witches, then I’m going to pick it up. I just love the magic and how most of the time it’s about female empowerment, which brings me huge joy. Witches have been a big interest of mine for a long long time (and, of course, American Horror Story: Coven is the best)
Some examples of books I picked up because of the witches premise is Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson and The Witches in New York by Ami McKay. I haven’t read either of those yet, but I’ve read The Witch Boy and The Hidden Witch both by Molly Ostertag, and they were amazing.
I’ve had an interest in paranormal from a young age. I really like ghosts, especially told from the ghosts’ perspective. I’ll pretty much read and watch anything about haunted houses, hauntings and posessions. It’s hard to find unique paranormal stories, though, so sometimes I get bored because of all the similarities. Nothing stops me from picking up paranormal stories, though.
A few I’ve enjoyed recently are City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, Thornhill by Pat Smy and The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupero.
- Women/Women relationships
If I know the book has a f/f relationship in it, I am way more likely to pick it up then I otherwise would have been. I think they’re so cute, and beautiful, and f/f can sometimes be more difficult to find than m/m. Although, I admit, I don’t read as much of f/f as I want to.
A few I’ve read and enjoyed recently are The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Moonstruck by Grace Ellis. If you have any f/f reccomendations I’d be glad to recieve them!
- Black Cats
This is because I have a black cat called Tessa. She’s the love of my life so when a book has a black cat in it, I’m ALL over it. Especially when the black cat is like a little sidekick. That’s my cup of tea.
Examples include City of Ghosts, again, and Coraline by Neil Gailman.
- OwnVoices Autism
Being autistic, I do purposely search out for stories about autistic people written by autistic people so I know that it will be an accurate representation of our collective experiance. I love being able to identify with the way the main charecter is feeling, for once, and to see us have stories everyone else has always been able to have.
Books I read and enjoyed include Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis and The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas.
- Fairytale Retellings
I’ve been into Disney for as long as I can remember so, of course, any books based on fairytales I’m going to be on. As an example, I wasn’t interested in Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi until someone mentioned it was an Alice in Wonderland retelling and then I read it straight away. It was super good, by the way!
Other ones I’ve enjoyed are Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins by Emma Donoghue and The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen
- Cute/Aesthetic Graphic Novels
I love love love graphic novels lately, over the past couple of years I’ve really taken an interest in them. Some of my favourites include Tomboy by Mia Goodwin, I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young, Kim Reaper by Sarah Graley and Moonstruck by Grace Ellis.
If a book is an #OwnVoices diverse book, this makes it a lot more likely to be picked up by me. I want to support people in minorities who have rarely or never seen themselves accurately represented in media, and who want to make their stories told. It’s very important to me.
Some books include On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo and If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo.
I know this is reguarly made fun of, but I adore vampires. I find their mythology really interesting and I especially love unique takes on vampires, which can be difficult to find so reccomendations on that one would be great as well.
Some vampire books I’ve enjoyed are The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, and Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
- Mental Illness
Because I have a mental illness myself, I love reading other books about mental illness because I like being able to relate to the main character. Some books include Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall, Solitaire by Alice Oseman and Made You Up by Francesca Zappia.
So, these are some of the things that make me want to pick up a book! Feel free to talk about what makes you want to pick up a book.