Top Ten Tuesday: Things that make me pick up a book


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Maybe one day I’ll bring you into my TBR system, but for know all you need to know is that it involves three websites and three dozen Goodreads shelves.

Since I use my library a lot my TBR is split into a long list that I keep on Goodreads and a shortlist with the books I own, the books I borrowed, and the books I have on hold.

Add to longlist

With this list I chose five things that make be added a book to my TBR even when the synopsis is not something I’m immediatey interested in.

LGBTQ+ Representation

I’ve only had access to queer books for 1/5 of my life so I need to catch up.

Complicated parent/child relationships (bonus if it’s mother/daughter)

Books that do this don’t fall into the absent parent trope and it’s more interesting than books with perfect families.

Unusual education/background

I was homeschooled so growing up I was always reading about characters who had an education very different from my own. If the book has homeschooling, study abroad, sport-study programs, etc. I will probably want to pick it up.

Romance tropes I love (fake dating, rivals to lovers, forbidden love…)

This goes for romance books, but also for other genres. In the case where romance might overpower the story I don’t mind as much if it’s the kind that I love.

Positive Reviews from people I follow

This goes both for people online and for people in my life. Some of the best books I’ve read were recommended to me by my friends and when I find people with the same taste as me I add to my TBR, no questions asked.

Add to shortlist

I love organizing my TBR and planning what to pick up next.

How do I choose which of the 500+ books on my long list I want to read next? It’s complicated, but here are the main factors.

Available at my library

About 150 of the books I want to read are unavailable at my library so of course I’m way less likely to read the quickly. Books that are available on Overdrive usually get read faster because I don’t have to plan when I will need to bring them back.

How much time it spent on my TBR

I’m trying to get through all the books I added to my list before 2016, but the truth is that books I added recently usually get read faster.

What I’m in the mood for

I have Goodreads shelves for different TBR genres so if I’m in the mood for thrillers and scifi that’s what I borrow.

How long the book is

If I have a lot of free time I might borrow a couple of bricks, but I try to have a balance of long and short books if I don’t know what my schedule will be.

Hearing a lot about it

This is the best way for books I added years before to get read. If I see one good review for a book I forgot about it shoots back up the priority list. This happened at the beginning of the year with Grave Mercy and I loved it.

All of this said, do you have recommendations for me? Bonus points if you know of a book with at least three elements I love.


12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Things that make me pick up a book

  1. On the come up by Angie Thomas feature a complicated but sweet mother daughter relationship. There are also side characters who are LGBTQ+ but the main character is not. Also, the book has been getting lots of positive reviews and I think they’re well-deserved!


  2. Wow.. thats a lot of lists xD
    I agree with the short ones! Though.. bricks do scares me, alot. I know i may struggle with them and my reading can be slow.. so book that is so HUGE you seem to be reading for days and not even do a dent in them makes me quite harsher on myself. I prefer thoses short chapters one where you seem to go by so fast in it ! So satisfying.

    I also never thought about thoses; complicated relationships & unusual schooling.. i guess you are right that perfect families can be boring in a book,and having followed the « regular » way (though we didnt had middle school in my area, too small of a town. ONE primary school and ONE secondary school, that was it) I haven’t gave that one particularly any attention. I find thoses quite interesting!

    I love this Top ten theme so much!! I see lot of themes that people mention that I end up not having thought about at all


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