Eight Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

A weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is… Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

1 . Friends to lovers trope – This is the best trope out here don’t @ me. I think the best relationships are made up of people who were friends first. This trope makes sure insta-love is no where to be found, and I just think it makes for a more solid relationship. 

2. I’ve read this author before? – I’m more likely to pick up a book if I’ve something from that author before. If I liked their previous book(s) before, I’m more trusting, I know their writing style, the way they handle their characters, etc. Of course, just because I liked an author doesn’t mean I’ll like every book they write, but I do give them more of a chance.

3. Unreliable narrators – Are you saying I can’t trust your main character? Sign me tf up!

4. Loner / misfit characters – Something about these types of characters makes my heart so happy. I think these characters are so relatable, and I almost always enjoy these books.

5. Found family trope – Another of my favorite tropes. I think this trope makes you feel super hopeful. Characters always find a group where they can be themselves and the loyalty always runs deep.

6. Pretty covers – I try not to let this one dictate what I read too much. But of course I have my weak moments…

7. Great villains / antiheroes – Your book has a great villain you say? Villains have the potential add so much depth and interest to the story. Antiheroes have the potential to snatch my soul, these will always be one of my favorite types of characters.

8. Recommendations – If I see someone talking about a book or it getting recommended to me, naturally I’m curious to check it out. When I see people hyping up a book it’s impossible for me not to look it up, and if it’s from someone who I trust… forget about it. I’m picking it up!

44 thoughts on “Eight Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

  1. Friends to lovers is DEFINITELY the best trope. I think it’s so much more satisfying to see people coming to the “right” conclusion than just running around all dizzied up and confused about the Hot New Stranger.


  2. Great list! Found family is a definite winner, as is a great villain; wish I’d included them on my list 🙂 Nice to see we’ve got 3 things in common – cover, author and recommendations.


  3. I totally get what you say about authors you’ve read. I’ve read books where the author hasn’t quite felt the same, but I’ll usually give them more of a chance to win me over if I’ve loved a previous book.
    My TTT this week.


    1. Romance is one of my favorites genres! And if it’s friends to lovers, forget about it, I’m a goner. 🙂


      1. I don’t tend to read pure romance novels as it’s not my favourite genres but if there’s romance in the books I read in other genres then I prefer it to be friends to lovers.


  4. I’m definitely more likely to pick up a book if it’s got a pretty cover. Also agree with you about unreliable narrators. 🙂


  5. If I know that a book has a complex , interesting villain I’m more likely to pick it up too – they really add so much depth to a story. And so do antiheroes! My favorite characters always end up being the ones that could be read both as antiheroes and as villains, I love moral ambiguity. Great list!


    1. Enemies to lovers is just okay for me, but when done right that trope can be pretty awesome 😀 Thanks for reading!


  6. It seems that we, as readers, are all really big fans of found family… TTT has only been going for about 10 minutes today and already I’ve seen it on several lists (including mine).


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