Top Ten Tuesday: Read Me

Posted April 18, 2017 by meezcarrie in Christian, Top Ten Tuesday / 47 Comments

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “Things That Instantly Make Me Want to Read A Book”. I had to think about this one longer than I anticipated .. mainly because I just plain LOVE books. If it’s a book and it’s not smutty or science fiction (or smutty science fiction), chances are I want to read it. But as I stared at my Trello list for a while, I did think of several things that do push books to the top of my TBR pile. (Other than “because I promised to review it” since, let’s be honest, that’s why I read most books anymore lol)

*Marriage of Convenience*


check out my Marriage of Convenience shelf on Goodreads)

*Fairy Tale Retelling*


(check out my Fairy Tales shelf on Goodreads)

*Best Friends To More*



(check out my Cozy Mystery shelf on Goodreads)

(Unique Books I’ve Read Lately)



(more Cover Love)

*Underground Railroad*






(check out my Regency shelf on Goodreads)



(check out my Christmas fiction shelf on Goodreads)

Ok … so … yeah. There are (way) more than ten books today, but there are only 10 categories! That counts for something, yes? 😉

What about you? What are some things that will make you instantly want to read a book?


47 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Read Me

  1. Megan Hamsher

    For me, it’s usually whatever mood I’m in and I pick the genre that fits that mood.

    Sometimes there’s nothing better than chasing soldiers or other folks in a war zone.
    (American Civil War and WWII are my faves, although I’ve found myself in other wars)
    Other times, all I want is a good old-fashioned love story in a little town.
    Sometimes a good mystery – or a good murder mystery – is the ticket.
    Other times, tagging along with those who work with pooches or crochet with a cat nearby are the winners.
    Occasionally, it’s tagging along with First Responders or hanging out in hospital.
    Then again, sometimes I end up back in Biblical times.

  2. Winnie Thomas

    The cover, the author, the description, my BFFF Carrie told me to, recommendations by other blogger/reviewer friends. (Not necessarily in that order).

      • Winnie Thomas

        Your power of persuasion (book pushing) rivals your reading superpower, my dear BFFF! You’ve almost single-handedly grown my TBR list into an insurmountable mountain! (with a little help from a few other bloggers and friends)

  3. Carrie, fascinating insight of a reviewer’s interests ?
    For me to open a novel, I have to be intrigued by the premise and have an “oooooh” moment.

    • Debra

      Me too, Elaine. I listen to audiobooks primarily chosen for era, setting or author. (Borrowed from library system) Mysteries primarily but more often for setting that I’m writing in.
      But to pick up a new one it’s the cover and then something unique and compelling about the story I wish I could explain what that meant!!

  4. Carrie Turansky

    Lovely topics! It’s great to hear what attracts you to a story. Thanks for including Shine Like the Dawn. I always wanted to write a story where the hero and heroine were childhood friends who grew up together and fell in love, so that was fun to write.

  5. Kay Garrett

    I love Amish stories of all kind but give it a twist like a mystery or romance and then even more so.

  6. Paula S.

    The cover, a favorite author, my go to genre, the blurb an the back cover. I love series, too, but I usually wait til all three are out so I can read them all right awawy. Sometimes I just can’t wait and have to read them when they come out.

  7. Suzie Waltner

    I’m a fan of Best Friends to more books too. Also, throw the name Jane Austen in the description, and I’m usually sold :).

  8. Fabulous post! I love historical fiction (especially set in England or colonial/territory N. America). I’ve recently discovered cozy mysteries and can read them all day. Same with Christmas reads. I definitely fall prey to cover love, too.

  9. Melissa

    My “instantly want to read it” themes:
    1. Missing people, especially missing without a trace (Deb Raney’s The Face of the Earth is one example)
    2. Cold Case mysteries (Love Dee Henderson’s new Evie Blackwell cold case series)
    3. Ongoing Family or Friendship sagas (Susan May Warren’s Christiansen family series, Neta Jackson’s Yada Yada Prayer Group Series)
    5. Unusual books (Jim Rubart’s books, many of Angela Hunt’s books like Unspoken and Uncharted)
    6. Deep, realistic fiction (Cynthia Ruchti or Charles Martin)
    7. Anything involving food/cooking/bakeries (Hilary Manton Lodge’s Two Blue Doors series)
    8. Set in my area–Northwest
    9. Involving a bookstore/library
    10. Dual timeline (Susan Meissner, Lisa Wingate, Rachel Hauck)

  10. Sarah Monzon

    Go-to authors, stunning covers, keep hearing everyone rave about it, my mood, accessibility (does the library have it/can I afford it at this time), the premise is unique.

    • Carrie

      yesss i need to do a post on my go-to authors but I fear it would be even longer than this one LOL

  11. Great post! Thanks for sharing what you love to read. For me, a friends-to-more and/or a second-chance romance grabs me every single time. Happy reading, Carrie!

  12. Andrea Stephens

    O love this post, I love your categories.
    Historicals are my first go to, nearly any time period. They were my first love. Of course, I’ve read other genres too. I don’t like smutty books either.
    I do listen to a few bloggers recommendations and I have fallen in love with some new to me contemporary authors as well as other interesting books

    Oh my goodness, your Goodreads page is so organized! I love it! I wish I could do it too.

    • Carrie

      LOL it’s not as organized as I would love to make it – but that would cut into my reading time too much 😉

  13. Art history mysteries, eccentric old people, books set in modern remote places (Alaska, Appalachia, etc) especially if they are adventure suspense… I like all of those!

  14. Rebecca Maney

    I have been wanting to read this post all day and I finally made it. Great books, great lists.

    I love crime novels, legal suspense . . . . throw a lawyer or law enforcement officer in the mix and it makes my to-read pile.

    And military suspense? Ronie Kendig is in a category all her own.

  15. I love this! I would have to agree with most of this. Unm if it is a book….I will want to read it. Jk jk! I do have boundaries. Number one for me is probably friend recommendation.

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