30 Apr 2013

Top Ten Words/Themes That Trigger Book Buying

Saw this Top Ten at Giraffe Days and thought it was brilliant! It was originally posted at The Broke and the Bookish as "Top Ten Words", but Giraffe Days expanded it to Words/Topics, and I approve of that alteration ;) There are absolutely some topics/themes that make me instantly attracted to a book.

  1. Books
    I love books about books, and possibly fiction a tiny bit more than non-fiction (although "Ex-Libris" by Anne Fadiman is terrific!). Books like "People of the Book" (Geraldine Brooks) and "The City of Dreaming Books" (Walter Moers) are among my favourites.
  2. Amnesia
    GiraffeDays mentioned this, and I have to agree. I feel drawn to it in a way I can't quite explain. ... Unless the amnesia turns out to be schizophrenia-induced though. That's a cop-out along the lines of "And then he woke up and it was all a dream" and has unfortunately been used in a few too many books.
  3. Letters
    Epistolatory novels are right up my aisle. From "Daddy Long-Legs"/"Dear Enemy" (Jean Webster) to "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" (Mary Ann Shaffer) - I love them all.
    Not just letters either - it's the same with books made up of journal entries. I LOVED Bram Stoker's "Dracula", because it was a bit of everything :)
  4. Wacky/Long Titles
    Actually it was writing the above that made me thing of this. I picked up books like "TGL&PPPS", "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" (Mark Haddon) and "The Hundred-Year-Old Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" (Jonas Jonasson) purely because of their titles. Fortunately none of them have disappointed me yet ;)
  5. Knitting
    Not just knitting, but most apparent with knitting. It must be a craft thing...or rather, the social aspect of doing a craft, but I just love reading books with knitting circles, scrapbooking societies etc.
    The only problem with this kind of book is that I'm always of two minds! Do I want to read? Or do I want to knit? Both!!! I really need to learn how to do both!
  6. Dystopia (Post-Apocalypse)
    I've been on a dystopia/post-apocalypse kick lately (I know they aren't exactly the same, but they overlap enough for me to never be quite sure whether a book is one or the other or perhaps both), and there have been very, very few that I didn't love.
  7. New Zealand
    Granted, this is mostly when I feel particularly homesick but everything else being equal I'm more drawn to a book that takes place in New Zealand than to a book that takes place almost anywhere else.
    Soul-Country indeed :)
  8. Boarding Schools
    For as long as I can remember, I've been fascinated by the life at boarding schools - even before I attended one myself. I still love reading about them and one of the appeals of Harry Potter was definitely all the descriptions of life at Hogwarts.
  9. Cruise
    Possibly because I've always wanted to go on a cruise myself. One of these days...
    (Yes, I'm kidding with the example, but only kinda... after all, this WAS my first introduction to the topic and quite possibly what caused it to be a trigger)
  10. Happiness Project
    This is happiness projects as a theme rather than as the actual words (although I do love Gretchen Rubin's two books :) ). Memoirs of people who go on a quest - mentally or physically - to improve their own happiness. "Julie & Julia" (Julie Powell) and "Changing Gears" (Nancy Sathre-Vogel) are two excellent examples of this genre. If you have any other recommendations, please let me know! :)


Fabulous Book Fiend said...

Ooo I like all your topics, no idea why I forgot to put books in my list too-I LOVE books about books!! Here's the link to my TTT http://fabulousbookfiend.blogspot.co.uk

Unknown said...

Love your list :) I agree with many of your words!!

Beth | The Reading Vixens
Vixen's Top Ten!

Jessica (Peace Love Books) said...

Books about books and knitting made my list too! I didn't know there were other knitting lovers out there! Have you read Heidi Betts' books? They're awesome! Great list :)

Here's my Top Ten!

Kami said...

I usually like books about books too, but I never even thought to put it on my list!

Bookzilla said...

Love the "wacky/long title" one. The longer I think about it the more I can recall long and crazy titles that I loved. :)

Here's my TTT for the week. Happy reading!

Julianne said...

I have loads of books about knitting on my wishlist but somehow haven't managed to read any yet. I do love books set in boarding schools.