Ten Topics That Usually Make Me Pick Up A Book!

Posted April 30, 2013 by Asheley in Uncategorized / 24 Comments

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Ten Topics That Usually Make 
Me Pick Up A Book!


1. SWOONY and/or STEAMY.

VAIN by Fisher Amelie 
 Hopeless by Coleen Hoover

I want a romance to make my heart skip beats. 
I’m just like a lot of you!  



Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor 
Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
 The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano

There are so many books that I pick up based on 
recommendations by others because of how well the 
author can turn a phrase OR make me feel with her words. 
These are only a couple of examples.  



The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

I haven’t read all of the fae books out there yet, 
but I’m working on it! 





The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The setting in these books are so good, so sensory – 
they’re like their own characters in the book. 
You can taste the salty air, feel the mist off of the oceans, etc. 
THAT’s what I want. Love it.  




Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
 Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

I know it may seem weird to put these two together
under one topic, but I’ve had some INCREDIBLE
discussions over email, gchat, text messaging, twitter
whatever over these books! 

Y’all, all I want to do is talk about the books! 
Is that too much to ask???




If You Stay by Courtney Cole
A Song for Julia by Charles Sheehan-Miles

This is basically my go-to genre right now as far as favorites. 
I could list a bazillion books in this example but I’ll spare you – for now.
I’m about to do TWO MONTHS of contemporaries on my blog and
I’m slamming them full of New Adult reads because people
have a VERY LARGE misconception of what this genre is all about. 
Can’t wait!! 




Being Friends With Boys by Terra Elan McVoy
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

It’s possible, friends! And it is wonderful. 
Terra Elan McVoy captures it so well in her book, 
which just so happens to be one of my favorites. LOVE IT. 
There are others too, although the stories often end in romance. 




The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miler
 American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I love mythology, as lots of you do, but these books need to be more widely read.
Gaiman probably doesn’t need much of an explanation here
but The Song of Achilles is an award-winning, beautiful story written by an 
educated, very smart woman that knows her stuff! 
Both favorites of mine!
(American Gods is a comfort read and listen for me!)




The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald


Read the book, then see the movie. That is all. 
I have JUST finished The Silver Linings Playbook and am
all kinds of ready to see that one!



(My personal favorite.)

Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick
Irresistible by Liz Bankes

This doesn’t mean the romance always fails
It just means that the romance may be very hard to attain
or sustain. But when they finally get together – WOW they’re good!
I am SUCH a sucker for a these stories!  
I LOVE THEM. The pain in the beginning and the sometimes-payoff…
Why put myself thru it? I do not know. I do not know. 




Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe

There is something so powerful about being able to tell a story in 
such a few words, leaving out the fluffy language – only 
telling me what I need to know and leaving my mind to fill in the blanks. 
Verse novels are so powerful, you guys. 


Really, I’ll read just about anything. 
I don’t need key words, phrases, or topics. 

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About Asheley

Asheley is a Southern girl. She loves Carolina blue skies, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and NC craft beer. She loves all things history but prefers books over everything.

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24 responses to “Ten Topics That Usually Make Me Pick Up A Book!

  1. What a great list!!

    I have read a few New Adult novels and really enjoyed them. I'm excited to read the reviews of the books you've read. I want to read more. I need recommendations, though.

  2. Ha ha –There's something about a movie coming out that makes me want to read the book every time… Even if I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole before. Awesome list!

  3. Oh you have some great ones I should have included too! Beautiful writing–YES. Setting as character–YES! Opposite sex friendship–oh HECK YES:) Great list, chica:) Gotta go check out your Silver Linings Playbook review later today! If only so I can gaze at Bradley Cooper on the cover just a wee bit longer…;)

  4. Oh yes, gotta love those steamy/swoony books! If someone tells me I'm going to swoon over something, I'm immediately drawn to it. I really love verse novels as well! I haven't read many outside of Hopkins's books, but most of what I've read has been very good!

  5. I'll always pick up the book before seeing the movie. While I liked the Silver Linings movie, I was shocked at how much they changed. It's almost unrecognizable. Also agree with mythology and opposite sex friendships. Great list!
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  6. All of these are ones I love too! Especially Beautiful Language, Slow Burn Swoony and Discussable. But I adore Mythology, New Adult and Setting as Character. I do enjoy fairies and vampires but they aren't auto buys for me. The only one that makes me nervous is doomed/impossible loves. I like starcrossed lovers, but I also am a sucker for HEAs. I know doomed loves can end well, but still I get scared! You talk about Robert Goolrick a lot and I'd really like to try one of his books.

  7. I'm NOT sure how I feel about New Adult yet, but basically everything else on this list speaks to me. I'll take it all, please.

  8. I also love beautiful language, but that's difficult for me to judge before I read a book (I don't always agree with what other people define as beautiful language, but when it is…makes the experience of reading a book so much better!). And oh! Love mythology stories, as well as books that put the setting as a character. I haven't actually read any novels in verse, but I fully plan on correcting that soon. Great list!

  9. I'm so with you on beautiful writing and setting as a character! It also helps that I love the books you've used as examples for those categories 🙂 While I don't typically choose a book based on whether or not it's discussion-worthy, I certainly have a whole new appreciation for bookish discussions after emailing back and forth with you! And you're so right that some books just really make for great discussions/conversations!

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