Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Pick Up A Book

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This was a great topic to ponder over for a while…Why do we pick up what we read in the first place? I’d never really given it a thought before, but this is what I came up with:

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Magical –

I will always pick up book that has the word magical written on it or used to describe it.  The word always gives me a thrill of excitement.  Maybe it means transportation to a different world with new creatures and scenery or to a familiar world but with otherworldly characteristics…so many endless options.

Books: Harry Potter, Inkheart, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Magyk (Septimus Heap series) by Angie Sage

The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, #1)Fairy Tale-

I’m currently in love with fairy tale re-tellings and books containing any element of fairy tale in them. They allow an escape to a different world and if those words are used to describe a book I will make sure to give it the once over.

Books: Cinder by Marissa Meyer, The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley, Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

the night circusMystical-

Another word that just pulls me in for more.  Could there be something gorgeous to discover, a clever otherworldly mystery, or a creative twist to something seemingly ordinary.  It’s a word that begs me to read more about a book.

Books: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull


This is another one that works just like a magnet on me. It makes me automatically think of spies and secret romances so I always have to check and see if it could be a well written chick lit.

Books: Anything by Lauren Willig, and Meg Cabot’s mysteries

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Mythical-

Mythology is awesome and I love reading about mythological creatures and stories (especially amazing re-tellings).  So if I see a book with the word mythical on it, I just need to find out what it’s all about!

Books: Percy Jackson series and Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan



I am the type of person who hates going with the trends…but this is one train I’ve hopped on board with.  I just can’t resist a book with a dystopian setting…

Books: Divergent by Veronica Roth, Matched by Ally Condie, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Gilt (The Royal Circle, #1)Historic England-

Oh England, how I wish I could move there (someday hopefully!).  Any book containing historic England draws me in.  There’s so much history to learn about and exciting places to discover (I’m all about learning while reading for fun if possible!)

Books: Philippa Gregory’s novels, Gilt by Katherine Longshore


I’ve always had a soft spot for dragons. They’re just so magical.  Reading about them can really transport you somewhere else entirely (and wish you were a dragon rider in most instances).

Books: Eragon series by Christopher Paolini, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

book thiefWWII-

A topic I’ve found fascinating since the first time I learned of it. I love a well told WWII novel.  They are moving, interesting, inspirational, and always leave you with something to mull over.

Books: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy, Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Slavery/Underground Railroad-

Just like WWII, this is a topic I’ve always felt compelled to read about.  These stories are so incredibly inspirational and (usually) uplifting even if they are also heartrending.  I would like to recommend a nonfiction book (yes I did actually read a nonfiction book!) called Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs.  This is an amazing true story which should leave anyone who reads it with the notion that they can accomplish anything they set their mind to.

Books: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Clotel by William Wells Brown

Got any suggestions for great books others may enjoy based on the words/topics that pull me in?

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20 Responses so far.

  1. nikihawkes says:

    Excellent list! I love how diverse it is – all of mine deals with fantasy to one degree or another, lol. 🙂

    • Steph says:

      I realized by the end that my taste is quite wide 🙂 (although there are still some genres I won’t touch with a ten foot pole)
      Fantasy is so much fun though, if I want a place to escape…that’s where I go.

  2. Fairy tale retellings and dragons are on my list too, and I’d love to read more books set in historic England! 🙂 My TTT list:

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  3. I really appreciate that you included specific books in your list!

  4. Yay, another Willig fan! I love her Pink Carnation series. And a thousand times yes to dragons and myths. 🙂

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

    • Steph says:

      Lauren Willig is so awesome (she sent me a Christmas card with a bookplate a few years ago because I was super sad her book tour didn’t take her to the middle of nowhere MN!) and I LOVE love love her writing! I try to tell everyone about her 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Great TTT! I’m pretty much with you on all of these. I’m not as huge into WWII or Slavery/Underground Railroad, but I will read them if they look interesting!

    Ooh, and thanks for the heads up on the giveaway! I feel like I’m the only person in the world who has not yet read Cinder. Such a slacker ><

  6. Steph says:

    I hope you enjoy Cinder when you get a chance to read it. Definitely a new favorite author of mine. Thanks for entering the giveaway 🙂

  7. I am in LOVE with delving more into WWII. “The Book Thief” nearly killed me. I also thoroughly enjoy dystopian settings, mythology and fairy tales, and all things magic. Great list!

    • Steph says:

      It’s such a horrifying topic, but reading about life during that time is always an incredible story. But of course, you can’t always read about depressing topics or that would get very, very sad hence the need for the rest of the topics !

  8. marie says:

    Books like Divergent, Hunger Games, and Delirium make it extremely hard to not to jump aboard the dystopian train! I’m a sucker for a good dystopian novel.

  9. bdh63 says:

    Love your list! I also love all those things in books, too.

  10. I love DRAGONS!! I really enjoyed Seraphina!! Very cool picks and I love your blog!
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  11. Oh and have you read Code Name Verity? That is my favorite WWII book!

    • Steph says:

      Ahh….Code Name Verity, it is currently on my shelf of shame (bought and still have not read :S ). It will get read in May! I’m glad to you think so highly of it; makes me even more excited 🙂

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