Things That Will (Hopefully) Make Me Like A Book

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday meme (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) is “Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book.”

Clearly my post follows the prompt exactly. #rebel

There are things that make me HATE a book (more on that next week *rubs palms together*) and there are things that make me LOVE a book.

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Let’s just get this out of the way right now.

I LOVE beautiful covers. SO much. (Way too much.) And if a book has a pretty cover, there is a 97.4% chance I will like it more because of it.

(Unless the book is just unspeakably awful-that’s when I wail in agony because WHAT A WASTE.)

Also, if the cover is ugly, I won’t have read the book in the first place.

Here are some of my recent favorite covers:

Long May She ReignThe Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

The Beast Is an Animal


This is actually ONLY due to the overdose of UNNECESSARY, CONTRIVED, STUPID romance that is EVERYWHERE in YA.

Sometimes, no romance is just a relief. Usually, not having romance in YA allows for more focus on the characters and plot, and plus it’s nice to have a break.

Here are some recent books I liked that didn’t have romance:

This Savage Song This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)(my review)

                   Vassa in the Night (my review)

Vassa in the Night

Cuckoo Song (my review)

Cuckoo Song



I actually LIKE romance IF it is done WELL. If there is chemistry and if the romance feels natural and doesn’t take over a plot, THEN I like it. A lot. (Also, a swoony book boyfriend helps matters greatly, tbh.)

Here are some recent reads with ENJOYABLE romance:

Tiger Lily (my review)

Tiger Lily

My Lady Jane (my review)

My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies #1)

Six of Crows (my review)

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)


Characters will make or break a book for me. Even if I don’t connect to a character, if they are well developed and I can get a clear sense of who they are, I will probably at least like a book. Almost NOTHING irks me more than characters that aren’t well developed. When a character feels flat or contrived or whatever.. it’s just URGHHH.


I LOVE villains. They are among my favorite characters, and if a book has a villain who is EVIL and has CLEAR MOTIVES for being evil, chances are I will like it.

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I also LOVE antiheros and other evil morally grey characters. I think they make a book SO much more interesting.

Honestly, 97.3% of the reason I love Six of Crows so much is the fact that there is such a thing as Kaz Brekker.

He is my favorite antihero.



I  really like pretty, visual writing. I love getting lost in vivid descriptions and lush words, and even if a book isn’t quite as good in other areas, pretty writing will often make me love it SO much more.

Some authors who I think write particularly beautifully are Stephanie Garber, Roshani Chokshi, Jodi Lynn Anderson, and Renee Ahdieh.

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Third person past tense is my favorite when reading and writing. I just feel like it allows for a much more complete picture of the story.

I also occasionally like 3rd person present tense, but ONLY if it is done well.

Also, I absolutely love fairytales, and 3rd person always feels more fairytale-esque, sooo…

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What are some things that will make or break a book for you? Are you super picky about anything? Who is your favorite villain??

26 thoughts on “Things That Will (Hopefully) Make Me Like A Book

  1. OH MY GOSH THIS LIST IS ME. Third person past is my faaaaavorite, and antiheros are so amazing! You should definitely read The Young Elities if you haven’t — the MC is an awesome antihero! And yes, if the charries are developed well (and if the villain is too), the book is bound to be amazing. And SOMETIMES WE DON’T NEED ROMANCE. Or when we do, it has to be good. 😉 I think we’re the same person??? Because this list is MEEEEEEEEE

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  2. I’m such a sucker for books that have gorgeous covers – I tend to buy them, even if I’ve already read them (and sometimes when I didn’t like them all that much) just because I love looking at them! And pretty writing…don’t get me started. I loved The Star-Touched Queen because the writing was simply beautiful! You made such a great point about the romances, too – I tend to shy away from books that are all romance, or those fantasy novels that have a pointless, annoying romance tucked away inside the story, waiting to take center stage.

    Awesome list, by the way! I’m going to have to read some of these!

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    1. Ha, I’m tempted to do that too!! Looking at books is definitely one of my favorite parts of being a bookworm. I definitely agree about the secret romance. It’s very annoying. And thank you!! I hope you like them!


  3. I also really appreciate having a break from love stories/triangles in YA. It’s so refreshing to have a love story take a back-seat and the plot and character development become the focus!

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  4. I’m honestly not super picky. Although, if the book cover is just downright awful, I am WAY less inclined to grab it. Which is silly because the author may have no say in the cover. I’m going to go to my book store and cover every cover with brown paper and just be like HA NOW WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ITS A SURPRISE. Well developed characters who drive the plot are the best thing in my life. A swoony guy doesn’t hurt, but if it’s instalove he is automatically un-swoony even if he is the swooniest of swooners. I refuse to swoon by that guy. NOPE
    Don’t ask me to pick my favorite villain, Lenna. That’s just CRUEL BECAUSE I LOVE THEM AND THE TRAGIC BACK STORIES AND omg I’m such a sucker for them. Bah, it’s so bad because I know it’s such an overdone trope but I am an addict halp meeeeeeee.

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    1. Ha!! You should do that!! Yes, those guys are the best. Honestly, the swoony book boyfriends are sometimes the best part of reading. Unless it’s instalove, which makes me want to THROW THE BOOK AND THE STUPID SWOONY GUY.
      I forgot about the tragic backstory!! I should have included that, even though it’s cliche but I DON’T CARE I LOVE IT. Way too much.
      I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite villain either. It’s an evil question. *laughs evilly*

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  5. Sometimes if a book has a pretty cover I won’t even read the synopsis, I’ll just buy it because the cover is gorgeous (even though the saying is not to judge a book by its cover, I 100% do). This list is so on point for me. Anitheroes are AMAZING. I seriously love them so much!

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    1. Haha, I haven’t bought a book for its cover (yet) but I totally judge them by it. I mean, covers are like one of the best parts of books!?!
      I’m glad you relate about anitheros!! They really are the best.

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  6. YES TO ALL OF THIS. I love books with morally gray characters – they’re so interesting to read about. Pretty writing and a strong romance are definitely appealing as well. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! ❤

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  7. I LOVE LOVE LOVE ANTI HEROES IN A BOOK BECAUSE THEY ARE SO MUCH MORE REALISTIC! I personally don’t like books without romance just because I am such a romantic at heart UNLESS they are solely focused on other types of relationships such as familial or friendships!

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  8. What a great list! I agree with all of these, ALTHOUGH I admit that sometimes I’m wary about pretty writing! If it’s not done just so, I can find it annoying or unnecessary. Sometimes I straight up prefer more simplistic writing. Just like you said with romance! If it’s not done well, no romance can be way more enjoyable in YA.

    Great post!

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  9. Hi, Lenna! Thanks for visiting my blog! I like your name, I wonder how it pronounces. We have a name in Russia, though it’s spelled differently – Lena, its short from Elena. Anyway, great post!
    I love pretty covers too, I never can pass a book with a gorgeous cover. But I’m quite opposite about romance. I love romance and prefer books that have some kind of romantic plot in them. Though I agree there are very little YA titles that have non romance in them. A good villain is my weakness too.

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    1. No problem! And thanks!! I like it too 😊 I did know that. I have a Russian aunt named Lena, and she pronounces her name LyEH-na. Mine is pronounced LEH-na. It’s interesting, though, because where I live Lena is a very popular name, but it is pronounced LEE-na. So people almost always call me Lena and spell my name Lena. 😂
      Romance can definitely be a lot of fun!! I will never get over my love for villains…


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