Top Ten Tuesday | Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

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Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where we make lists of our top ten books (or something else!) based on that week’s prompt. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here. Please note that 10 is just a starting number. You can post however many books you want or less!

This weeks topic is: “Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book”


I’m honestly not sure if I have 10 things that instantly make me want to read a book but there are a few things!

  1. Cover: I love a book with a beautiful cover. I know it’s horrible to judge a book by it’s cover but I love to have pretty things on my shelf :3
  2. Beloved Author: If a book is written by an author that I love, I will automatically buy the book… whether the synopsis sounds good or not. Laurie Halse Anderson is my number one auto-buy author :3 
  3. Hype: Not always, but sometimes if a book is really hyped, I get interested into seeing why the book is so hyped to begin with. 
  4. Friends: If a friend really likes a book I’ll sometimes look into also reading it. This happens a lot if we have the same taste in books. 🙂
  5. Synopsis: I do love a book with a good selling synopsis. If the book doesn’t sound interesting via the synopsis I usually won’t pick up the book. Which probably means I’m missing out on a lot of good books, but a synopsis is so important! 

What Makes a 5 Star Book

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Some people give 5 stars like nobodies business. Like creepy men tossing money at strippers as if they have money for days. Me? I’m not like that. I’m extremely picky about giving books a 5 star rating. I give 5 star ratings out very few and far between. So what makes me consider giving a story 5/5 stars? Continue reading… 🙂

It has to make me feel something. I don’t mean little butterflies because there was a cute romance or scared because something epic happened. I mean it crushed my soul and destroyed it beyond repair. The book has to make me think outside the book. It needs to make me consider things I’ve never considered before. It needs to make me rethink my thoughts in new directions.

I love books with an amazing writing style. I love books that are poetic. Not something generic. I want to read a book that’s told in a different way. I also want a book that I can connect to the characters on a super personal level. I want it to feel like the characters trust me enough to tell me their secrets (does that makes sense?). I don’t want a book where I only connect to the characters for the sake of the story.

I think this is a reason I love contemporary novels so much. They make me think and feel and consider. In all honesty, though, a book doesn’t need to have fantastic characters, a solid plot, or amazing writing for me to rate it 5/5. It just needs to make me feel something spectacular.

Here are some of my favorite 5 star books


The Book Thief | Between Shades of Gray | Forbidden

The Fault in Our Stars | Bruiser | The Running Dream

Openly Straight | Two Boys Kissing | The Spectacular Now

Impossible Knife of Memory| Last Leaves Falling | Wonder

What about you? How do you go about giving a book the solid 5 star rating?