Today's list is about the words/topics that instantly make me pick up a book to read it. It has actually taken me all afternoon to put this together because it was hard to figure out how to categorize them in the most efficient manner so that I got in everything I wanted, but also emphasizing the importance of each topic! Whew!
Here's what I came up with--
1. India setting
I LOVE India, in case you didn't know. ;) I love the place and the people.
I first got into it thanks to my now brother-in-law who is from Pune, just outside of Mumbai.
2. World Literature
Besides India, I really love books about South Asia and really anywhere. I am fascinated with other cultures, which is why I began the infamous
Take Me Away feature.
Examples of World Lit I would pick up:
3. Ancient Egypt/Egyptology
I find this fascinating. I will watch just about any documentary on Egypt. I love learning about Nefertiti and Cleopatra and Isis and all of the political intrigue and religious elements tied into it.
4. Other Historical Fiction
I enjoy historical fiction in general. I am especially drawn to the Tudor era of England, Ireland, Japan, the Deep South, Austenesque books, and
5. Paranormal/Fantasy Elements
Vampires, angels, shape-shifters, mind-readers, fairies, mythology, etc.
6. Graphic Novels on Serious Issues or Classic Literature
Graphic Novels are a relatively new addition to my reading repetoire. I don't like "comics", per se. I don't read Spider-Man or X-Men. I like chunky stories told in the graphic style.
7. Fairy Tale Retellings
This is a relatively new trend and I hope it doesn't get played out like the vampire v. werewolf idea I mentioned above. Fairy tales are pretty much standard American little girl fare and now that the stories are re-told to be less "happily ever after for no reason" and more "moral codes" and "crazy twists", I am liking them a lot more.
Yes, I still enjoy this! I became Orwellian obsessed at an early age, I can't help it. :)
9. Strong Female Characters
I am so sick to the point of murder of girls with no backbone or personalities of their own, particularly in the YA genre. Twilight is my go-to example of this anti-female junk, though there are others. I much prefer female characters who know who they are and are not afraid to risk humiliation, death, being ostracized, or anything else just to get a man to pay attention to her. Or if it is about a man, she at least develops the backbone, character, wit, and intelligence that shows she will be just as fine without him around, too.
10. Books about Books
How can I not love these? Is there a book lover who doesn't love to read books about the very thing she loves? Because I would love an explanation as to why not. These things rock!
What topics make your instant picks list?