Top Ten Tuesday: Stories we will instantly need

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

We all know those stories…the ones we are instantly drawn to because of one element. The setting, character, or something particular about the plot just calls to us and we know that we need to read that book instantly. Yes, I know you are thinking of books that fall into this category as we speak and the different things that draw you to them. This week for Top Ten Tuesday we are listing some of those qualities that make us instantly drawn to a book.

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We will more than likely instantly need a book if…

  • it’s a fairy-tale retelling, or even loosely based on a fairytale.
  • the damsel in distress isn’t really in distress and she’s actually a badass.
  • the chosen one isn’t actually the chosen one but are still pretty important.
  • the book is bound to make the reader shed some tears.
  • the book deals with grief.
  • the heroine finds out she has magical abilities.
  • the heroine finds out she has a pretty stellar family situation (royalty) and she just can’t seem to remember.
  • it’s a book based on Jane Austen.
  • it’s a book based off of Robin Hood.
  • it’s recommended for fans of Harry Potter (this does not always go so well).
  • it’s promised to make us swoon.
  • it’s based on WWII era stories.
  • it’s a book loosely based off history.
  • it’s a book based in medieval times.

QUESTION: What are some things that will make you instantly pick up a book?

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Stories we will instantly need

  1. Kel

    Fairy tale retellings instantly catch my attention (though they don’t always turn out well). Other than that…it’s an odd mashup of genre (usually looking for some sort of fantasy), cover+synopsis, whether I like the author/series and what mood I’m in at the moment. 🙂

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  2. Fairy tale retellings is something I’ve been neglecting. I’ve loved all the ones I’ve read but that hasn’t been nearly enough. I’m a big fan of WW2 stories – especially if it’s based in fact. Great list!

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    1. onceuponabookishnerd

      I totally agree with you! My sister and I are the same. I can’t get enough of people’s first hand accounts during that time period. It could be about the holocaust or even a soldier fighting.


    2. Terrifying but fascinating is probably the best way to put it. I can’t even put to words the horror that was witnessed during that time in history, but I can’t stop reading about it. I think I just love to know that people survived and that there were good moments that came out of tragedy.


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