Top Ten Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday I’ll be sharing with you ten things that make me pick up a book. I had to spend a lot of time thinking on this one, because I actually didn’t know at first, but I ended up having a ton of fun figuring out what it is exactly that draws me to a book. Some of these will be pretty typical, but hopefully a couple of them will be specific to me.

the cover – I know, you’re never supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but I do it all the time. If the cover doesn’t draw me in, then I won’t care enough about it to learn more. Usually anytime I go to the bookstore I have specific things in mind, but every now and then I’ll go with the intent of purchasing something I’ve never heard of before. The last time I did this I ended up with Samuel Miller’s A Lite Too Bright, and I never would have picked this wonderful book if it weren’t for the amazing cover!

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Ten Books Featuring Music

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is an audio freebie, meaning we can cover anything we want as long as it has to do with audio. I struggled to come up with a topic to cover – I don’t listen to podcasts, audiobooks are hard for me to listen to at this season in my life, and I already share the music I jam out to with y’all every Friday. So, after a lot of thinking, I decided to make a list of ten books that feature music as a main theme of the story. I wouldn’t consider this a top ten post, but instead merely a list that is ten books long.

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If you read my review for You’d Be Mine you’ll know how much I absolutely adore this book. Hahn captured the country music scene so perfectly while creating two of the best characters I’ve ever met. To be honest, I hadn’t really listened to country music in about six years due to an evolution in my music preferences, but ever since reading this one there’s been a lot of Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley being played.

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Musings and Ramblings on Authors Who Never Let You Down

Recently I read Jennifer E. Smith’s newest release, Field Notes on Love, and made a comment to my husband over dinner about how I have absolutely loved every single book she has written. This made him start trying to figure out if there were any other authors that I enjoyed where I had read all of their books and never felt let down by them. After thinking on it, I decided that my two never let me down authors were Jennifer E. Smith and Gayle Forman.

To me, an author who never lets you down is vastly different from an auto buy author. I could probably spend the entire day creating a list of people who I’ll automatically buy their book upon it’s release (Ellen Hopkins, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Amanda Lovelace…….), but just because I love those authors and will buy anything they write doesn’t mean that I’ve never been disappointed by one of their books. After some encouragement from my husband, this of course led me to Twitter. We just had to know who other readers considered their never let you down authors to be.

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Top Ten Standalone Books That Need a Sequel

Honestly, this is a really hard Top Ten Tuesday post for me, because I love standalones, and I feel like there aren’t enough of them. I wasn’t able to come up with ten, so instead here are seven standalones I wouldn’t mind seeing sequels of.

The Storm Makers by Jennifer E. Smith
I would really love to see Ruby and Simon go on more adventures while Simon learns about his powers and the ending definitely felt open to more. Smith said she’s “not totally sure about a sequel, but hopefully one day.”

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