Hi guys! A while ago there were lots of videos going around Booktube about bookish buzz-words, the words that catch our attention and make us want to read a certain book. I love watching videos like that, cause readers are so different and it’s really interesting to see what kind of books people are drawn to and for what reasons. So today I thought I’d tell you about some of my own bookish buzz-words and of course, some of my favorite books from each category as well.
In the words of my favorite writer, Catherynne M. Valente: “Never put your faith in a prince. When you require a miracle, trust in a witch.” Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved reading about witches. It doesn’t matter if it’s the old crone in the woods or a teenage girl discovering her powers for the first time, if she’s wicked, good or somewhere in between. As long as there’s a witch – I’m in.
I adore fairytales in any shape, form or size. Another Beauty and the Beast retelling? Awesome! A retelling of a lesser known tale? Even better! A collection of new fairytales? Lovely! A fairytale-esque novel? Wonderful!
3. GIRL SQUADS
I’m always more drawn to books with female protagonists and especially if there’s a whole squad of them. I’ve noticed that most my favorite girl squads are from grahpic novels though. So where are all my novels about badass chicks saving/taking over the world depending on their mood???
I’ve been low-key obsessed with mermaids ever since my mom gave me a mermaid Barbie doll that changed colors in the water and blew bubbles from it’s crown. So, it’s been a couple of years now… I’ve yet to read a mermaid book I’ve actually liked, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying. I still buy every mermaid book I come across and since I have no favorites to recommend, here’s a few from my tbr instead:
5. 90’S SETTING
Nineties aesthetics are the best aesthetics and I have the facts to back it up:
The Spice Girls ✔️
Denise Huxtable ✔️
In 2017 I discovered my love for all things space-related and read more sci-fi books in one year than I had in my entire life. I love the endless possibilities this setting offers and my favorite space-set books are the ones that explore a multitude of planets, species and cultures.