Hello lovelies! How are you? Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Artsy Girl and the topic this week is: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book. I’ll be talking about my buzzwords, not my impulse control issues or escapist tendencies – cause it’s more fun for all us this way, right?
I grew up in the golden age of TV witches, when Sabrina the teenage witch, Willow Roseburg and the Charmed Ones were still blessing our screen and I’ve loved reading about witches ever since. There’s a reason this is my favorite quote: “Never put your faith in a prince. When you require a miracle, trust in a witch.”
This post is turning into a nostalgia trip, but I was raised on the Brothers Grimm and Disney and I still love fairytales in ever shape they come. So many of my favorite things to read about are typical fairytale elements, like witches, talking animals, magical forests, curses and castles.
3. 90s AESTHETICS
I’m a 90s kid and clearly, my nostalgia knows no limits. I love the aesthetics of the 90s. From the slip dresses and velvet scrunchies, to the grunge bands and teen movies. It feels like home.
4. FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS
I love reading about friendship in general, but if a book mentions female friendships or girl gangs in it’s blurb I’M THERE. My friends are so important to me and having that group of girls means a lot, so I love seeing that reflected in the books I read.
I’ve always been drawn to books about artists of all kinds: painters, musicians, writers, photographers, dancers etc. Because creativity is such a big part of my life, I love reading books that explore the creative process and follow characters who are passionate about creating.
I could’ve just said morally gray characters, but if I’m being honest I’m kind of over antiheroes. I just find morally gray girls and women so much more interesting. It makes me sad that they’re still much harder to find and still get much more hate than their male counterparts.
7. FOUND FAMILIES
I actually didn’t know this was a trope until I started blogging, but I’d loved it for a long time without knowing. Whether it’s a group of friends in nothing to do town, a rag tag spaceship crew or strangers trying to survive the apocalypse, I love the dynamics of a found family. It makes me soft.
8. ANIMAL COMPANIONS
Yes, hi, hello. I once bought a book cause the blurb mentioned a pet panda (Invictus) and I’m not sorry. I wish I had a pet panda. Or a hedgehog. Or a fox. OR A DIREWOLF. Since that’s not happening anytime soon, I like living vicariously and reading about cute animal companions.
Assassins used to be the opposite of a buzzword for me, then I met Mia Corvere and now I’m a believer. It’s got to be a female assassin though.
Wow, I really don’t care about boys.
10. MAGICAL REALISM
Magical realism is one of my favorite genres to read, because the way it combines the everyday with the impossible makes magic feel a little more real to me. All my recommendations are Anna-Marie McLemore books because she’s the #ownvoices queen of the genre. I don’t make the rules.