This week we’re talking about why we read the books we read! I’m pretty sure all of us have a list of things we look for when we read a book’s synopsis or read book reviews. Some of us might even be sold on a book’s cover alone! These are the things we’re talking about today. Hopefully you’ll have some suggestions for me based on my list!
1. Travel Destinations
This first one is a bit of an umbrella pick for me, but I had to do it this way or else all ten of my picks for this topic would be different countries! I love traveling to my favorite places and places I’d like to visit through books, so if I see that a book is set in Italy or France or Greece, etc. my interest is immediately piqued.
2. Characters On Vacation
In the same vein as above, I’m all about going on vacation with book characters. If characters are traveling abroad, going on class trips, going to boarding school, or road tripping I get excited!
3. Fauxmances/Relationships of Convenience
This is a HUGE one for me! I love the fake romance/fake marriage turned full-blown love story.
4. Non-Paranomal, Non-Erotic Romantic Suspense
I LOVE romantic suspense, but so much of what’s out there has a paranormal aspect to it or is too explicit for me. I don’t want a romance to be suspenseful because he’s a werewolf. I want a murder or a missing person or a serial killer or SOMETHING with a strong accompanying romance. Those are so exciting and swoony to me, and are my absolute favorite kinds of books.
5. Workplace Romance
I love the tension of a really great, forbidden workplace romance!
6. Nerdy Characters
I love the sexy nerds as romantic interests. I also love nerdy or bookish heroines that I can relate to.
7. On the Water
I love books set on cruise ships, pirate ships, sailboats, yachts, ferries, lifeboats, etc. I gobble them up like you wouldn’t believe.
I love heists! Jewelry, art, antiques, rare books, I’m here for all of it.
9. Wilderness/Survival Settings
I love it when characters are off the beaten path, whether by choice or not. Camping, hiking, getting lost or stranded on a beach or in the wilderness… Perhaps a boat goes down or a plane crashes and the characters have to learn to survive. Throw in a little suspense or danger into one of these settings, and it’s even more of a must-have for me.
10. Underwater Settings
I love books that take place in fantasy underwater cities or compounds. Mermaids are an added bonus!
Do you have any books you’d recommend to me based on my list?
What makes you want to read a book?