Top Ten Tuesday | My Bookish Turn Ons

I know what you’re thinking, who is this Carrianne girl and why is she finally posting something? I may or may not have been slightly MIA for a majority of this year and I am so sorry. I just haven’t felt like reading and therefore haven’t felt like blogging (because how can I call myself a book blogger without writing about books?). I’m looking for inspiration to do bookish posts while I’m not doing much reading (although a reread of ACOMAF is coming up and I’m trying to talk my friend at work into doing a buddy read with me).

Anyway, that’s not why you’re here, is it? You’re here because it’s Top Ten Tuesday! This is a meme hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish where we make a list based on a bookish theme and post it for all you lovely people to read. (I’m in a really silly mood, so I apologize in advance.)

This week’s theme is Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book.

Let’s dive into my vices, shall we?


Fantasy is by far my favorite genre to read, and if the blurb mentions anything with magic (faeries, witches, curses, powers, etc.) there’s a 99.9% chance that I will pick it up and read it. I mean, look at what I’ve read so far this year, hahaha.

Lovable villains

This is a new one for me, or at least it’s circling back around. I think it started with Edward Cullen (even though he was a self-proclaimed villain) and snowballed from there. The biggest draw to the Grisha Trilogy for me was the Darkling. And then there’s the other lovable villain I’ve low-key obsessed over this year…(Do I need to say it?)


I’m not super into mysteries like Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew, but I do like when a book has a riddle that the main character has to solve, especially when it’s a race against the clock. I can feel the adrenaline pumping and I’m gripping my book with white knuckles trying to figure it out, haha.


This goes way back before Rhysand was even a thought to anyone. Years ago, I read a book called Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (which is a seriously underrated series) and fell in love with the way she integrated Fae lore into her writing. Then ACOTAR and ACOMAF happened, which combined quite a few elements on this list and the rest is history.

Kickass Heroines

I need a heroine who can hold her own. It’s so incredibly annoying when the heroine plays the helpless damsel in distress. It’s one thing if she’s trying to fight her way out and gets some assistance, but an entirely other thing if she just sits and pouts while waiting for her rescuer.

Fairytale elements/retellings

This is another one I didn’t know I loved until I read ACOTAR which then led to other books/series. I love reading fairy tales that I grew up with and seeing them reimagined with new characters and magic.

Beautiful cover

I’m a sucker for beautiful book covers. Bright colors, ominous vibe, or beautiful dress? Give it to me right now. Granted, this has also led to a disappointing read on more than one occasion by I can’t help it. The covers are just too pretty!

Author love

If it’s by an author whose writing I enjoy, most times I don’t bother looking too much into what the book’s about, I’ll just read it and trust that I’ll enjoy it. It’s only bit me in the butt once, I think. Haha.


Thanks to the Six of Crows duology, I have become absolute trash for heist novels. I feel like one of the cools kids who’s in on the big scheme and I enjoy seeing it play out. I also love trying to figure out who things are done (or at least I did while I was reading SoC and CK).

Time travel

I’m an avid Back to the Future fan, so I love the idea of time travel. When it’s done well in a book, I’m done for and there’s no helping me. It’s cool to see and imagine yourself being thrown into these time periods that you essentially know nothing about. History classes can only teach you so much. I think Alexandra Bracken did this nicely in Passengers with that way that Nicholas had to help Etta adjust to each time period they traveled through.

That’s it! Those are ten of my bookish vices that’ll make me reach for/want to read a book. What are some of yours? Do you have one that trumps all the others? Let’s chat! Also feel free to link to your TTT. 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | My Bookish Turn Ons

  1. samfalston says:

    Hi Carianne, welcome back! I have also been MIA for a bit. Long story short – life got in the way. It has been a crazy few months.
    I’m also looking for inspiration to get started again, but I’m not really sure where to begin…
    Any ideas?
    I read that a posting schedule might help, but I’m worried things will get in the way and I won’t be able to keep to it. I don’t want to over commit.


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