These days there are more things than just hype that will have me picking up a book. While there are certain genres I am more likely to read, the story has to have elements that will make me perk up. I don’t just fly into a bookstore and randomly throw books into my cart. I mean…I would if I could but that is not the point. Today we’re talking about the top ten things that will have me nerding out!
MORALLY GREY MAIN CHARACTERS
Necromancy, Bone Witches, anti-heroes, villainesses, murder mysteries, and all the scary things to tell in the dark. I adore dark fantasy stories. The gothic setting, the haunted characters, and the morally grey actions do more than make for an enjoyable story.
Read my review for Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer
When it comes to contemporary reads I always tend to go with heavier books. I’m especially drawn to ones that feature family relationships. Being the masochist that I am, the books I read don’t end in a happily ever after.
Read my reviews for Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon, and Rust and Stardust by T. Greenwood
As much as I say that I LOVE steampunk settings, I am very careful when it comes to this particular setting.
Read my review for Magpie’s Song by Allison Pang
I talk about Rape & Abuse in YA featuring Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
Ever since I found out that there are fantasy books written by Asian authors with Asian characters, I’ve been reaching out for every book. This also promotes my goal to support more Asian authors and diverse reads.
Read my review for The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Yes, yes, I am very much drawn to a bit of wickedness. Psychological movies were always my go to until I found the despicable characters of psychological thriller books.
Read my review for The Good Son by You-jeong Jeong
Aren’t book just a million times sweeter with found family? Whether it be in a deadly ocean or at a seaside coffee shop, found family always tugs at my heart.
Read my review for Our Bloody Pearl by D.N Bryn, and Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale
I love learning about history and different cultures, so it’s only expected that I would enjoy historical fantasies. I love how authors blend historical events with magic.
Read my reviews for The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden, and A Wind from the Wilderness by Suzannah Rowntree
While I do enjoy the Disney movies, I am also a bit tired of many retellings based on the Disney princesses. So I’m always looking out for retellings of folklore that I may not be very familiar with.
Read my reviews for Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, and A Spark of White by Sangu Mandanna
A RECOMMENDED CLASSIC
I’m very careful with the classics I pick up and almost always read them if based on recommendations.
Read my review for East of Eden by John Steinbeck
I do love it when fantasy settings introduce me to the medical side of its society. Things like healers, alchemists, herbology, and so on will have me picking up the book immediately.
Read my review for Rosemarked by Liv Blackburne, and Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer