Mabuhay, friends!

For today’s post, I took a look at my wish list, my phone’s album of want to buy books and my Goodreads TBR to see what kind of books I had recently added. Before, I thought that it would mostly be filled with upcoming fantasy books but I was pleasantly surprised. After my post on What Draws Me to a Book Cover, I thought a lot of the books I added would somehow be connected to that. I was wrong. What makes me pick up a book is so different to the books I had on the latter list. So, today, I am sharing with you the different things that make me pick up a book.

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I’m always drawn to books that explore the human experiences whether it be sisterhood, love, loss or childhood. Despite the heavy writing, I find a lot of comfort in books that portray the way humans navigates life in a quiet way. The stakes in these books are not always grand but to the main character they are life changing. I take comfort in knowing that my own problems, even if they seem small, are not inconsequential. On my list are Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro and If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura.


I love fairytale retellings but I do have a lot of expectations for fairytale retellings. I’ve recently grown a bit tired of books that take a dark turn with popular fairytales. I want something that does more than just make the main character the bad one. I love books that explore the motivations, the life and the emotions of the character they choose to retell. I want a bigger reason for a retelling than just appealing to nostalgia. When I read Anna’s review for Malice by Heather Walter, I was immediately intrigued by the backstory of how the villainess came to be. Another book I’m interested in is The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow which follows the life of Mary Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.



Since I’ve been trying to read more non-fiction books, I’ve been very interested in books that discuss climate change and what we can do to help our planet. I gifted my sister The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells which she ended up loving and has been pushing me to read. Another on my list is The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert which explores historical extinctions, the species we lost to them and the possibility of a future extinction.


As a Sociology major, I’m very interested in studying more about intersectionality in all aspects of our lives. Sadly, many of the lists I look at mostly recommend books that are from a US centric lens. I will probably need to look into translated works or the country’s local bookstores to find similar books. Right now, I’m eager to read White Tears Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad and We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib.


I love, love deliciously dark books! There’s nothing that knocks my socks off than dark fantasy books that features gods and witches. Give me books that will leave me haunted! That is what made me add Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse and The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson to my TBR.

🌸 What’s a recent book you added to your TBR? Are any of these books on your TBR?

🌸 What makes you pick up a book?

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  1. Ena J. says:

    Oh hello, fellow Socio major! 😁 I suppose I’m drawn the most to retellings and stories of young girls who succeed despite the odds.

    Black Sun is already on my TBR for a reading challenge this year, but I quite liked Rebecca Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning, which I read last year(?). The Sixth Extinction and The Other Bennet Sister sound interesting! I’m a bit guilty that I don’t read as much nonfic as I think people in academe are expected to read, but heh, fiction is 💯.


  2. tasya @ the literary huntress says:

    I love darker retellings too but I agree, making the main character become the bad person doesn’t appeal to me anymore- I want to understand their motives and feelings too! I’ve been into mystery and thriller lately so I’ve been adding a lot of them to my TBR…


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