Things that make me pick up a book – Top Ten Tuesday

Hello lovely readers! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post run by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This weeks top ten Tuesday is all about things that make you pick up a book. Is it the bright colours on a cover that initially draw your eye, reading the synopsis and feeling intrigued, or like me do you sneak a peak at the first few lines and see if they are enticing enough. There are so many things that make us readers to pick up books, so let me know what are some of your top reasons?

The Cover

I love walking round a book store and just finding my eyes drawn to a book because of its cover. Whether its brightly coloured or just beautifully designed, there is something special about finding a book cover and just instantly knowing you’re going to love the story within. There are some truly gorgeous book covers out there, but here are a few of my favourites.

The Synopsis

A good synopsis should give just the right amount of the story away, drawing the reader in to leave them wanting more. If im not sure of a book, I’ll definitely give this a read as I find it a fool proof way of deciding whether I will enjoy a book or not.


There’s no better feeling as a blogger than having someone comment that they have read/bought a book because of your review, and we have such a big platform for influencing readers. Before I became a blogger, and after, I would always search for reviews for books I was unsure about, or find new books that I might not have heard of otherwise. With their unfailing honesty and insightful reviews I’ve found so many fantastic new reads through this platform.

First Lines

I’m unsure if this is just me, but I am partial to sneaking a peak at the first few lines of a book. These generally give me a good idea of the writing style, and a reasonably good indication of whether I would like the book or not. I love a first line/paragraph that drags you into the story and leaves you wanting more. Here are some of my favourite opening lines:

Pretend, for just a moment, that you have attained your most deep-seated desire. Not the simple, sensible one you tell your friends about, but the dream thatโ€™s so close to your heart that even as a child you hesitated to speak it out loud. Sebastien De Castell , Traitors Blade

Mehr woke up to a soft voice calling her name. Without thought, she reached a hand beneath her pillow and closed her fingers carefully around the hilt of her dagger. Tasha Suri , Empire of Sand

He was an easy mark

Nahri smiled beneath her veil, watching the two men bicker as they approached her stall. The younger one glanced anxiously down the alley while the older man – her client – sweated in the cool dawn air. S.A. Chakraborty, The City of Brass

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  1. I always read the first lines before picking up a book, because writing style is so important to me. Those are some really wonderful ones, I totally bought The City Of Brass for the first line too ๐Ÿ˜Š

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