Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Top Ten Phrases That Make Me Pick Up a Book

Happy late Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Phrases That Instantly Make Me Pick Up a Book

1. Science fiction

2. A cross between Jane Austen and J.R.R. Tolkien-basically if it mentions a book or author I love (especially more than one), I will take a look.

3. Nineteenth century Britain/Victorian

4. Elizabethan/Renaissance/Tudor/Stuart

5. Strong heroine

6. Epic fantasy (although this tends to be overused)

7. Hugo/Nebula/Man Booker/Newberry award winner

8. Washington D.C./Boston/Chicago-a book set in a place that I'm familiar with

9. Venice/Rome/London-a book set in a place I really want to travel to

10. Weird/unusual/quirky-I look books (or at least the idea of books) that are different


Patricia said...

I've started reading Epic/High Fantasy this year, though I haven't read many titles so far.. Any recs? :)

Patricia @ BookExhibitionism

Julianne said...

Brilliant list. Strong heroine is on mine too.

Space Station Mir said...


I definitely recommend Elizabeth Bear's most recent trilogy, which starts with Range of Ghosts. It's epic fantasy based on 13th century central Asia.

David Eddings' Belgariad and Malloreon are pretty classic epic fantasy and I recommend anything by Guy Gavriel Kay.