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This week’s topic is the top ten words or topics that instantly make me pick up or buy a book.
1. Stunning – No matter what the book is about, if it is described as “stunning” I will pick it up.
2. Lyrical – Same as above. Give me lyrical or give me death
3. Music – As a musician, I love reading about other young instrumentalists, vocalists, etc. A perfect example of this was Where She Went, when Gayle Forman wrote about a famous Venezuelan conductor I had studied the same year I read the book. Music is a powerful force and makes for very emotional reading.
4. Mental illness (suicide, depression, etc.) – This is a topic near and dear to my heart. I wish there were more YA books on this subject, because young adulthood is often when mental illnesses hit.
5. London – I love books set in London, partially because I went there last year. I love books set in any foreign city, really, but London is a particular favorite.
6. Road trips or travel – Road trips make for really fun books.
7. Art – I don’t know why, but I really enjoy books about art, whether it be painting, drawing, or photography. Maybe it’s because I myself am dreadful at these things, but I just find it so moving to read about young artists.
8. Dystopia – If you’re a dystopian book, chances are I’ll pick you up and give you a try. I think I keep reading dystopia because I want to find something other than the revolution plotline, because although I do enjoy it, sometimes I get a little tired of it. I do love me some dystopia, though.
9. LGBT – Another topic I wish was covered more in YA.
10. Zombies – Mortality made me hungry for more zombie books. Give ’em here!