There are so many books in the world.  How do I choose the ones that I want to try?  I always consider the synopsis first to decide if I want to read a book but if I’m not quite sure, these attributes will push me towards saying yes.

Pink cover

Sad but true.  I am a sucker for chick lit and happy fluffy books.  If your cover is pink, I promise I will take it off the shelf and read the synopsis every time.  Seriously, I’ve stood at the new arrivals section of the library and picked up and read the back of every pink book more often than I can count.


If you’ve been hanging around here you know that I have a thing for books about food.  Fiction or nonfiction, it doesn’t matter.


Pastel books about food are going to get me every time.  I don’t even try to resist any more.

Be Funny

If I’m not sure about a synopsis and then they work in the phrases “darkly funny” or “hilarious take on”, I’m in.  I want to be entertained.  I don’t like my books to be Oh So Serious.

POC author

I’m always trying to diversify the authors that I’m reading.  If I’m wondering if a book is good based on the synopsis, I’m more likely to give it the benefit of the doubt if the author is a different race than me.

Set Somewhere Else

I’m always looking for books set outside North America and Western Europe.

What Will Make You Pick Up A Book?

7 Replies to “Top Five Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book”

  1. Ooh, yes, food is such a good one! And humor. I love when books make me actually laugh out loud. I’m also trying to diversify my reading. Have you already read The Hate U Give or Allegedly?
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    1. I have read the Hate U Give. I loved it. I’m actually reading it again with my husband. We read a chapter a night (like small children, before bed) and he gets very grumpy if I try to skip a night. I want to read Allegedly too.

  2. I haven’t read a ton of food books, but the ones you shared above look really interesting. Did you read any of Brian Jacques’ Redwall novels as a kid? They’re not specifically about food, but there are a lot of feasts in the stories and they’re described in mouth-watering detail. Reading those scenes always made me hungry, haha.

    Also, that cover for The Bollywood Bride is gorgeous!

  3. I never thought about how color impacts the books I choose, but actually, looking at my shelf I seem to go for blues and purples. Who knew? Great insight!

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