Top Ten Tuesday | Keywords That Make Me Pick Up a Book

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

Hey, friends! I kind of put a little spin on this week’s topic. A lot of things will make me want to pick a book up, but the main reason is truly my friends and reviewers that I trust and who have similar reading tastes to me! But I thought it would be cool to tell you all ten words that will always make me want to pick up and support a book!

➽ #ownvoices

➽ Asian Main Characters

➽ Pansexuality / LGBTQIAP+

➽ Fae / Faery

➽ Tavern / Inn / Pub Setting

➽ Morally Grey Characters

➽ Enemies to Lovers

➽ Boarding Schools

➽ Love Triangles

➽ Strong Sibling Bonds

Okay, someone hurry up and combine all of these things into my perfect story, please. But seriously, I love all of these elements so much, and if I’m aware that one or more or these words pertain to a certain book, I will be way more likely to pick it up! What are some keywords that make you want to pick up a story?

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17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Keywords That Make Me Pick Up a Book

  1. I love the tavern setting as well. I don’t know that I have keywords that always make me pick up a book because I can think of exceptions for a lot of them, too. For me, it’s always a combination of factors that make me want to read it.


  2. I have no idea how all of these would combine, but boy howdy would I read this book instantly. I love queer characters and enemies to lovers! #ownvoices stories are also super important to me.

    I think my biggest keyword is non-binary rep. A character that uses they/them pronouns will instantly make me pick up a book.


  3. Ooh a tavern/ inn/ pub setting! I like that one. Definitely need more of those! And morally gray characters, along with boarding schools, always seem to catch my interest.


  4. Tavern / Inn / Pub Setting is a really good one! I don’t have buzzwords specifically, but that one in particular did make me want to pick up a book! 😀

    Oh, and strong sibling bonds. I love a good family dynamic, so that is definitely a must. 😉 Nice picks!


  5. I’ll read anything with well-written queer characters and/or a small town setting – they’re just so interesting and cosy! I don’t think I’ve read anything with a pub/tavern setting, you got any recommendations? 😀


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