Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is whatever I want.
People sometimes ask me how I choose which books to read. Well, today I’m going to enlighten you. My book-buying decisions are usually based on the synopsis. If I like the sound of the synopsis, I buy the book. What makes me like a synopsis? It has to intrigue me, and I’ve discovered that there are certain words that are almost always intriguing. So, here are ten words (in no particular order) that will catch my attention if I see them in a synopsis.
Synopsis Words That Make Me Buy Books
1. Dystopian: Dystopian books can be pretty formulaic, but the good ones are really good. I’m always on the hunt for dystopias that break the mold and push the boundaries of the genre.
2. Strange: I like stories about unusual people doing unusual things. It’s even better if the book is written in an unusual way. If a story has a unique narrative structure, I need it in my hot little hands.
3. Lyrical/Poetic: I’m a writing snob. I want to reread paragraphs over and over to find out what makes them so perfect. I like fresh language and writing that causes me to see something familiar in a new way.
4. Murder/Death: A little blood splatter never hurt anyone, right? I’m not a fan of detective fiction, but I do like to see everyday people working through a deadly mystery.
5. Apocalypse: The upcoming US presidential election makes me think that we’re closer to the apocalypse than ever. I want to be prepared.
6. Cult: Cults are just flat-out fascinating. Who wouldn’t want to read about them?
7. Modern Classic: This is cheating because it’s two words, but I had to put it on the list. Older classics can be a slog, but I have a deep love for modern classics. I like reading the books that helped shape my culture.
8. Twisted: You’ve probably figured this out by now, but I prefer my books to be a bit dark. I like unpredictable plots and characters who aren’t always upstanding citizens.
9. Remote: A book set in Antarctica? Or on a deserted island? Or on a raft in the middle of the ocean? Yes, please.
10. Award-winning: I try to keep up with the major literature awards and read a few of the finalists from each one.
What are some synopsis words that make you buy books?