SOL and Top Ten Tuesday


Today is Slice of Life Tuesday, a weekly challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”, but it is also “Top Ten Tuesday”


A meme I participate in occasionally, Top Ten Tuesday, had an interesting topic this week: “Reasons Why You Choose a Book”
It made me stop and think about why I do choose a book to read.

My Top 10 Reasons Why I choose a Book to Read

(The books i have listed are all books I have read this year and I’ve given a 4 or 5 on Goodreads)

1. I love an author
Right now, I am devouring books by Sarah J. Maas, Samantha Chase and Morgan Matson.
But there are so many authors I love, and when one of them publishes a new book, I have to read it. Authors like Susan Kearsley, Louise Penny, Jude Deveraux, Penny Reid, Jill Shalvis, to name a few.

2. Books suggested by other bloggers or friends
I have a huge TBR list of books other bloggers have suggested and this has led to some amazing reads:
The last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
Love, Life and the List by Kasie West

3. A book to fulfill a reading challenge
I participate in a lot of reading challenges and many times, a chose a book I might not have read because it meets a theme or criteria for a challenge. I read these and loved them. Now Ai am looking for more of their books.
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig (tech. book)
One and Only by Jenny Holiday (one in title)
Getting Lucky by Katie Graykowski (shoes on front, Luck in title – met 2 criteria!)

4. I love fantasy, paranormal and magical realism. I am fascinated by the imagination of the author in creating new worlds, exciting adventures.
Anything by Sarah J. Maas
Carnival of Secrets by Melissa Marr
Magical Shift by Vella Day

5. I love books on time travel. It usually combines romance and a look at another time period.
Rose Garden by Susan Kearsley – my absolute favourite of this genre

6. It has won or been up for an award
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

7. The title or the cover appeals to me, especially when I’m looking in a bargain bin or in a thrift shop. It’s a great way to find a new author to love.
The Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O’Neal
The Great Christmas Knit-Off by Alexandra Brown
Love Letters by Katie Fforde

8. Sometimes I just feel that I need to finally just read a book I have been putting off for a long time.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Princess Bride by William Goldman

9. I seek out diverse books, to open a window on a diverse world.
The 57 Bus by Danielle Slater
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

10. Novels about second chances, enemies to lovers, older woman younger man, but definitely happily ever after. Yes, I am definitely a romance reader.
One Day in December by Josie Silver
This Time Forever by Mona Ingram
Band on the Run series by Samantha Chase


But then as well, there are also books I love about …

… highlanders

— books and bookstores

… misfits and lonely hearts

… cozy mysteries

…WW1 and WWII novels

and the list could go on and on!

I am fortunate now to be retired, so that I can finally read to my heart’s content. I enjoy reading from different genres, different age groups as well.

What are your reasons for reading a book??



7 thoughts on “SOL and Top Ten Tuesday

  1. I was beginning to despair that I would recognise any of your authors until you mentioned Gaiman, Austen and Goldman, but most people know them! I don’t know your writers! I do love romance though so I will have to check out all these titles. Thank you!

  2. I like your reasons for reading a book, Bev. I am sometimes grabbed by the cover of the book as well. I do have favorite authors that I always check out then they have a new book. Chief among them is Jeffrey Deaver.

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