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Hello everyone, I’m back! Sorta. … Okay, I’m trying to be more active on here, despite my crazy workload these past few days. (Big thanks to @sheyjohn for picking up the slack while I’ve been MIA.
Anyway! Here’s a list of things that are basically Gabby-bait and will make me want to pick up a book immediately.
1. TELL ME THERE ARE DRAGONS IN IT
I think I’ve made it pretty clear by now that I love books with dragons in them. If I hadn’t, idk how I’m supposed to make it any clearer.
2. SHOW ME A PRETTY COVER
Okay so this one doesn’t always work. Mostly because I’ve gotten a little better at controlling myself when it comes to pretty covers. BUT, it will make me consider the book, at the very least.
3. TELL ME IT’S WRITTEN BY LEIGH BARDUGO
Do I really have to explain this one?
4. TELL ME THE MC IS AN ANTI-HERO
HAVE I EVER INTRODUCED YOU TO MY BOOK BOYFRIEND, KAZ BREKKER? WELL. YOU SHOULD UNDERSTAND THIS.
5.TELL ME IT’S GOT MYTHOLOGY/FOLKLORE IN IT
I’ve been a mythology and Folklore nerd ever since I can remember. I adore books that manage to masterfully tell folklore inspired tales, and/or incorporate mythology into the story.
6. TELL ME THAT IT DOESN’T RELY ON TROPES AND IS A FRESH CONTRIBUTION TO ITS GENRE
I love how YA has been improving in this aspect. YA authors keep growing and pushing boundaries with the stories they tell, and an important way they’ve been doing this is by breaking stereotypes, not relying on tropes, and giving their stories something that makes it new. I love this. Give me more of this. I’m down.
7. TELL ME THE ROMANCE IS WELL-WRITTEN, UNPROBLEMATIC SLOW-BURN
As a rabid shipper, it’s no secret that I’m a sucker for a well-written romance. I especially love it when the romance isn’t the story’s main plot. ROMANCE SUB-PLOT? I’m here for it. WELL-WRITTEN, SLOWBURN ROMANCE SUB-PLOT? Sign me the heckkkk up.
8. TELL ME THAT ONE OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS IS A SNARKY PANTS AND/OR SASSMASTER.
As a snarky-pants and sassmaster myself, this is probably some form of narcissism making its way to the surface. But my God, I love me a snarky heroine. Or a love interest. Just give me some snark and I’m a happy woman.
9. TELL ME IT’S ATMOSPHERIC
One of the very many pleasures of reading is being able to fall head-first into a new world. Some novels achieve this better than others. Six of Crows, Uprooted, The Bear and The Nightingale, and A Thousand Nights are some of the few books that have felt truly atmospheric to me, and have been able to drag me into their depths so fully that I never really came out of them. Give me more books like this, and I will love you forever.
10. TELL ME IT’S DIVERSE
I really shouldn’t have to explain myself here. Humans are many, and we are different, and I like to see all kinds of people represented in the books I read. Like… suspension of disbelief can only go so far, you know?