Here’s a pretty cool tag that was created by booktuber LizziefayeLovesBooks. It’s about books that match all your checkboxes on what you like to read or has buzzwords that appeal to you. I consider myself tagged by Rachel at Life of a Female Bibliophile.
Your go-to genre or favorite type of book
Golden Fool by Robin Hobb
My go-to genre is fantasy, so I chose my favorite Robin Hobb book from this genre. The Golden Fool is the second novel in the Tawney Man trilogy, which finds Fitz and the Fool on another adventure. I recently reread it on audio and love it still.
Retellings you are drawn to
Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, illus. by Todd Harris
I prefer fairytale retellings or books inspired by fairytales. Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is more the latter. It features characters from fairytales. Actually, it’s about the princes charming who save the damsels in distress in the fairytales. It was a funny read that I enjoyed.
Lifestyles or careers of the book characters
Lady Killer, Vol. 1 by Joëlle Jones (illus.) and Jamie S. Rich
Velvet, Vol. 1: Before the Living End by Ed Brubaker, illus. by Steve Epting
I enjoy reading about spies and assassins, and these two comics are about female spies/assassins. Lady Killer is about a 1950s housewife who freelances as an assassin, and Velvet is set in the 1970s, I think, and is about a female spy who’s framed for a murder. I like both, but Velvet is one of my favorite comics.
Places or settings you are drawn to
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illus. by Jillian Tamaki
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Small towns, especially really quirky ones like in Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen — one of my favorite books. The story is about the Waverley sisters, who reunite after being estranged for years. The Waverleys are known for their garden, which has an apple tree that allows people to see the greatest moment in their lives when they eat its fruit.
The beach because it’s always fun and relaxing but can be dangerous or a cathartic experience for some. I’d like to reread This One Summer. It’s about Rose and her friend Windy whose family always vacation at the same beach. I’ve forgotten much about the story, but I know it’s about the girls growing up — entering teenage years — and Rose struggling to understand the contention between her parents.
School settings, especially Hogwarts.
Relationships you enjoy reading about
The Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares
I enjoy reading about close, supportive friendships, like the one in the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series, a YA contemporary series about four girls who share a pair of pants each summer and use it stay connected as they go their separate ways each summer. I’ve enjoyed the books so far. I believe I have one more to read. The picture above is of the second book in the series.
Buzzwords in the title of the book
Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell
1602: Witch Hunter Angela, Vol. 1 by Marguerite Bennett, illus. by Stephanie Hans
A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith
It’s witch. If “witch” is in the title, I’ll definitely take a look at the book to see if it’s one I should add to my TBR. Above are a couple books I added to my TBR and bought because they have “witch” in their titles and people say they’re good reads.
Things on book covers that drawn you in
Of course I went overboard with this because it’s about bookcovers. 😄
Humiliation by Paulina Flores, transl. by Megan McDowell
Circe by Madeline Miller
Unique/Interesting details on the hardback
Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett
Illusion or patterns
The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith (illus.)
Cinder by Marisa Meyer
The Lost Book of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata
Nonfiction buzzwords or a nonfiction you are drawn to
The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery by Sarah Lewis
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
I enjoy reading nonfiction books about creativity, whether it is a psychology book that analyzes it in some way or a self-help book that encourages people to be more creative. Of the books here, I’ve only read Big Magic, which was a very encouraging read. I own a copy of The Rise and I do plan to read it.
Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer
I also like reading books about writing, whether it’s technical and focuses on mechanics or more inspiring and instructional, like Wonderbook, which tries to get readers going on their creative writing pursuits. I need to finish reading it. I paused reading it for years.
The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair
I also like reading books about art or topics related to art, like this book all about color by Kassia St. Clair. It’s a really good read that gives you a quick dip into each color and their shades/hues. We get interesting facts like what certain colors are associated with, how they were made, how they’ve changed over the years, etc.
Medical or physical conditions of characters
Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy
I couldn’t think of fictional characters. My mind immediately went to nonfiction books, so this could actually be a continuation of the previous category because I also find books (fiction or nonfiction) about mental illness and addiction interesting.
Madness is a memoir about Hornbacher’s struggle with bipolar disorder. It’s a really good read that I highly recommend, but it’s also very descriptive and can be triggering for some folks. It touches on eating disorder, alcoholism, and self-harm.
Dopesick is a nonfiction book on the opioid crisis in America. Macy discusses how it started, how it spread, how it’s affecting people and communities, and the companies that benefitted from it and were sued.
Time of year, or time in history or future that you are drawn to
I couldn’t think of books for this one (that I haven’t already mentioned). I like reading books set in fall and summer seasons.
Bonus #1: Any other bookish boxes or buzzwords not already mentioned
For this I came up with horror elements I like, and those are…
Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix, illus. by Michael Rogalski
In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey
Haunted house — hence Horrorstör, which is basically a haunted house story except it takes place in a store that closely resembles Ikea. I highly recommend it. It’s not very scary. And if you do read it, get the edition that looks like an Ikea catalog.
The Woods — you know, “The Woods” with capital letters that no one should go into because bad stuff happen there or people go missing. In the Night Wood is about a couple from the U.S. who move to a small town in England (I think) after a fateful accident. The house they move to is secluded and located in the middle of a mysterious wood and once belonged to a very interesting author of children’s books. I liked the story and loved the writing. I recommend it too.
Bonus #2: What Bookish boxes or buzzwords turn you away from a book?
There are a few, but I can’t think of them right now. My brain is tired, I guess.