I like to think my TBR says a lot about me as a person. From a quick look at the far too many books on it, it’s pretty easy to see the kinds of books I pick out time and time again.
So here are some book features that always make me add to my To Be Read pile.
It’s by an author I love
Jodi Picoult, Kazuo Ishiguro, Chuck Palahniuk, Linwood Barclay, Harlan Coben, Susan Hill. Anything new by any of these authors as well as loads that I can’t think of right now, go straight on my TBR. I might not read them right away (Read: for years) but I’m always desperate to get them on my bookshelf.
The synopsis says it’s got a ‘twist you won’t see coming.’
I am a sucker for any book that states a ‘killer twist, but when you read as many thriller books as I do, they’re either really easy to predict or really not that much of a twist. But it doesn’t stop me wanting to read anything that suggests it’s going to surprise me.
As a child I would always shy away from anything remotely scary. I hated scary books because I thought the characters might crawl out of the book and get me, especially if the front cover was scary, in which case it would have to be turned over so they couldn’t get out so easily (Vivid imagination…) But now I cannot get enough of scary books. A book that I know I won’t be able to read at night because it’s so terrifying is exactly what I want on my TBR.
I never used to be into non-fiction. I thought it was dry and boring and wondered why anyone could possibly pick up a non-fiction book when there were so many novels to be reading. But time has changed me and now it’s rare that I will choose a fiction book over a non-fiction.
It’s mental health related
Fiction or non-fiction, I don’t care. If it’s mental health, healthcare or psychology related it’s going on my TBR. I love anything to do with the mind and besides, I can pretend that sinking into the sofa with a book is ‘work’ when it’s about mental health.
It’s a stand-alone novel
A bizarre pet hate of mine are book series. I know, I know, am I even a book lover? But there’s just something about them that I don’t like. When I finish a book, I like to be done with the characters and move onto something new. You’ll rarely catch me with a book series on my TBR.
What kinds of books always make it onto your TBR? Do you see patterns in what you like to read? Let me know in the comments!