April 30, 2013

Word Nerd

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new topic/Top Ten list and invite everyone to share their own answers. I'm so obsessed with lists!

Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Pick Up a Book

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1. Movies & TV Shows
Okay, so this doesn't technically apply to books about ALL movies or TV shows. It's really only when the books are about movies and shows that I like already. But still! I'm a total sucker for books that give you the "official" behind-the-scenes look from the creator's perspective and the "unofficial" analyzing of every aspect from a fan's perspective. I have a number books on my shelves that I've bought on a whim because of this, as well as some that I've specifically sought out and ordered.

Some books I've read because of this:


The Making Of Pride & Prejudice / Uncovering Alias / The World Of Downton Abbey / The Gilmore Girls Companion
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2. L.M. Montgomery & Jane Austen
These two authors are my kryptonite! I basically buy anything that has their name on it - biographies, tributes, literary analyses, spin-offs, prequels, sequels, etc. If it says Austen or Montgomery somewhere on it, chances are that I realllyyyyy want to add it to my personal library. I don't know what it is about these two (lie: it's that they are my favorite authors), but I can't help wanting to read everything about their lives, their impact, their books and their characters.

Some [Austen] books I've read because of this:



Some [Montgomery] books I've read/bought because of this:



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3. Horses
I started horseback riding in the first grade, and I only stopped years later after a random series of events derailed my weekly lessons. And I STILL, to this day, wish I'd never given it up! Because y'all, there is just something about a horse. I may not ride that much anymore (other than occasional opportunities, like on the Welsh coast), but I still consider myself a diehard horse girl. If there's a horse on the cover or horses play a major role in the book, you better believe I'm picking it up as fast as I can get it in my hands.

Some books I've read because of this:


Misty Of Chincoteague / Seabiscuit / Black Beauty / The Scorpio Races

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4. Books & Reading
This has a few meanings for me. First, I love books about books. I love memoirs or non-fiction that focus on the impact books have had on the author's life or some such thing. I'm SOLD and want to read that book bad. But it also applies to fiction where books play a main role and/or ones in which the main character is a reader. I just can't get enough of reading about the power of books and the joy of reading!

Some books I've read because of this:


Judging A Book By Its Lover / The Book ThiefHow Reading Changed My Life / The Heroine's Bookshelf

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5. Georgia
I'm a Georgia girl, born and raised, so I absolutely love reading books set in my home state. While I like reading about the South in general, I obviously have a special place in my heart for books that take place in The Peach State. I can't help it! It adds that extra dose of familiarity to the book and makes me love my home all the more.

Some books I've read because of this:


Fireworks Over Toccoa / Gone With The Wind / Savannah From Savannah / The Swan House

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6. Royalty
Yep, I'm one of those girls obsessed with royalty. If I book involves queens/duchesses/princesses/etc. (real or fictional), I'm ALL OVER THAT book. I'm not 100% sure where this love comes from, but I embrace it with all of my reading being.

Some [non-fiction] books I've read because of this:


Queen of Fashion / The Diana Chronicles / We Two / Once Upon A Time

Some [fiction] books I've read because of this:


The Lady Elizabeth / Shadow On The Crown / The Second Duchess / Prisoners In The Palace

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7. Travel & Road Trips
I've been fortunate enough to have had the chance to travel to some pretty cool places in my life, and I only hope that I'll be able to continue to explore the world for the rest of my days. So, I really love books involving traveling. Seeing that word in a blurb will definitely make me want to read a book. I'm also a sucker for road trip books, even though I've never been on one and really have no interest. Look, I like the idea, but I'm pretty sure I don't want to be stuck in a car for weeks. It's one of those things that sounds all romantic and bohemian, but I think it'd actually be stressful and unclean.

Some books I've read because of this:


Just One DayAmy and Roger's Epic Detour / The Lost Girls / Wanderlove

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8. Sisters
I really love books where sisters play a large role in the novel, even if there is also a love story involved that's the main focus of the book. There's just something about a book that has a good set of sisters - no matter how complicated their relationship - that just draws me in. I just love books that explore this family relationship in particular.

Some books I've read because of this:


Little Women / I Capture The CastleThe Poisonwood Bible / The Penderwicks

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9. World War II
As you may already know, I love historical fiction. It's probably my favorite genre - there's just something that I love about getting lost in another time and hopefully learning a little something about history in the process. What you may not know, however, is that World War II is one of the time periods that will absolutely make me want to pick up a book immediately. There's something so heartbreaking about that time in our past that makes for such compelling and heartbreaking stories.

Some books I've read because of this:


Every Man Dies Alone / Between Shades of Gray / The Soldier's Wife / The House at Tyneford

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10. Based On Real People
Finally, I love fiction based on real people! This is another kind of historical fiction that I always get crazy excited to read - and it doesn't even matter to me if I know anything about the subjects before diving in. There have been so many books that I've picked up because of this premise, and I always find them fascinating. While I have to remember to take everything in them with a grain of salt (it is still fiction), it usually makes me more interested in learning more about the real people depicted in the book.

Some books I've read/bought because of this:


Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald / Girl In A Blue DressThe Paris Wife / Romancing Miss Bronte

32 comments:

  1. ROYALTY!! Yes!! I feel the same way and you've just thrown out some great recs for me to look into! If you love sister books, have you ever read any of Lisa See's books? Snow Flower and the Secret Fan?! I die with love. Shaghai Girls is just as poignant and heart breaking at times. Love love love.

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    1. Yay for new recs for ME and for you! I haven't read any of Lisa See's books, but I'll definitely check them out now!

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  2. What a fantastic post - gorgeous pics! I agree with so much of your list (and have added a few to my TBR stack including those LM Montgomery titles).

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  3. Horses! I feel the exact same way. I'm a sucker for any book (or TV show - have you ever watched Wildfire?) that deals with horses. I was big fan of Misty of Chincoteague while growing up too. I was actually kind of surprised to see you mention it.. I feel like not that many people know about it!

    Seriously great list.. I like a lot of the same topics you mentioned and I will definitely have to look a bunch of these books up :)

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    1. OMG WILDFIRE! Ok, so I have watched the first season of the show but not the others and it was on Netflix at one point in time but I don't think it's on there anymore which makes me sad. I don't think many people have heard of Misty either, but I actively searched for books about or involving horses haha!

      Hope you enjoy some books mentioned if you end up reading them!

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  4. Movies and shows get me too.
    As do stories in the south.

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  5. Wow! Fantastic list. Really well thought out. Beasutiful photo choices too! Your "real people" made me realize I forgot memoirs on my own list.

    CeCe @ Steaming Mug of Books

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    1. Thanks! I love memoirs, too! I didn't include those because I'm kinda particular on what kind of memoir I'll read. Glad you like the photos I picked!

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  6. I love this list! I don't know much about horses, but all your other topics, I really really like!

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    1. Yay that makes me happy! And it's okay, I was the girl who did all of her projects in elementary school about horses to try and win more people over to loving them haha!

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  7. I seriously think I could have made this list for you, which makes me laugh.
    I think I've asked you before, but have you read Alize Ozma's The Reading Promise? It's a MUST READ for you. Trust me.

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    1. YAYYYY! You know me so well, my little kindred spirit :)

      And obviously you know that I got The Reading Promise for the library the day after (or was it day of) you left this comment. Love specific recs like that - and it was definitely a me book!

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  8. I like your list this week... and all the pretty pics you used too!! I love road trip books... and books about sisters!! I haven't read a WWII book in a while, I would be down to read one of those soon for sure!!

    My TTT

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    1. Thanks! Hope I mentioned a few books about those topics you hadn't read or heard of before :)

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  9. Before Green Gables???? I must check this book out!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

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    1. YES! You must :) It's not Montgomery (obviously) but I'll take all the Anne I can get.

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  10. I am in total agreement about books about sisters. Because I come from a family of sisters, I generally enjoy reading about sister relationships in books too!

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    1. ME TOO! Oh I want to cry just thinking about it.

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  12. I LOVE books about books -- I can't believe I forgot that one!

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    1. Haha! Yay for another books about books lover :)

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  13. Books about books! How fun.

    Also, I really need to read more books about real people. Now I have some good suggestions to go on!

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    1. Yay! Love that I suggested some you might be interested in :)

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  14. Wow, this is why I love coming here, you write the bests posts ever! I'd been on road trips and I love the romantic and bohemian idea behind it as well. I love reading books with royalty and I guess, books about sisters would be great to look up. You gave a ton of great suggestions by the way. Good work. =D

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

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    1. Oh my goodness, Sana! Thank you so much. Seriously. I am SO GLAD I was able to offer some new suggestions - hope you get to read some of them! And that you'll let me know what you think of them if you do :)

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  15. Brilliant list, and I love the way you've laid it out!

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  16. This is such a pretty post, Hannah! I love books with travel, but especially if it features places in Europe, since I can relate to so many of them. Amsterdam being my favorite, of course ;) Books about sisters also mean a lot to me. I don't have any sisters of my own, but I do have two brothers, and they mean so much to me. (My favorite book sisters right now are Carey and Jenessa from If You Find Me - their bond is so special!). I haven't read that much historical fiction, but The Book Thief is one of my all time favorites and I would love to read more!

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    1. Thanks Judith - that means a ton coming from the design Queen :) I love books in Europe, too. I'm often a sucker for England, but that's mostly because I studied abroad there so it's a little more familiar to me. I'll definitely have to look into If You Find Me.... anddddd I'm going to try and get you to read some more historical fiction haha!

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