There’s always those words or phrases in a book’s synopsis that just grab you. Those phrases that just guarantee that book is going on your TBR. You hear/read them, and you’re mind goes GIMMIE GIMMIE GIMMIE.
What are mine? Well…I actually found it quite hard to pinpoint mine. With my reading taste being so varied, I generally just pick up things based on recommendations. But after a great deal of thought – after retracting those all encompassing arms of mine that grab every book possible, and picking out specific words I want to keep – I’ve managed to narrow it down.
So here are my bookish buzzwords!
This one actually makes me laugh a bit. Because as much as I’m drawn to all things fae, I only seem to own Sarah J Maas books that include fae. I honestly thought I read about them all the time? But…apparently not? I’m pretty sure I just see loads of fae related things on social media – people dressing up and the like.
But fae – I don’t know. It’s like seeing myths being brought to life. We’ve all heard of fairies, though these really aren’t those little cute mischievous things frolicking around in flowers with the bees. No, the immortal, incredibly strong magical wielding warrior type fae are what I like to read about.
Books read with Fae: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Again, this isn’t one that happens often, but that’s not my fault. Romance seems to be everywhere (ew). So as soon as I hear a book doesn’t have romance in it, I’m on it. IT SHALL BE MINE.
Seriously, authors. Romance isn’t everything. Life and drama and strong relationships can still happen without a partner. Just saying.
Books read with no romance: This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab, Who Runs The World by Virginia Bergin, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
World War II
I love my history. But specifically, history surrounding World War II. The majority of the historical fiction books I own are relating to WWII. The majority of the nonfiction history books I own are relating to WWII. I don’t even know why I love reading about it so much, considering it’s all so devastating. But it’s the period in history I’ve studied most throughout school, and while my memory is atrocious when it comes to remember dates and names of people involved, I know enough to get by. And I just want to hear every story possible.
Books read about WWII: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman, Paper Boats by Erndell Scott, Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Illustrations & different formats
I’m a reaaaallll sucker for this. I see a book with illustrations, or told in different formats, and it’ll likely be on my shelves the next time I’m splashing out on new books. Why? It just breaks everything up a bit. I love the feeling of finishing a book quickly, so when a story is told in letters/notes/doodles/diary entries/anything other than just words across a page, I whizz right through it. I find it so exciting, turning the page and wondering what design will be there next.
Books read with illustrations/different formats: The Next Together by Lauren James, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, Here I Stand by…a lot of people (collection of short stories)
Uncontrolled magic / whimsical feelings
This one…I didn’t know what the actual phrase for it would be. I was going to say magical realism, but a lot of the books I have that come under this are fantasy, so maybe not.
But basically, any book that is surrounded by a wonderfully whimsical feeling, because magic is involved usually as part of nature/the natural order. People don’t have total control over it, it’s just there. Doing it’s own thing. Making things bizarre and wonderful. My best example would be The Raven Cycle series with Cabeswater. If you’ve read that series, you might get an idea of what I mean.
Books read with uncontrolled magic/a whimsical feeling: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
So those are my bookish buzzwords!
Are any of these words/phrases buzzwords for you too?
Are there any other words that are buzzwords for you in books?
Let me know in the comments!
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