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Monday, April 17, 2017

TTT: Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book


Top Ten Nine Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book


1. If the book is written by John Green. He could write a cookbook and I'd read it cover to cover.

2. If it is a YA book with 4 or more starred reviews. I am always trying to figure out which book is going to be a Printz winner when award season rolls around. Starred reviews by publications like Booklist, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, etc, don't necessarily predict the winners but it is a place to start when making reading decisions.

3. The Pulitzer Prize for literature winner. With a few exceptions I find the Pulitzer Prize for Literature winners to be some of the best books I've ever read. The 2017 award was just announced, so now I want to read its winner: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

4. As soon as Mary Oliver publishes a new volume of poetry, I must read it. Her poems are like vitamins to me---necessary for life.

5. Youth Media Award Winners. In January the American Library Association announces the winners of a dozen or more YA book awards: Printz-best YA of the year; Morris-best debut YA author; Pura Belpre-best book authored by Latino author; Coretta Scott King Award-best book authored by African American author; Schneider Family Book Award-YA book which positively shows life with disability; Stonewall Award- a LGBT-themed YA book; Alex Award-adult book with cross-over appeal for teens; and others. I even host a challenge to encourage others to read all the YMA books

6. If the book is written by Barbara Kingsolver. I've read her novels, her essays, and her poetry. I've also read articles in magazine by her. She is a fabulous writer.

7. If Nancy Pearl, a contributor to PBS, makes a book recommendation, I always want to read those books, though I often don't get to them. She has a way of describing books in such compelling terms.

8. If someone I know tells me they really enjoyed an audiobook I automatically want to listen to that book. I am always looking around for well-done audiobooks. By the way, I am listening to one right now, The Hate U Give.

9. If Roger Housden would publish another 10-poems volume, I'd buy it and pay full price! I got interested in poetry because of Housden's little volumes which not only include just ten poems but Housden explains aspects of the poem which really brings it to life. If you want to check one out start with his first, Ten Poems to Change Your Life.


17 comments:

  1. These are all good ones. I definitely agree with the YA award winner list, I am always wowed by those books! And, of course, recommendations from blogger friends!

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  2. I like your 4-star rule. When I see my Goodreads friends (or a blogger/Twitter friend) likes a book (especially when it's someone I trust), I'm more excited to pick up the book. :)

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

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    1. Starred reviews are different than the stars that general readers give to books they complete on goodreads, or Amazon. These are the special reviews or highlighted reviews given out by professional reviewers like Publisher's Weekly. I do notice, however, the number of stars each book earns on goodreads and I am loathe to select a book if it has earned below a 3.5.

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  3. I love your 4-star rule as well. I always get excited by the summary and often pick up books with bad ratings on Goodreads!

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  4. Recommendations are dangerous for my TBR! :-) Fantastic list!

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  5. I have certain authors that are pretty much auto- buys too. And I like your 4 star YA rule too!

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    1. I have very few authors that I insist on buying their books. I wish I could place Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett on the list because I love their books when I read them, but I haven't read many of there previously published books. I do have authors I will purchase their books for the library for sure like Rick Riordan and A.S. King.

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  6. Yes, John Green! I forgot him on my list but I'll read anything he writes too! Your 4 star YA rule is great.

    My TTT:
    https://bookmarkedbliss.wordpress.com/2017/04/18/top-ten-tuesday-things-that-instantly-make-me-want-to-read-a-book/

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  7. I agree with many of these, though I think I've only read two John Green books---one was great but the other was forgettable. Love Mary Oliver. And Nancy Pearl recommendations? Yes.

    https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2017/04/things-that-will-make-me-instantly-want.html

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  8. If it's a title that's been out for a while I use the 4 star rule too. lol! As long as it's close to 4 stars I will consider it. I've only read 1 John Green book so far (Paper Towns), I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected but I'm going to try A Fault In Our Stars and see if I like that one better. Great list!

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  9. I hope to read more award winning books. There are so many good ones out there. Love you list this week.

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    1. I generally like books which win awards and I always know going in that I am getting one that is well-written.

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  10. Very interesting list. I admit I am a dunce when it comes to poetry. It has never been my thing, even though I wish it was. Maybe I have not tried hard enough!

    Happy Tuesday!

    https://allthebookblognamesaretaken.blogspot.com/2017/04/top-ten-tuesday.html

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    1. I believe you haven't found the poet who speaks to you. Try one of Roger Housden's ten poems books and I think you will find that poetry is suddenly in your wheelhouse.

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  11. Oooh, these are great! You've gotten me watching the YALSA awards, and now I should pay attention to 4 star YA books as well. John Green and Mary Oliver are definitely two I could have added to my list, which also included Kingsolver. But I've never heard of the 10 Poems collections, so now I'll have to look for those as well.

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    1. Roger Housden's poetry books are wonderful because he really opens up poetry so it is accessible.

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  12. I am a new Mary Oliver fan!! Thank you for introducing me to her; her words enrich my life. I pay attention to the awards, but those books are often heavy and I need to be in the mood to read them. :)

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