This week is all about the topics that instantly make us want to read a certain book.
Hm... this is actually sort of hard! There are some topics I'm particularly interested in reading about and feel drawn to but that doesn't mean I instantly run out and buy All The Books. Here are some themes that make my reader ears perk though, in no particular order :)
- Stories about revenge
I really need to check out some of these new books featuring the Furies! But yeah, payback is a bitch and I love to see it being served. These books usually have an edge and I like that.
- Stories involving road trips / travel
Road trips in the way they are possible in the US can't be done in Europe, so travelling America in a car is very high on my bucket list! Till then, I'll live it vicariously :)
- Stories set in the late 19th or early 20th century
Probably my favorite period, both in terms of literary history and/or culture. I love the state of in-betweenness, and at the point the Victorian age was crumbling but Modernism hadn't quite emerged yet. Yay for Decadence and Dandies.
- Stories that are loosely inspired by / based on classics (not necessarily retellings)
I haven't read all that many of those yet but I love the general idea! I really want to check out Kenneth Oppel's books, and I love Kelly Creagh's Nevermore series! I'm not such a huge fan of fairytale retellings because you have to sort of stick to the outline in a way, but with classics you can explore the imagined childhood of a character or focus on a minor character and their story or just pick up on some of the themes.
- Stories with a new take on vampires
The subgenre's sort of been done to death but I'm always open to fresh ideas about some of my favorite creatures...
- Stories about thieves or assassins
Haven't actually read that many, but I have a bunch on my TBR :) Fascinating figures!
- Stories that feature Death as a character
I love Death in Neil Gaiman's Sandman graphic novels! I have a macabre mind. Death doesn't really scare me (doesn't mean I don't grieve when someone I know dies!). There's no point being afraid of the inevitable. I think Death features in the Grave Mercy books (so do assassins) so those are high on my TBR.
- Stories with a type of creature I haven't read much about yet
See above... I need something new! I think there are some gargoyle books coming out so I have high hopes!
- Bad boys that are really bad and not just essentially good guys with a bad reputation
Because let's face it, so-called bad boys are everywhere but they're always just misunderstood or slandered or whatever and actually really nice. I want a bad boy who has more to his name than just a leather jacket, smoking habit, and a motorbike.
- Haunted house stories
Because houses fascinate me and I love being creeped out. I'd also like to see more YA horror! Think Anna Dressed in Blood.