Literary Lures is a new feature here at Wastepaper Prose that will run every Wednesday into the fall. Some awesome bloggers will be stopping by to tell you what hooks them on books and give some recommendations of books they love.
Pixie from Page Turners Blog is here today to talk about the types of books that hook her. Does she judge a book by it's cover? What compels her to read a book? She's about to tell all!
Where you can find her...
List the top three things that hook you into buying a book.
- The cover - I know, I know, okay! But if it doesn't interest me I am not going to pick it up. Creepy covers, always hook me.
- Strong female lead (which can usually be seen on the cover). But sometimes you get the girl in a dress so you have to read the synopsis and it will emphasize a kick ass heroine...more please!
- Other bloggers raving about a book. Which isn't always a safe bet, but I can usually tell if I am going to like it, by which blogger is talking about it.
Contemporaries that have a very tortured, soul wrenching story-line. I like the cute romances, but the gritty ones like If I Stay are the ones I can't put down.
What kind of love stories do you always fall for? What makes you want to root for those couples?
I have a love/hate relationship with romances - I like for the romance to be built on something other than "those sexy, intense gazes". I want the girl to be happy, when she is with the guy, not second guessing herself. So, I am usually a best friend type of gal, and then my guys always get screwed in the end.
Some books get released as quickly as you snatched them up. What makes you put a book down and how do you know it’s time?
When I pick up a book, I want it to make me want to read it - so when I am dreading picking up a book or making myself read a few more pages...I know its time.
Books that have hooked Pixie:
Contemporary or Historical Fiction
If I Stay & Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuman
Between Shades of Grey & Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Easy by Tammara Webber
The Duff by Kody Keplinger
The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg
13 Reasons Why (audio book) by Jay Asher
But I Love Him by Amanda Grace
Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly
Summer Series by Jenny Han
Live Through This by Mindi Scott
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen
Shine by Lauren Myracle
Razorland Series by Ann Aguirre
The Forest of Hands and Teeth Series by Carrie Ryan
Hunger Game Series by Suzanne Collins
Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Anything I've read by Julie Kagawa
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Opell
Darkest Power Series & Darkness Rising Series by Kelly Armstrong
Soul Screamer Series by Rachel Vincent
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Mortal Instruments & Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare