6 Things that Scare Me off From Picking Up a Book

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about things that made me want to read a book and today I wanted to write about things that do not make me want to read a book.  And I will not go into covers and titles, even though those play a very important role. I mainly read YA books so that’s where I will be focusing on. I will include examples of books I have read and loved despite the fact that they contain these… tropes?

This is all based on my personal opinion and books that include these topics are not by definition bad books. Not at all, they’re just not my type of books.

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8 Things that Make Me Want to Pick Up a Book Immediately + Recommendations

I am back from my week-long hiatus, in which I went to Berlin, fell in love with the city and then sadly had to return to my home where it’s very boring and I have to go to school and let me just cry a little. I was so busy sightseeing that I didn’t even have the time to miss blogging! I’m very glad to be back at blogging though! It was strangely hard to come up with a topic to talk about today but I found something.

Today I wanted to talk about what makes me want to read a book. And I will not go into covers and titles, even though those play a very important role. Each topic will include examples of books I read and loved and books I want to read! So basically, this is a recommendation/tbr post 😛

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#1 Dark fantasy

I totally blame V.E. Schwab for this because her books are so wonderfully dark, it makes every other book feel light! It’s kind of weird, but I love it when books have a lot of dark themes, such as death, destruction, murder, assassins. Anything that’s inherently bad, I love it.

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#2 Con-artists & illusionists

I love it when characters are not who everyone thinks they are, when they have to fake to be someone else or something else. Illusions and cons are so much fun! There’s the complexity of coming across as genuine while there is the constant tension of not being caught.

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#3 Complex characters

Any character that’s morally grey, has many flaws and is not the hero by design will catch my attention. I love it when characters are flawed and not really the nicest people. Characters like Kaz from Six of Crows with skewed morals are the best kind of characters to read about.

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#4 Feminism

Give me all the female strong characters that fight for feminism (or male characters? But those are rarer)! If a story is about feminism or has feminist aspects to it, I am immediately drawn to it!

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#5 LGBT+ rep

For obvious reasons, I’m not a huge fan of romance, but when the romance is between LGBT+ characters or when the characters are just on the LGBT+ spectrum, I will immediately like it 147% more (I made that number up don’t worry).

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#6 A diverse group of teens

LGBT+ aside, I love it when there’s a group of teens that are of different cultures, backgrounds, etc. I always like it when a book changes POVs, it always gives an extra dimension to the story because you get to see things in different perspectives!

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#7 Coming-of-age

If it’s a story about growing up, gaining confidence and about that phase in life where you have to start making the big decisions, I will want to read it. I love stories in which the characters have to grow out of their small comfort zone and go out in the world, discover themselves. For this reason, I love it when books are set in the last year of high school.

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I can’t think of any at this moment!

#8 When it’s written by one of my favourite authors

This is a very obvious one, but there are some authors that have become instant favourites, and I will read whatever they come up with. EVERYTHING. Especially when it comes to V.E. Schwab, Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor, Holly Bourne, Maggie Stiefvater and Marissa Meyer.

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What makes you want to pick up a book? Are any of our interests the same? You got any recommendations for me perhaps?

4 Female Fictional Role Models and Life Lessons they Taught me.

It is Day of the Girl, so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to tell you about which female characters inspire me to be the kind of person I am today. I was actually planning on posting this yesterday, but I wasn’t feeling 100% and then I found out this morning it was Day of the Girl, so I think it was fate 😛

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Lottie Thomas

 

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I’m so disappointed by the lack of Spinster’s Club fanart.

 

Lottie from Holly Bourne’s Spinster’s Club series is the character that actually led me to write this post. She’s a kick-ass feminist, sex-positive romantic, outspoken and super smart.

What she taught me:

You should fight for what’s right, even if it’s hard, but mental health is very important so don’t lose yourself in the process.

Every little action adds up to something much bigger.


Arabella Celestine Idris Jezelia of Morrighan (Lia)

 

fanart by @lesmissy1 on twitter

 

Lia from The Kiss of Deception Series by Mary E. Pearson has inspired me ever since I finished The Beauty of Darkness. Not only did I steal her name (hehe), her mentality and individuality inspired me to be a better person.

What she taught me:

Every story has multiple sides and you shouldn’t judge before knowing the full story. Not everything is how it seems.

Trust your gut. Trust yourself.


Hermione Granger

 

 

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Hermione from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling has inspired girls for years and I’m still a little sad I only got to know her when I was almost an adult. Hermione is smart, determined and wants to do right by everyone.

What she taught me:

Stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.

Be unconditionally you, don’t ever diminish your intelligence because other’s don’t appreciate it.

Reading is cool.


Fa Mulan

 

Mulan. Also a good drawing reference for someone holding a sword
fanart by ?? I can’t find the original artist.

 

Mulan from the movie with the same name is one of the strongest female Disney characters I’ve yet encountered. She is strong, won’t give up and is willing to sacrifice so much for her family.

Girls. Kick. Ass.

You don’t have to be strong to win, being smart is key.

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Which characters are your inspiration and why? What life lessons have you learned through fiction? Happy Day of the Girl!