"Top Ten Tuesdays" is a weekly countdown meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
This week, the theme revolves around what words or topics make us instantly want to reach out and grab a book (not necessarily BUY, but definitely make you want to read the first chapter). So, without further ado, here are ten literary topics that are sure to ensnare my attention!
1. The Great Depression / The Roaring 20s / Turn of the Century / WWII
I am nothing if not a history buff, and historical fiction is thus one of my favorite genres, with most of my favorite time periods falling between the 1890s and 1945. Except for, of course, when they feature...
(I'd recommend: Jillian Larkin's The Flappers series.)
2. Historical Royalty
Yes, I like princesses. Who doesn't? If a work - either of fiction or nonfiction - features someone like Catherine the Great or Marie Antoinette, the Romanovs or the Tudors, you can be sure I'll give it a cursory glance.
(I'd recommend: Caroline Weber's Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution.)
3. Fairy tale Royalty
Let's just continue down the princess path while we're here, okay? I like fairy tales, too. Fractured, modern, re-telling, re-imagining... I don't care, sign me up!
(I'd recommend: Bridget Zinn's Poison! (Literally can't say enough about this book...))
4. Hollywood Royalty
Alright, now I'm just being obvious, but I'm still crazy about those books from my middle school, formative years, that featured young Beverly Hills starlets doing crazy things, whether it was try to blend in and go to school like a normal person, or juggle love interests on far-off movie sets. (I'll forever blame The Clique series as the gateway drug to this kind of fiction). Now, similarly in the vein of the young and wealthy...
(I'd recommend: Zoey Dean's The A List series.)
5. Boarding Schools
From Harry Potter to I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You, going to live in a far-away school and learn about the coolest stuff from the coolest people still sounds like the greatest idea, even though I'm now basically doing that in college. :)
(I'd recommend: E. Lockhart's The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks.)
6. Tortall (by Tamora Pierce)
I'm qualifying this as an acceptable topic, because as soon as I see that a new Tamora Pierce Tortall-centric novel is headed towards the shelves, I buy it.
(I'd recommend: all of the Tortall books!!!)
Shut up! I developed a serious addiction to Anne McCaffrey's Dragons of Pern at a young age... now it's just transferred to the likes of Dany in Game of Thrones.
(I'd recommend: but really, if you haven't read Game of Thrones yet...)
8. Sci Fi "Masterpieces"
A couple of years ago, my Dad - after hearing about how much I enjoyed Ender's Game in my freshman English class, handed me what he called "the Trifecta" of science fiction: Nueromancer, Dune, and Foundation. Out of the three, I only fell in love with one, but I still have a solid appreciation for any sci fi epic.
(I'd recommend: any of the books listed above, which are all prolific in the genre for GOOD REASON.)
9. Books about Books
Or Librarians. Or Bookstores. Or Literature. I mean, I'd say something cute about how I just can't get enough of books, but I feel I'd be being obvious.
(I'd recommend: Cornelia Funke's Inkheart, because I obviously still belong in the 5th grade.)
10. Comedy Autobiographies
Not autobiographies marketed as funny (though it's okay if they are). I want the growing-up stories of the likes of Steve Martin, Chelsea Handler, and Mindy Kaling, which are often times humorous, yes, but more usually triumphant tales of overcoming obstacles. Nothing better than someone who can find comedy in adversity, especially when the adversity is their own life.
(I'd recommend: Steve Martin's Born Standing Up.)
Well, that's it for me! What are your Top Ten?