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Word: A Top Ten List

This week’s top ten: words/topics/what have you that will make you pick up a book (as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish), in this case I am limiting it to fiction. I read plenty of non-fiction in my professional reading, so it is not an area I often explore voluntarily (unless it’s cookbooks – those I love, especially when someone cooks for me).

Naturally I included librarians on the list. If you have a spare moment, go peruse My Daguerreotype Librarian ‘[a] tumblr dedicated to literally or figuratively hunky and babely librarians from the past’.


10. Pugalism/Kickboxing/Fighting. I like to fight (in the fun way), both physically and verbally, so it’s a subject I enjoy reading about in books – books like Donnybrook, Fight Club, and The Half Brother. Oddly enough, I hate yelling and raised voices.

9. Titles. A good title goes a long way. I like a good pun (NOS4A2), a double entendre (Amity & Sorrow), or an entertaining title (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City).

8. Librarians. You know that librarians secretly control the world, right? Books (and comics) with fabulous librarians: NOS4A2 and Batgirl, for example. A few famous librarians from history: Cassanova, Benjamin Franklin, and Lewis Carroll.

7. Books set on the beach during the height of summer featuring parties and the consumption of alcohol. Hot and humid weather optional, but preferred. If you looked up this setting in a dictionary, you’d see Tigers in Red Weather.

6. Civil War. I am fascinated by the Civil War. One of the books I am most anticipating this summer is The Good Lord Bird by James McBride.

5. Mischief at New England boarding schools. Simply because I always wanted to go to one and wear the fancy uniforms (in my mind they always have uniforms).

4. Humor. And specific types of humor – promise me black comedy and satire I’ll be your slave for life.

3. Archaeology I had the best intentions of being the next Indiana Jones. That honor went to Shia LeBeouf. I am still deeply offended and now possess a myriad of useless undergraduate degrees.

2. Water (swimming, surfing, diving, etc.). I mentioned here that I am very proficient at water sports and I mentioned here that I surfed in a hurricane. So, yes, water and I get along swimmingly, I could not fathom my life without it.

1. Do the words Stephen King appear somewhere in the author slot? Yes? Then I’ll probably read it, even if it’s awful.

I can’t tell you how much of the above list is true, though it’s probably not much. I just like to read (and I’ll read most anything). Do I enjoy a book with a boarding school setting? Sure. Will I automatically buy a book set in a boarding school? No. Did you know that today is NOS4A2’s release day and I am trying to see how many times I can mention the book? Now you do…

What word (or topic) will make you pick up a book?

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