Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Bookish Boxes and Buzzwords tag, which I found on Aoife’s blog. Onto the post!
Your go-to genre or favorite type of book
For middle grade, I love fantasy and contemporary but YA is definitely contemporary romance.
Retellings you are drawn to.
I adore a good Cinderella retelling, and I love ones based on more modern romcoms.
Lifestyles or careers of the book characters.
Ooh, I don’t know actually, this is hard. Um, I really like resding about people working on a fixed term project for work or school that develops as the book goes on, and I love reading about holidays/travel.
Places or settings you are drawn to.
Paris. I love books set in Paris. I also really like stuff set in Scotland, because it’s where I’m from and also because I just do!
Relationships you enjoy reading about.
I’m assuming this means other than romantic ones? I love those, but I also love characters who are really close to their parents and have a fun dynamic there, and bickering/bantering besties that you just know would have each other’s six no matter what are really fun too. Also siblings, because I have none so it’s a dynamic I have no first hand experience of!
Buzzwords in the title of the book.
Having looked through all the ones I’ve read this year, magic and girl seem to be the most common I think.
Things on book covers that drawn you in.
Shiny writing and pretty illustrations is probably quite a vague answer but they’re the first things that spring to mind? I’m such a magpie, I love pretty things (you’ll know how ironic this is if you know how I feel about magpies!!)
Non fiction buzzwords. Type of nonfiction are you drawn to.
I only really seem to pick up biography type things of my own volition! For uni, I’ve had to read non fiction (mostly for history) and it’s not been the most joyful
Medical or physical conditions of characters.
Hmm, I like reading about disability because it’s nice to see more representation coming through now, but I’m equally extremely wary because some books do NOT do a good job at all and then I get angry and/or upset and that’s a waste of my time. I want more hearing aid rep, but other than that I’m not drawn to anything specific. My condition is a bit obscure to have a lot of books written about it!
Time of year, or time in history or future that you are drawn to.
Time of year- I most love spring and autumn, which are my fave seasons IRL. History-wise, I’m a sucker for WW1 in pretty much any context or country, though I’m especially into homefront fiction and the same is true (though to a lesser extent) for WW2. Outwith those,
Bonus #1: Any other bookish boxes or buzzwords not already mentioned.
I can’t really think of any? I like picking up books about books, if that counts, and things with a really specific hobby so I can learn more about it.
Bonus #2: What Bookish boxes or buzzwords turn you away from a book?
See my aforementioned spiel about books with disability as a key plot point! I don’t really like reading anything that sounds too creepy or scientific, and I try to pick things that have at least some hope when reading about a difficult subject.
What are you biggest bookish buzzwords? Do we have any in common? I’d love to hear in the comments!