Book Description Auto-Read Words

Back in January Sheila @ The Deliberate Reader wrote about Book Description Kryptonite. It’s when something is mentioned in the description of a book that makes you not want to read the book. I commented right away about some of my own Kryptonite: WWII and covers with shirtless men (OK, I know that’s not the description, but for books like that I don’t even get to the description).

Just, no. I don’t even need to read the description 
to know that this book is not for me.

But seriously, that post got me thinking about book descriptions. What are my “auto-read” keywords?The words in a book description that make me immediately want to read a book. Those are a little easier for me to identify. I’ll have to keep thinking about the words and topics that turn me off.

My Book Description Auto-Read Words

1. Twins / Sisters

Because I’m a twin, I cannot resist reading a book about twins. I have to see if the author got it “right”. In the absence of twins, I am a sucker for books about sisters.

Beside Myself by Ann Morgan

Beside Myself is a literary thriller about identical twins, Ellie and Helen, who swap places aged six.

I don’t need to read any more. I was hooked at “identical twins” and switching places is an added bonus.

The Orphan Sister by Gwendolen Gross

Clementine Lord is not an orphan. She just feels like one sometimes. One of triplets, a quirk of nature left her the odd one out. Odette and Olivia are identical; Clementine is a singleton. 

Yup. Gotta read it.

The Art of Seeing by Cammie McGovern

As a child, the flamboyant, brooding, and beautiful Rozzie was always the star of her family — especially in her younger sister Jemma’s eyes. So when Rozzie takes up acting and, as a teenager, wins a part in a major motion picture, life changes irrevocably for both sisters. 

No twins in this one, but I love a good drama with sisters.

2. Coping with Death

Why I am draw to this type of book? It’s kind of disturbing, but I really enjoy reading about people dealing with heavy emotions, and the loss of a loved one is a popular topic in fiction right now. I cannot resist these types of books.

There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos

Mark knows grief. Ever since the accident that killed his twin sister, Grace, the only time he feels at peace is when he visits the bridge on which she died.

This book has twins and death. It went on my TBR list immediately.

The Lost Husband by Katherine Center

After the sudden loss of her husband in a car crash, Libby Moran falls on hard times-so hard, in fact, that she’s forced to move in with her hyper-critical mother. 

I enjoy reading about characters that triumph over tragic situations, so I think that’s what appeals to me about this book. The main character will be starting at rock bottom, and hopefully the only way to go is up.

Night Road by Kristin Hannah

I just heard about this book at my niece’s literacy night, and when I heard it described as a book about a teenager dying in a car accident, I knew I had to read it. When the description revealed how much it focuses on the mother, I wanted to read it even more.

Jude does everything to keep her kids safe and on track for college. It has always been easy–until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss. Nothing feels safe anymore; 

3. Missing Children / Intense Child-Related Stories

So related to Night Road…I like stories about children in awful situations: missing children, sick children, kidnapped children. As I mother I shouldn’t enjoy these stories. They should make me worry for my own son, but they don’t. I think I like reading about the love parents have for their children, and the lengths they will go to make sure their children are alright or the hard choices you sometimes have to make as a parent.

I Couldn’t Love You More by Jillian Medoff

Which child would you save? A decision no parent can even fathom.

This mother has to choose between saving her biological child and her two step-daughters. I was hooked from that first line of the description.

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
10:03 a.m.
The auditorium doors won’t open.
10:05 a.m.
Someone starts shooting.

School shooting. Yes, please. I’m sick. I know.

Remember Mia by Alexandra Burt

Estelle Paradise wakes up in a hospital after being found near dead at the bottom of a ravine with a fragmented memory and a vague sense of loss. Then a terrifying reality sets in: her daughter is missing.

I just need to read this book. How have I not gotten to it yet? All of these books are going on my MUST READ list for 2016.

There are some other topics I could have selected, so maybe I’ll do a second post like this in the future. If you want to read more about this topic, Lauren @ Bookmark Lit has a great series called read-bait.

What are your book description auto-read words or phrases? Do you have any recommendations for me based on mine?

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  1. oooh, yes. I am always intrigued by books about twin/sisters but I haven't read too many of them! Try Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer – one of my all-time favorite books with a really great sister relationship (not necessarily the focal point of the book, but it's stronger than the romance piece in my opinion!). I also love books about getting over a death/grief. Definitely makes me feel a little morbid but I can't resist. Usually the pain is a little too real if the book happens ASAP after the death, but I like the books where the character is moving on a few months or a year later.

    1. I just added Nowhere but Home. I remember reading reviews about it when I came out. Thanks for the recommendation. I'm glad I'm not the only one who likes grief books – I agree. They're better when they're about moving on.

  2. This is such an interesting prompt. I laughed out loud about the shirtless covers! I’m sure there’s an audience for them, but yeah, it’s not you or me! Lol.

    Auto-reads for me would be
    Royalty – This is why I picked up the Selection series!
    Set in the South – So many of my favorites are set in the South. Maybe it’s because I’ve never lived there, but it just seems different enough to me to intrigue me and pull me in.

    I do have an idea that’s actually a mix of your second and third themes… have you heard of Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio ( I think you might really like it!

    1. Oh, royalty. Yes, that's a good one. The South is hit or miss with me. Blackberry Winter sounds really good! I am adding it to my list right now. I really like books that alternate between different times periods.

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