Top 5 Buzzwords

Top 5 Buzzwords

Buzzwords. Words that describe books. Or authors. Or genres.

Today, on Top 5 Tuesday, we’re sharing buzzwords that make you want to read books. Words you hear and think, “I NEED to read that!’


Top 5 Buzzwords that Make Me Want to Read a Book

Fantasy Busswords

Fantasy buzzwords instantly catch my attention. Retellings, different worlds, they’re all fascinating reads.

Melanie Dickerson writes a great retelling series based on tradition fairy tales – super sweet and easy to read retellings.

I especially enjoy world building, delving into another place with different laws and people groups. It’s incredibly interesting to imagine a different place, even looking for plot holes and inconsistencies. And it may be no surprise that my favorite part of writing is often world building. And I think my favorite world ever built is Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings.

This is my favorite time frame for any historical-fiction book. The scope of the conflict, the sheer heroism against monstrous evil, the depth and breadth of the stories told.

The Book Thief and All the Light We Cannot See are just two books I picked up simply because they were linked to World War II


Two Buzzwords that really could stand for just one – a continuing story. While a well-developed story told in one volume is enjoyable, I love stories that continue over time. You can watch the characters grow longer, fall deeper in love with the setting, and create a more intricate plot,

But, stories that are more than a couple of books long can become convoluted or just too long. Harry Potter, the Chronicles of Narnia, The Mortal Instruments, are all at least 7 books long. Details get lost, characters forgotten. While I’m not exactly complaining, if I know a story is incredibly long, I’m less likely to pick it up. Though not too unlikely, since I keep reading really long series. 

But a trilogy or duology is perfect, duology’s especially. The story is more contained, action filled, and rich. Since reading the Six of Crows duology, I’m very likely to pick up any book that has the word duology attached. In fact, I hope duology becomes even more popular than trilogy.

Mythology is similar to fantasy, but a bit more familiar, since it’s based on historical myths. And while I’ve not gotten to read too many books pulled from mythology, it’s something that always piques my interest.

And speaking of mythology, I’ve not read Percy Jackson or any Rick Riordan books. But they are on my to read list!

Any book that’s true, and I’m in a line to read it. Especially if it’s a biography about Alexander Hamilton, the French Revolution or World War II.

Some of my favorite books based on true stories are: Unbroken by Lauren Hildebrand, Hamilton by Ron Chernow, and The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.

your buzzwords

What words motivate you to pick up a book? 

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  • Great picks, Elizabeth! I think that fantasy is slowly becoming one of my buzz words as well, I’m loving the genre more and more 🙂

    • Elizabeth Hunter

      Fantasy is such a broad genre and can encompass so many great ideas! Part of why I love it so much.