10 Tips For Authors Who Want Me To Buy Their Books

When I was a child, I thought as a child. I read the fairytales that every other little girl did, and dreamed of the day some knight would ride in on his white steed to rescue me from whatever tower I’d been locked in. In short, I was delusional.  Even in fiction, that barely happens, Like Julia Roberts said when Richard Gere drove up in his limo to rescue her at the end of Pretty Woman, usually the princess has to rescue him right back. Fairytales are attractive to children. As a woman, different things appeal to me and that’s reflected in my reading tastes.  This week, for the Top Ten Tuesday linkup, I am sharing things I now look for in books and some recent reads that have satisfied (in some part) that desire. 

  1. First, I look for female protagonists who have dreams and follow them assiduously, even when their dreams are crazy and their friends and family think they’re nuts but support them anyway Book: Me Before You /JoJo Moyes
  2. I look for women who strike out on their own and pursue entrepreneurial ventures even when it’s scary; they’re not paralyzed by their fear but inspired to overcome it. Book: One Plus One /JoJo Moyes
  3. I look for women who are funny and smart and comfortable with what makes them different. Book: Americanah /Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  4. I look for male characters who are strong and responsible and know how to take care of themselves and desire women to be their partners; not pseudo-parents. I am still looking for a book that depicts this adequately. 
  5. I look for books about families that have secrets that burn from the inside to meld the members together instead of separate them. Book: Everything I Never Told You /Celeste Ng
  6. I look for books about writers, especially when the character is someone who has pursued other dreams but has always had stories to tell and is finally sharing them with the world. Book: The Barrowfields /Philip Lewis
  7. I look for relationships that are based on shared interests, not just shared physical attraction. Again, I am still looking for this book. 
  8.  I look for books where children are unmistakable geniuses and no one bullies them for it, because that should not be encouraged, even in fiction. Book: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close /Jonathan Safran Foer
  9. I look for books about immigrants, people who have moved far away from everything they know to try something else, even if it is hard, even if they fail, even if they eventually have to return home, at least they tried something new. Book: We Need New Names /NoViolet Bulawayo
  10. And finally, I look for books that show how beautiful a hobby reading really is because bookworms are who books are written for and writers owe it to us to validate that in the novels they release. Book: The Book Thief /Markus Zusak

When I was a child, I read as a child. Now I am a woman, I read differently and demand different things. If you have recommendations of books that satisfy my reading needs, please share below.

What about you? How has your reading tastes changed as you’ve matured?

DAILY WORKOUT

It’s Day 2. Yesterday, I announced my virtual running partnership with Tarnished Soul. Our overall objective is to get back to regular outdoor running in a bid to improve health and fitness. Each day, I will post the planned workout and update it when we’ve compiled the workout. If you’d like to join us, feel free to comment below and let me know to add you to the daily tracker.

Today’s goal is to run / run-walk for a little longer and a little faster than yesterday workout. Any improvement in distance and pace will be considered as mission accomplished. Come back later for the update.

Day 2 Updates:

Runwright ran 1.61 miles. Just a bit longer than yesterday but at a slower pace 😦

 

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. I have to admit, when I was younger, I hated anything that didn’t include “playing”, so I tried not to read. But thankfully, I also grew-up in a time that had less social-technology, so my parents were very good about encouraging reading. But, like you, I had a more childish approach to reading and read things that were fun, but shallow. Now, I tend to find things that are intriguing to me from historical perspectives. I consider myself a scientist, and enjoy reading scientific articles and books. I also enjoy reading self-help books (Is that messed up? lol). And I enjoy reading about empowering books – like currently, I’m reading A Beautiful You – which I also blog about.

    And I am going to walk again today…running is difficult still, 🙂

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Not messed up at all. I should have added a disclaimer that my list is my requirements for fiction reading. I read a lot of Non Fiction as well – self help, business, science, history and everything. I have a passion for the written word and will skim almost anything to see if I am interested in reading it. That has helped broaden my horizons so I never apologize for my diverse reading taste.
      Kudos on getting out there yesterday. Let me know what you do today.

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      1. I signed up for a kickboxing class today,.

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  2. Astilbe says:

    What a fantastic list. I hope you’re able to find books that fit #4 and #7. I don’t know of any stories like that, but I’d like to read them as well!

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks for the comment. Maybe I’ll have to write those stories myself. I’ll let you know when I do 🙂

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  3. lorrs33 says:

    Number 7 is becoming rare, in my opinion. With the rise of Fifty Shades of Grey-type stories, it’s all about attraction, it doesn’t seem to matter that they’re polar opposites. It gets tedious after a while. Great list!

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks for the comment and I agree that those types of stories seem to be more popular. I wonder, though, which one came first – the book supply or the demand for them 🙂

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  4. Great list! I love The Book Thief and Me Before You. Will check out these other books.

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  5. We have similar tastes in what we look for in characters.
    This will sound crazy but I’m kinda glad I was forced to take a few months off pleasure reading, because I was getting stuck in a rutt, I’m reading a book right now and enjoying it so much. I think the break was good for me, well that or the book is good, LOL
    Great job on your workouts and your partnership!

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thank you, Kristy. What is your current read? I am intrigued

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  6. You gonna see Spider-Man: Homecoming?

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  7. Drangonfly says:

    oh great post Karen! I want to borrow your list to set up my next TBR 🙂 I would love to read more books about reading and writing and nerdy kids being appreciated at school! I love family and relationships books a lot and yes to relationships that are not based in attraction too!

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks! Go ahead and set up that TBR. I like to give recommendations of books I’ve enjoyed myself.

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  8. utopiastateofmind says:

    YES for women who are busy taking numbers and kicking ass. We can never have too many

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  9. Sarah's Book Shelves says:

    Totally agree with your #5! And the book you chose for it. I tried The Barrowfields, but couldn’t get through it. But, I do love books about writers.

    On your #4 – The Wife by Meg Wolitzer is a full-on indictment of the giant man-baby. But, that kind of man is also a main character, so not sure if you’d like it. But, the book is clearly not a celebration of that type.

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  10. Annemieke says:

    Great list. Especially number 10. ❤

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks for the comment, Anne.

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  11. shoola oyindamola says:

    I am in all the way for No 3. I love books that are written by funny and smart writers like Chimamanda Adichie. “I am Judging you” by Luvvie Ajayi also fit this category as well, only that Luvvie’s book is more of opinion but she narrates stories from her experiences in some parts.

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