Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the people over at The Broke and the Bookish and today's topic is "Top Ten Words/Topics that Instantly Make Me Want to Buy/Pick Up a Book".
I haven't participated in TOP 10 meme for a while, but this week's topic caught my interest.
Without further ado:
1. Time folding - Mixed up timeline - One book, different times - Multiple POVs
Basically, the messier the better :p I have huge attraction to narratives that are non-linear, cut, mutilated, folded, and then put back together.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, The Hours by Michael Cunningham (TBR), Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (currently reading)
2. Epistolary novels
Stories presented in form of letters, notes, e-mails, telegrams, newspaper accounts, text messages, diary entries, transcriptions, et cetera. I find that intriguing.
Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Dracula by Bram Stoker (TBR)
3. Stories set in a mental institutions - Mentally challenged characters
Not sure what that says about me... :p
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (multiple POVs with one of the narrators being a mentally challgened young man), Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
4. (Later) Soviet Era - Concentration camps
It probably has something to do with the fact that I hail from a post-Soviet country.
Stalin's Cows by Sofi Oksanen, Gulag by Anne Applebaum (non-fiction), Sakhalin Island by Anton Chekhov, a bunch of books in Estonian that I'm not even going to list
5. Genies - Jinn
This is a new discovery, but the jinn I have encountered in books so far are hilarious. Snarky, patronising, with chill-out attitude and in general, very very funny. Books with some jinn definitely pique my interest (I might even have to search for some!)
The Bartimaeus books by Jonathan Stroud, Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
6. Androgyny - Mixed up genders
Since I prefer taking people as persons instead of dividing them into men and women, I think that is why such books interest me.
The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (TBR)
7. Snowy, icy, cold environments
As is appropriate for the child of the North. And suitably, I am not very attracted to books set in very warm places (deserts and such).
Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple, Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg, A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
8. A Touch of Magic
So, these are not necessarily classic fantasy, and not even full-on magic realism books, but those that kind of look like your average next door contemporary/fiction story but with a little hint of magic.
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, almost anything by Haruki Murakami, The Magus by John Fowles, Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (TBR so I assume it's one of those books), Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (TBR)
9. Highly disturbing possible scenarios for future
Basically what I mean here are classic dystopias (not young adult ones, which I know are hugely popular, but I haven't read them).
1984 by George Orwell, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
10. Odd/non-conventional/funny family dynamics featuring over-the-top quirky characters
Really nothing to add, hilarious families like those we have seen in TV (like Wes Anderson films, Arrested Development).
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell (I want to re-read that one NOW!), The Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny, Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple, Franny and Zooey (and the whole Glass family) by J. D. Salinger