This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about the longest books you’ve ever read. While this is a great topic, it’s very similar to The Mountain Book Tag which I did earlier this year, so rather than repeat content, I thought I’d bring you a different top ten… one of my very own.
This week, I want to talk about my top 10 book tags! This isn’t in regard to Book Tags in the traditional sense… these are subject tags I use on my LibraryThing account. For all the books I’ve read, I go through and tag them with the Goodreads genres and OCLC subjects. Yeah, I like metadata. It also helps me easily define my tastes and find, say, a good steampunk book fast.
For the purposes of this list, I am skipping past tags that are too similar (i.e. england and great britain… I only used one) and genres (fiction, fantasy). Minor genres (slasher thriller) could still be considered.
So here goes!
I love books with magic, which likely stems from my early love of series like Harry Potter and anything by Tamora Pierce. Magic is easy to come by when you read a lot of fantasy, which I do!
Good & Evil
This is one of my favorite plot points. So many famous books revolve around the battle between good and evil – The Lord of the Rings series… even the Bible itself. It’s a timeless topic and one I still love, despite the fact it is used so often.
Overwhelmingly my favorite setting is England. Most my historical fiction is based in England, and most my fantasy has a western European edge, so the traditional settings of things like Robin Hood or Tudor England are a constant in my library.
With the huge vampire explosion in YA lit after the success of Twilight, it’s little surprise that there are so many vampire books in my collection. Some are better than others, but I have read a lot of vampire books….
Anyone topic that likely comes from my young love of Harry Potter, wizards are an inevitable addition to my personal library. This ties in a bit with magic and a bit with witches… anyone who can defy the laws of nature is interesting to me. 🙂
You know, if I’m being completely honest, the orphans trope is more of a pet peeve than a love, and for this very reason… I own or have read something like 40 different books with orphans. Why don’t kids have parents in books? The writing world is getting a bit better about this, but for a while, it was all orphans all the time.
Yesss, time travel books are a real weakness for me. I’m a historian and I love glimpses of the past and the speculation about life there – but I like it better in a science fiction setting than a historical fiction one. I like historical fiction as well, but a lot of it is more serious than my personal tastes.
I suppose mythology could have been included as a genre all its own, but I wanted to throw it in as a subject I really enjoy… especially when it’s been done well to the mythos (as opposed to just name-dropping). We have a beautiful cultural history and I love to see it woven into modern books!
This is a little different than wizards… most the witch stories I seek out are the creepy, spooky Halloween books. I like the Salem vibes, I guess. It’s good to get wrapped up in a story that pleasantly makes your skin prickle sometimes.
Brothers and Sisters
The last subject on my list is: brothers and sisters. To be honest, I like any sibling story, but I guess I can see why “brothers and sisters” comes up more often than siblings in general. I have a little brother of my own, after all….