Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was my favorite tropes.

Tropes can be SO fun, y’all. I know that they have the (very real) possibility of making a book come off as cringey or the plot bland and paint-by-numbers, but, when done correctly, they make me so, so happy. Below are ten of my favorite tropes from books I’ve loved and ones I have yet to read!

♥ accidental time travel (I Went to Vassar for This?)
♥ contemporary YA retellings (If I’m Being Honest)
♥ friends to lovers (Starry Eyes)
♥ human anatomy/wax figures (The Anatomical Venus)
♥ magical quests grounded in the real world (The Shadow Cipher)

♥ meet-cutes (also: themed short story collections!) (Meet Cute)
♥ ‘oops, we have to pretend we’re married!’ (The Unhoneymooners)
♥ personal memoir as narrative nonfiction (Ask Me About My Uterus)
♥ pop culture behind-the-scenes (We Don’t Need Roads)
♥ teen couple reconnects as adults (Say You Still Love Me)

5 thoughts on “Top Ten: Favorite Tropes

  1. Agreed with what you said about tropes, for sure! They do often have the ability to make or break the entire premise or experience. But ooohhhh I can’t believe I didn’t think of retellings–or in the case of your post, contemporary retellings. I feel like that’s a trope that doesn’t get enough love. Also, you’ve got me hyped to read Say You Still Love Me now because a.) I love that trope and b.) my copy just arrived today so I’m like OOOOH YES.


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