Bookish Buzzwords

Hi, there! I’ve been thinking about making this post for a while. Every now and then I mention I want to read a book purely because it has a certain buzzword attached to it and it makes me instantly interested. So, instead of repeating myself constantly, I thought I’d compile this list for future reference. These are in no particular order.

  • Time Travel

Anyone who knows me at all, knows that my favourite movie is Back to the Future. Why? I honestly do not know – I’ve seen it as a kid and was instantly obsessed, and that obsession did not go away for probably over 20 years now. I love me some time travel, especially when done well. It is a tricky one, I know, but if the blurb tells me time travel is involved, I will read the book. I did that with Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins, a book I didn’t buy for myself and had very little interest in, because it was blurbed as a romance, BUT it ended up being an instant favourite.

  • Con artists

Oh my goodness, nothing gets me more excited than a promise of con artists, especially in a fantasy setting. Those characters usually become my absolute favourites. Funny, smart, a bit too confident… I clearly have a type *cough* Locke Lamora *cough*.

  • Heists

This was an obvious transition, right? Where there are con artists, there’s probably a heist or some sort of a secret mission, and I live for it. Heists are something I will never get tired of. A good heist is exciting, super high stakes and gets your heart racing. What else could you want?!

  • Found Family

Yet another popular trope I don’t see myself ever being sick of. I’ll take a found family over any real family or relationship, especially if those characters don’t fit together at first glace. It’s those unconventional and seemingly unlikely ones that tend to be the fiercest and they really get me.

  • Superpowers

This one is a tough one to explain, because I’m not too into your typical superheroes – think all the Marvel ones ever. But at the same time, I love X-Men. The distinction to me is obvious, in fact, so obvious, I can’t really point out what it is. I guess it’s just more about the power aspect than the hero, because I like supervillains, and super-morally-grey-characters, too. I know I’m making it more complicated than it has to be. My buzzword encompasses all the stories with individuals with powers that don’t use them to either destroy or save the world. Now, I think that’s explained.

  • “Groundhog” day/year/life

Last, but definitely not least, we have the character reliving the same day, month, year, life etc. I haven’t read very many of these, but I am obsessed with that concept and I add every single book that mentions it to my TBR instantly! I think, similarly to the time travel buzzword, I like when the character can influence something that happened to them or someone else in the past, or use it to solve a mystery. There are just infinite possibilities in those stories, and I live for them!

Do you have any buzzwords of your own? Or maybe recommendations you wanna throw my way of some books that have these?

Thank you so much for reading, as always. I hope you have a great weekend!

Favourite Book Tropes – A Discussion

Hey! It’s been a while.

I’m back today with a follow up to my second most recent post of my least favourite tropes in books. I thought it’s time to be a bit more positive, so here are some of my favourite tropes ever. Enjoy! (Again, these are in no particular order).

  • The Chosen One

I know this trope has been done to death, but I’m just not over it yet. It works great in Middle Grade and YA adventure stories. It’s not very realistic, I’ll admit that, but it’s so entertaining and makes for a great story. It adds drama, it adds uncertainty. There’s always a sense of urgency when one person needs to save the world from evil. Love that shit.

  • Anti-hero

As much as I love the Chosen One trope, with the perfect hero who’s gonna save the world, I also love me some anti-heroes. Gimme a morally grey character, someone who doesn’t do the right thing, who’s selfish or has ulterior motives and I’ll eat it up. The Villains series by V.E. Schwab does it really well – pick it up if you haven’t (there’s superpowers involved, you WANT to read it).

  • A makeshift family

I love, love this trope! It’s when a group of characters who are unlikely to get along have to do something together and grow to love and care about each other like they’re family. It’s a popular trope, but one I love seeing. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is the PERFECT example.

  • Heists

I don’t know what it is about heists that has me literally shaking from excitement but I just love them. It’s one of my buzzwords – I see it, I pick up the book. Not all of the heists I’ve read worked for me (The Thief for example), but I don’t ever get discouraged. If the book has a heist in it – I’ll read it.

  • Kingdoms

This one is pretty broad. I love fantasy – it’s my favourite genre (as if that’s a surprise for anyone) and I LOVE fantasy worlds with kingdoms and politics and all that good stuff. Those are very common, thankfully for me. I especially love reading about Queens of any sort (something that blew up in YA a few years back). I don’t necessarily like historical fiction, but in a medieval fantasy setting (or what seems like it, with castles, royalty, court politics, intrigue, conflict and brewing war) it is PERFECT. I want to read them all.

And that would be all for my favourite tropes in books. Are any of those on your list? Or do you hate them?

I’ll be back soon with a monthly wrap up.

Thanks for reading!

Most hated book tropes – A Discussion

Hi! Let’s talk book tropes, shall we?

If you’re unaware what tropes are – look them up! Just kidding… A trope is a common motif, theme or a convention in a book. It can relate to the character, or plot or the world building.

I love ranting, so I decided to compile a list of all of my most hated tropes in literature (but mostly in YA). Those are in no particular order unless I state so.

  • ‘Not like other girls’

Being ‘not like other girls’ is not a personality trait. I honestly have no idea why authors still do it.

See that main character? She’s not like other girls. She doesn’t care about boys or make up. She’s smart and aloof and has no friends, because no one understands her. She’s above all the superficial.

Give.me.a.break! Individuality makes for a great trait, yes, and I want to read about those characters, but this is not the way to write them. Being like other girls is not something to be ashamed of. Let characters like what they like and be who they are. Stop this sexist bullshit – let’s learn from the past mistakes and not write another Bella Swan.

  • One-dimensional villains

This one is just being lazy. The story has a hero – so it obviously needs a villain. They are terrible, so evil and bad to the core. Why? Who the hell knows *shrug* What made them so evil? Nothing – they’re just bad, worse even, because they hate our hero. There’s no back story for why they’re the way there are, no explanation. They’re just bad, and all they do is sit around tent their fingers together and evil laugh. Thank you, next!

  • Instalove/love at first sight

I think any mention of love gets ‘I don’t like romance in general…’ from me, and everyone knows it by now… yet I was still going to type it. I’m incredibly hard to please (title of my sex tape… any Brooklyn 99 fans here?) when it comes to romance, I need something believable that feels like it could possibly happen in real life, to actually somehow enjoy it and let’s face it – instalove is not one of those. It usually means the characters aren’t developed properly, either, the whole thing lacks atmosphere and… at that point, why even write that damn book?

  • Token diversity

Any token characters are wrong and writers should just stop, but when it comes to diversity, it just boils my blood. It is better to not have ANY diverse characters (though, it’s not great), than have those painful, one dimensional stereotypes (of very regular, very REAL people, whether it’s POC, different sexualities, religions or maybe people with disabilities – all of which are crazy common in real life and hence should be in fiction) to pop up every now and then to teach the main character something, or to move the plot a bit, or just to be there for the sake of it and not have any input. It’s a cheap shot. Don’t do it.

  • Love triangles

And last but not least – my absolute most hated trope in the entire world!!! Love triangles make me want to throw the book I’m reading across the room and never ever pick it up again. I don’t care what the author’s reason is for having a love triangle – it NEVER works. Unless it’s a romance novel, it just distracts from the main plot. It’s cheap, pointless drama. It makes everyone frustrated. AND usually the only way to solve it is to kill off one of the characters or make them into a villain. Ugh, I don’t hate anything more.

Are any of these your least favourite tropes? Or, better yet, your favourite tropes? Let me know down in the comments.

I’ll talk to you all soon