Top Ten Tuesdays was created by The Broke and Bookish, but is now hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl and anyone is free to participate! This week’s topic is things that automatically make me pick up a book. This is more a list of tropes that things that specifically make me pick up a book. But there aren’t very many subjects that automatically will make me pick something up (like vampires or demon hunting or faeries). So tropes it is! In that same vein, there aren’t a whole lot of things that make me pick up a book. If it sounds good, or someone recs me it and it sounds good, I just put it on my TBR and hopefully don’t forget about it. Anyway, enough chit-chat, let’s go!
- Childhood friends to lovers
I’m a HUGE fan of childhood friends to lovers. It’s so adorable to see their relationship change and evolve as they get older. I think there’s something very settling about knowing someone for so long and then your relationship changing into something entirely new. I think it comes with its own set of dynamics that can be really intersting to read about.
Favorites of mine: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren, A LOT of manga
- Friends to lovers
You know it really doesn’t have to be childhood friends specifically, but if I can’t always have childhood friends, friends to lovers works just as well. I love this trope because usually it means we spend a lot of time getting to know the two people as their own people and then together as a couple.
Favorites of mine: Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau, Wanna Bet by Talia Hibbert, Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka
- Pride and Prejudice retellings
Guys I cannot WAIT to share my Pride and Prejudice retelling post with you! Pride and Prejudice retellings are one of the fastest ways to get me to read a book! If anyone has any recs definitely let me know!
Favorites of mine: You’ll just have to wait for my full post!
- Hate to love
Pride and Prejudice was just the beginning, and it opened a whole new door.
Favorites of mine: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi, Better at Weddings Than You by Mina V. Esguerra, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon,
- “After high school”
I’m a HUGE fan of NA! I’m at that time in my life, so it makes sense it’s what I want to read about the most. Unfortunately there isn’t a whole lot of college fiction (and even less fiction about people of that age not in college) out there so if you have any recs definitely let me know!
Favorites of mine: Something About Us by Yunji Lee, Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions, The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis
- Second Chance Romance
I’m a HUGE fan of second chance romance. I love that the characters are already familiar with each other so we basically just get to figure out their dynamic. Though the other side to the seesaw is that it’s hard to find a conflict so large that it splits them up, but then at the same time is not so bad that it can be overlooked by the respective love interest and us as the readers.
Favorites of mine: Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai