Top Ten Tuesday: 10 of My Favorite Bookish Tropes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Favorite Tropes. Now there are plenty of tropes that I wish would just disappear – instalove, love triangles, and damsels in distress would feature prominently on that list.  That said, however, it was still pretty easy to come up with 10 bookish tropes that I love seeing in the books I read. I’ve shared them below, along with a couple of my favorite books from each.


10 of My Favorite Bookish Tropes


1. FRIENDS TO LOVERS – Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating (Christina Lauren), Starry Eyes (Jenn Bennett)


2. ENEMIES TO LOVERS – Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), The Unhoneymooners (Christina Lauren)


3. STAR-CROSSED LOVERS – Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare), Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Jill Criswell)


4. SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE – Say You Still Love Me (K. A. Tucker), One Summer in Paris (Sarah Morgan)


5. MAN IN DISTRESS WHO IS SAVED BY THE DAMSEL – The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins), Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Jill Criswell)


6. MONSTERS WHO AREN’T MONSTERS AFTER ALL – This Savage Song (Victoria Schwab), Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Jill Criswell)


7. BOOKS SET IN SCHOOLS OR ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES – Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling), Nevernight (Jay Kristoff), Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell)


8. TOURNAMENTS OR OTHER FORMS OF COMPETITION – Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling), Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas)


9. ANTI HEROES – Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo), Vicious (Victoria Schwab)


10. GIRLS WHO ARE INTO STEM – When Dimple Met Rishi (Sandhya Menon), Zenn Diagram (Wendy Brant)


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Who are some of your favorite bookish tropes?  Do we share any favorites?