Do you ever read a book with very specific tropes and you just go ”give me more of that!” but it’s super hard, of not impossible, to find those books? This happens to me ALL. THE. TIME. I figured writing a blog post listing all my favorite too-specific-to-search-tropes and maybe, just maybe you’ll think of a book that you just KNOW I’ll love!
If you do, please recommend it to me in the comment section down below.
Books in which food somehow plays a huge role
I’m talking the type of book in which food is more than just fuel. I want it to SHINE. Food is often part of a culture, a time period or even a fantasy world, and too often to I feel like authors forget how much you can tell about a setting with food.
Books with female pirates
I’m sure they’re out there, but WHERE? I read about a female pirate in the Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab, and I want more girly pirates now. I want to read more pirate stories anyway, why do I feel like this is a setting we don’t see that often in YA fiction?
Books with a library setting, or books about books in general
Take a drink every time I say ‘book’. But seriously, I love reading books about books, or books that have a library setting. Library settings are magical, and usually instantly make me love about about 64% more.
Books with unlikeable main characters
Give me dark and twisty main characters. Give me main characters that make the wrong decision and push everyone away. But most of all, make me root for these people even though I shouldn’t.
(Realistic) books set in law school
Okay, I’m only including this here because I’m starting law school in about two weeks and I’m super excited about it. I’m currently reading and watching anything law school related that I can get my hands on. Yes.. I’m that much of a geek. But I would like the books to be somewhat realistic, because I bet law school isn’t as glamorous as some books and films make it out to be, and I don’t want to set myself up for failure.
I feel like this is getting much more popular in YA fiction (it’s the new love triangle, people) but it’s not written the specific way I would like it to be written. I only like this trope if the two characters aren’t supposed to like each other because of political or societal expectations, or because they met under the wrong circumstances. Too often I see one of the two characters being abusive to the other, and then that abusive behaviour being excused for the sake of the story.
Books with messy and imperfect endings
Don’t you hate it when a book is quite messy and bloody, but in the end everyone ends up with the person they’re supposed to end up with? Or you know, everyone survives in the first place? I feel like if you go through a horrible war, it’s impossible to have every important character survive. It’s just unrealistic! Sometimes characters need to die in order to push the story forward, and that’s a fact.
Books with girls being unapologetically girly
Way too often I still see female characters being more ”masculine” when they start taking their life or career seriously. They’ll cut off their hair for example, or they’ll start wearing flats instead of heels so they’re taken seriously as an intellectual. I LOVE stories that don’t do this, and let the female character be true to themselves. Why can’t you be a kickass?!