My Top 5 Genres and Tropes

When trying to choose what to read next, we all have our favorite genres that we always go back to. I know for me, I always try to branch out and try new genres (War novels) and sometimes I’ll catch one that really just envelops me and then there are 10 misses. Call me cliche but I have about 5 genres/tropes that I know will never fail me.

~Romance

Now I know this such a broad topic and it encompasses a lot. But when I say romance here; I mean the guilty pleasure romances, contemporary, your typical rich CEO and average girl. Another title I could give this genre and it would fit is actually “guilty pleasure books.” I usually read these novels after I’ve finished a serious trilogy or duology and I just need a quick breather before I start another one. I always feel these novels do the trick for me. Now I know they don’t take a lot of brainpower to understand and they are highly predictable. But, honestly, that’s what I absolutely love about them. They are vastly entertaining and they are short and sweet.

“You can’t force love, I realized. It’s there or it isn’t. If it’s not there, you’ve got to be able to admit it. If it is there, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to protect the ones you love.”

Richelle Meade, Frostbite
  • Now and Then by Brenda Rohert, 178 pages
    • Artist falls in love with childhood crush who is now a big shot attorney
  • Next to You by Julia Gabriel, 236 pages
    • Beauty and the Beast modern retelling
  • Easy by Tammara Weber, 548
    • College girl goes through a traumatic experience and a bad boy helps her through it while they both heal each other

~Fantasy

I’ve always used books as an absolute escape from reality. What better way to do that than actually reading about a whole word that DOES NOT EXIST. As a kid I’ve always been fascinated with other worlds, magic, fantasy creatures; and reading about them just brings me back to a little kid. I also truly believe that authors who write fantasy novels are so creative in that they create such characters and places using so many details. To me, that in and of itself is magic. Who does not want to take an adventure to Fairelands, Shadowhunters, Witches and Wizards who slay dragons, and so much more.

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”

J.R.R. Tolkein
  • Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess
    • Victoria London and there are children of angels called Shadowhunters who fight demons and an even more invincible enemy while also fighting their own feelings for each other.
  • Caraval Series by Stephanie Garber, Caraval, Legendary, and Finale
    • Two sisters have to play a game but along the way they realize maybe this game is actually real
  • Iron Fey Series by Julie Kagawa
    • A girl trying to fight through the Iron Lands but finds herself falling in love with the Iron Knight, that does not go so well.

~Historical Fiction

I’ve always been a history buff, especially when it comes to the different monarchies and empires and their histories. Sadly reading biographies or nonfiction books about these eras are not the most exciting. So I usually turn to Historical Fiction where the history is told in a more novel way.

  • The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki
    • Explores the tumultuous life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungry

~Psychological Thrillers

This has been a recent addition to my favorites. I never knew I would be interested in this genre; however, by recommendation from my friend, I picked up a book by Ruth Ware and I was hooked. I remember being so unsettled and just uncomfortable the entire time until the end. It was like the longest adrenaline rush of my life. I don’t do well with predicting the ending to these books well because I actually never know; especially with Ruth Ware. She introduced me to the world of psychological thrillers and I’ve been hooked ever since.

“I’ve always been suspicious of the assumption that great intelligence would be an unqualified benefit— that the madness that so often accompanies it can be cavalierly dismissed. So I asked the question: Suppose there were an entire subpopulation of extreme geniuses, well beyond anything that would occur naturally. What would that really look like?”

Labbot Halsey Protocol
  • Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
    • A woman who receives instructions from a will by mistake lands herself at an estate and an even bigger mystery
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
    • A woman goes back to her home town and suffers at her mother and weird and even weirder circumstances

~Enemies to Lovers Trope

Classic, Classic trope! Who does not love an enemies to lovers story. I love watching the story and characters develop internally with them actually realizing their true feelings and then the ultimate moment where every reader can shout, “FINALLY.” It may be a cliche trope but I mean whatever it’s my thoughts.

“He wanted a fight, yes—but he wanted her willing, not besieged, with his name shattering from her lips like a broken shield as she surrendered.”

Star Crossed
  • Folk of the Air Trilogy by Holly Black, The Cruel Prince, The Wicked King, and Queen of Nothing
    • Girl raised in the mortal word just wants to belong and all the while she’s trying to best the Prince who makes her life miserable and she hates.
  • Discovery of Witches Trilogy by Deborah Hawkins
    • The witches and vampires are sworn enemies and can never get along…alas one couple finds themselves in love.

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