Hello friends! Tropes are shitted on quite a bit, which is something I just don’t get. I mean, I’m pretty sure we all have tropes we’d rather avoid, but there are so many books and authors who can work their magic, and make even the worst tropes great.
Admittedly, some of the tropes we included today are not the most original – some may even be cheesy as hell – but we adore them. To give you some recommendations that utilize the tropes mentioned, we have brought 30 books for you, three for each trope mentioned. Without further ado, let’s jump into them!
This post was made for Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
I’m not even sure some of these count as tropes but I wanted to avoid romance as much as possible since I feel like I always harp on about romantic tropes and forget the others that make a book so wonderful.
the chosen one or a prophecy
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
- The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Hate to Love
- Katy and Daemon in Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Juliette and Warner in Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
- Alosa and Riden in Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
- Elena and Clay in Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
- Just all couples in Psy-Changeling by Nalini Singh
- Dunleavy and Karish in Resenting the Hero by Moira J. Moore
Friendships close as Sisters (or just Sisters who are friends)
- Lissa and Rose in Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
- Clary and Isabelle in City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
- Scarlett and Tella in Caraval by Stephanie Garber
- Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria
- Invictus by Ryan Graudin
In retrospect, I should have gone out of my way to pick some non-romance tropes, because (1) not everyone likes romance, and (2) only one of the novels I mentioned are YA (I helpfully marked it with *)… and that’s out of the 15 titles. But I can’t even feel sorry, because these are just SO GOOD, and recommendation-worthy.
fake relationship 😉
- Stella and Michael (The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang)
- Nya and Johan (A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole)
- Lainie and Richard (Act Like It by Lucy Parker)
second chance romance 😊
- Trix and Leo (Making Up by Lucy Parker)
- Georgina and Lucas (Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane)
- Likotsi and Fabiola (Once Ghosted Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole)
the grumpy, prickly character loves the soft character 🥰
- Ruth and Evan (A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert)
- Freddie and Griff (The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker)
- Beatrice and Huxley (New Orleans Rush by Kelly Siskind)
there’s only one bed 🤭
- Rae and Zach (That Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert)
- Minerva and Colin (A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare)
- Callie and Thomas (Desire and the Deep Blue Sea by Olivia Dade)
unrequited love… or so they think 😍
- Violet and Sebastian (The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan)
- Esme and Khai (The Bride Test by Helen Hoang)
- Katie and Sarah (Dating Sarah Cooper by Siera Maley)*
Do you enjoy these tropes? Why/why not? Maybe you have some recommendations with these tropes? What are your favorite tropes?