Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Tropes

I found this topic easy and hard all in the same breath. I also could think of more tropes I DON’T like easier than I could come up with tropes I DO like. When I’m reading a great book I honestly don’t notice many tropes (besides the first one below). After the fact and seeing other reviews I realize how many tropes were actually present in the plot. But you better believe I notice when tropes are done poorly, making them stick out like a sore thumb.

So after a lot of thought, I’ve come up with some that I remember that I love. Not in any order, except for the first one because ENEMIES TO LOVERS ALL THE LIVE LONG DAY.

I added some covers of books that remind me of the trope, it’s definitely not an exhaustive list!

Enemies to lovers

OH MY GOODNESS. This is really my one and only ultimate trope and it never gets old. NEVER.

Someone being secretly royal

I’m looking at you Throne of Glass.

A romance that begins with one of them undercover

And no, not in a bad way. I’m thinking along the lines of The Kiss of Deception and The Traitor’s Kiss. That moment when the reader knows what’s going on, but they don’t yet and the fall out leads to a passionate kiss. YES.

Families with a lot of siblings

Big families (Dance of Thieves – Ballenger clan) are great. I love all of the banter between siblings. SO FUN.

Forbidden romance (star-crossed lovers)


Parents who are still alive (at least one)

I like a present parent, what can I say?

When a legitimate villain does a good thing

I’m a sucker for a bad guy who makes one good move in their time.

A good partnership with fantastic banter

I LOVE when the banter is off the charts between a working friendship. These are some great examples.

Squad goals

Squad 313, Night Court, Court of Terrasen, Skyward. This is without a doubt one of the greatest tropes ever.

Royalty living in exile, running away

Banished royalty gathering a group to take back their throne? YESSSS.

What are some of your favorite tropes? What about least favorite? It was fun seeing how many tropes are in one book! Lets talk in the comments!

18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Tropes”

  1. Love the secret royal, and a good enemies to lovers. They’re not all done well, but those that are make the BEST reading, mostly because the humor/banter/wit is THE best. πŸ™‚ One with an undercover character can be fun too except that always comes with a final few chapters (or in movies minutes) where the characters break up and some says, “I can never forgive you” or “I don’t know who you are.” πŸ˜‰

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  2. So much yeeees for enemies to lovers. ❀ I can't get enough of it ever. So much yes to the banter! I love a good banter session. I haven't read Aurora Rising or Skyward yet (though I own both of them, which just means I'm a slacker, really), but if they're anything like the other books by those authors, I'm going to love the squads. I always do.

    Here's my TTT post.

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  3. SLAAAAY! You have so many great picks here and I’m agreeing with you SO MUCH. Also, I love enemies to lovers. I think there’s a trashcan with my name on it somewhere and underneath my name it simply says “TRASH FOR ENEMIES TO LOVERS” because that’s my brand. Haha.

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