Let’s Talk Bookish: Overused Book Tropes

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. Discussions pertain to topics related to reading or books. Share your opinions, and spread the love by visiting other “Let’s Talk Bookish” posts.

Prompts: Connected to my previous topic where we talked about tiresome characters, what are some tiresome tropes? Have you seen enough love triangles? Getting sick of enemies to lovers? What tropes have you had enough of, and can they ever be done well?

Because I often jump between my two favorite genres and there are so many books to choose from, I’m not sure if I’ve ever gotten tired of many tropes. However, I do despise love triangles. They wear me out! I tend to stay away from love triangles mostly because they give me anxiety. It’s a lot easier when there is a clear couple while the other person tries to intervene but isn’t really a consideration at all. Those I can kind of get through. Here are the scenarios I dislike the most.

The set-up: Lead A needs to choose between love interest B and love interest C. B and C love and adore A. How will A choose? A clearly chooses the love interest they prefer, B.

  • The problem with B was that B was an ass to A most of the time whereas C, clearly the better choice and favored by me, gets left behind. Sometimes it can be intertwined with B being the abhorred alpha type I mentioned in the previous prompt. (No books come to mind at the moment, but many Korean dramas have done this to me and I’m still bitter. Second lead syndrome hurts.)

  • Before choosing B, A kept going back and forth between the B and C rather than just leaving it well enough alone until A’s feelings were sorted. (The Inheritance Games was like this for me. I finished the book, but I was not very happy with Avery.)

Can love triangles be done well? Maybe they can, but I’ve tried to stay away as often as possible until The Inheritance Games hooked me. I was not aware there would be one but the book was enjoyable so I powered through.

Whew! I’m glad I got that all out! Thanks for reading my rant.

Are there any tropes you tend to stay away from?

First Lines Fridays 1.17: If someone had…

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

If someone had told me yesterday that I’d be spending my Saturday morning in the aisle of a stuffy bookstore searching for ghost stories, I would’ve told them they were nuts. But here I am, staring down an entire row of books with titles like Windy City Mysteries, Chi-Town Haunts, and Second City Ghosts.

I guess I should have expected this.


by Lindsay Currie
ASIN/ISBN: 9781728209722
Publication: September 1, 2020

A ghost story about a malevolent spirit, an unlucky girl, and a haunting mystery that will tie the two together.

Claire has absolutely no interest in the paranormal. She’s a scientist, which is why she can’t think of anything worse than having to help out her dad on one of his ghost-themed Chicago bus tours. She thinks she’s made it through when she sees a boy with a sad face and dark eyes at the back of the bus. There’s something off about his presence, especially because when she checks at the end of the tour…he’s gone.

Claire tries to brush it off, she must be imagining things, letting her dad’s ghost stories get the best of her. But then the scratching starts. Voices whisper to her in the dark. The number 396 appears everywhere she turns. And the boy with the dark eyes starts following her.

Claire is being haunted. The boy from the bus wants something…and Claire needs to find out what before it’s too late. 

I got this for Christmas last year, and I’m terrified to read it because I don’t do scary very well. I know it’s a middle grade read but everything about it is creepy. The title is creepy. The tagline is creepy. It’s perfect for the holiday though! Have you read it? Is it as creepy as it looks?