8 Things I Look For In Books // does it show that I am desperate for recs?

Excellent news alert! I just found out I got selected for a blog tour for one of my most anticipated releases of 2021! *happy little jig* Pretty good, right?

Soo what are we going to talk about today? That’s right, Rachel is going to list certain things that generally (pfft what a joke, the correct word is always) make her fall heads over heels in love with a book. And since short (what an understatement) introductions have become somewhat of a trend on this blog, we get started immediately.

Presenting – The 8 things that I love in books!

#1 Found Family. Let’s face it. Found family is THE best trope to ever exist, and I know I’ll never in my life get tired of it. After all its no coincidence that on Goodreads my ‘found family’ shelf is pretty similar to my ‘best books ever’ shelf, right?

#2 Banter. Come on, give me all that (friendly, or not?) rivalry with the sharp retorts, the stupid (sometimes actually funny, admit it) puns and the hiding of smiles at witty remarks.

#3 Sass. What is a book without at least one sassy character? We all know and love the fearless badass females who never seem lost for words and have the most incredible way of doing or saying even the most mundane things.

#4 Grumpy-Sunshine trope. I realize I can’t call this the best trope ever since I already did that in #1. BUT this is a very close second. It provides for plenty of banter, and who doesn’t love seeing the classic ‘grumpy’ character pretending he’s annoyed but is secretly enjoying the quirks of the ‘sunshine’?

#5 Characters who like to read. Ah well I like to know I’ve atleast something in common with fictional characters, and since I am never going to be brave enough wage battles against the evil, my love for reading will have to do.

#6 Mr. Narrowed Eyes who walks with a flashing neon sign that says “I am evil with no emotions” but is actually a sensitive marshmallow. I actually made an entire post about this trope earlier this year(I still have no idea what it’s called so I made up a name). So these are basically characters who for some incomprehensible reason keep trying to prove to the world just how evil they are but they are the exact opposite.

#7 Mind-boggling endings. It might seem a bit out-of-the-ordinary but I actually enjoy books ending in a way that makes my mouth hang open trying to process everything.

#8 Lots of things happening all at once. It’s no secret that I like to see lots of action and fast paced reads are generally my type (though I have been proved wrong on more than one occasion).

As you probably may have gathered, it would not be inaccurate if I would have titled this post as “Things I Loved In Six Of Crows”, but we’re going to ignore that. Please and thank you.

What are some things you love seeing in books? Let’s chat in the comments!

Missed my previous posts? Click on the links below to read them!

Books As Road Trips // a random post that emerged out of the void

The Young Elites vs The Hype-o-Meter!

My Favourite Trope!

Hello guys! Welcome to my first real post after my hiatus! The title tells you everything, doesn’t it? This is quite a big commitment, to be honest. Obviously there are a lot of tropes I love, but I have been coming across this particular one in some books I read recently, so…yup. I think it is safe to say that it is my favourite trope for the time being.

Okay, okay. No more suspense, all right? I am declaring my newly-found favourite trope now. It is – when a character pretends to be downright evil and apathetic, but is actually quite decent and tries his/her best to help people out, and then pretends he/she did it for some selfish reason.

Whoa. You hadn’t expected it to be so specific, did you? And I guess there will be some shorter way to describe this trope, but I don’t know it if there is one🤷‍♀️. So please bear with my ignorant self. Coming back, this trope is not as rare as you might think. Let me list some popular books with this trope, and I am sure you will see what I mean.

Fenestra from the Nevermoor series by Jessica Townsend

Ah, dear Fen. Fenestra is a side character, and though she likes to act as if Morrigan and Jupiter are none of her business, she actually is quite concerned about their well-being and has shown (grudgingly) compassion towards them throughout the books. Oh, and I forgot to mention that she is a giant cat. Yes, the one behind the girl in the Hollowpox cover.

Raphael from Cassandra Clare books

More of you will be familiar with this one, right? Raphael is a vampire who plays little roles here and there throughout the Mortal Instruments series, but I came to develop a fondness for him after reading The Red Scrolls Of Magic in January. He became my favourite character in the book, and fits this trope SO well. Those who have read the book will definitely understand, but those who haven’t, I can suggest that you read the book, if only for Raphael.

Kaz from the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo

Haha. Ultimatum! I actually thought it was a good idea putting this one at the end. What if this entire post was just an elaborate excuse to gush about this book once again? I mean, I wrote out that entire trope with Kaz in mind. And it might have become my ‘favourite’ trope after reading the duology. “I protect my investments”. Seriously, Kaz?

Okay, for those you don’t know, Kaz is the main character of the Six Of Crows duology, and he pretends (and he is quite good at it) that his heart is stone and money is the only thing he cares about, but he does do some selfless deeds in the book. (Remember when he somehow managed to pay enough money to free Inej from her indenture?)

What is your favourite trope? Do you have any recommendations for me which have my favourite trope? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Let me know in the comments!