#SixforSunday is a meme started by the lovely Steph at A Little but a Lot, and this week’s prompt is favourite tropes:
I have a large tbr pile. It’s a bookcase. A 7 foot tall bookcase. That is full. With 5 shelves double-stacked. I have a problem (not enough time to read, obviously). Anyway, within the groaning shelves of my tbr mountain, there are some recurring themes.
Yes, I’m still sulking that I didn’t get a Hogwarts owl. Harry Potter is one of the first universes to spring to most people’s minds when books and magic intertwine, but I’ve enjoyed many magical worlds including the recently discovered Skullduggery Pleasant, and I’d particularly like to read more Pratchett.
I adore Marvel movies, and have recently begun to dip my toe in the waters of comic books. Books in which some or all of the characters have superhuman powers intrigue me. Last year I read ‘Don’t even think about it’ by Sarah Mlynowski, in which an entire class of students gains the ability to hear thoughts, and it was fascinating.
3. Societal Segregation
Divergent, the Hunger Games and Flawed are YA series which I have loved, and there are many others on my tbr which arrived there on the basis of societal segregation. Noughts and Crosses, Red Rising, Red Witch are amongst those vying to be read next. For some reason we humans seem far more focussed on our differences than our similarities.
Mention dystopias, my ears prick up and the book is already halfway to my shopping basket. Many of my favourites also fall into the above category.
Representation matters. I often pick up books with either LGBTQIA characters or authors, not just because they are an under-represented group, but also because I throughly enjoy reading well-written view points and experiences that differ from my own. My current read is Noah Can’t Even, which I’m looking forward to reviewing as it’s delightfully hilarious. I’d love to read Juno Dawson’s Gender Games. Gracefully Grayson was a beautiful book I read a few years ago in which a transgender child is grappling with their identity.
6. Plot twists
I discovered Harlan Coben and Linwood Barclay some years ago and they are GODS when it comes to plot twists. Just when you think you’ve finally crossed the final hurdle and learned everything, they throw in another and you’re reeling all over again. Any time I see a book by either of these two gents I snag it because I know I’m in for a good ride.
Those were my favourite tropes, and a stack from my tbr to represent them. What guarantees you’ll put that book in your shopping basket?