Book Tropes I need more of – Rec me!

I’ve been thinking recently about book tropes, and finding books we are going to love. But first, incase anyone doesn’t know what I am talking about, what is a trope? Google tells me it’s “a significant or recurring theme” and when used in the context of books it tends to mean an element of the plot (the love triangle, tragic backstory ) or a type of character (the chosen one, secret royalty, strong female lead) or the world it’s set in (magic school, dystopian society, generic fantasy world).

A lot of the time we think about tropes that we see in books as a bad thing. And they definitely can be, but a bad trope is subjective. Everyone is different and we are all going to love to read different things too. There’s a reason the same things appear in books so frequently. There’s no denying that when we find something we enjoy we want more of it. And finding a trope we love can be an easy way to find similar books that we are going to love or finding a trope we hate can help us avoid books we probably won’t like. That’s not to say that we should always read similar books to our interests, sometimes finding a book that is completely different is the best but it can help.

I can’t deny that I’m an absolute sucker for certain tropes. And I’m going to list some of my favourites and include books that fall under them. Some of my examples cross over (who could have guessed) so I’m adding them where they’re most suited even if they match multiple.


If any of these remind you of books you’ve read please let me know in the comments and recommend them to me! I’d also love to hear what tropes you love or hate too. But on to the tropes…. Continue reading


Cross Stitch SAL update

It’s time to show you some more cross stitching. We’re jumping over from my Christmas project back to my other project.

Here’s where it was last time I shared this project:

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And here’s where it is now:

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Progress but to tell you the truth I haven’t actually stitched anything for about five weeks now. This was all done before I went on holiday and in the two and a half weeks since I’ve been back I haven’t done one stitch. I’ve been completely drowning in editing my novel and haven’t done anything else. Im hoping that will change and I’ll get some balance back but I guess I’ll have to wait and see. It’s difficult to get all of the things I have to fix out of my mind for long enough to do anything else! Continue reading

Holiday Crochet FO!

Guys! I actually finished the scarf I started crocheting on holiday while ON holiday! Normally I bring a new project with me just to crochet when I feel like it and end up finishing it over the following weeks after I got home but I finished it!

This has a lot to do with the fact that I got really sick half way through my holiday (No thanks to the six hour delay we had at the airport) which meant I lacked the brain power to read. So instead I crocheted. And on my last full day it was so close to being finished that i decided to go for it. I ended up finishing at about 9pm when we had an early start the next day but i do not regret it!

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Memo Pad: Holiday Books

So last week I shared my holiday TBR with you. It had eight books on it and I knew I’d never read that many but I was hoping to read six of them while I was away. That didn’t happen as I got sick halfway through my holiday and my brain basically died so I wasn’t able or in the mood to really read anything for the second half of the holiday but I still read four books. So all was not lost. And now that I’m back I’m here to share them with you.

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Read: 4


The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas *****

I’m honestly not sure what to say about this other than this is the kind of book that makes me realise that I’m really not a contemporary book kinda gal. I did love the autism rep for a female character, Grace was really relatable and I really felt for her in the situations in the book. But then on the other side….. Nothing really happened? This will almost completely be because I normally read fantasy or sci fi and so just expect bigger events. I spent pretty much the whole book waiting for something to happen but I don’t think that’s a fault of the book so much as just, this isn’t my genre. I have been reading a lot more contemporary lately but the kind of contemporary where people still die…..

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Top 10 Favourite Characters in Non-Favourite Books

Top Ten Tuesdays is a blog tag hosted over at The Artsy Reader, there is a new topic every week and this weeks is; Top Ten Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books

I want to preface this by saying I didn’t hate any of these books. It’s why I’ve said non-favourite books rather than disliked books. Some of them I disliked more than others but generally there was just something that let me down and disappointed me. Sometimes it was literally just the writing style that I didn’t get on with.

But here’s five(ish) books that weren’t my favourites but still had characters I loved in


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Pre-Holiday Haul

There’s nothing like a holiday to burn a hole in my bank account and I’m not even talking about the actual holiday or the travel insurance that I had to renew. It’s all those little things you have to buy in. Some of them are boring holiday stuff like suntan lotion but I’m going to share some of the more exciting bits that I had to buy and the books I hope to read too (I’m hopefully more than half way through these books by now but I have no internet till I return).

Firstly, a holiday means a new crochet project to do while I’m lounging around. Which obviously means new yarn because…. Okay I just wanted new yarn. But I found a scarf pattern that looked interesting and used just one 150g ball of dk yarn (perfect to fit in the suitcase) The pattern called for sidar colourwheel but I preferred the colours of lion brand mandala. They’re both the same weight (and this one actually has a few extra metres so it should be fine) and here’s the one I picked:

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Cross Stitch SAL – Back to Christmas

Another cross stitch update for you. I’m going back to the Christmas cross stitch because I have reached a mini milestone

Here is where I was last time I shared:

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And here it is now:

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All of those snowflakes are now done! Hallelujah!!! Well, the falling ones anyway. I still have a row of the Scandinavian border snow flakes but that’s something different. You can see the gaps where I still have to stitch the two left over baubles and they will have gold lines ‘hanging’ them in place.

The baubles are quite big and have more dense stitching so I’ll probably only manage those for next time but then its on to the top section, there’s still quite a while to go but I’m happy that I can see the progress now.

Here are the links to everyone else that will be sharing the progress they’ve made on their stitchy projects today as part of the stitchalong:

Avis / Claire / Gun / Carole / Kate / Lucyanne / Sue / Constanze / Debbie / Christina / Kathy / Margaret / Cindy / Helen / Steph / Linda / Mary Margaret / Heidi / Connie / Jackie / Sunny

We have another two new members joining our SAL so welcome to Hayley and Tony

I’m away on holiday at the moment and don’t have any internet, but I’ll catch up with any comments and take a look at all the other posts once I’m back.

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