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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Tropes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s TTT is favourite tropes, which has been quite fun to write. This post is going to have a mixture of both plot and character tropes as both are important within stories.


All Myths Are True

Examples: Harry Potter, The Shadowhunter Chronicles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Badass Normal

Examples: Jude Duarte (The Folk of the Air), Chaol Westfall (Throne of Glass), Liam Ironarm (The Song of the Lioness)

Chosen Family

Examples: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter, A Court of Thorns and Roses

The Chosen One

Examples: Harry Potter, Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Aelin Ashryver Galathynius (Throne of Glass)

Defrosting Ice Queen

Examples: Cheryl Blossom (Riverdale), Cordelia Chase (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Valencia Perez (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

Enemies to Lovers

Examples: Feyre and Rhysand (A Court of Thorns and Roses), Jude and Cardan (The Folk of the Air), Spike and Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Evil Vs Evil

Examples: Cersei and the High Sparrow (Game of Thrones), President Snow and President Coin (The Hunger Games), Regina and Mr Gold (Once Upon a Time)

Fractured Fairytale

Examples: Once Upon a Time, East by Edith Pattou, Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley

Villain Protagonist

Examples: Cersei Lannister (A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones, Olivia Pope (Scandal), Elphaba (Wicked by Gregory Maguire)

Wicked Witch

Examples: The Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz), The White Witch (The Chronicles of Narnia), Ursula (The Little Mermaid)


Post a link to your TTT in the comments and let me know your favourite tropes

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Like to Be Besties With

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s TTT is characters I’d like to be besties with. This is such a fun and interesting idea, as I’m sure there a so many different characters everyone loves and I’m so excited to see who other people pick.

*All images in the post have been taken from the relevant fandom wikis*

Tessa Gray (The Shadowhunter Chronicles)

Tessa’s my favourite character in the Shadowhunter Chronicles (although I haven’t read TDA yet I doubt it’ll really change my opinion. And I hope if she were really we’d be get on well. She likes books, I run a blog about books. She’s taller than average for a woman, I’m taller than average for a woman. She’s immortal, I haven’t died yet so could be immortal, who knows.

Jem Carstairs (The Shadowhunter Chronicles)

Jem’s just such a nice character, like who wouldn’t want to be friends with him?

Magnus Bane (The Shadowhunter Chronicles)

Okay so being friends with Magnus just sounds like it would be so much fun. Parties? Check. Glitter? Check. Magic? Check.

Isabelle Lightwood (The Shadowhunter Chronicles)

Isabelle is just so badass and I love her so much. I’d also want to be her friend so I could find someone better for her than Simon cause come on she is way way out of his league.

Morrigan (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

Besties can also mean girlfriends or wives right? Mor’s just such an amazing character and I love her so much.

Azriel (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

I love a good gossip and as a shadowsinger Azriel knows pretty much everyone’s secrets. Also reckon he needs someone to be like ‘look it’s been centuries it’s time to get over Mor. And like Elain is right there dude.’

Manon Blackbeak (Throne of Glass)

Haven’t finished this series so this might change but I doubt it. Let’s be real we all need someone as ride or die as Manon. Also would like to be her friend to give her advice like ‘girl stop thinking about Dorian when Elide is right there.’ Realising now quite a few of these choices are based on me wanting to tell the characters their choices are wrong.

Jude Duarte (The Folk of the Air)

Actually think Jude just needs an actual friend to be like ‘no don’t do that’ or ‘you’re literally queen can’t you just pardon yourself?’ Also she just needs a hug to be honest.

Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

She’s always the fictional character I get compared to the most so I’d reckon we’d get on quite well.

Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)

Hermione was pretty much my first ever favourite character so obviously I’d love to be besties with her.


Let me know what you think of my squad and post a link to your TTT in the comments

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Top Ten Tuesday: Cover Redesigns

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s TTT is all about cover redesigns we’ve either loved or hated. I figured the best way to go about this topic is to split it into five and talk about both.


Five Cover Redesigns I’ve Loved

The Bear and the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden

US Edition / UK Hardback Edition

Grace and Fury (Grace and Fury #1) by Tracy Banghart

US Edition / UK Edition

Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley

1997 Edition / 1998 Edition

Wild Magic (The Immortals #1) by Tamora Pierce

1997 Edition / 2004 Edition

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead

2007 Edition / 2009 Edition


Five Cover Redesigns I’ve Hated

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

2010 Edition / 2015 Edition

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1) by Gregory Maguire

1995 Edition / 2009 Edition

Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley

2003 Edition / 2010 Edition

The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

2018 Edition / 2019 Edition

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling

1997 Edition / 2011 Edition


Post a link to your TTT in the comments and let me know which cover redesigns you’ve loved and/or hated

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WWW Wednesday #2

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@TakingOnAWorldofWords and was formerly hosted by MizB@ADailyRhythm. Just answer the three question. It’s open to anyone to participate, even without a blog you can comment on Sam’s post with your own answer. It’s a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments of Sam’s blog.

The Three Rs are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Have been really enjoying this series so far. Started this book yesterday and so far it’s good, hoping it stays that way. I have yet to read a Sarah J. Maas book that I’ve disliked though so I’m hopeful.

Recently Read

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan and The Shamer’s Daughter by Lene Kaaberbol

Enjoyed reading both of these books. My review of Girls of Paper and Fire can be found here, and I’ll have a review of The Shamer’s Daughter up within the next few days.

Reading Next

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, Jack of Thorns by A.K. Faulker or Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Berube

Not sure which of these I’m going to read first but I’m planning to read all of them soon.


Let me know you’re currently reading and what you’re planning to read next in the comments.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Completed

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s TTT is an open choice so I’ve decided to go for ten series I’ve fully read and loved. This won’t include some series that I do really enjoy, such as ‘Throne of Glass’, as I haven’t actually finished it yet.


The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

The Winternight Trilogy is probably my all-time-favourite series. Both the characters and story are amazing and Arden is just such a brilliant writer. I can’t recommend this series enough.

The Rime Chronicles by Mindee Arnett

Okay so this is a duology rather than a series but I’m including it on here because not enough people know of its existence and you all are missing out. The ending of the duology also sets up the possibility for a number of spin-offs so you never know, this could soon become a series.

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Was pretty slow getting around to reading this series and only actually read it this year but I fell completely in love. Which I’m sure most of the people who have read this series will understand. And yes I did spend pretty much all of Clockwork Princess in tears.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Okay so I don’t think this series is as good as The Infernal Devices but I do still love it. Also may be an unpopular opinion but I think the later three books are better than the original trilogy.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I read these back to back on holiday in France about a year or two before the movie came out and completely fell in love with them. I’m super excited about the prequel coming out next year.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

My problematic fave. I get that there are a lot of problems with this series but honestly I just enjoyed reading it so much. Also any book series that has a character like Morrigan in is going to be auto-fave.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles is just such an original take on the fairytale retelling genre, even if it is still very hetero. The books are just such fun reads and I fell in love with so many of the characters.

The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

Tamora Pierce is pretty much the queen of fantasy so obviously her books where going to end up on this list (although I haven’t read all of them yet, hence why only two series are here). If you haven’t read this series yet then you really must.

The Immortals Quartet by Tamora Pierce

And here’s the second Tamora Pierce series on this list. Set in the same world as The Song Of The Lioness Quartet, this series picks up years later introducing new characters and continuing the stories of some familiar ones.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

I’ve loved these books so much ever since I was a child. Although I do think there’s definitely parts of them that haven’t aged so well I think I’ll also love them due to the nostalgia element. Plus I’m pretty sure I’d due a re-read soon.


Thanks for reading and post your TTT in the comments below and let me know some of your favourite series.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Settings I’d Like to See More Of (Or At All)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic for ‘top ten Tuesday’ is all about settings we want to see more of. I think this is a really interesting topic as there are so many possible settings for stories out there. My top ten for this challenge are mostly fantasy-type settings as this is what I tend to read the most.


Fantasy Worlds Based On Time Periods Other Than Medieval Europe

Don’t get me wrong I do really love this as a setting, but sometimes it might be nice to read something a little different? Like there’s so much history to chose from, why not have something in an Ancient Greece type world? or something post-industrial?

Under The Sea

I really love mermaids so obviously I will always want to read books about them (I’d also quite like to be one but apparently that’s impossible). Most books about mermaids will have at least some of the story taking place under the sea. Although I guess a lake or river could work too?

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Not A Castle

So many fantasy novels seem to focus on royals and/or the nobility, and like not always wanting medieval Europe sometimes it’s nice to have a fantasy story about an ordinary person living in the fantasy world.

The Afterlife/Underworld

Don’t think I’ve read many books with this as a setting but the idea of it just seems like it would naturally by quite interesting.

A World Where It Is Constantly One Season

For some reason I just love this kind of setting. Maybe it stems from watching ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ a lot while growing up? Or that I really loved ‘The Snow Queen’? Either way this kind of setting just interests me so much, and is possibly one of the reasons I love ACOTAR as much as I do (that and Morrigan).

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Pirate Ship

I really just haven’t read enough books with this setting. I’m sure there’s loads out there so please recommend some to me in the comments if you know of any good ones. Especially if there’s any with lesbian pirates, then I’ll definitely get around to reading it.

Space

Yes there are hundreds, probably even thousands, of books out there that set in space. I just haven’t read many of them so it’s going on this list as a reminder to myself to read some more. Again if anyone has any suggestions please put them in the comments.

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Haunted House

Same as pirates and space, I just haven’t read many books with this as a setting although I’m sure there are many out there. If anyone knows any books about space pirates who are being haunted that would be great, thanks.

Genie’s Lamp

I’ve never read a book from the POV of a genie and just think it would be really interesting. And obviously if a book is about a genie I’d imagine some of it would probably take place within their lamp.

Fairyland

I love books about fairies and honestly don’t think I’ll ever get tired of books with this setting. Especially with how different it can be depending on the author.

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Thanks for reading and let me know what settings you’d like to see more of in the comments.

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WWW Wednesday #1

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@TakingOnAWorldofWords and was formerly hosted by MizB@ADailyRhythm. Just answer the three question. It’s open to anyone to participate, even without a blog you can comment on Sam’s post with your own answer. It’s a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments of Sam’s blog.

The Three Rs are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I’ve heard so many good things about this book so I just knew I had to read it. Am less than halfway through at the moment but really loving it so far. Hoping it stays just as good or gets even better.

Recently Finished Reading

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve finally gotten around to reading the Throne of Glass, after it being on my tbr for years. I’m yet to read a Sarah J. Maas book that I’ve rated less that four stars and that remains true here.

Reading Next

The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh and The Head, the Eye & the Heart by Zoe Marriott

Hoping to read both of these before YALC on 26th July as both of these authors are speaking on the panel about YA retellings which I’m massively looking forward to.

Thank you for reading and let me know your current reads in the comments.

Isobel