Favorite Friday: Favorite Trope

Hello friends, I’m so excited to start up favorite Fridays again, and with a very intriguing topic. I’ve found that most tropes I either don’t feel strongly about (like enemies-to-lovers), or I am beginning to tire of (heroine in a medieval fantasy world rises against the patriarchy). However, there is one, above all others that I love. And that is…books about books!

More specifically, books that are about magical or mysterious books. My favorite example of this, of course, is The Starless Sea (I don’t think I can go more than 3 posts without mentioning that book). I mean, how much more magical can you get than a giant underground enchanted library of the world? And then there are the less magical, but still charming examples like Amelia Unabridged, or profound ones like The Book Thief. Really, whatever the tone or integration, if its centered around books I will inevitably fall in love.

Although I haven’t read a ton books with this trope, I think it is becoming increasingly popular (yay!!). I am so excited to read The Midnight Library, and The Library of the Unwritten has been on my TBR for a while as well. And please, let me know if you have any more recommendations!

Really I think I love these stories so much because I want to live them. What reader doesn’t dream of finding a book that will lead them on a daring quest, or to their true love, or help them discover magic? Reading about characters who get to live out my fantasies is about as good as getting to experience them myself. Well, maybe not quite, but it’s definitely the next best thing. And a girl can always continue to dream.

So, what’s your favorite bookish trope? Feel free to comment, or tag me in a post of your own.

Happy reading!

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58 thoughts on “Favorite Friday: Favorite Trope

  1. I don’t really have a favorite trope, I just want a good story that addresses themes without being obvious about it. Have you read Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore? If you love books about books/bookstores, you’ll love it!

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  2. I love books about books too. When the author refers to something, and you have to nod or laugh because you know exactly what they mean. I have so many tropes I like…friends to lovers, fake dating, and the adorable/cute kid that brings the romance leads together…

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  3. I love books about books! I also love books about careers? Sounds weird but a book with a character who has a career I’m interested in and it focuses on always engages me. Like a character who is a journalist or writer for example

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  4. Books about books are awesome! The Midnight Library is on my (never-ending) TBR too.

    I think the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde would be my favorite in this category. Includes a portal into books, familiar literary characters, mystery, and time travel! I also loved the Inkheart series when I was growing up.

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    1. I read The Eyre Affair and I did enjoy it, but not enough to really get into the Thursday Next series. A series that’s similar but hit the spot better for me personally is The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman—multiple worlds, dragons, fairies, and book heists galore.

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  5. Ooh, I’m also looking forward to reading the Library of the Unwritten. Have you ever read the Abhorsen books by Garth Nix? They’re old but classic, and the second one is all about an underappreciated librarian in a very dangerous maze of a library. Highly recommend the whole series!

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  6. This is an interesting choice!! I have a strange relationship with this trope, sadly. On theory I love it because, well… I love books, I love reading so a book about books sounds great! And yet, usually I don’t like the real books (that talk about books) as much as the idea of them… I don’t know if this make sense, sorry.
    I don’t know if I have a favorite trope, but I love books about found families, and hate to love too. It may become tiresome sometimes but I enjoy it anyway!

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      1. I loved The Book Thief, but to me it was more about the Death as a character than the fact that was about books, while I don’t think I would read The Starless Sea because I have read The Night Circus by the same author and, sadly, I didn’t like it at all. But thanks for the recs!!

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  7. I’m a bit cliche as I cant help but love “enemies-to-lovers’! But books about books are amazing! I recently read Sorcery of Thorns which is fantasy but is kind of about books, as they are one of the non-human creatures. It is an interesting one to read if you like standalone fantasy and books!

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  8. I too love books about books, but even more, I love books about libraries (The Midnight Library is well worth the read). I would recommend the Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman, just because the Librarian, Irene, is awesome!

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  9. There is a new book coming out soon called Unwritten by Alicia Nova. I had the opportunity to read an e-arc of it recently. It’s similar to this book trope actually. Unwritten takes place in a world called the Zweeshen and it’s where all of the books and stories in the world come together and live amongst each other. It’s really good.

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  10. My absolute favorite trope is “fairytales with a twist”! I find this so thrilling and fun to read. I also do love books about books, like you. Storybound is a good example of this trope! I also think Inkheart used the trope as well a bit…

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  11. Would you consider stories where the characters enter or leave a world in a book to be part of the books-about-books trope? I fell in love with that type of story as a kid after reading The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley. Awkward title when I think of it now, but it was fascinating reading about the characters in a story trying to save their fictional world as their creator forgot them.

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