Trope Tuesdays

I’m back for another look at the various tropes found in romance and/or urban fantasy. These tropes are the underlying theme of a novel, such as “enemies to lovers” or “fated mates.” Some are beloved standards in the industry. Others are a hard line drawn in the sand. All draw different reactions from different readers (and sometimes from the same reader at different times in their lives). I’ll provide links to my favorites.

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Trope Tuesdays

The word “trope” has several definitions, but the one I’m focusing on in this series is “commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices, motifs or clichés in creative works.” So, things like “friends/enemies to lovers” or “secret billionaire” or “forced proximity.” I’ll be covering my likes, my dislikes, the ones that just make me shrug, and the reasons why they elicit that response. For clarity, I will say I got this idea from a YouTuber/author named Alexa Donne, but I’ll be focusing primarity on the romance and urban fantasy genres.

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Rec a Series: October Daye

Rec a Series highlights one of my favorite series, past or present. I aimed for monthly when I started it then realized I don’t have that many different series I’m willing to recommend. I have some I enjoy, but few that I want to sing about from the rooftops. I’d been in a bit of a slump recently, re-listening to some favorites on audio while trying to find something new to capture my attention. After some starts and stops, I found the October Daye by Seanan McGuire.

*note: at the time of posting (11Dec18), the first in the series was on sale for only $1.99. See link below.
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Banned Books Week #1

September 23 – 29 is Banned Books week, a week celebrating the freedom to read, drawing attention to banned and challenged books, and highlighting persecuted individuals or groups. Each day this week, I’ll countdown the top ten books most often challenged or removed from schools, universities, or libraries across the United States. Continue reading “Banned Books Week #1”

Banned Books Week #2

September 23 – 29 is Banned Books week, a week celebrating the freedom to read, drawing attention to banned and challenged books, and highlighting persecuted individuals or groups. Each day this week, I’ll countdown the top ten books most often challenged or removed from schools, universities, or libraries across the United States. Continue reading “Banned Books Week #2”

Banned Books Week #4 & #3

September 23 – 29 is Banned Books week, a week celebrating the freedom to read, drawing attention to banned and challenged books, and highlighting persecuted individuals or groups. Each day this week, I’ll countdown the top ten books most often challenged or removed from schools, universities, or libraries across the United States. Continue reading “Banned Books Week #4 & #3”

Banned Books Week #6 & #5

September 23 – 29 is Banned Books week, a week celebrating the freedom to read, drawing attention to banned and challenged books, and highlighting persecuted individuals or groups. Each day this week, I’ll countdown the top ten books most often challenged or removed from schools, universities, or libraries across the United States. Continue reading “Banned Books Week #6 & #5”

Banned Books Week #7

September 23 – 29 is Banned Books week, a week celebrating the freedom to read, drawing attention to banned and challenged books, and highlighting persecuted individuals or groups. Each day this week, I’ll countdown the top ten books most often challenged or removed from schools, universities, or libraries across the United States. Continue reading “Banned Books Week #7”

Banned Books Week #8

September 23 – 29 is Banned Books week, a week celebrating the freedom to read, drawing attention to banned and challenged books, and highlighting persecuted individuals or groups. Each day this week, I’ll countdown the top ten books most often challenged or removed from schools, universities, or libraries across the United States. Continue reading “Banned Books Week #8”

Banned Books Week – #10 & #9

September 23 – 29 is Banned Books week, a week celebrating the freedom to read, drawing attention to banned and challenged books, and highlighting persecuted individuals or groups. Each day this week, I’ll countdown the top ten books most often challenged or removed from schools, universities, or libraries across the United States. Continue reading “Banned Books Week – #10 & #9”