1. Reading the Last Page First
OUT. I’m not chaotic enough to do this lol.
2. Enemies to Lovers
IN. I LOVE enemies to lovers and I will never get sick of it. It’s all about the GROWTH.
3. Dream Sequences
OUT. I feel like I mentally check out every time there’s a dream sequence in a book. Like every literary dream sequence might as well come with a huge sign that says PAY ATTENTION: THIS SCENE IS HIGHLY SYMBOLIC !!!!
4. Love Triangles
OUT. I don’t know I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with a good love triangle, so I’m not very sold on it at the moment.
5. Cracked Spines
OUT. I like to keep my books in as good a condition as possible, which includes not cracking the spines. 🤷♀️
6. Back to My Small Town
IN. It’s not so much the small town aspect that I’m into, but rather the idea that a character would return to a place that holds a lot of memories for them, and also potentially reunite with people that they’d left behind. I love seeing how characters who’ve left a place behind for a long time come back to it older and with a new perspective.
7. Monsters Are Regular People
IN (?). Theoretically I’m into this, but I also haven’t encountered it a lot in the little fantasy that I’ve read so far.
8. No Paragraph Breaks
OUT. Paragraph breaks just make it so much easier to get through a book. For me, very few books can get away with not having paragraph breaks (like Milkman by Anna Burns); it takes an extraordinarily skilled writer to sustain my attention in that way.
9. Multi-Generational Sagas
IN. I love reading about families and how the choices of one generation can impact the next. Definitely into this one.
IN. I am a creature of comfort and will often reread favourite books when I feel in need of a pick-me-up.
11. Artificial Intelligence
OUT. I’m just not interested in AI. It veers into sci-fi territory, and I’ve never really been interested in sci-fi. Not into the science-y stuff.
12. Drop Caps
13. Happy Endings
IN. Life is stressful enough without the added stress of sad endings. I get way too attached to books sometimes and sad endings just wreck me (my best friend–hi Thea!! 👋–who’s received many a distraught message from me in the midst of a book-related emotional breakdown knows this more than anyone).
14. Plot Points That Only Converge At the End
IN. If it’s done well–i.e. given that every plot thread stands on its own–then yes, I love this.
15. Detailed Magic Systems
IN. I don’t see why this would be bad, so long as the author balances character and story as well.
16. Classic Fantasy Races
OUT. But I don’t really care either way about this one.
17. Unreliable Narrators
IN. Yes. Give me the drama of an unreliable narrator !!!!
18. Evil Protagonists
IN (?). I don’t really know about “evil,” but I’m down for a morally complicated or morally grey protagonist.
19. The Chosen One
OUT. I don’t know they’re just a little boring at this point.
20. When the Protagonist Dies
OUT. Protagonists don’t usually die in the books I tend to read, but I feel like I’d be pretty annoyed if this happened.
21. Really Long Chapters
IN (?). But it depends. I think I like long chapters when they’re in more plot-heavy genres like fantasy rather than character-focused ones like literary fiction.
22. French Flaps
IN. Why not! They’re fancy!
23. Deckled Edges
IN. No strong opinions about this but I wouldn’t object to having deckled edges.
24. Signed Copies by the Author
IN. Again, I wouldn’t object to a signed copy of a book, but I’d much rather go to a signing and have the author sign my book for me (rather than just buying a signed copy).
25. Dog-Earing Pages
OUT. I don’t personally do this, but I don’t care if people dog-ear their pages. 🤷♀️
26. Chapter Titles Instead of Numbers
IN. I feel like I never see titled chapters these days !!! where did they go !!! I miss them !!! they’re such a simple way of adding layers to a narrative, and give you a lil sneak peek of what’s to come in a chapter.