If you stick to one genre, reading can get boring. Why? Because the book world is not immune to trend-hopping. Publishers want to sell books, so they publish what sells, leading to a myriad of interesting– but sometimes repetitive– trends.
Without further ado, here are five oddly specific types of fiction books you have definitely read.
(Or, at least, I’ve definitely read them.)
Caveat- this not a “serious” post. (Read: I’m not trying to slander these books!)
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1) The WW2 Multi-POV and Possibly Dual-Timeline Historical Fiction Book For Middle-Aged Women Often Set In Paris With the Eiffel Tower On The Cover But Sometimes In Another European City And There’s Usually A Woman Looking Dramatically Off Into The Distance On The Cover And Sometimes Old-Timey Bomber Planes Flying In the Sky To Remind You This Is A Serious War Book
THIS ODDLY SPECIFIC TRIBE OF BOOKS IS EVERYWHERE. I read these all the time, but they start blending together really easily because the setup and covers are so similar. Seriously, they ALL have a 20-30 year old woman finding some sort of clue to a relative’s past life and then there’s a dual timeline of said relative living through the Nazi occupation of whatever country they’re in (usually Paris). That or there are a few different perspectives of people in different places during the war and then their POVs collide at the end.
2) The Guilty-Pleasure YA Contemporary Romance That Everyone Loves To Read On The Beach In The Summer And There’s A Teen Girl On The Pink Cover With Possibly A Boyfriend or Else Looking Lonely And Sad That She Doesn’t Have A Boyfriend Yet, But Don’t Worry Because She’ll Have One By The End Of The Book
I read these sometimes when I was younger, but I only like romance books when they have a certain level of irony/humor so I often found myself not enjoying them. To All the Boys I read last year expecting to think it was so stupid, but I ended up liking it after all. It was funny, sweet but not saccharine, and I actually finished the series. Second Chance Summer I put on this collage because it matches the aesthetic and contains a romance, but it’s definitely a more serious novel than the rest on here.
3) The YA Fantasy Book That Everyone But You Has Read, With A Dark Cover, Usually Red and Black Which May Or May Not Include An Assassin And/Or Weapon Of Some Sort On It And A Mysterious and Edgy Title That Has Certain Fantasy Buzzwords That Make You Think of Violence
I almost never read fantasy, but it seems that’s a very unpopular opinion. This is why I don’t, though: tell me these don’t look all have extremely similar vibes.
4) The Dramatic YA Thriller That Would Probably Never Happen In Real Life But Is Really Fun To Read. Usually Involves A Mysterious Murder, Evil Teenagers, Terrible Decisions, A Concerning Lack of Police Involvement and Bloodstains On The Cover
I went through a phase where I devoured these books! It can be hard to find ones that are actually good and not trashy, but I would definitely recommend A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder. Also, if you’re like me and love mysteries but don’t like gratuitous violence, read Agatha Christie!
5) The Extremely Depressing Kid’s Book That Is An Awards Magnet Because It Makes Everyone Cry Their Eyes Out And It Probably Shattered Your Elementary School Heart
Bridge to Terabithia, I’m looking at you.
Have you noticed any of these bookish trends? Which is your favorite?
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