Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike When It Comes To Romances In Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's Top Ten Tuesday asks bloggers to list their top ten things we like/dislike when it comes to romance in books. Unfortunately, I couldn't think of ten things to list but listed as many as possible.


1. Relatability 
When I can relate to a book, it is easier for me to enjoy and to finish a book. When I am able to relate to a book, a bond is formed. It's like the author knows me and is trying to tell his/her story of something that I know. It's like a friendship and I can connect to them.

2. Believability
Sometimes when I read a book, some actions are far fetched. It's important for me to read a book where I can believe things can happen. When I believe, I am more inclined to finish the book. Is the romance realistic? Are the actions and dialogue sensible?

3. Diversity
It's important for romances not to be centered around the typical relationship you find on TV or in a movie. I love seeing romances between different genders, ethnicities, cultures, ages, etc. It is more realistic seeing two people who accept each other as they are even though they are different from each other. Love is love. Love has no rules.


4. Instalove
This is my #1 pet peeve when it comes to romance in books. I absolutely despise instalove because it's not realistic. No one falls head over heels at first glance. I am sorry. It just doesn't happen.

5. Love Triangles
Certain love triangles bother me especially when the girl can't decide what guy she wants to pursue. It shouldn't be hard to decide who to pick. Stop being indecisive and pick a guy. I think the only love triangle I support is Tessa-Will-Jem from the Infernal Devices series because their triangle was different from others. All three of them share a special bond. If you read the series, you know what I mean.

6. Cheating
I am against cheating in general so reading about it makes me cringe. Please end a relationship before pursuing another.


7. Unrequited love
In terms of romance in books, no one wants to read about unrequited love. It's sad that one party loves someone and the other party doesn't reciprocate but it happens all the time. It's realistic and believable and it can work in some books.


  1. Great list Nicole. I pretty much agree with all of your points above. I especially like the romances that I read to be believable! My TTT

  2. I totally agree with you. I especially hate cheating/instalove. here's mine

  3. I tire of love triangles so much. I don't understand why the protagonist can't decide, especially when it's pretty clear who is better for her.
    My TTT

    1. I have no clue why there are always love triangles in books. It's fairly popular in books but not in real life.

  4. nice picks Nicole! I dont so much mind love triangles as long s they work to spur on the story not just to have one. I actually dont mind instalove either. YES TO DIVERSITY!! im kinda sick of seeing the same troupes over and over!
    <3 Britt

  5. Replies
    1. It's one thing I cannot stand at all in books.

  6. I don't think anyone is a fan of instalove.

    Here's mine!

  7. I absolutely agree with your list. I can't believe I didn't think of cheating, but I actually don't think I can recall ever having read about it...
    Love triangles I hate so much, I put it twice on my list... If you fall in love twice, you didn't love the first person is what I believe at least.

    Cucie @ Cucie reads

    1. "Love triangles I hate so much, I put it twice on my list... If you fall in love twice, you didn't love the first person is what I believe at least."

      LOL. So true.

  8. I hate reading any book where there's cheating involved. It just makes me sad and I feel like I can never trust the character again. It's just not worth it for me, I don't read any books involving the main characters cheating on one another. Anyways great list!

    1. I totally agree about not being able to trust the character again.

  9. Nice list of turn ons and turn offs for romance in novels. Heres my link for my TTT post this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/02/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-things-i.html

  10. Love this list!!!! I changed mine up a bit check it out :) http://bookbabble.weebly.com/blog/top-ten-tuesday2

  11. Relatability and believability are both super important!! If it doesn't seem genuine or relatable then what's the point?! Insta-love, cheating, and triangles all stink :P Nice list !

    Rachel @ APCB