What Makes Me Want to Buy a Contemporary

Every book lover has weaknesses.

Buzzwords that beg them to pick up a book, tropes they just can’t say no to. Some are silly, some are fun, some are just wacky. I for one have numerous, and decided I couldn’t fit them all into one lists. Therefore, it is to be broken up into genres, beginning  with contemporaries, aka my favorite, so obviously this is the most important list and you should all pay attention*. Depending on how my thought process is, I may have sequels to this post (more contemporary buzzwords) and some spin offs (yay other genres!).

*Just you know in case anyone wanted to buy me a book hahahahaha jk

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1. Multiple POVs

I am utter TRASH for multiple point of views books. Something about the way all the pieces aren’t revealed until the very end of the book and the confusion you feel excite me. Also, you get to love more characters AND WHO DOESN’T WANT TO LOVE MORE CHARACTERS.

Some favorite Multiple POV books:


2. Secrets and lies and drama, oh my!

Yes, my inner gossip girl comes out. Those blurbs that say “so and so has a secret…and will do anything to protect it” or “but so and so doesn’t know ___ and the truth will change her forever” always pique my interest. Maybe it’s because I’m always so bad at guessing the secret?* Maybe because I just secretly thrive on other people’s pain? Who knows!

*I always go for really complicated and dramatic secrets and they usually are much simpler oops

Some favorite books with secrets


3. Books that promise good friendships

Everyone wants to belong. And everyone wants to have friends. So maybe that’s why I love books with good friendships. Even if the story is trash, and the writing is awful, if it has an amazing friendship, I’ll forgive some of it. And I don’t care what type of friendship! Boy-boy, girl-girl, boy-girl, non conforming genders, human-dog, ghost-person. I just need more sweet friendships in my life.

Some favorite books with friendship


4. A good Hate-to-Love

A classic romance trope that I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF. It’s so stupid and also so underdone but I fall for it every single time and love it. LOVE IT. I feel like the romance comes off as a lot more organic that way? Because there isn’t that initial I LOVE YOU LET’S GET MARRIED attraction that always comes with instalove. And then it makes their romance SO much more rewarding because you can scream LOOK HOW FAR MY SWEET BABIES CAME.

Some favorite hate to loves:


5. Some weirdly improbable storyline

You know those plot lines that you read and think “no way would this ever actually happen to anyone?” I EAT THOSE UP. Because we all secretly want our lives to be a book, and what better thing to imagine than one that completely and totally can’t happen/is soooo unlikely to happen. Give me more books where people are trapped for no apparent reason! Books where they randomly meet this one person and then fate makes it so they keep meeting again! Just some random shiz because that is when my imagination goes crazy.

Some favorite improbable storylines


6. Bad boy with a Good Heart

This one is SO cliche but I admit it, I’m a sucker for those “misunderstood” people. It just makes me so happy to see them turn themselves around. It’s not like there’s a shortage of these out there, but give me more good ones, please.

Some favorite bad boy novels:



7. Road trips

Who doesn’t love a good road trip???? Or, rephrasing, who doesn’t love a good book about traveling somewhere cool and getting to know yourself while doing that??? Especially if the travel partner is someone unexpected, I’m ALL for it.

Some favorite road trip books:

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So there you have it! Some are silly, some I forgot to mention and probably will again in the future, and some I actually have SO many on my TBR for that reason. Also I realized that almost all of these are white which makes me sad so if anyone has some diverse recommendations that fit any of these categories I will gladly take them! 

Let's Chat!

What buzzwords always make you pick up a book? What are some “auto buy” tropes? Do you have any recommendations for some of these tropes? Do you agree with any of my auto buy list? 

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22 thoughts on “What Makes Me Want to Buy a Contemporary

  1. Bridget says:

    I am with you on your second point – I am literally the LAST person to figure out the mystery hahaha I must not be very observant or something!

    I am definitely a sucker for #4 too – the ultimate Pride & Prejudice trope!

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    • Sydney @ Fire and Rain Books says:

      ugh books with a funky premise are so intriguing! Especially with contemporary because it can’t be so out there it’s not believable so when an author thinks of a cool way to expand contemporary I love it.
      With a heavy cast set of characters I love multiple PIVs even more. I become a lot more attached to all the characters once I am inside their heads.

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  2. Reading with Rendz says:

    What I need is a giant #Relate button right now.
    I’m a sucker for alllllll of these and some more.
    I also like the crushing on the best friend books too and they finally try dating books. <<<< I live for that.
    But bad boys reign over all XD
    Great post

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  3. Marie says:

    AHHH I love this post so much, I’m kind of a gossip girl at times and love all the drama hahahaha so I’m with you on that. And yes for the road trips and all the wanderlust! Did you read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour?? It was such a great book ❤ I also love books with great friendships and family ties, these are always on my must-reads list… but my favorite trope of all times isn't the hate to love, it's the childhood friendship one haha 😛
    Great post!! 😀

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    • Sydney @ Fire and Rain Books says:

      Ah yes I did read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour! I really really REALLY enjoyed it. It’s such a classic Morgan Matson book, how could I not? I love the part when they are at the Grand Canyon.
      Great family and friendship relationships are so nice to read in books, or even bad family relationships getting stronger and mending. I love families that mend.
      Ahhh the childhood friendship one is also so good! I need to read more from that 😜
      Thank you! ❤️

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  4. Chauncey Rogers says:

    Oh my goodness, so YOU’RE the person all those tropey YA contemporaries are marketing themselves towards, huh?
    Haha, but seriously, it’s funny how we have our different things we just love to see. I can say that some of ours overlap, and others…not so much. But that’s totally okay, because this world has plenty enough books for the both of us.
    So many tropes, though…. So many……

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    • Sydney @ Fire and Rain Books says:

      Oh well I guess each to their own! I always think traveling puts characters in ~interesting~ situations 😜 And ugh hate to love is so REWARDING like when one character accidentally reveals their feelings and the other is like wait I thought you hated me and then they’re all confused and then they get together. I NEED MORE WITH THIS


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