Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Like/Dislike in Book Romances

Posted February 10, 2015 in Reading / 4 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s list is the Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike in Book Romances.

1. Dislike: Insta-Love

First, it’s not even remotely likely. Second, just… no.

2. Dislike: Shallow Love Interest

Especially when it is a love triangle and one of the characters is so one-dimensional.

3. Dislike: Lack of Communication

The entire plot of some books would disappear if the characters actually talked. Communication is kind of a key in a relationship.

4. Dislike: Cheesy-ness

You know those books where you just have to cringe at some parts because they are sooo cheesy. Yeah, I don’t like that so much.

5. Dislike: Romance Being the Entire Plot

I don’t typically read romances. Ever. I prefer books that have a bit more of a plot.

6. Dislike: Stalkers

I hate it when one character is “so in love” that they are basically stalking the other. Not cool.

7. Dislike: Fated Relationship

“We’re just meant to be together. Everyone says so.” Please, no.

8. Like: Developed Romance (and Characters)

Where the characters aren’t just defined by their relationships but at the same time the relationship influences just about everything. This one is kind of hard to explain.

9. Like: When the Girl Can Survive Without the Guy

Sometimes it seems as if the entirety of the girl’s universe revolves around one guy and she doesn’t know what to do when he’s not there. I would much rather read about a girl who can function just fine without the guy (or with the guy for that matter).

10. Like: Friendship First

Relationships typically start as friends first in the real world. Why shouldn’t they in books?


These are the Top Ten Things I Like/Dislike in Book Romances. Feel free to share yours as well and check out the rest of them at The Broke and the Bookish.


And if this doesn’t make the most sense,
I wrote it really late as I was trying not to fall asleep.
Hence, I sometimes ramble… a lot.

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4 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Like/Dislike in Book Romances

  1. Great post!

    I especially agree with the lack of communication point. I really hate it when the guy and the girl don’t talk to each other when they’re mad. I’m thinking, “Oh, get over it and apologize and talk to him/her. This is ridiculous.”

    However, I recently realized that I do the same thing when I’m irritated with my husband, so I can see how authors write situations like that…but I still don’t like it.
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    • I understand that it happens sometimes. But all the time? No. When it becomes a main theme, I’m always thinking, “Just get over yourself and talk to him/her!!”

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