Reacting to Book Twitter’s Unpopular Opinions // Enemies-to-Lovers, Fantasy Book Titles, & more

I don’t really have much to say in this intro!

Earlier, someone on book twitter asked people to share their unpopular bookish opinions, and I thought it’d be fun to react to them!

“i’m so tired of straight romance society has progressed past the need for straight romance”

I don’t know if this person means m/f couples when they say straight couples, but if they do, that is erasure of queer people in straight-passing relationships. Additionally, some straight couples have PoC, disability, neurodiverse, etc. rep, and the world hasn’t progressed past the need for those.

“i feel like some of ya’ll get way too carried away with recommending diverse books and some of them ain’t that good. I want well written and diverse !”

Yes!! Diversity, especially #ownvoices rep, is always a good thing, but we read books to enjoy them… Just because a book is diverse doesn’t mean you have to recommend it. 😕 And recommending a badly written diverse book could harm it more than help it, because negative reviews will start rolling in lmao.

“do you really read to enjoy or to reach the goodreads dumb challenge”

This tweet was a personal ATTACK. Lately, it feels like I’ve only been reading books to finish them and add them to my Goodreads goal. I honestly think that the pressure I put on myself to finish books as quickly as possible is a big reason why I’ve been finding it harder and harder to enjoy the books I read.

“All fantasy book titles sound the S A M E”

YES. I swear, they all have a royal title in them. I also bet you $5 that a random fantasy book title has one of these words in it: sword, star, crown, throne, gold, song, blade, blood, bone, dark, dream, kingdom, fire, sky, earth. And the format!! It’s always “[blank] of [blank]”, “[blank] of [blank] and [blank]”, or some variation of those.

That being said, I think that these titles are effective for the most part. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Even though they sound the same, most sound mysterious/epic to me, and that’s all you can ask for in a fantasy book title. I don’t put much weight into book titles anyway. 😅

“Men who are immortal and have lived 100+ years shouldn’t be attracted to a teenage human without at least a long convo about it”

I wholeheartedly agree with this tweet, especially the “without at least a long convo about it” part. I think that these romances can maybe be done well, but only if authors address the age gap properly. It’s disturbing to me that most people are okay with a 100+ year old dating a teenager when it’s basically the same as a senior citizen dating a toddler, if not worse. Like, is it acceptable because the immortal still looks young?

“a 3 star does not a bad book make”

!!! I have been saying this since the dawn of time: 3 stars is not a bad rating!! Since I don’t use half stars anymore, some of my 3-star ratings do lean more toward the negative side, but a good chunk of them have positive connotations. I even made a list of books I rated 3 stars that I still recommend with my whole heart and soul. 😌

“Some of ya’ll bought a bunch of books written by Black people for clout and are not really going to read them.”

*sips tea*

Also, I want to experience this level of wealth. Buying books with no intention of reading them? I could never. 😭

“enemies to lovers trope is recycled and boring give us something new”

Enemies to lovers is my favorite trope, but there are so many ways to handle it wrong, and I feel like everyone has different preferences when it comes to it. Also, I think some authors try to force enemies to lovers into their books just because they know it’s popular? Not every couple needs to be enemies to lovers!!

“WILDER GIRLS is a perfectly written novel that too many people hyped up for its cover. It has very niche appeal, leaving them ‘disappointed’ by something that they never would’ve enjoyed in the first place or paid any attention to had it not been for the cover.”

I think I’m one of the people they’re talking about lmao. I didn’t hype Wilder Girls up for its cover, but I was the wrong audience for it. Having read and rated it 2 stars, I can see how the story isn’t for everyone, but it could work for the right people.

“almost every recent (2018-now) YA fantasy release has the same plot elements and characters but written in slightly different settings”

I can’t really agree or disagree with this, because I’m very particular about which YA fantasies I choose to read… but I am precisely because most of them are the same!!! Lately, most YA fantasy synopses have been unappealing to me. From them, you can just predict how the story is gonna go and that the book is going to be mediocre at best. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

What are some of your unpopular bookish opinions? Do you agree or disagree with any of these?

106 thoughts on “Reacting to Book Twitter’s Unpopular Opinions // Enemies-to-Lovers, Fantasy Book Titles, & more

  1. This was so much fun to read! I think what I love most is that you took the time to expand the conversation. Many times Tweets can get a lot of hate because it’s hard to say everything you mean with just a sentence or two. So I appreciated that you took each Tweet and gave your thought out opinions on each one, whether or not you agreed with them!

    I very much agree with you on so many of these topics! Especially the first one because I love how you put it. There are so many aspects of diversity that one could write into a book, and yes the more inter-sectional a book, the better. But just because a book has a straight romance doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have diversity, or merit. But on the other hand, I am really happy about how many LGBTQ+ romances I’ve been seeing lately! I’m very happy that more of these books are getting published!

    Also, YES to all the similar fantasy titles! Do you know how long it took me to figure out that The Storm Crow and The Merciful Crow were two different books?? And those aren’t even titles with Queen, Thorn, Fire, Crown, or Kingdom in them!

    As for my own unpopular opinion, I hate when standalones or series that I was told were completed get new books added on. I tend to hate the continuations, and I just feel like most of the time each unexpected new book gets weaker and weaker. Sometimes there are exceptions and my reactions to spin-offs are a little different (although not by much), but for the most part, no, just stop please.

    This was such a fun post and I’d love to see a part 2 in the future!

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    1. I completely agree with you that nuanced conversations are a little hard to have on Twitter—it’s hard to express your thoughts with limited characters + sarcasm is more difficult to convey. I tried to respond to all of these takes with utmost care, so I’m very glad that you think I did so successfully 🥺💖

      You put it perfectly!! Sometimes I get tired of the hets too, but queer rep is not the only rep out there, & i hate how people sometimes prioritize queer rep over other marginalizations :/ Yes, some words are so common in fantasy titles lmao. & I feel like six of crows contributed to the rise of book titles with crow in them 😂 i totally do not blame you for confusing tsc and tmc

      YES, YES, YES!!! this is my unpopular opinion too! authors should stop doing this, i swear. it always comes across as a cash grab (because it probably is), & i feel like, nine times out of ten, the continuation/s are terrible. (the second shatter me trilogy for example.) of course there are exceptions, but for the most part, no thanks. if you say your book/series is finished, it’s finished. don’t touch it anymore

      thank you so much! i’m so glad you enjoyed it enough to want more, & i’ll try my best to have one!

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  2. Lmao, you forgot ‘raven’ and ‘crow’ in fantasy titles!

    I think the ‘straight romance’ one was a joke (at least sounds like one) but, yeah, I totally agree that while there’s been enough straight/cis/white/able-bodied/neurotypical romance there’s a need for more rep than just gay rep.

    Enemies to lovers is a classic!! But that won’t save your book if I find it boring or if you just throw it in and the execution is subpar…

    Loving this post!! ❤

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    1. oh yeah lol 🤦🏻‍♀️ i feel like six of crows really started the bird trend

      yes, i kinda saw it as joke too! i get where they’re coming from because sometimes you just get tired of the hets 🙃 & media is so saturated with heterosexuality. their take just reminded me that some people prioritize queerness over other marginalizations, whether intentionally or not ://

      i completely agree with you & thank you so much ❤

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  3. “I don’t really have much to say in this intro!” – me in basically every single intro I’ve ever written. 😅 Ahh, the goodreads goal one is a call out!! I’ve mentioned how I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts, and that time was taken away from my reading time; basically, I prioritized what I was in the mood for. With the studying I did in the past 1-2 months my reading has dropped, and I’m SAD/frustrated about that. Last few days I’ve been trying to force myself to finish a book per day, which is 1000% because I don’t want to finish the month with only a few books read, not because I was that much in the mood for reading. 😐 Ugh, I definitely agree – enemies to lovers is GREAT, but it’s become such a trend that many books are marketed as enemies to lovers that are, in fact, NOT enemies to lovers. Which ultimately damages the book, because people end up being disappointed in the book. 🙄 I.. have to agree with the YA Fantasy one, too. I used to love the genre, but recently I’ve only found a few that I was truly interested in – like Crier’s War or the Market of Monsters series. I’ve been turning to adult fantasy, and I have no regrets. 😅 Great post, Caitlin!! 🙂

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    1. 😂 usually i have enough to say but this time i just couldn’t think of anything 😐😐 i am being SUCH a hypocrite by saying this but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with reading less!! forcing yourself to read could just ruin your enjoyment of the books 😭 YES, sometimes two people just don’t trust each other at first, & then people are like “enemies to lovers 😍😍”. i get that it’s a good marketing tactic, but this is just setting readers up to be disappointed!! yeah, even though adult fantasy is unfortunately still dominated my cishet white men, it’s honestly loads better than ya fantasy. ya fantasy has kinda gotten oversaturated with the same tropes & plot points :/ thank you!!

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  4. All fantasy titles sound the same haha that’s so true. I agree three stars is not bad and idk why some people think it’s really bad! I think the immortal men/teen girls trope is very… tired and kind of icky for sure. Sometimes it’s done better and I guess being stuck forever at a certain teen age and not experiencing life milestones would make someone less mature so it’s not that bad but sometimes… yeah. Also definitely agree about the point on diversity–I always want to read diverse books, but sometimes they’re just plain… bad lol and it’s like yeah I’m sorry I really want to promote diverse books but no amount of diversity can save a terrible plot or terrible characters or something

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    1. i’m so glad you agree!! yes, it’s not super problematic, but it is pretty questionable. like, is it so hard to make the LI an appropriate age?? you make a good point: maybe being immortal makes them mentally age more slowly, but like, it’s still kinda skeezy… exactly!! i really want to read more of them, but knowing my reading tastes… it’s best if i don’t give marginalized authors bad reviews. i’ve read a lot of good diverse books though, & it’s always amazing when i find one!

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  5. Great post, I really enjoyed reading it. I so don’t get the first of these tweets though. I’m all for diversity in books but what’s wrong with having straight romances too? And to say that society has moved passed the need for straight romance is pretty offensive to straight people. Everybody has a right to their own sexuality and plenty of people are straight. So I just seriously don’t get that??
    And yes diversity had to be done well. I don’t get recommending books purely for being diverse if they’re badly written. Or picking them up if it’s not a plot that interests you as it’s just going to lead to an unenjoyable reading experience and quite likely get that diverse book a negative rating.
    I haven’t set my Goodreads challenge but I do relate with the need to finish books taking away from the enjoyment of them. I got so buried in books, and so worried about catching up, that it’s made me slump a lot. So I’m trying to remember my excitement for all the books instead now and plan to read whatever I feel like. And hopefully then I’ll finally get passed this reading block. I hope you get out of your slump too.

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    1. thank you! ahaha, the person probably wasn’t completely serious. they’re probably just expressing their frustration about media being oversaturated with heterosexuality, which i can relate to.
      i agree with you! i want to pick up more diverse books, but i know that i just won’t like some, & my negative review will harm more than help it. (i think that there are load of good diverse books out there though, & they absolutely should be read)
      ah, thanks, but im not in a slump rn just not enjoying the books i’m reading very much :/// i hope you can get out of your slump though!

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      1. I guess so, it just sounded really oddly phrased.
        Yeah I agree. Like I’ve heard that Let Me Hear A Rhyme is even better than The Hate U Give but I definitely want to read THUG first and probably the upcoming prequel too so that I can discover the authors writing in that story as I’m not really into rap music so I’m worried it would impact my experience of her other book negatively. If I enjoy the other two as much as I expect to then I expect my love of the authors writing will push me to pick it up. I love that you can get diversity in fantasy as well as contemporary too though.
        Ah that’s a pain. And thank you, I’m hoping to start trying at some point this weekend.

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      2. i hope you enjoy let me hear a rhyme and angie thomas’ books! thug and on the come up are both so good ❤ i highly recommend them. and i trust angie, so i'm very excited to read concrete rose. contemporary isn't my genre, but i'm pretty sure i'll read anything she writes!

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      3. Thank you 💞 fingers crossed. I love the adaptation that I saw, I just can’t believe that I haven’t read any of her books yet. And I hope you love it as much as you expect to ❤️

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  6. I mostly agree with these takes but the Goodreads challenge one is a universal truth 🤣🤣🤣 My favorite take here is particularly the one about immortal men and the obvious age gap from the new love interest! It baffles me that most of the reasons for their /love/ is because “she’s/he’s just different”???? You’ve lived a hundred lives and studied human nature for far too long, how could one still be naive???? I can only accept this kind of setup if it has something to do with their past lives and reincarnation stuff (because that’s just tragic and I love the cliche). This kind of setup should have nuanceeee ugh😤 I love reading about your takes Caitlin! 💖

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  7. Fantasy is honestly all the same. All the titles sound similar, they more often than not have the same keyword, their covers are all similar (a beautiful girl staring at the soul of the reader with something lavish/magical/trusted weapons surrounding her), their plots only vary about 5%, and it’s still probably the most popular genre in YA 😂 Here I am complaining, but fantasy still makes up a good chunk of my reading anyway lol
    And haha, I feel like the one about men 100+ years old was an attack at Spin the Dawn…or maybe I just haven’t read enough? Spin the Dawn is honestly the only book I think that has a romance between a teenage girl and a guy centuries old. Honestly, it makes no sense, but I think of the guy as a teenager, because he acts exactly like one. It’s until he starts using some ancient magic that I remember, oh, he was born 300 centuries ago. How cool. OH, SJM also has that trope. I didn’t even realize 🤦🏾‍♀️

    Anyways, I loved reading this!! And I agree with Malka, it’d be cool to see a part 2 of this in the future ❤✨

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    1. Yes, I don’t know how they’re still so popular when most of them are the same 😂😭 & fantasy takes up a good chunk of my reading too! I’m just picky about which ones I read because I know which ones will disappoint..
      I’m glad that I can’t really think of stuff with this trope too! It’s not super problematic, but I do wish authors would write it less or handle it with more nuance :/ yeah, they act like teenagers already why is it hard to make them actual teens 😭😭

      Thank you so much!! I’m so glad you agree, & I’ll try my best ❤️❤️

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  8. Love this post! I really like enemies to lovers trope and its one of my favourites when its done well! I agree with the 100+ age gap one. It weirds me out in books and I think its only seen as acceptable because they look young still.

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  9. The “all fantasy book titles sound the same” one made me laugh so hard because yes. I doubt I could find a fantasy book published within the last five years without one of those words that you mentioned 😂 And it gets even MORE confusing when people on Twitter only refer to them as abbreviations and I’m like??? these letters mean nothing to me??
    And yep, I’m also picky about YA fantasy for that same reason. I want some ORIGINALITY in these books, please.
    I kinda feel the same way about enemies to lovers sometimes…since it’s such a popular trope, I feel like some authors try to shove it in just so they can have “enemies to lovers” in the book’s description, without doing the work of actually making it a compelling relationship. There are so many books that do that trope to perfection, but also plenty that just…do not at all.

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    1. I know 😭😭 Omg I hate acronyms too, I always feel so accomplished when I can decipher one. It’s especially annoying when u know someone has enough characters left, but instead of typing the whole title, they still use acronyms!!
      Yes, I have no idea how the genre got so saturated with mediocrity 🤭🤭
      Exactly! The thing with enemies to lovers is that the reason they’re enemies can be a little hard to figure out. It has to be believable, but not so extreme that there’s no way they could fall in love 😂 that, & some authors don’t write the transition from enemies to lovers well :/

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  10. i love unpopular opinions but i whole-heartedly agree with the way you talked about queer people in straight-passing relationships. and there’s so much other representation we still need in books! as much as i like queer books, i am low-key tired of people acting like we don’t have any queer reads. probably because they’ve only read ari & dante and red, white & royal blue, when there are SO many authors and titles out there! i will forever be mad at people who don’t make enough research.

    and, yes, fantasy book titles all sound the same, which is why is always so confusing to me to tell them apart, lol. also, why are raven and crows always present in them? the raven cycle, six of crows, the iron raven, the merciful crow. i am super unfamiliar with birds, but i think they must have very dark meanings to be so constantly associated with fantasy, hahah.

    i don’t know if that’s totally an unpopular opinion, but i guess it is: we need more YA books in which the characters actually feel like teenagers. as much as i like six of crows and an ember in the ashes, the characters definitely sound and feel like they’re in their 20s and not at all like teenagers. let me know if you agree or not!

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    1. yeah, same! there are so many queer books out there: anyone who complains there are none is dead wrong, especially the “no f/f” people 🤦🏻‍♀️ i don’t know, maybe because ravens and crows have black feathers, so it gives their titles a darker vibe?? i always thought that popular books like the raven cycle and six of crows started the obsession with putting those birds in titles though 😂

      i agree with you to an extent! ya right now is SO much more mature than what was considered ya maybe ten years ago. (back then, the first few hp books, the giver, etc. were considered ya, but now they’d probably be classified as mg.) i feel like the high number of characters in ya who don’t act like teens is tied to the fact that new adult isn’t a very popular genre, so authors are forced to make their characters teens in order for their book to still be classified ya. however, i think that there’s a form of privilege in being able to say that some teens don’t act like teens, because, especially in fantasy, characters undergo traumatic events at a young age, grow up in poverty, etc., which force them to grow up quickly. i totally get where you’re coming from (i have thought this too), but, unfortunately, i think that teens can act like adults when their life circumstances don’t allow them the act their age

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  11. this was such a fun post to read, caitlin!! i love what you said about straight romance — i joke about how i hate reading about hets, and i guess to some extent i do. but i think it’s still important to read them if there are poc, disabled characters, religious minorities, etc! (it really does annoy me when white gays refuse to read a poc book because it has straight people lmao)

    and yes what you said about enemies to lovers!!! i love that trope, but it’s so annoying when authors try to make it happen and it’s… not good lmao. also when they say it’s enemies to lovers but it’s not really enemies — i think the overall Hype for enemies to lovers can set up readers to be disappointed haha

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    1. thank you!! 🥺 the gays just Hit Different, but other types of representation are super important too! it really annoys me when some people, intentionally or unintentionally, prioritize queerness over other marginalizations

      exactly!! there are so many ways to mess enemies to lovers up, & i’d prefer that authors don’t write it if they’re just going to lmao. also, sometimes two people could just start out as strangers, & people will label their relationship as enemies to lovers? make it make sense

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  12. Oooohhhhh I LOVE this post. First of all, your response to the “straight romance” comment – YUP. I have a lot to say about this but I’ll just shut up and nod. 😂

    Also, people buying Black-authored books for clout… YEAH. I feel like I saw so many hauls over the last few weeks by people who I know to have read almost NO books from Black authors in the months or even years that I’ve known them. :/ I have a hard time expecting them to turn over a new leaf so abruptly.

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    1. Thank you so much, Destiny 🥺💗 I’m so glad you agree! oooo, i know what you’re talking about. i’ve seen so many people who, up until now, only read books by white authors suddenly start reading or saying that they want to read more diversely. i’m glad that they’re making the effort, but i hope this continues even after BLM isn’t trending 🙃

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  13. This is great- love your responses! Agree so much with this: “i feel like some of ya’ll get way too carried away with recommending diverse books and some of them ain’t that good. I want well written and diverse !” haha I also agree that all fantasy titles are beginning to sound the same! And I love that take on the 100 dating a teen! and yes I totally agree about 3* not being a bad rating!! I personally don’t find 3* off putting and wish other people wouldn’t see 3* as a reason not to read something they fancied trying! Oh yeah I can see that about wilder girls. And I also agree with you about enemies to lovers. I’m also getting really particular about the YA fantasies I choose to read as well (cos yeah you can predict a lot of the plots just from the blurbs sometimes). Awesome post!

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    1. Thank you so much!! I’m so glad you agree! I always feel bad when I rate a book I recommend 3 stars, because what if people think i don’t recommend it?? but i try my best to keep screaming from the rooftops that 3 stars is a good rating lmao

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  14. I loved this post and your answers to it all, so much to unpack! 3 stars rating is a good rating! What do you mean some people think it’s bad?? Also yes, I can barely afford the books that I am going to read, how can people buy a bunch of books just because? Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes as well, and when it’s done right it’s delightful.
    Amazing post as always!

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  15. “do you really read to enjoy or to reach the goodreads dumb challenge”

    AHHHHHHHHHHH – SHOTS FIRED!!! *clutches at wound*. 😂😂😂

    Actually [despite the fact that I FELT that opinion and felt personally ATTACKED] this is such a great point and something I thought long and hard about at the start of 2020. As both an avid reader and a reviewer, I’ve realized that we put WAY too much pressure on our Goodreads challenges. Reading Challenges and TBRs are not our friends – I can chalk every slump ever up to the constant pressure to stay on top of my reading goals. And I ALWAYS bite of WAY more than I can chew.

    Basically reading is an escape – it doesn’t need to be stressful!

    So, this year I made it my goal to take the pressure off because I’ve sort of become disillusioned with the whole concept of reading challenges. Pushing yourself to read more is great but now that I’m a full-fledged adult it’s SO not working. And okay – I didn’t ax the challenge completely but I set a goal of 50 books as opposed to 80 or 100. If I read more? Great! If I don’t? No need to stress!

    AMAZING discussion post! 💙

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    1. yes, yes, yes to everything you said!! i always bite more than i can chew as well. i feel like the book community unintentionally puts pressure on us to read 20 books a month and stay on top of our TBRs at all times. because i’m too competitive, i refuse to lower my gr challenge for this year, but i am going to implement some changes that i hope will make reading more enjoyable for me in 2021 (assuming we survive this year, hehe)

      i’m so glad you’ve figured out a way to make reading the enjoyable activity that it’s supposed to be! i hope you have a wonderful rest of your reading year ❤

      thank you so much!

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  16. Omg Caitlin this was a fun post!!
    Enemies (or at least slight dislike) to lovers is honestly my fave trope I love it. The angst just gets me every time. (also side note but i just realised is that word a combo of angry lust or am I looking at that wrong?! idk why that’s surprised me😂) But 100% it has to be done right and be believable!! I am not about having bullies to lovers you know? But some light teasing and dislike is great!
    That and fake dating, I need to read more fake dating books. & Any books with social media! I just read Tweet Cute and it was so (cute) good! I loved the twitter war aspects and the messages. I need to read Emergency Contact cause I think that has a lot of messaging – I just love seeing cute texts haha.
    Anyway sorry that was a bit of a ramble :))
    The GoodReads one I actually kind of agree with? I used to set my GoodReads goal super high and then get stressed when I wasn’t near it, but now I’ve set it super low so I’ve already surpassed it and don’t really care. Thankfully since I wrote a discussion on it a year or so ago, I’ve had a bit of a mindset shift and I’ve stopped putting pressure on myself to read X amount of books.
    Loved reading this post!

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    1. thank you so much, emme!!
      the angst and slow burn! that’s what i live for 😤😤 (and lmao idk but that’s such a good theory!)
      i feel like that’s where most enemies to lovers enthusiasts disagree, because some want to take the enemies part to the extreme, while others only want light teasing and banter. i don’t think i have a preference as long as it’s done right. but i hate it when the reason for their being enemies is unbelievable, or when the relationship transition isn’t handled well.
      oh, don’t worry! i love reading about people’s fave tropes! fake dating is a classic! & i’m so happy you enjoyed Tweet Cute! sadly, no other books with a social media aspect are coming to mind right now, but i do know that Technically, You Started It is told entirely through texts!
      i’m so glad that you’ve stopped putting pressure on yourself! i really should do that too! but my goodreads goal this year is 100, & i’m too competitive to lower it :’) i’ll definitely set it lower next year, haha

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  17. I super enjoyed reading this post! I agree with almost all of the tweets including the one about the Goodreads Challenge! There was a time when I was just obsessed on reaching my goal and that kinda burned me out. Now, I toned down myself and just use the Goodreads Challenge as a motivation.

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    1. i’m so glad that you’ve found a way to use the gr challenge as motivation! it is that for me as well, but it’s also a source of pressure :(( hopefully i can implement some changes next year that’ll make reading more enjoyable!

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  18. Eeeek prepare for another essay comment *gets comfy* Ok so YESSSS TO HOW YOU ADDRESSED TO THE STRAIGHT ROMANCE TWEET. 3 stars are not a bad rating, we both agree on that from your previous post where I probably left another essay worthy comment.

    Fantasy titles *wheezes* I feel like it’d be super jarring if someone were to publish a contemporary using the word “throne” or some of the other commonly used words in Fantasy titles. Court’s also one which is used in the title names and the title system…it’s definitely predictable/repetitive but I kind of like that? As someone who struggles at times separating high fantasy from urban fantasy I can usually rely on the title pattern to give me an indication as urban fantasy titles don’t follow that same pattern.

    Enemies to lovers when done well is excellent! When it’s not it’s usually because we’ve got the hero falling for the villain and I’m sorry a villain and hero falling is not enemies to lovers in my opinion. There’s usually an uncomfortable power imbalance as well when its villains and a hero (I am also thinking of the Grisha trilogy here of which I’ve only read one book but I’m not a fan of the people who ship the MC with the darkling…my mind blanked on the the MCs name ooops). Enemies to lovers is a person who is on the same sort of playing field as the other person so to speak where they both dislike each other but it’s not flipping bullying *huffs*

    The age gap thing yeah young me was not bothered by that when she read Twlight or any vampire books. Now though I would be bothered if it’s within YA but a lot of the vampire books I read (and paranormal) fall into Adult so it’s not as much of an issue? Like it’s still an issue but the MC is often late 20’s or in their 30’s so it’s not as gross as a 100+ something vampire falling for a 16 year old girl.

    Yep about the people buying books by Black authors for clout. I feel like I saw so many people share posts and hauls and I’m just…are you actually going to read those books though? We should be buying books by Black authors throughout the year anyway, not just when it’s “trendy” and it’s for clout >.> Adored this post Caitlin!

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    1. I love your essays so much, Clo!!! 🥺💕 ohhh, that’s a good point! yeah, the common fantasy title words definitely help me differentiate them from other genres. omg, this is what i’m talking about when i say that people have so many preferences when it comes to enemies to lovers 😅😅 i don’t think i mind bully romances or villain/hero romances as long as they’re done well, but i’m just not interested in reading them. but i do ADORE enemies to lovers where they are both on an even playing field, because power imbalances are not it!! i especially love it when they’re on even playing field, but on opposing sides, if that makes sense? (e.g. two princes of rival nations 🥺)

      yes, it’s definitely less problematic if the girl is an adult!! it’s so predatory when the girl is still a teenager though *shudders* & yeah, when the blm movement, so many people that were only reading white authors started promoting and talking about books by Black authors 👀👀 it’s great that they’re making the effort, but i hope they do more than just buy/talk about wanting to read them. & that they continue promoting books by marginalized authors even if BLM isn’t trending any longer!

      thank you so much!!! ❤ ❤

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  19. Ahh, Caitlin, this post was so much fun to read!! Your creativity is unmatched.💛

    Haha, the fantasy titles one is so accurate! I was trying to think of all the fantasy books I’ve read in an attempt to break the stereotypical title formula, and I couldn’t think of any. But as you said, I really don’t mind? I don’t put too much thought into book titles either, honestly.

    Okay well I feel attacked at the reading to beat your Goodreads challenge.😂I wouldn’t say that’s why I read, but I definitely feel the pressure. Especially now because even though I’ve been reading more way all of quarantine, I’m *still* behind and I can’t deny that the other day I found myself thinking “I just need to power read like three books in a day or something and then I can finally be caught up.”

    Yes to 3 star ratings being good!!! 3 stars is such a solid rating for me. Usually a 3 star for me is that I enjoyed it but can’t see myself rereading it or remembering it in a year. However, I would still recommend all my 3 star reads to anyone right away and would say I liked the book if asked.

    Amazing post! xx

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    1. thank you so much, Olivia! this comment has made my day 🥺💕

      i’m glad that you agree! yes, same! i just get so much serotonin when i see that i’m ahead of schedule on my gr challenge, which is why i unintentionally put pressure on myself to finish books as quickly as possible. don’t worry about being behind though!! I’m positive that you’ll be able to catch up ❤ you are a reading queen ❤

      exactly!! 3 stars simply means "i liked it." i just didn't enjoy it enough to rate it higher. but even so, i don't regret reading it, and i would absolutely recommend it!

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  20. Oh, this is such a great post! I loved reading your reactions to some of the unpopular opinions going around bookish Twitter! 😄
    I love my Goodreads Challenge, but I agree that sometimes I can get caught up in reading quickly, which leads me to neglect some of the longer books that I have on my TBR 😱 Fantasy is one of my fave genres but I’ve found myself not invested in all of the new releases in the past years, as some simply don’t have that certain spark that gets me interested in a story 😅

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  21. Definitely a LOT of people bought black books for “clout”, but a) everyone was telling us to so… what did they expect? b) even if they don’t read them at least they’re still supporting a black author. That being said, I’m hopeful that we’re seeing real meaningful change in terms of diversity and representation. 🙂

    Great post! Was fun to read! Look forward to getting to know you.

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    1. You put it perfectly! Of course, any kind of support is welcome ❤ I think it's better to actually read and talk about them like we would books by white authors though. Imo, if all we do is buy books by Black authors without reading them, we won't truly be able to see a meaningful change in terms of inclusivity

      Thank you so much! ❤

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      1. If even half of the people who bought the books read and talk about them, that’s still more than it was before. Change is coming, I can just feel it. Either that or I’m delusionally hopeful. Hopefully the former.

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  22. I also feel ATTACKED for the goodreads comment xD I can’t help it, really – I like creating goals and I like to see my progress! That keeps me motivated! But yes, sometimes I worry that I’m not reading books *for fun* anymore ?? Though I like to think that if I weren’t having fun, I wouldn’t be reading books at all. :/

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    1. yesss, it gives me so much serotonin when i know that i’m meeting my goals 🥺🥺 it is really taking the fun out of reading for me though. i still read because i run a book blog after all, & i do find the occasional gem, but lately i feel like the best part of reading has been marking books as read on goodreads :/ :/

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      1. I’m no expert on the subject, but what if you take some time to evaluate your recent reads and try to identify the issue behind that feeling? Is it the book? The genre? Just things irl getting in the way of reading? Or just generally take a bit of time for yourself and hobbies that aren’t reading… I know it’s not the same feeling as a reading slump, but leaving the subject alone for some time might be good 🙂 I do hope you find joy in it again!! ❤

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      2. thank you so much!! your advice is totally helpful 🥺
        i actually think i know what’s wrong—contemporary just isn’t my genre 😅 but i don’t want to stop reading it altogether because i want to support marginalized & ownvoices authors. & the books that I *really* think i’ll like, most are not diverse, and i want my reading to be diverse!
        it’s not that i dislike every book i read. on the contrary, i like most of them. it’s just been so long since i’ve found a book that i *loved* :((

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  23. Ahh this is such a fun post, I love that idea so much! I agree with you about the straight romance tweet, I think it’s still important to read about POC, disability and other themes we rarely see, too and! yes! to! reading about straight-passing romances that aren’t actually straight where are these kind of books I kind of need them??? I also 200% agree about the 3-stars rating, for me it’s a GREAT rating, well, not that great that it deserves all caps haha but it’s still great in the sense that it was a good read, just not an astonishly good one.
    Loved this post! 🙂

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    1. thank you so much, Marie! i’m glad you agree, and i love queer m/f books too 🥺 i really need to read more of them, but off the top of my head, i can think of scavenge the stars (demi & bi), and i’ll be the one (both are bi)! i didn’t like scavenge the stars much, but i highly recommend i’ll be the one—i think you’ll really like it!
      exactly!! it’s good, but not *great*. but that doesn’t mean that i don’t recommend it 😌

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  24. Caitlin, this post is so cool. Idk how you come up with these posts and do them so well <3<3<3

    I lowkey feel you on diversity, I LOVE the diversity in books. It is so necessary and amazing to see, but sometimes I feel the rest of the book falls flat. Not always obviously, a large majority of them are done spectacularly and I LOVE when POC authors put a twist on tropes etc. But sometimes the characters or dialogue are not that great (mainly what I like in books) and then it ruins the reading experience. Of course, though white authors do the same thing so,,,

    Idk but you need to hear this: Caitlin STOP reading for your goal. Read books you want to read, you can always lower the goal. But read books FOR you, the goal is not a number. That came out very sappy sorry but STILL. K thanks bye

    Let's not even START on those fantasy titles ugh. I am terrible with high fantasy so I don't read a lot of them. But like literally almost all of them have basically the same title. And as you said they are effective, can't we become A LIL BIT more creative. Give it some super unique name. Again back to diverse books, a large majority have the same formulaic name and it would FANTASTIC for them to have a really unique one so that it doesn't sound like every other fantasy book and rather have the name portray how special the book is you know?

    I'm with you on enemies to lovers. I sense it ya know. Catch me with that 5th sense. The dynamics just always WORK and I get excited with the smallest interactions. HOWEVER, some authors don't do it right, it progresses too quickly and you NEED slowburn to make a good enemies to lovers

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  25. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT STATEMENT ABOUT 100+ YEAR OLD LOVE INTERESTS!!!! I have been soooooo upset because nobody has realized how creepy it is in Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim!!!!! Everyone’s been praising it high into the skies and when they mention this book has it they say it’s OK!!!!! It was the worst book I ever read!!!!!!

    (Have I not made it obvious how angry I am at this book?)

    (also, I hated the cover for Wilder Girls. I read it for the plot and thus enjoyed it. Shocking, I know.)

    (My most unpopular opinion is that Spin the Dawn is poorly-written and highly problematic.)

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    1. Yes!!! I really don’t get why everyone just brushes off the age gap between Maia and Edan! & frankly does the same with every other ship with a 100+ year age gap 💀 i don’t think those types of age gaps are *super problematic*, but i do wish they’d stop being written since they’re creepy when you think about it lmao. & I don’t absolutely love the cover for Wilder Girls too! It’s nice-looking, but I don’t adore it like everyone else. I see the appeal though. & I’m glad you liked it!

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      1. Glad that you also saw what was wrong with Spin the Dawn too. To make matter worse with Edan and Maia, Edan had repeatedly said he was uncomfortable about the age difference, soo….. to me, he really felt like an adult and it made me incredably uncomfortable. It’s not as bad as Malec *shudder*, but it’s still honestly distasteful.

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