5 On My TBR #5

5 On My TBR is a weekly meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. Every Monday, we get to rave about five books on our TBRs that fit the prompt, and this week’s prompt is…

Enemies to lovers.

I panicked a bit when I read this prompt, because I don’t read a lot of books that involve an enemies to lovers plot or subplot. In my opinion, when a pair of people are really enemies (as in, each of them truly wants to destroy the other person), it can be hard for the author to show a convincing reversal of that relationship. I’ve seen it handled badly just enough that I’m actually a little wary of this trope. On the other hand, none of these books would be on my TBR if I thought they would disappoint me, so here we go!

I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch

I was alerted to the existence of this book thanks to Althea @ Althea Reads. Two girls attend an art school and are rivals for a particular scholarship, but are unknowingly collaborating on the same graphic novel on a fanfiction website. Will the girls’ online feelings for each other survive their IRL rivalry? I’ve heard the story is good, but that the use of the two girls’ alternating POVs gets a bit muddy because it’s hard to differentiate which POV belongs to which girl.

Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon

A man’s love of romance novels is mocked by a bookseller who calls them “books for grandmas,” and later that same bookseller decides to join the man’s faltering romance reading club. The two men have to work together to ensure the survival of the club, and might just fall for each other along the way. This sounds like a very sweet book, but because it’s a romance novel about romance novels I don’t believe I should read this immediately. I think my reading experience would be richer if I was more familiar with the norms of romance novels, so I’m going to read some of the other books on this list before jumping into this one.

She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

I talked about this book in a past Can’t Wait Wednesday post! Two high school rivals are forced to carpool together after a fender bender, and begin fake-dating to get back at a toxic ex. This book is coming out in 2021, and I think it’s going to be one crazy romp of a YA romance.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

I am HYPE for this book. I really, really am. Of the books on this list, this is the one I’m planning to read ASAP. Gideon (with her sword and dirty magazines packed) just wants to escape the “undead bullshit” she’s surrounded by, but Harrow needs a champion in order to become an immortal necromancer. Somehow, the two team up. I’ve heard some vague whisperings that this book is sapphic, and it sounds like Gideon and Harrow will become a couple, but truth be told I’m not 100% sure of that.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

We’re talking about Nina and Matthias here. Nina is a Grisha (a magic user), and Matthias hunts magic users and has been taught they are inhuman and evil. For a while, Nina is Matthias’ captive, but the two have to team up to survive after a catastrophe. I wasn’t too sure I was a fan of this couple at first, and if we’re being totally honest I put Six of Crows on hiatus because I just wasn’t feeling it. But this is definitely a book that I want to come back to, and I’m curious to to see how Matthias and Nina’s relationship progresses.

And that’s a wrap! I really like this prompt because I’ve never actually read books where romance is a big focus, let alone where there’s an enemies-to-lovers trope. I think December of this year (since in November I’ll be preoccupied with NaNoWriMo) will be my big dive into the world of romance reading, and I’m really excited for it!

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