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On International Day Of Families, These Books Are A Reminder That Family Doesn’t Begin Or End With Blood

May 15, 2022 | by Kinjal Panchal

I have been reading books since I was 17-years-old and I am glad that I picked up reading as a hobby from a young age. I have come across so many genres of books of which rom-coms and mysteries are my favourites, provided they are well-written and have a solid plot, and amazing character. As I matured as a reader, I also came to know that books are based on tropes. Now, tropes are the backbones of a book, and in layman’s language, they are the themes these books are based on.

There are several types of tropes that are popular amongst the readers like the enemies-to-lovers trope, sharing the one-bed trope, found family trope, forced proximity trope, I-came-to-kill-you-but-fell-for-you trope and so on and so forth. I won’t brag but I have read books based on all these tropes but the one that became my instant favourite is the found family trope.  What I really like about this theme aka trope is how characters come from different backgrounds, social situations, and broken families come together to make a true family. It is heartwarming to see the characters feel relief that someone even though not blood-related has their back and will always be there for them no matter the situation.

Since it is the International Day of Families on May 15, I have book recommendations based on the found family book trope which I absolutely loved! Let’s get straight into it!

Found Family Book Recommendations

The House In The Cerulean Sea – TJ Klune

I consider TJ Klune the king of the found family trope. His books mostly are based on this theme and they are absolutely marvellous to read. He has wonderfully worked his magic in The House in the Cerulean Sea which tells the story of a caseworker, Linus Baker who works at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth. He is assigned the highly important task of going to the Marsyas Island Orphanage where six rather dangerous and some even magical kids reside and he has to make sure they are being protected well enough by their caretaker Arthur Parnassus. Arthur has his own secrets but he cannot deny the attraction he feels toward Linus. But things are not normal on the island, they never have been and Linus finds himself wanting to stay abnormal forever. It is a beautiful book about emotions and finding a family when you least expect it.

Six Of Crows – Leigh Bardugo

Six Of Crows is a fantasy book that is based on Grishaverse. It revolves around six societal outcasts who come together to try to pull off an impossible heist. This book is a rollercoaster in terms of emotions and plot. You will find yourself rooting for the six even though you know they are dabbling on the wrong side of morals and the law. Despite being the stark opposite of each other in terms of habits and nature, they love each other dearly and will go to extreme heights to even protect one another despite the odds not being in their favour.

A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

This book will have your tear ducts go all Niagara falls on you. It is emotional and heartbreaking, it won’t leave your brain for some time after you have read it and despite it all, you end up falling in love with it. It tells the story of a man called Ove, who is a tough nut. He is strict, rule and law-abiding and will look down on you if you even think of crossing a moral line. It revolves around his life after his wife passed away and how it makes a 180-degree flip after a young woman moves in next to him with her husband and 2 kids, with a third one on the way. How Ove warms up to this new family and does all those things he would never have done with a sane mind is purely heart-melting to read!

A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas

This is the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses which takes the story forward after Feyre manages to survive the trials set up by Amarantha for her to fail. She turns into High Fae but has to make a deal with the most powerful lords in all of the seven courts, Rhysand, the High Lord of the Night Court. She has to leave her family when things turn sour between them but she meets new people who she realises have her back more than her blood family. An absolute must-read new adult fantasy book, this one.

 

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Also read: World Book Day 2022: Top 5 Books By Female Authors That Have Hard-Hitting Plots 

Get reading these books and let us know which ones you liked in the comments below!

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Kinjal is a reader of only fiction because, escapism, duh! But at the same time, she is a realist who needs proof of everything.

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