Which romance books should you read based on your MBTI®?

We live in a world where no one shoe fits all, and the Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator (MBTI) is living proof of that. MBTI is a personality tracking system that some believe measures and describes how people perceive the world and make decisions. While not scientifically supported or accepted, it is still a widely used system for categorizing people.

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Some people prefer reading romance novels to sleeping, which is usually a lot for all people. And others read self-help or non-fiction books incessantly. However, there are always more than a few people of any personality type who enjoy reading romance novels. What’s even more adorable is that different tropes in romance novels appeal to different MBTI types.


ISTJ – The Inspector

People with ISTJ personalities are practical and detail-oriented. They are trustworthy, responsible and participate in everything organized. ISTJs are wary of change and do not want the status quo to change. You will fall in love but be reluctant to commit. Based on observations, ISTJ types would relish the “friends to lovers” or “tormented declaration of love” trope.

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Top recommendations:Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating through Christine Lauren, The Cruel Princethrough Holly Blackand People we meet on vacation through Emily Henry.

ISTP – The Craftsman

ISTP personality types are tolerant and flexible individuals. They calmly observe if a problem arises and react quickly to it. You enjoy working with isolated data and exploring connections. You are driven by logic and have very little time to discover new activities. Her favorite tropes would be the “single parent” or “badass hero/heroine” tropes.

Top recommendations:Hating Adam Connor through Ella Maise, wait for it through Mariana Zapataand point 57 through Penelope Douglas.

ISFJ – The Protector

ISFJs are known for having introverted personalities but displaying brilliant social skills. They are loyal and wary of the people they care about, sometimes even very protective. ISFJs will surely enjoy the “grumpy sunshine” and “I hate everyone but you” trope.

Top recommendations:The Love Hypothesis through Ali Hazelwood, It happened one summer through Tessa Baileyand The fine print through Lauren Asher.

ISFP – The Artist

With a well-developed sense of aesthetics, ISFP personality types are known for taking the spotlight. They love to push boundaries and change expectations, but don’t force their opinions on others. Some fantastic book tropes to check out are the Beauty and the Beast and Forbidden Love tropes.

Top recommendations:Slammedthrough Colleen Hoover, Stolen Heir through Sophie Larkand birthday boy through Penelope Douglas.

INFJ – The Lawyer

Insightful, idealistic, and imaginative, INFJs are determined people who refuse to look at things on the surface and who possess an uncanny ability to read others. Some tropes they would enjoy are the “opposites attract” and “different social worlds” tropes.

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Top recommendations:Good girl complex through Elle Kennedy, The kiss quotient through Helen Hangand (Not) your basic love story through Lindsay Maple.

Absolute idealists, INFPs, are mostly reserved and introverted. They love to be alone and enjoy their own company. Reading is one of her favorite hobbies. Two tropes they would absolutely love are the “coming of age” and “enforced closeness” tropes.

Top recommendations:A thousand boy kisses through Tilly Cole, From Lukov with love through Mariana Zapataand The roommate through Rosie Danan.

INTJ – The Architect

Curious, independent, and private, INTJs are constantly finding explanations for the inexplicable. They are also pragmatic and logical and are not afraid to tell others (or themselves) when they are stupid. Her favorite tropes would be “hidden identity” and “two-person love triangle.”

Top recommendations:The kiss thief through LJ Shen, Mister wrong number through Lynn Painterand An offer from a gentleman through Julia Quinn.

INTP – The Thinker

INTPs are loners with an uncontrollable grasp of information and are best at describing complex situations in a way that a toddler could understand. Her favorite tropes would be the ‘Enemies of Lovers’ and ‘Love’s Oblivion’ tropes.

Top recommendations:The UnHoneymooners through Christine Lauren, The Spanish love illusion through Elena Armasand Under one roof through Ali Hazelwood.

ESTP – The Persuader

Ruled by a crippling need to interact with others, ESTPs are spontaneous and risk-taking. They are very resourceful in convincing others to do things their way. Some of the tropes they would enjoy are “holiday romance” and “royalty.” tropics.

Top recommendations:Red, White and Royal Blue through Casey McQuiston, In A Holidayze through Christine Laurenand window shopping through Tessa Bailey.

ESTJ – The Director

ESTJs are orderly, dependable, and always willing to fight for their principles. You are outgoing and far more practical than any other personality type. Some of the tropes she would find delightful would be “Forsworn” and “fake relationships.”

Top recommendations:The Wall of Winnipeg and I through Mariana Zapata, The Soulmate Equation through Christine Laurenand engagement tools through Tessa Bailey.

ESFP – The Performer

ESFPs believe in living in the moment and are mostly perceived as entertainers. They love to be spontaneous and are the brightest stars in the limelight. Some of her favorite subjects would be “Anyone Can See It” and “Sports Romance”.

Top recommendations:The Bride Test through Helen Hang, The deal through Elle Kennedyand The cheat sheet through Sarah Adams.

ESFJ – The Nurse

Stereotypically known as extroverts, ESFJs are the most popular kids on the personality spectrum. They are heart-centered people who value collaborative work, family values, and harmony. Some tropes they would find adorable are the ‘brother’s best friend’ and ‘first love’ tropes.

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Top recommendations:Loving Jason Thorn through Ella Maise, The summer I got pretty through Jenny Hanand The fault in our stars through John Green.

ENFP – The Champion

While ENFPs have an infectious enthusiasm and can immediately anticipate the needs of others, they have no patience for crossing I’s and dotting T’s. You tend to get bored easily and love to visit new places and meet new people. Her favorite themes would be Alpha Hero and Love Triangle.

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Top recommendations:twisted lies through Ana Huang, A day in December through josie silverand crush me through Tahereh Mafi.

ENFJ – The giver

ENJFs are people-centric individuals who wish they had more time to sit down and read. You are extremely extroverted and act as a counterbalance in almost all social situations. Some tropes they would enjoy are “workplace romances” and they won’t they won’t.”

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Top recommendations:dating you, hating you through Christine Lauren, duke actually through Jenny vacationand normal people through Sally Rooney.

ENTP – The Debater

ENTPs are quick-witted and quick-tongued individuals. You enjoy a good debate and dislike rules and restrictions. ENTPs would appreciate some “Moral Gray Heroes” and “Secret Billionaires” picture books.

Top recommendations:twisted love through Ana Huang, The darkest temptation through Danielle Loriand Hollywood heritage through Ruth Cardello.

ENTJ – The Commander

Efficient, determined and successful at communicating, ENT boys are born leaders. They excel at planning and executing strategies and spend the rest of their time sharpening their tools. Her favorite tropes would be “unexpected inheritance” and “convenience marriage.”

Top recommendations:The Inheritance Games through Jennifer Lynn Barnes, marriage for one through Ella Maiseand Terms and Conditions through Lauren Asher.

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