Monday Morning Question: Books you avoid?


Good Monday morning everyone!  Its been a long weekend, working in the yard, planting trees and shearing sheep.  All while dodging rain. I’d be nice if mother nature could hold off for a bit and dry out so I can mow the lawn before I need a machete to get to the chicken coop…  All the work has made for a tired Amy and I have been caught napping instead of reading.  Would like to state I did have a book in my hands.  Anyway, thought I would go in a different direction with my question this morning.  We are often quick to share what types of books we love, so how about what we shy away from?  What types of books do you avoid?

I don’t want to read books that resemble my life.  So no westerns or rural life fiction.  I run a small farm in my real life, I don’t want to read about doing chores no matter how hot the romance might be. I will on occasion read non-fiction about rural life, but its got to be funny or have good tips I can use.

I also tend to shy away from books that I know are going to make me cry.  I don’t want to know someone is going to die in the story or be sick.  Again I’ve lost all of my family in real life, except for my husband,  both my parents died young, 36 for my mother and 49 for my father.  My father from complications of diabetes and spent much of his life in and out of hospitals.  All things I don’t want to read about.  I have enjoyed many a book where I ended in tears, loved The Gargoyle and Time Traveler’s Wife, but had I know how sad the ending was going to be I probably wouldn’t have read them even though they are both beautiful stories.

I’m also not a fan of gore,  ironic for a paranormal fan huh.  A lot Mr. Kings book fall into this category now for me.  I used to read a lot of horror, but again I just don’t seem to pick them up anymore.  I can handle violence and suspense, but these types of stories just don’t have happy endings most of the time.

I read a lot of romance, but stay away from the Christian, historical and contemporary ones.  I do enjoy some contemporary, but on the whole don’t pick up many of them.  I also enjoy the paranormal, but tend to not like the supernatural ones.  Its just odd sometimes how one type of story will appeal to a reader and a similar one will turn them off.

There is plenty of other types of books I will stay away from (many of the classics, crime, poetry, etc), but these are the ones closest to they genres I do enjoy that  I thought I would mention.  How about you?  What types of books do you avoid?



4 thoughts on “Monday Morning Question: Books you avoid?

  1. Any book with sulky teengers. Or just teenagers in general. The Hunger Games was one of my few exceptions to this. Any fiction or non-fiction book about autism. I’ve worked a lot with people with autism and I find the romance surrounding this condition difficult to take. And any book where drug addiction or alcoholism is celebrated or even treated as a quirky lifestyle choice. And anything religious.


  2. I personally do not enjoy reading any novel that is primarily romance or erotica in genre. If it has a love story in it and it’s a believable part of the story that’s fine, but I don’t like reading what is basically porn in paragraph form. I know a lot of people like that, but I just never could stomach it.


    1. It’s definitely not for everyone. Personally I’ve enjoyed some of the more popular series like 50 Shades and Crossfire series, but some of the independent works in the erotica genre are too much for me, and I agree its got to have a good story.


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