Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week they ask us to share lists on the following:
April 25: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book
Last week they asked us to share what makes us want to pick up a book to read so it is only fitting that this week we get to share what turns us off of a potential to-read title. This one might be a bit harder as of right now I can’t really think of many things that will prevent me from picking up and trying a book. We will see if I struggle to come up with a full list or not.
Ten things that turn me off of reading a book.
- YA: Please don’t hate me. It’s just that I have outgrown YA and J fiction and the idea of picking up a book designated as such is already a mark against it in my reading life. At the age of 42, quickly approaching 43, I just can’t identify with the teenage drama anymore. I also find myself shying away from anything labeled as New Adult too. I’m old. I don’t want to read about high school or college anymore.
- Historical: I also don’t want to read about the middle ages or roman era or civil war or even something as recent as WWII, 60’s, 70’s or 80’s. I do not care for any period pieces actually. I’m not quite sure what turns me off but I just don’t find myself drawn to those books. Now if there are flashbacks or crossover to the modern era then I can tolerate a story that spans several decades. It is just that I need some modern element to the story to make it worthwhile for me. Odd I know…
- Western: I am not a fan of Westerns. Tv, movies, books, music (country). It does not matter I won’t like it & I will actively work to avoid it. It is like it crawls under my skin and just aggravates the hell out of me. So I will pass.
- Too Much Hype: This is an odd one, to me. You would think that if EVERYONE is reading something it must be good so why not pick it up because it is almost like a guaranteed good read right? Wrong. Or at least for me. I know I have odd reading taste and if the book seems to work for everyone else then I might try the firs chapter but rarely will I read more or agree.
- Bloody Violence/ Horror: This is a bit like the western point in #3. I do not like scary movies or tv shows and I do not like scary books. Granted it usually takes a lot more to scare me in a book but I tend to stay away from them now. Which is ironic as I used to really like Stephen King (who I now think is an ass). I just am not into blood and guts and being scared. Sorry.
- Characters that hate themselves: This is generally something that you don’t know until you get into the book. So this is more of something that will make me DNF a title rather than stop me from picking it up altogether. I don’t want to be in someone’s head or POV that doesn’t’ like themselves. Don’t we all have issues with accepting ourselves as is why would we want to pile on to that with taking on the identity of a character that has self-image issues? No thank you.
- Availability: Specifically books that are ONLY offered through Amazon. I will not read a book or series if the only place I can pick up or download a copy is from a company whose business model is to bully authors into only offering on their platform. I won’t and you shouldn’t either. It kills physical bookstores and creates monopolies which are bad for everyone. So you will not see books reviewed on this blog that are only available through Amazon.
- Too much description: I do not need to know every leaf on the tree. I know some people love lots of description but I am not one of them. I want more dialog than setting details when I read. I can fill most of that stuff in myself.
- Didn’t like other titles: If I didn’t like another title by an author then I’m less likely to pick up something else they wrote. Now If it is a case of where I’ve read lots of books by them and only had one or two that didn’t work for me I will continue to read their books. But if I’ve only read two or three and most of them were two stars or less than I will probably pass them by as it is obvious that author isn’t for me.
- Publication Date: This is tricky. It is not that I won’t read an older book it is just that the odds of say a vampire book written in the 60’s actually working for me are pretty slim. Styles change over the decades and using the vampire example if a book was written before say Twilight is going to be vastly different from one written afterward. So I might try it but most of the time not.
Well, that was easier than I thought it would be. What turns you off of reading a book? Feel free to share in the comments.