Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top Ten Things That Instantly Make Me NOT Want to Read a Book!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which we share out top ten lists relating to the bookish topic assigned that week.

This week's topic is...

Top Ten Things That Instantly Make Me NOT Want to Read a Book! 

1. Love Triangles.  They're rarely done in a way that I can stand.  Mostly, they just annoy me and add unnecessary angst to the novel.  No, thank you.

2.  Mary Sue Characters.  Main characters who are so different and not "traditionally" pretty and who have no idea why this super hot guy is paying attention to them.  Gag.  

3. Overly Dramatic Characters.  I hate it when I'm reading a book and every single thing that happens is the end of the world to the characters.  Like, calm down.  

4. Not Very Pretty Covers.  I know, I know.  I shouldn't judge a book but its cover.  But I can't help it!  I want my bookshelf to look nice.  I'm particularly against covers with teen girls standing in huge ball gowns in awkward poses.

5.  Writing that Feels Awkward.  If they writing doesn't flow well, chances are I'll be putting the book down.  Even if the story is amazing, I can't get past awkward writing. 

6.  Trusted Blogger Friends Saying It's Bad.  I trust the blogging community when it comes to recommending books.  They tend to be pretty honest in their thoughts.  I know who has the same tastes as me so I can definitely base off what I do and don't read on that!

7. "Nice Guy" Love Interests.  The nice guys that aren't actually nice guys.  Basically entitled assholes.  Ugh, gross. 

8. Straight Up Horror.  I am easily frightened, guys.  And I tend to read mostly at night.  Horror novels just freak me out and convince me that something is in my closet.  I avoid them as might as I can.   

9. Books that Handle Important Issues Poorly.  Lately there's been a lot of books coming out that handle hard topics in ways that are harmful.  I'm not willing to support them by reading them.  Avoid at all costs.  

10.  Books By Authors I Have Read From in the Past and Not Enjoyed.  I'll give an author about two chances before resigning myself to just not liking any of their books.  If I read two different books from them and dislike them both, I more likely than not will avoid reading from them again.

What are some things that make you avoid reading a book?  Does anything on my list match up with yours?  Let me know in the comments below!


  1. It is crazy, but #4 is a total problem for me as well. You have to have a cover that doesn't turn me off. I don't mind love triangles, I mean one of my all time favorite book/movies - Gone With the Wind has one. As for the Mary Sue character, that doesn't bother me because I am not someone who feels like they are attractive at all, so I relate. Good list though! I don't know if I could narrow it down to 10, or should I say come up with 10!

  2. Yes, to all of these things. Also, what's wrong with judging a book by it's cover?? What's the point of a cover if it's not pretty?? ;)


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