Top Ten Bookish Turn Offs

April 25, 2017     The Bluestocking Bookworm     Books, Books I've Read, Reading


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the fine folks over at The Broke and the Bookish. They totally rock, so check them out!

This week’s topic is Top Ten Things That Will Make Me NOT Want To Read Your Book – which I shortened to Top Ten Bookish Turnoffs. I think this topic is really interesting, because the things that make people want to read or avoid a book are so personal and varied. As always, in no particular order!

  • If the book has been called out as problematic. As per my last post, I do still read problematic books for educational purposes. But if the book has been brought to my attention as being problematic, it is not going to be on my pleasure reading TBR pile. Ever.
  • If the book is being toted as “The next [Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, whatever]” I am going to be less inclined to pick it up. A book should be able to stand on its own two feet, please and thank you. Now, if it says “For fans of [other book series]” that is a little different.
  • “Strong female character” anywhere in the description – especially if the author is male. I love a lot of male authors, and some of them even manage to write not-cringeworthy female characters. But so many male authors think that a “strong” female character is an indication of physical strength, and they miss the nuance involved.
  • Insta-love. I am sorry but it is not a thing that happens. Infatuation? Yes. Lust? Yes. But you can’t love someone without knowing them, and it is so tired and I am so tired of it.
  • A bad cover. Yes, I am that person. I judge books by their covers. So do a lot of people. If the cover is no good, I am going to be less inclined to pick it up.
  • I don’t like the author’s other work. I mean, this one kind of goes without saying, but I am going to say it anyways.
  • If there is no blurb on the book. I am sorry, but if I am picking up a random book at the book store and I can’t actually figure out the general premise because the back is all GLOWING PRAISE, I am putting the book back down. When I do my massive hauls from the used book sale, I am a little more forgiving of this, because I am not paying $10+ per book.
  • Love triangles. I am so very done with love triangles.
  • Sports themed books. I don’t play sports. I don’t watch sports. I have never played sports. I have never watched sports. I am not going to read a book about sports. Ever.
  • Copying other popular books. Art doesn’t exist in a vacuum, and everyone takes inspiration from everything they consume. BUT, if your work is an obvious knockoff, I am going to DNF it.

That was tougher than I thought it would be. I know what I like, and I know what I don’t like. But putting it into words??? SO HARD.

What are your bookish turnoffs? Comment below or link me up to your TTT.

Stay bookish, lovelies!

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