Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book. I actually struggled with this topic because there aren’t too many things that will guarantee I won’t even attempt to read a book. There are a few though so here’s my list.
My Top Ten Biggest Book Turn Offs
1. CHILD ABUSE – I just can’t bring myself to read a book if I know in advance that a child will be abused.
2. ANIMAL CRUELTY – Same thing here. If I’ve heard there is animal cruelty, I’m going to pass. I just finished reading The Female of the Species this past weekend and I wish I had known up front about the scene with the puppies so that I could have skipped over it. Thankfully it was a small scene and it wasn’t graphic, but it still broke my heart.
3. HORROR – I don’t do horror. At all. Not movies or TV shows and especially not books. I enjoy a good mystery or psychological thriller, but no thanks to all of the super scary and gory stuff. I read as an escape and being terrified is not an escape for me.
4. BIOGRAPHIES – Sometimes I’ll make an exception, but typically biographies not for me because I find them such a dry read. I do enjoy autobiographies though because I do like hearing about someone’s life in their own words.
5. WOMAN NEEDS A LOVE INTEREST TO FEEL COMPLETE – I don’t know if this is classified as Chick Lit or if it’s something else altogether, but the turn off for me are those books where the main character is so obsessed with either the man she is involved with or she’s focused on nothing but finding her next big romance. Life is just horribly incomplete because she’s not involved with someone romantically. Or maybe she even starts out as a strong, independent female character but then she suddenly turns into a puddle of goo because she thinks she has met Mr. Right. Those kinds of stories just drive me crazy.
6. GRATUITOUS, GRAPHIC SEX – I’m not a prude by any means and don’t mind the occasional sex scene in books that I’m reading, but I find it a turn off if every few chapters my characters are going at it like bunnies, especially if it adds nothing to the plot and is actually in the way of the plot advancing.
7. LOVE TRIANGLES – Sometimes I’ll make an exception if there’s an unusual twist when it comes to the love triangle, but for the most part, I just find these so cliche and unrealistic.
8. TOO MUCH DESCRIPTION / TOO LITTLE ACTION – Although I do love gorgeous descriptions in novels, I know that if a novel is more description than it is action, I’m going to end up bored. I recently experienced this with The Bone Witch, which I found to be filled with endless beautiful descriptions of the clothing the witches wore, but felt like the book was predominantly description and that not much of anything actually happened.
9. MAIN CHARACTER IS TOO PERFECT – I like characters that are messy and flawed and who make mistakes. If they’re too perfect, I just can’t relate to them and so lose interest.
10. UGLY COVERS – I feel horrible for even putting this one on here, but just as I have been known to want to read a book simply because it happens to have a gorgeous cover, I confess that I have also been known to shun a book altogether if it has what I consider to be hideous cover. I know, I know! I shouldn’t be judging books by their covers. *goes and sits in the corner*
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