Good morning you lovely people. I can’t believe it’s Tuesday already, but that’s a good thing because it’s time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the gals over at The Broke and The Bookish. The topic today is Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT Pick Up a Book. Fun stuff!Let’s get to it.
1. “Coming of age” – I’ve read so many bad books under this description that as soon as I see it printed somewhere on the book, I tune out and put it back on the shelf. (Examples – A Visit From the Goon Squad, The Age of Miracles, The Catcher in the Rye, etc…)
2. Erotica - Just not my jam. I like the occasional romance novel, but this just… pass.
3. Mystery – I’m not big on mystery books. I never browse in that section. I’ll read cozy mysteries once in a while if they have some sort of magical angle or it’s an author I like, but I usually just don’t really like mysteries. I’m not even that excited to read the “new” J.K. Rowling novel…
4. Political mongering - Ann Coulter, Michael Savage, Michael Moore, Bill O’Reilly… NO THANKS. It’s all just such biased bashing and bullcrap.
5. Historical fiction - I actually used to totally love historical fiction, but you know how too much of a good thing eventually gets to you? That. I’ve read so many historical novels about Tudor history or WW2 or the Holocaust that I generally avoid these things in general now.
6. “for fans of Twilight/Fifty Shades…” – Man, if there were ever some words to print on a book cover to make me not pick it up, here they are.
7. Orson Scott Card – Sorry dude, I loved Ender’s Game, but there’s no way I’ll ever buy another one of your books OR go see your movie in the theaters. I can’t support homophobic assholes.
8. “Women’s Fiction” – For some reason, this label just kind of bothers me. Also a lot of the books I’ve read under this heading are the kind of books that try to be really poignant and deep, but come off as too dramatic, emotional, and dull with forgettable characters. Or basically, I’m just a robot and can’t be bothered by so many feelings.
9. “self-published” – Okay maybe that’s mean, but I pretty much never want to read a self-published book. It’s just too risky and too likely to be bad, especially since it seems easier and easier to do with the rise of the e-publishing.
10. “E-book only” – And lastly, books that aren’t available in print. I don’t own an e-reader and don’t really plan to. If you don’t release your book or novella in print format, chances are I’m never gonna read it even if I want to.
Can’t believe I made it to 10! That was surprisingly difficult, since there aren’t many things I won’t read. And even most of the above have their exceptions.
What makes you NOT want to read a book?