Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Turn-offs

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is top ten things that will make me instantly NOT want to read a book. This is a hard list to come up with, as I don’t like sweeping generalizations. So there may be an exception or two, but in general, these are the things I usually avoid when picking out a book!

  1. Zombies. I hate zombies, and they give me nightmares, which is why I avoid The Walking Dead and almost all books that are primarily about the undead who walk around in the night.
  2. Womanizing, misogynistic men – If the primary character in a novel is a complete douchebag, especially in a romance, I will avoid it. If the male character glorifies women as objects and this is written by the author as romantic, I will not be a happy reader.
  3. Christian fiction – nothing is wrong with this genre, it’s just not for me.
  4. Apocalyptic contagious viruses – I love dystopian novels, but write a book about a flesh-eating virus that kills 99% of the population, and I will run far, far away.
  5. I find out the author is problematic – if an author says or does something that is sexist, racist, etc. I am not very inclined to pick up one of their books again.
  6. Same goes for the content – If a book is glaringly problematic in its treatment of PoC, people with disabilities, religious minorities, etc., I will avoid it, unless I am reading it for critical analysis purposes.
  7. Princess stories – I have never been into the pink, pretty princess books. Throw a huge, beautiful dress and crown on the cover, and I might never pick it up.
  8. Sappy animal stories – I love my pets dearly, but I’m not very interested in reading books about how much other people love their pets (or how much their pets love them). Therefore, I have never read Marley and Me, The Art of Racing in the Rain, or A Dog’s Purpose.
  9. Master/slave, or Nazi/prisoner “Romance” – I HATE this. See #6.
  10. Crafting books – I struggled coming up with #10, but there are a ton of non-fiction topics I don’t like, and crafting is pretty much at the top of the list!

What are the things that instantly turn you off from a book? Happy Tuesday!

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11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Turn-offs

  1. Great list! Zombies are so low on my list of likes that I never even thought about them. I had royalty on my list, too.

  2. Love the list. It’s crazy to me how reading everyone’s lists has opened my eyes to how picky I really am when it comes to choosing my books. I am seeing genre’s I didn’t even know existed, and topics I’ve never come across. Time to broaden my horizons!

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