Happy Tuesday! Today The Broke and the Bookish blog decided they want to hear us all rant, so they gave us The Top Ten Things that Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want to Read A Book as the topic today.
Here is my list of my bookish turn-off’s, but to the spirit of fairness, I will also include some exceptions to these rules ;).
- A raunchy cover/language
- If it looks trashy, I probably won’t read it. Also if it has a to of unnessasary cuss words, I’m probably going to pass (I’m not talking about cuss words now and then or used for emphasis, I do that too, but when they are thrown in the book like commas, I start to have a problem.
- “You absolutely have to read this book or you cannot consider yourself a lover of books.”
- This is a pretty big pet peeve of mine, and I try really hard not to be one of those people. I mean, we all have different tastes, and it’s perfectly ok. Read books, suggest books, critique books, but don’t tell people their taste in books is worthless because they don’t agree with you.
- The phrase “Coming-of-Age”
- Oooo this phrase really makes me cringe. I don’t know why I dislike it so much, but when I see it in a book description, I tend to lose interest in the book. My exception is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, which is one of my favorite books.
- Celebrity/Comedian memoirs
- Some people really like these books, but I am not one of them. Even when it comes to celebrities and comedians I really like (e.g. Tina Fey, Jim Gaffigan, Carrie Fisher, etc), I just can’t find the desire to read their books. My exception here is Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini. I really enjoyed this book, however I only picked it up because I was doing a reading challenge and I had to read a celebrity memoir…I don’t think I would have read it on my own.
- Memoirs in general
- I have a hard time with memoirs in general because I don’t find them 100% believable. I also tend to find them drawn out and pretentious. There are a couple I have liked, but even so I am very hesitant when it comes to memoirs.
- Similar to “Coming-of-age” phrase, this description gives me the hibbie-jibbies. I wasn’t sure if I really did avoid books in this genre, so I went to the GoodReads’ Popular Chick Lit Books List to double check. In the first 300 books on the list, I had only marked 3 as “read” and 5 as “to-read” so I guess it is safe to say that I don’t ususally go for these books.
- Pet/animal stories
- I have zero desire to read pet stories. I went through a stage in middle school where I read a bunch of pet stories, but I’m totally past that. Lately “A Dog’s Purpose” has been strongly advertised, but it has zero pull on me. My exceptions to this point are ones that I read in middle school, but I will gladly go back and read at any time: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, and The Horses of Central Park by Michael Slade.
- Fix yourself books
- Financial books, organization books, health books, motivation books, etc…I should read them, probably, but I do not and I have no desire to do so. Exception: The Whole 30 book was fascinating, but even then I mostly just skimmed it.
- This one I wish I liked reading, because it seems to be right up my alley, but I just can’t get behind it, and it makes me sad.
- When the movie/tv show was blah.
- Nothing ruins a book much like a bad movie. I try not to watch the movie before the book, but it does happen sometimes, and if the movie happens to be awful or totally uninteresting, I have zero desire to pick up the book.
Well, the rant is over for now and we all survived! Happy Tuesday everyone, I look forward to reading your rants for the week!