Monday, April 24, 2017
TTT: Nope. No way. Not gonna read it.
The delightful bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish host this weekly list challenge. If you want to quadruple the size of your TBR AND find a bunch of great book blogs to follow head on over and check them out!
The topic this week is Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book
Because I am a well mannered person, I'm going to refrain from publicly and gleefully giving examples of books that do most of these things. Feel free to supply your own...
1. Everyone is miserable, and then things get worse. The end. I'll make an exception to the rule I JUST MADE and give you examples, because I'm pretty sure you can't hurt a dead author's feelings. Ethan Frome and Lord of the Flies will forever remain burned in my mind as terrible, horrible books because of this trope.
2. Overtly religious books. Or maybe I mean preachy books? Or books published by Christian publishers? Because I will read the heck out of Anne Lamott, and I loved The Sparrow. But those books you see on the rack at the grocery store with titles like "God's Promise"? Those I won't touch with a ten foot pole.
3. Novelization of movies. Especially Disney movies. When my daughter was younger, I told her she could check them out, but I was NOT going to read them to her. SO BORING.
4. Horror. No gleeful gore, no violence porn, and definitely not something that is actively trying to scare me. I've read some pretty violent books (the examples that come to mind are all Scandinavian, interestingly) and liked them, but I don't do straight-up horror.
5. Books that are trying to be chick lit. I have read many good books that could be classified this way, but when they actually try to write about shopping and shoes and makeup and dating--count me out.
6. Books that glorify things I find repugnant. I imagine most of us are reluctant to go there, but where "there" is varies wildly from person to person. I'll keep it bland here and just say I'm not a big fan of slavery or misogyny, especially when either or both are thinly disguised as erotica.
7. Books about business. Okay, I'm reaching here. But I'm pretty sure that if there's one section of the library I've never visited, it's the 330s.
8. Military history. I like history. And I like a lot of fiction set during war. But I don't like reading step by step analyses of battles.
9. Sequels to mediocre books. This is kind of a new thing for me. I used to be a pretty thorough series finisher. But with the explosion of my TBR list, I no longer feel inclined to keep reading if a series is just okay. I know, I know, it could get better, but I just don't want to waste time on characters and worlds and writing styles that aren't working for me.
10. Books that imply love can fix mental illness. Do I really need to explain why these upset me?