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?


  1. I've seen popular books that started about a singular standalones get a sequel (because they were so popular) and the sequel being, pretty much shunned because it "wasn't nearly as good." I'll confess, most of the time, I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to books. Because of this, I'm usually glad to spend more time with favorite characters. :D

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland, Wendy. :)

  2. Fabulous list! :-) I can't stand preachy, religious books. They really turn me off!

  3. Yes, to all things on this list. All things that I am not going to read. Or at least not going to read without a WHOLE lot of persuasion!

  4. Yeah I agree with a lot of these. Not into miserableness or horror (I like a good thriller or scary read, but not horror per se). And books about business- ugh how boring. I get enough business at work lol- I read to relax. :)

  5. I agree with so many of these! I definitely steer clear of religious books.

  6. I agree with a lot of these. In fact, most of them didn't even make it onto my list because I NEVER consider reading these types of books!

  7. I read horror, but I totally agree with the other ones. Books about love curing mental illnesses make me roll my eyes so hard I get eye strain. And chick lit . . . just no. Not my thing.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  8. Excellent. Especially the last one.

  9. Yes on #2! Using religion to drive the plot can be fascinating, especially in fantasy novels. But don't tell me I should feel the way you do.

    I got into an argument with someone at Borders one day because I was trying to find out if the copy of A Game of Thrones I was holding was a novelization of the show or the actual novel. She seemed to think I thought the show had come first. Ugh. But novelizations of something else are pointless. Just watch the movie if you aren't going to read the original source material.

    I do love a good horror novel though. :)

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday!

  10. This is such a good list! You've done a great job with it. I'm totally a no go on horror too. Just not gonna happen.

  11. Yes, yes, yes! I agree with so much of this. Ethan Frome is an awful book. I still get mad when I think about it and I read it back in high school. Number three--I told my daughter the same thing! And number ten, that kind of book makes me angry. No, just no.

  12. #1 for the win! Misery begetting misery is a nope for me too. Nope to horror and non-fiction. I have quite a few unfinished series, because either the series went downhill for me (Red Queen, I'm looking at you) or I didn't really like the first book. A lot to ponder on your list.
    Sam @ WLABB

  13. I was just thinking about sequels to mediocre books today. I am working on a project in my library to more clearly identify books in a series and it got me thinking about why I often don't read on after reading the opening book. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  14. Yes to so much of this! I definitely agree with #2. I almost didn't read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom because it was from a Christian press and it ended up being one of my favorite books but I have a very low tolerance for being preached to. Also not a fan with everything is unhappy, it gets worse the end. I need some hope or improvement or lesson learned or something. #10 drives me crazy too or really implying any serious condition can be easily fixed.

  15. I totally agree about #2 and you worded it better than I did for sure. I also see the last one as well, I never realized it but yeah so so true. I can see finding love helping as in giving the person more support and such but it doesn't fix anything.

  16. I love that you actually know the call numbers for those business books, though. (Wait, is that right? Call numbers? I don't know---it sounded right when it popped into my head, but now I'm not so sure. Anyway ... ) I wholeheartedly agree with you on several of these, but especially #10!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction


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