Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish
This week’s topic: Top Ten Words/Phrases That Make Me NOT Pick Up A Book
A few months ago we talked about words/topics/phrases that will instantly make us PICK UP A BOOK and now we are flipping the switch! I’m a pretty open reader so this one was a lot harder because there isn’t much that I run from and I’m always down for trying something new! HOWEVER, I can’t WAIT until the week where we do “book turn-offs” (things we encounter in books that turn us off — not necessarily a topic or word/phrase we can dismiss before we read)…I’ve got ton of those!
This sends me running every time because if you can’t get more creative than THAT to market your book to me…I don’t want to read it. Also, there’s the chance that it is just regurgitated Twilight. Now don’t get me wrong, I read Twilight and enjoyed them enough but I don’t want more. You could pretty much put in any sort of popular book…”the next Hunger Games” or “the next Gone Girl.” I want the next something new so you are telling me that either 1) it’s NOT or 2) you are too lazy to find another way to sell me.
I don’t know…just never have been interested in them. Slobbery, furry dog wolf things? ICK. I don’t know why I’m just not into them. I mean, zombie and aliens are much more gross but they interest me…
I like adult literature and “chick lit” but anytime in the summary it says “menopause” I’m out. I’m an adult but I’m in denial I’m getting old. Menopause, no thanks.
I don’t mind WATCHING a good political thriller on tv or in the movies but I’m just not at all into reading them. Much more fun for me when its a visual thing. But I see this on a book and I’m running!
Yeah not for me. Just not into that. If I see “erotica” as well I will go running. And no, I’m not a prude lol.
I don’t know why out of all the paranormal creatures out there that I’m so not into fairies (or werewolves as I stated above) but for some reason I just have no interest in fairs. (CHALLENGE TO YOU: Recommend me your favorite book featuring fairies to prove my fear wrong)
I love reading about adult problems since I am (begrudgingly) an adult but if I willingly know that the main focus of the novel is divorce I’m probably not going to pick it up unless I’ve heard AMAZING things about it. If I’ve never heard of it and I see it in the summary I’m OUT. I just got married…I don’t want to read about divorce. My parents were divorced..I have my own baggage lol
OK OK OK. HEAR ME OUT. I like the idea of New Adult. I do. I just haven’t been into what is self proclaimed New Adult. I’m seeing a lot of themes I don’t like in the NA subset of books (I know I’m generalizing) so as of RIGHT NOW seeing “New Adult” makes me kind of shy away from books. Which is SAD because I like the idea of it. I really hope more books will will come out so we can have variety in NA so this will be a non-issue for me. NA seems too narrowly focused right now on “sexy YA”. (CHALLENGE: Recommend me a New Adult book that will blow my mind and make me more open.)
If I see that from the start the novel is about somebody who cuts I’m likely not to pick it up. If it shows up in a novel I won’t put it down but, for some reason, when I see it on the summary I just am not really interested.
I don’t mind the bad boy thing but when it is glorifying dangerous/abusive guys..I just tend to not want to pick it up. I’m not saying that kind of story isn’t valid or needed but it’s just something I’m not inclined to pick up unless I’m told otherwise by people I trust.
So tell me…do any of these topics/words/phrases turn you off when you are looking for a prospective book to read? Tell me a few of YOUR topics/words/phrases that make you not touch a book with a ten foot pole? ALSO, please feel free to give me a rec for a book that will make me get over my hangups!