Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT pick up a book

Posted July 23, 2013 by Kara in Kara, Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 39 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic: Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT pick up a book.

Don’t you love it when you pick up a book and it looks/sounds/feels awesome?
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Now imagine your emotions when you read a book dust jacket, and automatically know that the book is your enemy.
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It sucks.

This week, Kara and I share the words and topics that will cause us to shun a book.
Lyn’s Picks

Christian-based fiction – I grew up in a southern small town.  I do not wish to be exposed to more Christian fiction than necessary.  
Werewolves – Out of all of the paranormal races, Werewolves are my least favorite.  I do make some exceptions, but overall, I tend to find werewolf-based fiction tedious.
Romance-heavy – If the book’s main plot is finding a hot boyfriend/girlfriend, the book is not for me.
Hot/mysterious/secretive new guy/girl – This is so overdone.  If the book sounds interesting, I’ll overlook this plot device, but it is harder to convince me to read a book if I read “until [hot guy], the secretive, smoldering you-know-this-is-who-the-main-character-will-be-with person, comes into town” in the description.
Extreme politics – I am beat over the head with politics every day.  I don’t want to read about it.

Kara’s Picks
Christian Fiction – Like Lyn, I refuse to read Christian fiction. I will read books that have religion in them, but I do not like the Christian slant. I have rated down books (GLADLY) before that I felt were preachy. I am an atheist and a very proud one at that. So if I feel a book is trying to brainwash me with an agenda, it’s not gonna go well. Alice in Zombieland, I am looking at YOU.
Romance – For the most part, I do not read romance novels. I’ve tried, but they are just not for me. If the main focus of a book is a relationship, I will probably not read it. If there is anther plot element that interests me, like in Karina’s books, I’ll definitely read them though.
Badly Behaving Authors – If you’ve attacked a reviewer or a blogger, if you’ve written a blog post that attacks a critic of your work, if you misbehave in public, if you make sockpuppets or pay for fake reviews, I will not support or purchase your work. It’s pretty simple. I’m an ethical person, and I want to put my money behind artists that treat others with respect. 
Greek Mythology Retellings – In most cases, I stay away from this. In my opinion, there is nothing that compares to the original myths. Retellings always let me down, and in rare cases, are even disrespectful to the source material. The Odyssey is one of my favorite books. I have a few coming up for review that I picked up at BEA, but for the most part, I try to avoid that subject matter. 
Afterlife Plots – Considering I don’t believe in an afterlife (oh how I wish I could), I tend to stay away from this topic. Like Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans and Hereafter by Tara Hudson, for example. I can’t do books like that. I’m sure they are great, but I have an issue suspending disbelief for that. 
What made your list this week?  What will turn you away from a book? Leave us a link below!

39 responses to “Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT pick up a book

  1. Amy

    Great picks girls!! I also won’t typically pick up a book if it’s apparent that it’s religion heavy. I’m also not really a fan of historical, but I do read them once in a while. I totally agree with authors behaving badly. There are a few books that sound good that I have passed on due to author behavior.

  2. Totally agree with the Christian fiction thing (that’s one of mine, too.) And romance! I do love some romance in the story, but only if it’s not the focus. I gave up on just romance stories long ago…Great list, girls!

    Here’s my Top Ten.

  3. Absolutely agree with the Christian Fiction. I enjoy a romance every now and then but Christian Fiction’s insistence that they write about popular romance is absurd. Plus, I don’t care to read about religion in any book that I’m reading for pleasure. And how funny, werewolves are my least favorite paranormal ‘race’ too.

  4. Definitely agree on werewolves and the books about the hot/mysterious new guy/gal. Both are so trite and blah. Also agree on authors behaving badly. I get so turned off when I hear about authors attacking reviewers/bloggers and creating sock puppets, etc. Don’t they understand how much that only hurts them? I don’t get it. Great lists!
    Natflix&Books’ TTT

  5. I absolutely agree with you on Politics, & Religion. Romance is boring the skeg out of me as well. I agree with Kara on the Authors Behaving Badly list. Has caused me to bypass a lot of series that should have been fun. Fun list! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Religion is at the top of my list followed very closely by politics.Authors behaving badly is up there too.Also when romance/sex seems to be the ONLY plot point in a book. Just this week I rated down a book because the 2nd half of it was ALL about the romance and near CONSTANT sex scenes.

    My TT will be up on Friday as I was already booked for today.

  7. I can’t believe I forgot about Badly Behaving Authors. I guess they are just so far down on the list of people/books I give a fuck about that I actually don’t even think of them any more. Hm.

    Christian fiction (or any religious fiction) is also a no-go for me. I get preached at enough in my family life, I don’t need it from a book either. I’ll read books with religious characters in them, but not with religion as a theme, or a book with a clear agenda. (Think Frank Peretti and his obvious attempts and discrediting evolution through “horror” novels.)

  8. I forgot to put Christian fiction on my list, but YES YES YES. When they pray I’m like OMG WHYYYYY.

    Ha, I love romance in my books, but, unless it’s a fluffy contemp or historical, I really don’t want it at the forefront. If it’s in some genre or trying to be hard-hitting, the romance should come third to plot/world building!

    Also agree on mysterious new kid. Should have trusted my instincts on Between the Devil. OOPS.

    Ugh, politics. That’s also a big no.

    Still love mythology retellings.

    Hereafter by Tara Hudson is one of the worst books I’ve ever read. If you change your mind on the afterlife stuff, SKIP IT.

  9. Basically yes to ALL of this except the Greek myth retellings, politics (to a certain extent) and afterlife. But man, we’re pretty much soul mates.

    “If the book’s main plot is finding a hot boyfriend/girlfriend, the book is not for me.”


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