Top Ten Tuesday – Book Turnoffs

Posted April 25, 2017 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 11 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

I don’t like to limit myself when it comes to books. I try my best to keep an open mind when trying new things, but some topics have been tried and most of the time they have failed. This week’s topic is about all those subjects that just never work out.

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Toxic Relationships (abuse, cheating, etc.) — There are just some topics that make me sick to my stomach and this is one of them. I’ve read very few stories that were done well.

Dying Kids/Suicide — There are just far too many of these sorts of stories and while I wholly believe the importance of making these issues aware to the general public I’ve just grown weary of their heartbreaking material.

Animal deaths — Look, kill off the main character. Kill off the best friend. Kill an entire village. I DON’T CARE WHO DIES BUT IT BETTER NOT BE THE ANIMAL.

Love triangles — There are a few stories that have love triangles that I’ve enjoyed… I think? There has to be at least one since there are approximately a billion of them. No… can’t think of any. Just kidding, I’ve always hated these.

Steampunk — Steampunk is one of those genres that I feel like I should love. It’s like some strange eclectic form of fantasy but no matter how many I try I absolutely cannot get on board with this genre.

Sports — A character plays sports? A character watches sports? A character talks about sports? Honestly, it doesn’t matter, I really don’t care about any of it.

Christian fiction or when “clean” romance is referenced — Simply put, I am not a religious person in any way and I certainly don’t want to read about it. And as far as “clean” romances go… honestly, why fucking bother? *snore*

Motivational shit — I’ve read Oprah’s book and Shonda Rhimes book and both were lovely. Sometimes they help when times are tough. But honestly, most of the time I just want to be like “SHUT UP, MY LIFE SUCKS, LET ME WALLOW.” How’s that for personal motivation?

Westerns — Admittedly, I haven’t tried too many of these but the ones I have were a snooze fest. Maybe I’m picking the wrong ones? Maybe I just have problems with cowboys. Who knows.

Plays — I remember having to read a lot of these in school so maybe that’s where it all went wrong. For me though, I don’t want to read a play… I want to see it.

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11 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Book Turnoffs

  1. I also tend to stay away from “clean” romances. I’m not religious either, and it just makes me annoyed. I mean, I don’t have anything against stories that don’t include sex. I just don’t like the way it sounds so self-righteous, I guess :p

    And animal deaths! I can’t deal. Really, it’s more emotional than a character death. I also included abusive/harmful relationships on my list, because it’s really high time we all stop romanticizing it.
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  2. No motivational shit or those memoirs for me. I also steer far away from anything that involves animal abuse or death. I also dont like those bodice ripping romance novels with the cheesy covers. Historical romances are just not for me. I also hate love triangles and cliffhangers.

  3. I have a lot of these same turn offs. I can do with some infidelity (it’s pretty hard to escape in white male lit tbh) but abuse can take me right out of the story or make me avoid the title altogether if I know it’s in there.

    Suicide is another I tend to avoid. I have my own mental reasons for avoiding those and like you said.. they seem to be EVERYWHERE. I have such issues with 13RW and its popularity. [siiigh]

    THE WORST. ANIMAL DEATHS ARE THE WORST.I haaaate it. There’s a particular book that humanizes animals and I looved them and then BAM SO MUCH PAIN WHY. Avoid if I can but there tend to be very little warnings 🙁

    Ahaa I love steampunk but fully admit it is not a genre for everyone. It can be a bit goofy and silly but I love the inventiveness.

    YUP same re: clean and christian reads. As an atheist I am just not the target demographic and I just cannot get into books that are super religious. Sandra Byrd’s Daughters of Hampshire books are the rare exception. I could barely tell Mist of Midnight was Christian fiction and I loooved it. Christina (Reader of Fictions) also avoids christian books but loved Daughters of Hampshire.

    I also do not get down with motivational books. Like when everyone was all about The Secret a few years ago?? Ugh. [eyeroll emoji]
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  4. Oh man.. I never even read 13RW but the summary alone made me never want to read the book. And it’s so sad to see people talk about how badly the show impacted them mentally too.

    I keep trying steampunk because I loved the Parasol Protectorate series, although admittedly that was very light on the steampunk. Maybe I’ll find another someday that I can enjoy. 🙂

    I might have to give Daughters of Hampshire a whirl then.

    hahahha The Secret. Yeah, no thanks.
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