Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, a fun way to get yourself thinking and sharing about books and bookish things.
July 23: Top ten words/topics that will make you NOT pick up a book
Tough one! Isn’t there the old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”? I try to keep an open mind because there can be an amazing book behind a horrible title or cover art, of course, but there are certain things that make it so that I just… can’t.
1. Steamy romance
Cheesy paintings of half-naked people sprawled on the cover, possibly with kilt and/or cowboy hat? I don’t even need to see a word/phrase on the cover. Automatic NO.
2. Contemporary romance / Chick Lit (p.s.—I HATE that term)
Not interested in contemporary romance either. Stories about unlucky-in-love ladies searching for Mr. Right? Bouncing back after a breakup with the supposed soulmate? Obsessing over wedding woes? Barf.
Should I have just said “all romance and sex-related books”? Although I did like Bonk by Mary Roach! (That one’s more science/anthropology, though.)
4. King/Queen/Princess etc.
Not really interested in stories about Arthurian times, Tudor history, or royal dynasties in general.
This word can go with my #1 up there, along with variations: starkissed, kissing, kiss of ___, etc. Blech.
6. Anything about dogs or cats…
… or with a domesticated pet as the protagonist. So, big “no” to Marley and Me and the like (see, I can’t even come up with another title as an example!)
7. Series books
I’m just really hesitant to get myself hooked into any series. (I’m counting this, because if I see it’s in a series I don’t want to even pick it up!) And besides, it seems like a lot of series books fall into heavy sci-fi or fantasy, and those genres don’t attract me very much (although I have read Lord of the Rings… but that’s about it). I get it, people love Harry Potter and The Hunger Games but I just don’t want to go there (related, see #8…)
8. Young Adult (and some New Adult)
After much hesitation and trepidation, I dipped my toes in with The Fault in Our Stars a few months ago and have to say now I’m officially OUT on anything YA. Not for me.
9. Certain authors’ names
If an author has made their views on hot-button issues public and I strongly disagree, like on race or LGBT or politics or whatever, I just can’t bring myself to read anything by them, no matter their genre.
I had some trouble coming up with a tenth, but this just popped to mind: Is this a book about dragons; does it have a picture of a dragon on the cover or have the word dragon in the title? Unless you are The Hobbit, I’m not interested. (And even with The Hobbit, not sure I’d read again unless, like, one day in the FAR OFF future I have some offspring wanting me to read it to them.)
What keeps you from picking up a book?