I am not an overwhelmingly picky book person. Although I am cheap and don’t buy every book I see (although I buy more books than most other things, except coffee and music), I will try reading almost anything if it comes highly recommended. That being said, there are some definite exceptions to that rule.
This week’s top ten Tuesday list with the folks over at the Broke and Bookish is the top ten words/topics that make me not pick up a book. There are exceptions to these, but as a general rule, other than some possible mockery, I do avoid these.
- Horror. I don’t do scary well. Even though when I was a kid I was super into Goosebumps and Fear Street and all that good stuff. I grew out of it and became a big scardey cat. I don’t want to read anything that will terrify me. Sure, I love some mystery or suspense, but nothing that promises to give me a good fright.
- Harlequin Romance. My Mom loves this stuff. I can’t do it. Nope. The drama and such cracks me up and I just don’t like that many graphic sex scenes… Ever. Plus, I am not a very good romantic.
- Christian Romance. I do read Christian books, preferably of the nonfiction variety. And I do read some books that are considered romance, albeit romantic comedy sorts. I, however, would rather impale my eyes than read a Christian Romance novel. Every one I have ever seen is super cheesy and overdramatized. Ugh.
- Poetry. Patrick loves poetry. I have all sorts of friends who love it too. I just can’t get into it. I have no desire to read a book of poems. They just don’t do it for me. Sure, some are great and I do love some good Dr. Seuss, but beyond that, I say no.
- Fad diets/exercise stuff. I have no desire to read about exercising or dieting. I do love cook books, but if you start dropping terms like “eating green” or “going gluten free” (as opposed to having to be gluten free), I get irritated. I just can’t deal with trendy exercise and even trendier food.
- Cars. Beyond the animated movie, I have no interest in motor vehicles. Travel, yes. Cars, no.
- Politics. In the news, in a book… It is all the same to me. I don’t mind some history, or realistic context, but if you start talking about the nitty gritty of politics, you will lose me every time.
- When books are recommended for fans of ridiculously trendy books. I am fine if it is recommended by an author, but when people say things like “for people who loved The Notebook” or “similar to Twilight”, it makes me hesitant, even though I do admit to liking those books a bit.
- Oprah. Oprah’s book club did read some good books. But her name is strapped to more bad than good, at least from what I have seen. When I see Oprah now, I automatically think of The Secret and that makes me want to put the book back promptly.
- Royalty. Maybe part of it is my annoyance with everyone’s fascination with Will and Kate and their new spawn, but I really have no interest whatsoever in the royal family. I mean, they just happen to be born into fame. But, the world loves them. Even beyond the current monarchy, books of kings and queens just don’t thrill me.
What are some of the topics or key words that make you want to put a book down? Do you agree or disagree with any of mine?