Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This week’s TTT topic is: Things that make me instantly NOT want to read a book.
Last week we talked about things that made me instantly want to read books and now, what are the things that are off putting?
The hero is smoking in a romance book
Sorry but kissing an ashtray is so repulsive! My husband had to quit smoking to court me. One book that completely disgusted me because the hero smoked just right before kissing the heroine was
In French we say “Beurk, beurk, beurk, beurk!!!” that can be translated in “yuck, yuck, yuck”.
I love romance books and what I love is the romance! When a book is so full of sex that nothing seems to be happening I get bored. That’s what happend with
Sex needs to be an accessory, not the main plot. Except in porn of course.
Authors milking a series
When an author was set to publish three books but then suddenly goes for a long series AND publishes books with no content, just “filler books” I really get mad! I feel they are milking it and disrespect their readers. And it can spoil a series for me, like what happened with this series
Except if the spouse is evil and is cheating and raping etc I can never stand cheating in books. EVER.
Maybe that’s why I don’t like love triangles and reverse harem (with one exception)
That one has me bashing my head against the wall! It goes usually with unnecessary drama! Drama that could be avoided if the characters just talked with each other! The most recent example was
Books that make me feel stupid because they are pompous and pseudo scientific
When I read a book, even fantasy or scifi and the author comes with so far fetched theories, exposed in a bombastic style that just leave me miffed and puzzled, feeling like the greater idiot on earth… I don’t like that at all.
The last book that made me feel like that was
Graphic abuse of children or women
I can read mentions of abuse but not graphic details, play by pay retelling of the act. Especially if it happens to children or women. But even abuse on men have me nauseated and so distressed that I have to stop reading at once.
I don’t talk about villains or morally grey characters but unlikable characters. Characters I can’t connect with. I can’t understand them, I can’t walk in their shoes. I don’t care about them. I am a character driven reader so that’s a major problem for me.
That’s what happened to me with this book
The last one is borrowed from Lindsey of Lindsey Reads: all dark bleak hopelessness
Go read her post HERE. She really wrote what I feel. I think real life and daily news are already so depressing. I need hope and some light at the end of the tunnel in my reads.
Slow books with lots of depiction and nearly no action or dialogue.
I really struggle with lengthy books filled with depiction or landscape, garments, towns etc and little action or dialogue. I feel like going nowhere. I need something to further the plot. That’s probably why I needed three tries to finally read Lord of the Ring, because the first 100 pages don’t see that much action.
Thanks for reading.