Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is the exact opposite of last week’s topic, bringing us full circle with what we look for in books we’re thinking of reading. I’m pretty open-minded about what I read and will generally give just about anything a chance; however, there are nevertheless a few factors that will make me hesitate to pick up a book. In no particular order, here are ten reasons why I (probably) won’t read a book (disclaimer: there will always be exceptions to this list).
1. An overwhelmingly negative buzz surrounding a book. A negative review here and there is to be expected of all books; however, I start to worry when the majority of people seem to have similar problems with a book. There’s definitely strength in numbers when it comes to reviewing.
2. I didn’t enjoy another book by the same author. There are so many fantastic writers out there whose writing I absolutely adore that it seems silly to spend time on books I likely won’t like.
3. Annoying protagonists. Have you ever just not clicked with the voice or personality of a protagonist? (Personally, Belly from The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han comes to mind.) Usually this is something I realize after I’ve already started reading a book; however, it’s one of the few things that can make me actually abandon a novel part of the way through. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves!
4. Animals + sadness. Several people have recommended that I read books like A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron, but the prospect of reading something that could possibly involve an animal being sad, mistreated, neglected, etc. is just not something that appeals to me in the slightest.
5. Extremely graphic violence and/or gore. Whether it be in movies, on TV, or written on a page, I’m not a fan of unsettling violence or gore in any form. A few scenes here or there is fine, but generally I try to avoid reading books that are permeated with disturbing moments.
6. I know it’s going to be generally and overwhelmingly sad. I like to read to learn, to laugh, and to relax– not to cry into the crack of the spine when a character dies or something unbelievably tragic occurs. If I know that a book is going to be super sad, I’ll usually keep my distance.
7. Zombies. There’s no particular reason for this other than the fact that I just really dislike zombies. (They’re so creepy!!!)
8. Biological warfare/contagion/etc. Sensing a theme here? Books about viruses spreading or diseases breaking out all over the world are definitely not my forte. (Hence why I also steer clear of things like The Walking Dead TV show.)
9. Unrealistic or offensive stereotypes. There’s enough negativity in the world without perpetuating horrible generalizations and false representations of people through literature. If I’m aware ahead of time that a book contains such characters or ideas, then you can be sure that I’ll be leaving it on the shelf unread.
10. An unappealing cover. I’m not going to lie: a poorly designed cover can definitely prevent me from picking up a book in a bookstore, especially if I haven’t heard anything about it before. This is particularly true with books that use real people as models on the cover– I’d much rather create my own idea of what the characters look like than have that image decided for me by a publisher.
What things make you hesitant to read a book? What do you think of the factors that I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments section below!