There are just some things that make you not want to read a book. It can be because the cover isn’t appealing, or because a horde of unicorns are chasing after you. It’s really up to how you live your life. But for me, there’s a few things that will be a killer for me so I’ve put together a list of 10 things that will make me NOT want to read a book.
(By the way, this post is part of the Top Ten Tuesday meme which is organized by the lovely Broke and the Bookish and you can see the whole list here.)
- Poorly Developed Characters: I cannot stand when a character is flat. It bothers me when a character has no personality, or is just around to be a plot device. I want to see characters who can stand up on their own, who have their own hang ups. I want to read about people I could see in the real world, you know, real human people.
- No World Building: When reading, I want it to be a total sensory experience. Something I can imagine, see, taste, hear while I read. I want to become immersed in the world and if an author hasn’t spent any time on it, I feel like my experience is incomplete. It’s even more horrible when the book is fantasy of science fiction where you really need the world building.
- Covers I Could Make Myself: Believe me, no one wants to see this. I have such poor photo editing skills and no photo shop skills.While I sympathize with people who are going it alone, but then take the time to do more research than I have. I seriously am less likely to pick up a book if it looks like the cover was drawn by a toddler (unless the book was written by a toddler, or features a toddler protagonist).
- InstaLove and Badly Done Romances: I cannot stand insta love. Like where does it even come from? Poorly done romances are even worse. I want to know why someone loves someone else. Love is big, it’s intense, complicated, and I’m sorry but one second is not going to keep you together. You need common ground, shared interests, memories for me to believe that you’ve made the big L commitment.
- Love Triangles: I used to love these. They would fill me with suspense and never knowing. It would be so exciting to see who they would pick. But now that I’m older, I’m just like, COME ON. It kind of bothers me now to see it. It’s usually full of angst, do they love me, who loves me, everyone loves me!
- Arena Survival Games: The Hunger Games and then no more…and then I read the Maze Runner. Seriously though, I am so tired of books where there are a group of YA protagonists who are dumped into an arena and they have to survive. Maybe one day I’ll change my mind, but for the moment, please give me something more!
- Military Novels: This is just my personal reference, but I lose interest in battle scenes. I’m talking about the big war scenes or the super hero fight scenes. BUT give me sword play and duels any day. Seriously. It’s just modern weaponry that I find a little boring.
- Supernatural Romance: HOLD UP! Don’t hate me yet. Supernatural romances used to be my thing. It’s all I used to read when I was younger. I got my whole fill of it and am now a little tired of it. It normally follows a similar or predictable pattern. However, if you know of an exceptionally good one, please suggest it, this is not a deal breaker for me.
- Women Who Need Rescuing ALL the time/Men who are Overprotective Eagles: I am a sucker for strong heroines. It’s okay if someone needs rescuing some times, but all the time, and, worse, when it’s their role. Seriously, women are capable of so much more. Additionally, men who are super overprotective and jumping in their way or not letting the women live. They can tone it down please.
- SUPER Long Books Combined with any of 1-9: This is something that has been bothering me more and more recently. I will read all the long books, the longest in the world, it’s true. But only if they’re good. Give me a long book and no world building, or no characters, and it’s over for me. I am more and more conscious of the value of my time, and I just don’t want to waste it on long books with things I don’t like. This has gotten especially bad now that I am a book blogger and am just aware of how much work it is to read it and review it.
Let’s Discuss: What is your deal breaker?
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