Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT Pick Up a Book

I really thought this Top Ten Tuesday would be easier than its opposite a few weeks ago…but really, it’s not. There are things that I really don’t like to read about, but then you read a book that is THAT TOPIC to the nth degree or has THAT WORD on every other page, and, what do you know, it becomes your absolute favorite. So, I guess I might have to be super general, with you all realizing that there are always exceptions.

  1. Books about illness/disease. I am sure this has a lot to do with the religion that I was brought up in, but I reaaaaaaally don’t like books where illness is a primary character. Notable exception: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
  2. Religion. I remember, as a kid, feeling a little tricked after reading/loving the Narnia books and finding out they were religious parables. I’ve always felt that religion is between a person and their God, so preachy tomes are not for me. As an aside – remember that huge influx of angel books that lasted about 30 minutes? Only one that I remember reading had religion in it. I always thought that was weird.
  3. Sharks. I haven’t liked sharks since seeing Jaws, so I would not like a book where they had anything to do with the plot. I have a weird phobia about them; I especially don’t like to touch a shark in a picture. However, I have no trouble swimming in any body of water…just not too far out.
  4. Books that take place in space. I just always have this idea that there’s nothing out there, the people are stuck on a space station or space ship, and there’s nowhere to land. Or aliens. Or the Robinson family still trying to get home, and Dr. Smith screws it up again. Notable exceptions: I do like a few movies that are set in space.
  5. Books that you know are going to never ever have a happy ending or will gut you on the way there where you no longer care because you just need more tissues. You know, like The Boy in the Striped Pajamas or a story where a child dies (it’s hard to read those kinds of stories especially once you have your own kids). Notable exception: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Horrific, of course, but sort of in a different way than I had imagined. Maybe if I’d just give Striped Pajamas a chance?
  6. Books where something horrible happens to a good person OR they get falsely accused AND they never get to redeem themselves. Did I just make this up? I think Atonement by Ian McEwan is like this. I wouldn’t know, because it has been sitting on my shelf since 2002.
  7. I’m sorry to say this, but Fiction written by non-writers of the celebrity persuasion. No, I haven’t read anything by the former Lizzy Maguire or the woman who “starred” on The Hills. I will say, however, that I will gladly eat my words and read their books if they are actually slightly better than “good.”
  8. Cowboys. I know, I am scuttling the Texan stereotype, but I have no desire to read books about dusty trail rides where dysentery runs amok, gals are only prostitutes and there’s nary a shower in sight. OK, I kid, I love sweaty horse-riding dudes who need the love of a good woman to set them right, but no, not really. Again, that’s why I have TWO copies of Lonesome Dove that have never had their spines cracked. (I bought the paperback copy because my hardback is signed by the author – I didn’t want to ruin it – ha.) And this line of cowboy romances? Noooooo.
  9. Oh boy, this one is going to get me FRIED: JRRRRRRRRR Tolkien. Yes, I read The Hobbit. No, I did not read Lord of the Rings or see any of the movies. As far as my wizards go, I much prefer Dumbledore to someone who looks like a D&D playa. I picture the perfect pointy hat with moons and stars on it. So, ok, maybe Dumbledore is a bit….nevermind.
  10. This is very off-topic, but I must say…Books where grammar/spelling has taken a back seat. I realize you can’t know this just from the dust jacket, but as with many of my aforementioned no-nos, you will most likely learn this from a review. For those of you who think that story/plot/characters trump proper grammar and spelling, know this: YOU ARE WRONG.

5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT Pick Up a Book”

  1. Oh my gosh, I am so with you on JRR Tolkein. I read The Hobbit which was alright, and The Fellowship of the Ring. Then I realized that they are just not for me. Dumbledore and the Boy Who Lived are much more my style!

    1. I think it comes down to what is important to the writer. Grammar is a relatively easy thing for me, so maybe that’s why I care so much. I just think it reeks of unprofessionalism. (Is that a word??) Thanks for your comment, and hi!

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