April 25: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Not Want To Read A Book
Prior to writing this week’s TTT, I didn’t think that there was a great deal of book turn-offs for me: I was wrong.
1. Required reading
There’s just something about having to read a book that immediately makes me not want to read it.
2. More than 600 pages
Long books require some serious planning for me to read. I’m generally more in the market for books under 350 pages that I can speed through if I love them.
3. Photograph on the cover
Pet peeve, but I hate photos of people on covers (I can live with cartoon depictions): it’s an instant no from me.
4. In a long series
If I have to commit to a series of four or more books, I’m immediately put off, even if I’ve read book one.
5. Disliked the writing style
I’ve been known to sit down with a book only to toss it aside after only a few sentences (I’m looking at you, The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer) if the writing is terrible.
6. After finishing a really great/intense read
It often takes me a while to get back into reading once I’ve finished an amazing book; I just step away for a week or two.
7. Historical fiction
Bore off. I don’t care what time period it’s set in, I’m really not interested.
8. Friend disliked it
They have to be a good friend who I trust with my recommendations, but if they hated it, I’m not reading it.
9. Too much hype
Sometimes I’m all on the hype, but sometimes it scares me to the extent that I don’t want to read the book.
10. Written by politicians
Urgh. I wasn’t interested in your life when you were in power, and I’m certainly not interested in your life now.
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