Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is the opposite of last week's: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Not Want to Read a Book. Now, I'm not very picky, at least when it comes to YA, so most of these aren't even a definite turn-off. But they will cause me to think twice before reading. So check them out!
1) Call-outs from the social justice community. Look, I'm not here for books that promote sexism/racism/ableism, etc. So if Twitter gets up in arms about a book a few months before it comes out, I'm probably going to delete it from my list. I'll check out the analysis first, to be sure it makes sense, but most likely, I'll listen to what's being said.
2) Too much "white boy." I don't really know how to explain this, but some books are just so painfully white and male. They're not at all self-aware, they're full of ridiculous angst, they use other people as props, and they're unoriginal. I've heard enough about white dudes! Tell me stories that I haven't read in all my lit classes already. (This Twitter account portrays "white boy" storytelling pretty well.) Westerns, detective novels, and "coming of age" stories are the worst offenders, but "white boy" overabundance can happen in any genre.
3) Historical fiction. My biggest weakness! I do regularly read, and sometimes enjoy, books from this genre, but it's a hard sell for me. If I'm picking up a historical fiction novel, there better be an indication that a) it has diverse representation, b) it's on the right side of social justice, c) it addresses an event I haven't heard about before, or d) preferably all of the above!
4) Nonfiction. I rarely read a nonfiction book. Sometimes, I'll pick one up if it's about a psychology topic that I like, but I'm just way more interested in fiction.
5) Zombies. I still read zombie stories, and I've read quite a few before, but I almost never like them. Zombies are kinda gross and hard to make unique, in my opinion. Plus, they bother me more than any other fantasy creature--I mean, we're talking about a mindless monster that makes you one of them, and a lot of the time zombies move in crowds, and all three of those things freak me out.
6) Sports. If a book's plot centers on sports, I probably won't read it. I have no interest in the topic.
7) Animal main character. I talked about this in my tropes that I don't like post. I almost never read books where an animal is the main character. I don't know why, but it just doesn't work for me. I guess it comes off as childish? Or maybe I'm too interested in the human mind to focus on an animal.
8) Animal death. This is another trope I don't like. If I hear that, in the course of a story, a cat dies, especially if that death is via murder, then I'm out. This is often true for other animals, too, but I'm particularly sensitive about cats.
9) Novels in verse. I don't think I've ever actually liked one of these? I try, but somehow, reading a novel that's entirely written in poetry doesn't work for me. It makes me feel cheated.
10) Short story anthologies. I have the same issue here as with novels in verse.
Most of the time, if I choose not to read a book, it's not because of a "turn-off," it's just because nothing in the description strikes me as being unique or interesting. But all of the stuff above does have an impact.
What makes you not want to read a book? Let me know, and I'll be back tomorrow!
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