Ten Words That Will Make Me NOT Pick Up a Book

Posted July 23, 2013 by Stormy in Books / 36 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, which features (you guessed it!) top ten lists on a given topic each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Words that Will Make Me NOT Pick up a Book.

1. Vampire
I’m not one of those people who judge others for reading vampire books(at least, I try not to be). But I really don’t see the appeal at all.

2. Werewolf
Let’s be honest: I’m really not the biggest paranormal fan. So vampires, werewolves, etc. typically make me put a book back. Angels as well, though I’ve liked a few angel books here and there.

3. Road Trip
I don’t know why, but most road trip books don’t really appeal to me. I do have Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour because I’ve heard some good things, but in general, road trip books aren’t my favorite.

4. “For fans of Sarah Dessen”
I know, I know, I feel like EVERYONE, even people who don’t like contemporary, like Sarah Dessen(and that this is a phrase, not a word). I think she’s a pretty decent writer, but her books feel formulaic to me and every time I see this on the back of a book, it makes me want to put it back on the shelf. I know these “For fans of. . . ” are typically very hit-or-miss(like the fact that If I Stay says “For Fans of Twilight” on the front cover), so it’s not an automatic put-back, but it’s definitely my knee-jerk reaction.

5. “bad boy”

I’ve honestly NEVER been into the bad boy, and the fact that half of the bad boys are arrogant jerks but they’re supposedly ROMANTIC anyway just makes me cringe.

6. “Southern literature”

Okay, so this is also a category, but if the back of the book hypes up the setting of the book, and that setting happens to be in the south, I typically shy away for awhile. I’m FROM the south (well, Texas, which is a weird conglomeration of southern and western culture, I suppose, as well as it’s own flair thrown in), but southern American literature is my least favorite literature to study as a group and so I have bad flashbacks.

7. “Summer books”

I’m just not the biggest fan of those typical summer books. Especially the ones that take place on the beach(and I love the beach! I just don’t think I’ve ever really loved a beach book”.

8. Video games, etc.

Books that revolve a phenomenon like video games(or tabletop games) are really not my thing. I think it’s because I had to pick my nerdiness subjects early in life(because I just don’t know how to geek out over EVERYTHING), and games & comics just took a backseat to being a book nerd and a Doctor Who nerd.

9. Outdoor adventure-type words

One title: Hatchet(the Gary Paulsen book that’s so popular in middle schoolers and that has a Newberry Honor on the cover? Yeah, that one). I LOVE survival stories if they’re set in Dystopias, apparently, but these surviving-the-elements-in-this-world-stories are so BORING to me. I’m just not a fan.

10. Contemporary

I know, that’s a HUGE word. But contemporary is not my preferred genre. That’s not to say I dislike ALL contemporary books(actually, a lot of my 5 star reads ARE contemporary), but I’m super picky with what contemporaries I’ll read and if I think a book might be something other than contemporary, and then learn it is contemporary, sorry book, but back on the shelf you go.

What are some words that will make YOU not pick up a book? I want to know!



36 responses to “Ten Words That Will Make Me NOT Pick Up a Book

    • stormydawnc

      I think the bad boys is particularly bad because it can just be so problematic. Probably my least favorite of all the things I mentioned on my list!

  1. Awesome list, I agree with so many. I almost put Vampires too! I used to love the genre but I feel it is a bit overplayed now. I cannot believe I did not think of Southern Lit. I 100% agree with contemporary, I have to be pretty confident I will enjoy the book because otherwise I stay clear.

    • stormydawnc

      I’ve read a few older vampire novels I really liked, but like you said there’s just SO many and I don’t like them THAT much.

  2. Just gotta say… I’ve actually never read a Sarah Dessen book! I wasn’t into contemporary until more recently so that’s why I had never read one before. I’ll prob read one sometime just to see.

    • stormydawnc

      Sarah Dessen’s such a big name that I’d still recommend her work, just to SEE if you’re a fan or not, but I personally wasn’t the biggest fan. I LIKED both of her books that I read well enough, I just don’t have a desire to read anymore of them.

  3. I really like some contemporaries, but they need to be special and sound AMAZING for me to read them! And I agree that bad boys are so off putting! And southern literature…..I won’t read it…I don’t like it….and I don’t know why, but normally I just can’t get through those books! And vampires and werewolves, give me the creeps… Great list!
    My TTT

  4. Werewolves for sure. Firstly, they will always remind me of the wolves in Twilight. That’s just how it’s gonna happen. And secondly, I wasn’t that crazy about them in the first place! I like reading stories about humans… Not animals. Just my personal opinion!

  5. I’m with you there for vampires and bad/dangerous love interests. The last one is particularly overused and unnecessary. But even though they’re not on my own list, I also agree with the outdoor adventure/surviving the elements and video game/geeky genres. Just not my thing. Great list!

  6. I’m with you there for vampires and bad/dangerous love interests. The last one is particularly overused and unnecessary. But even though they’re not on my own list, I also agree with the outdoor adventure/surviving the elements and video game/geeky genres. Just not my thing. Great list!

  7. omg I absolutely hate survival stories. My mom made me read My Side of the Mountain (I think that’s what it’s called). Shoot me. If it’s adventure and thriller, sure, but that was SO BORING and pretty much the most boring thing ever. I will only read a vampire book if it’s written by Scott Westerfeld haha. I agree with so many more of these as well! Great list 🙂

    • stormydawnc

      SO. BORING. (pretty sure I attempted to read that book too). I only like survival stories if there’s threat of nuclear attack by a government, basically, or other sci-fi/fantasy things to go alongside that survival. But if it’s just “my plane crashed, now I’ve gotta make it in the woods” thing. . . no thank you.

  8. Ha, I love that you mentioned Southern literature! I LOVE books that are set in the South, but kind of despise true Southern lit (I immediately think of Faulkner and shudder). I mentioned the “for fans of…” on my own list – I think this is a great marketing ploy, but it drives me nuts! No, If I Stay is NOTHING like Twilight!

    • stormydawnc

      FAULKNER. Oh my goodness, FAULKNER. No name of a “classic” writer conjures up more negative feelings in my brain & stomach than that name. I don’t know what it is about his writing, but I can’t stand it to the point of not being rational about it.
      As a note: None of my English major friends OR professors liked Faulkner either, so I’m not sure how he got to be such a staple of Southern lit. I have yet to met someone who actually LIKES his work.
      The other writer who comes to mind is Flannery O’Connor, who I think is a great writer but I actually personally don’t really like her work either. . . *now hiding from my English major friends*

  9. haha… yeah, i can do without video games in my books too. i’m generally not a big contemporary reader, but i’ve been reading quite a few this summer. i have never read a sarah dessen book though!

    • stormydawnc

      I feel like Sarah Dessen is SO hyped that there was no way it was going to live up to my expectations!

  10. I’m soooooo with you on Southern literature. I don’t mind if the book takes place in the South and culturally that has a lot to do with it… but when it’s touted as “Southern literature” it’s just… no. LOL

  11. I am also not a fan of road trip books. I know a lot of YA readers are, but it just does not appeal to me. Probably because I don’t like driving or riding in cars for long distances. I blame a road trip from NC to Maine with my entire family, grandparents, aunts, and cousins in a 15 passenger van. Yeah…

  12. Contemporary isn’t my preferred genre either. And, it’s funny you mention Sarah Dessen. I’m currently reading my very first book by her (did I mention contemporary isn’t my thing?). I’m surprisingly enjoying it, but it hasn’t moved contemporary up on my list of go-to genres any.

    TTT @ Krista’s Dust Jacket

    • stormydawnc

      That’s how I sorta was too. I’ve read two Dessen books, and while I relatively enjoyed both reading experiences, I really have no desire to continue reading her works or to read similar books. They just don’t appeal to me the way they seem to appeal to most YA readers.

  13. Deb Nance

    This is a thoughtful list. What does “for fans of” really mean? Someone copied the style of an author? Copied the plot? The characters? Who wants to read a book like that?

    Here’s my Top Ten list.

    • stormydawnc

      Right. If I read the original book, I certainly don’t want to read a repeat! Similar, maybe, at times, that gets at the “essence” of the first book(if I read it), but I’d rather things just stand on their own.

  14. I agree with your list especially bad boys! I just don’t see the appeal of them. I use to shy away from contemporaries, but I’m finding I enjoy them a lot. Oh, the whole “fans of (insert writer)” usually turns me off because I find that x writer does not write like y writer, etc.

    • stormydawnc

      Yup! It’s funny–a lot of my favorites are contemporary, but it’s still not my preferred genre. I like it well enough on occasion, but I think I get contemporary fatigue easily.

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