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.
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.
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.
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!