I’ve decided to participate in the 15 Day Book Blogger challenge hosted by Good Books and Good Wine. This is definitely a move-at-your-own-pace challenged(which is AWESOME), so even though April did her challenge a month or two ago, she left the linkys opened. Yay! I should also note that I’m not doing these EVERY day–I might do one or two a week. I’m too much of a scheduler to try and do all fifteen days in a row!
Ooh, deal breakers, fun topic! It might take some thinking, so let’s see how many I come up with. I’m not sure I have very many deal-breakers, to be honest. I have a lot of things I don’t LIKE in books, but few that would actually be a deal breaker.
1. Third Person Present Tense
If a book is written in third person present tense, it better be the best book in the WORLD to make me keep reading. I’ll give books written in this style at least a chapter, but if I can’t get into it by then, it’s going in the DNF pile. I’m not sure WHY I dislike books with this POV so much, but I feel I can never forget that I’m reading. I never get to that point where I’m sucked in to the story.
2. MOST mean girl stories
There are exceptions to this deal breaker(like Before I Fall, which is one of my favorite books), but generally, I don’t like reading mean girl books, and I don’t like books that portray bad and/or unhealthy friendships. Friendships are one of my favorite things in books, and while I think they should/can have conflict, I hate reading about “friendships” that are really anything but.
3. Infidelity without consequences
I don’t really mind reading about infidelity/cheating when there are natural consequences, but I won’t continue reading if a book portrays cheating positively. ESPECIALLY in adult books, when oftentimes cheating is taking place in marriages.
4. When characters throw away educational opportunities for love interests
This one is personal, but my family gave a LOT for me to be able to go to college. I HATE reading about characters who decide not to go to school or who decide to go to a certain school just because their love interest is going there/wants them to stick around. I see nothing romantic about that.
5. Animal Death
Okay, this isn’t really a deal-breaker, but it makes me sad. No need to kill the animals, authors! Make the humans suffer, sure, but leave the poor cats & dogs & owls(J.K. Rowling, I’m looking at you), alone. Please? For me?