Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.
The topic for this week is: Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT pick up a book
Blurbs that are ENTIRELY about romance and nothing else – I love a good love story. But most of the time I get bored when that’s all there is. Love is lovely. I love love. But there needs to be something more or you’ve lost be before I’ve even started reading.
Books that are compared to Twilight. I don’t hate Twilight but I often find that books compared to it are entirely romance with no real plot and characters that I find myself frustrated by.
Authors where I really didn’t enjoy their previous books
Teacher/Student relationships – as someone who has trained and worked as a teacher, this is one that really bothers me. That said I’m actually currently reading a book with this exact premise (The Yearning by Kate Belle)
Time Travel – Cause it normally doesn’t make sense to me. I never quite understand when people are supposed to effect change and when it’s hazardous in different time streams. It’s just too complicated!
Formerly Fan Fiction – I used to read a lot of fan fiction. And I really enjoyed them. But after reading a few stories that started their lives as fan fiction and then became books in their own right, I find that most of them are too similar to their source that there’s just not enough twists and turns for me.
Reality TV Celebrity novels – And by this I mean novels written by reality TV stars like Snooki (A Shore Thing), Nicole Richie (The Truth About Diamonds), Paris Hilton (Confessions of an Heiress). I’ve actually read the Paris Hilton one… I think that book is the reason why I have this topic as a part of this top ten.
Books with unappealing covers – Yes… I admit it. I do tend to judge a book by its cover. And when it’s not one by an author I’ve heard of, I’m more than likely to move on and not pay any notice to books with covers I don’t find pleasant or eye-catching.
And that’s ten. It was a surprisingly hard list to compile because for each of these things I have read books and enjoyed them – and some I want to read more (I really want to read LA Candy by Lauren Conrad from the Hills… and I have no idea why!). But as a generalization, these are the things that turn me off and are often the opposite of an instant purchase.