Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and feature lists related to all things bookish–characters, authors, titles, and favorites. They’re an excellent way to find new interesting books on a variety of topics, and to find bloggers that love the books you do.
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April 25: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book (topic originally done back in 2013) — tell us all your book turn offs!
1. Angst. Conflict is the driving force of many a book–but angst is pointless hand-wringing and goes nowhere.
2. Consent issues. Very occasionally I’ll forgive a book where one character kidnaps/buys/etc. another at the start of a relationship, but usually I just pass on the book instead.
3. Flat Characters. If there’s no character development, especially if the female characters are more object than person, it’s not the book for me.
4. Info dumps. Good world building is a favorite of mine–and long, dry informational paragraphs are a serious pet peeve.
5. Moralizing. I’ve read a few Aesop’s fables, but I don’t want a moral buried in my fiction. Especially if it’s hidden for the first bit, and then suddenly starts clubbing you over the head.
6. Poor writing. I can forgive the occasional mistake, but if a book has an overall weak grasp of sentence structure, verb tense, etc., I’m not reading on.
7. Typos. If I spot a glaring mistake on the first page, I’m putting it down.
8. Unhappy endings. I can tolerate cliffhangers and some sadness. But an ending that has no hope in it at all… if I get a hint a book is ending that way, I’ll read ahead, and abandon it if it’s true.
9. Unnecessary love triangles. If it’s just wedged in there for no good reason, making the plot limp along, someone should have edited it out of its misery.
10. Violence against women and children. I may read a book where it happens, but if there’s a great deal of detail, it only depresses me.