April 25, 2017

*Top Ten Tuesday* Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This weeks Feature:

Top 10 Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT
Want to Read a Book!

1. BDSM - While others may like the kinky, I like my sex vanilla. Does that make me strange? 

2. Rape - As a survivor of rape, I do not care to have it reminded to me when I pick up a book and the author has crossed the line into sexual assault. This is my pet peeve with movies and TV shows as well. We, as a society, scream about rape culture, but we don't scream at writers or authors who can't find another way to tell their stories.

3. Overly involved synopsis' - I mean synopsis' that are overly explicit. Those that pretty much tell you EVERYTHING that is going to happen in a book. Why would I want to read a book when I already know what is going to happen?   

4. Typos, No Editing, Screwed up Formatting - You know the books right? Where you receive a copy from NetGalley, or Edelweiss and there are so many glaring errors, you wonder if the finished copy is going to fix them all. I understand that these are ARC's and that they are uncorrected versions. But, how do you read a book when there are so many run on sentences?

5. Books that feature politics, religion, and other issues that don't appeal to me. I've burned myself out on politics in real life. I don't want to read about politics in books, or be subjected being screwed at because I may have a different take on the issue. Some religion is OK, as long as we don't get into a shouting match about who is right, and who is wrong.

6. Books that are longer than 600 pages. Ok, yes I have read books from Sarah Maas that are longer, but I only have patience for so many before I flip through to get to the good parts. I am really comfortable with books in the 200-350 page range.

7. Love Triangles - Possibly the devil's own doing. Some love them, some hate them. I am in the later category. For years now, authors have chosen to go down this path. I know there is nothing we, as readers can do about it. But still....

8. Series that end without any resolution. Want to turn me off from reading a book from the author again? Do this! The character is hanging on for their lives. But, because of publishers, or what have you, we never find out what happened next. This happens to TV programs all the time. It's unfair to those who have infested time in finding out how things will be wrapped up

9. Books written by Politicians. Nope. You can waste your money if you like, I would rather spend my money on something else that appeals to me. Why would I want to give my money to a politician who is already making more money than I will in my entire life time? 

10. Use of stock models over and over again. I love to see originality. I don't like to see covers being used over and over again by several different authors. I think this happens mostly in Indie authors. Could you call it stealing, or is it just pure laziness?

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  1. The bad formatting, well I get that they change that when the book comes out but I CAN not read it when it looks like crap

  2. Not big on love triangles either, but I tend to deal with them when it's my favorite author at the helm! Bad formatting can be an issue too, though I don't see it too often. Good points!

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  3. Yes to so many of these but especially the politics/religion and the BDSM, those have just never been my type of reads.

  4. Great list and #1 really strikes home to me too. Not my cup of tea.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  5. Oh man, some of the formatting issues make me go cross-eyed! Sometimes it is really hard to force that book down when I'm constantly seeing these glaring errors or formatting problems!

  6. I think the only one I can deal with in your list is the BDSM. While it's not my genre of choice, if it's written well enough I can deal with it. I just hate it when it's thrown in there because it's the "popular" thing at the time. :\ But then again I feel that way with all the fads in books so...

  7. I just ran up against an annoying love triangle so that one definitely makes my list. ;)

  8. Editing is a book killer for me. Wish it was possible to know ahead of time.

  9. Oh yes that's some points quite difficult for me too!

  10. Great list I agree with most of these. I myself cannot stand instalove, love triangles, open endings, cliffhangers, adults who are always painted badly, women who kept pregnancy a secret for YEARS romances ugh.. yeah you get it XD

  11. I pretty much agree with most of these.

    For What It's Worth

  12. This is a fun topic. There isn't a TON that really bothers me, but I do agree with some of these to an extent. I don't like overly religious books and politics in reading really aren't my thing either. LOL


  13. I am on with most of these. I do like BDSM, but I've also found that a lot of the books don't appeal to me. I think it is that since 50SoG came out, everyone wanted to jump on that train, but didn't do it very well. I still like one that is written well, but I've learn to be careful which one I grab. Love Triangles, I'm with you there. I've read a few that didn't make me stabby, but I would prefer they didn't exist. Great post.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  14. I would have a few of these on my list as well. I'm not into politics or religion in reads, now with fantasy it's a little different as it's different religion and politics, but I don't want to feel preached to either. And the synopsis! Yes! Along with those that are waaaaay to vague too. And covers that look like all the other covers because it's the same background or model, oh my! I give up before I get to the synopsis. lol.

  15. I have to agree with a lot of of your list! But I like to read a little BDSM, but I am more of a vanilla girl! 😉

  16. Oh man, I'm sorry to hear about the rape. That is definitely something that would turn me off any book, if it is included without reason. I'm not a fan of BDSM either lol

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  17. I'm totally with you on BDSM. I can't handle those books, lol.

    When it comes to love triangles, I hate the concept where an MC will need to choose between two people through a book or series. I'd prefer situations, where in, as the reader, you know the other person is simply a filler and there's no way the MC will end up with them. You know what I mean? It gives me a sense of clarity and certainty when reading romances.

    I also cringe with similar covers. Though I can understand that it is expensive to pay models for a photoshoot and most indie authors already have their hands full with self publishing. It's definitely cheaper to just buy stock photos online.

    Blessie @ Mischievous Reads


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