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

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Anyone can participate and its a lot of fun, so I highly encourage it!

Let me know if you’re a part too!


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!


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1 – Really bad reviews – 

Especially if they point out particularly problematic themes or are by a reviewer I respect.

2 – Student/Teacher Relationships

Why is this a thing? its cringe-y and weird. Its more a thing in TV, I’ve never seen it in a book but just…no. Just no.

3 – Unnecessary romance/sex – 

Sometimes romance its entirely unnecessary to the book it and feels so forced its unenjoyable. And sex scenes just make me uncomfortable.

4 – TERRIBLE COVERS

Some covers just don’t even merit a second glance to read the synopsis they’re that bad. Like Generic people looking off the distance stock photos etc.

5 – Genre –

I dislike adult romance and horror generally. And I’m particularly picky with mysteries and adult fiction in general.

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6 – Expensive –

Most YA books can be found online somewhere or another for $11-$16, or at the library etc. If I can’t find it anywhere for under standard price of $17, its probably not getting read. Unless its a special case like signed/collector’s edition.

7 – Author Drama –

When they is scandal involving the author – at least in modern day – being rude to fans, homophobic, racist etc. it makes me not want to support their work.

8 – Terrible or Absent Parents –

If terrible parents is a focus of the plot, then go for it! If thats the story you’re telling then tell it. But if its a YA novel, having terrible parents mentioned offhand one or twice and never again is just lazy. Especially so in contemporary!

9 – I Feel Like I’ve Read This Before –

Sometimes when writing in a certain genre, some elements remain similar. I’m alright with that. Certain tropes – many of which I in fact enjoy – come with certain plot lines. But when a book I’m looking at seems nearly identical to another, I’m put of reading it. Example, on netgalley I think i’ve seen three books up for request on the “speech/gestures are now copyrighted” theme and why? They don’t seem to have any differences.

10 – Terrible MC –

I can deal with an awkward or jerk MC if they are meant to be that way. If its a part of the plot. But sometimes MCs act so astoundingly stupid/awkward/terrible I have to put the book down because I cannot cope with such idiocy.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Things That Make Me Want To Read A Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Anyone can participate and its a lot of fun, so I highly encourage it!

Let me know if you’re a part too!


Today’s Prompt:

April 18Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book – so yeah basically any topic or theme or ANYTHING (ie if X person recommends it) that will make you instantly want to pick up a book.


Here are ten random things that make me want to read a book, in now particular order. There are tons of things besides these that make me want to read a book, but well liked tropes and interesting plots are pretty much a given – I don’t think I need to mention them.


1- Relatable Sounding Characters

This is one basically a given for everyone, but relatable is different for everyone as well. If a character is geeky/nerdy, a reader etc. I want to read the book. If the character is hispanic-american then I want to read the book.

2- Characters With My Name

This one is kind of dumb. But I like seeing how my name is represented in the book world. Sam in Before I Fall is the opposite of my personality. Sam in The Inexplicable Logic of My Life IS ME TO A TEE. I like seeing that.

3 – Asexual Representation

Its a really uncommon representation, and its one that I identify with. I want to read more of them (feel free to give me recs!). I’m dying to read Tash Hearts Tolstoy because of this and number 1).

4 – Great Recommendations

If a friend or a ton of book bloggers rave about a book, it immediately goes on my TBR, whether I was initially interested or not, whether I know a thing about it or not.

5 – The Author

If an author I love writes a book, I’ll probably give it a shot, even if the synopsis doesn’t draw me in at all.

6 – A Pretty Cover

This is a terrible thing to admit. But its also honest. Everyone does it don’t even lie. We’ll all suffer through a mediocre book just to have a gorgeous cover on our shelf.

7 – Expanded Canon

I LOVE expanded canon books, the Doctor Who and Star Trek ones especially. I pick these up a lot from second hand stores. And I want to read the ones that are like the books from the show. Like “The Bro Code” from HIMYM or “Pawnee Greatest Town In America” from Parks and Rec. I love these sorts of books.

8 – Villain Redemption Arc

There are many tropes I’m a sucker for, this is the one I’ve seen the least on. I’m a sucker for a redemption arc, bad-guy-turning-good-because-he-falls-in-love sort of story. Like Spike from Buffy The Vampire Slayer!

9 – Unique Formatting

Illuminae caught my eye from the unique formatting of documents. Because You’ll Never Meet Me is told in letters. Eliza and Her Monsters and Royce Rolls are to upcoming releases that fit the bill of “its weird and I want it”.

10 – Really Great Title

I’m a fan of weird/long titles, especially ones that sound like a line of poetry.

Like “You Look Different In Real Life”, “The Catastrophic History Of You and Me”, “I’d Tell You I Loved You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You”, “They Both Die At The End”,”One of Us Is Lying” etc.

I could have no idea what the book was about, and a title like that would make me want to read it.


Do you agree with my list?

What do we have in common?

Do you participate in TTT?

Let me know and drop me a link in the comments so I can check it out!