Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
Some books immediately attract my attention and make me want to read them. Some books make me wrinkle my nose and think yeah, not for me, thanks.
Here are the Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book:
1. An ugly cover
I admit it. I’m a total cover snob. If I don’t find the cover of a book attractive, I won’t want to read it – no matter how many positive reviews or recommendations I hear. If the cover is poorly designed or really busy, I will steer clear. If it has people on it, I’m way less likely to pick it up. I like symbolic covers much more than covers with people on them.
Not my thing.
3. A lot of gore
Violence for the sake of violence is not entertaining to me. It actually makes me feel a little sick. It’s the same with books with a lot of description of wounds or illnesses. I don’t find gore entertaining. Just unsettling.
4. Rude authors
Social media can be great and terrible. Some authors don’t present themselves well online and when they make comments that are rude or offensive, it makes me not want to read their books. Even one comment can turn me off from an author.
5. Lots of death
The death of a character can have a huge impact on a story and make it poignant and emotional and lovely. But, if it’s character death after character death, especially if a child dies, I can’t do it.
6. If a tonne of people have issues with it
Some books get a lot of coverage on social media. I tend pick books that look interesting to me and avoid looking at reviews until after I’ve read a book, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. And, when my social media feeds are full of posts about the issues with a book, it makes me very much not want to spend any time reading it. If I see enough readers that I know legitimately care for books and authors talking about issues with a book, I will trust them. I won’t pick up that book.
I’m a writer and an editor. I know that no published book (traditional or self-published) will be printed completely free of typos. It happens. But, when I start reading a book and find typo after typo, grammar mistakes that make it hard to understand what the text is supposed to say, or glaring consistency issues, I have to put the book down.
8. Immature, silly female leads
Too much “like” “oh-my-gosh” “he’s so cute” and such just makes me cringe.
Drama for the sake of drama. Very rarely does a love triangle make sense and work for me.
Again, the gore thing. A lot of folks are big into zombies these days. They aren’t for me.