Top Ten Tuesday – July 23: Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT pick up a book

(Better late than never …. So pretend it’s still yesterday, okay?)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish (over here).  This week’s topic is the Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT pick up a book.  I don’t have particular key words, really, but I definitely have topics that I typically don’t gravitate towards:

  1. Books that dwell on tragedy. (I avoid Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult like the PLAGUE).
  2. Nonfiction.  Often I really want to like nonfiction in general, but usually don’t make it through.
  3. Horror / Scary stuff.  I usually avoid this quite fastidiously, but I have read some Dean Koontz that was gripping and mostly enjoyable.  Though I haven’t brought myself to pick up anything else by him, so perhaps that is telling.
  4. Vampires / supernatural (I like the True Blood series but generally I’m not very interested in these undead creatures. However, I LOVED the Soulless series so maybe I’m changing my mind.  Also this does not include fantasy or fantastical creatures, which I view as entirely different).
  5. Foolish / irresponsible life choices (especially when it seems doubtful that lessons are really learned.  I’m thinking the Shopaholic books here).
  6. Some historical fiction.  (It’s funny because I LOVE some historical fiction, but hate other historical fiction.  I’m not even sure if I’m consistent on which eras that I enjoy.  It might depend on having other redeeming factors).
  7. War.
  8. Erotica.  I won’t be reading Fifty Shades of Grey thank-you very much.
  9. Books where there are either no lead female characters, or all female characters are weak / shallow /stupid / just waiting for a man.
  10. SAD BOOKS.
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