Last week I talked about things that made me want to read a book. So it only seems fair to look at the other side of the coin and see what does not make me want to read a book. As always this is prompted for Top Ten Tuesday by the lovely ladies of The Broke and the Bookish.
Like we have our preferences towards what interests us, we of course also have things that do not interest us. Now I can’t say for a 100% certain I will never pick up a book with any of these things, especially not if they are combined with the list of last week which happens more often than you think. But these things do make me push them very far away.
- Religion. I am not religious and books that have religious things as the main focus of their book will not appeal to me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind that there are religious characters in anyway (whether this is a real religion or a fictional one) where it is apart of their life. But not where religion is the main plot point.
- When romance takes over a huge part of the synopsis. If it already takes over a large part of the synopsis I’m bound not to like it.
- Books that are being called out on racism. I try and steer clear of most of those books like Carve the Mark and The Continent. I think it is important to listen to the (poc) voices in our community who call out these books and not be stubborn and feel like I need to read it for myself. It is enough for me to know that it hurts them so I won’t touch these. I’m still kind of eh on Nevernight because I bought it before it got called out. ._.
- Vampire love stories. I have not come across vampire books that really worked for me, let alone romance wise. And I used to really love vampires in my teens! The combo with love is just not for me. And especially the combination of vampires and teens. Nope. Done with that.
I really honestly can’t think of much more. There are other things that don’t nessecarily appeal to me like dystopia or history but with a fantasy element I do read them now and then. And I like to keep an open mind about them. How does that work for you? Are there elements you are not normally drawn to but in combination with other things you do read?