Top Ten Tuesday (16)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week the list is Top Ten Words/Topics that make you NOT want to pick up a book. There are few topics that I will reject automatically so I am modifying this list to something similar:

Top Ten Words/Topics That Make Me Think Twice About Picking Up a Book (or Rather Make Me Move the Book to the Bottom of My TBR Pile)

  1. Erotica - This is a topic that I have zero interest in. This is one of the only topics that I never want to read. I have no interest in it and I don't find it to be enjoyable. Example: Fifty Shades Trilogy (I read the first one, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, I know there are worse books out there. I feel like I wasted my time reading it though.)
  2. Historical Non-Fiction - This topic just sounds really boring to me. Especially if it just drones on and on about history with no interesting facts or events going on. Example: 1491 by Charles C. Mann
  3. War - I often don't pick up books because they are centered around wars, such as WWII. I am hesitant to read books that make me cry and these books often do make you want to cry. Example: Atonement by Ian McEwan  
  4. Holocaust - I have a hard time reading books about people that are being hurt and they don't deserve it. I am so horrified by the things I've heard going on during this time that I'm terrified to find out more about what people had to experience (especially those being murdered and kept in concentration camps). Example: Diary of Anne Frank (I know this is a classic and I want to read it eventually, but I'm procrastinating...some day I will just READ it.)
  5. Divorce - When I see the word divorce, it always makes me put a book down. It's all to common in real life and I'm engaged, I don't want to read about ending a marriage before I even start mine.
  6. Cheesy Romance - These are books that I just can't imagine reading. I see rows and rows of them in the book store and get kind of sad that they are taking up so much space. (Okay, that was a little mean, I'm glad people are reading, period, even if it is the cheesy romance novels). Example: Harlequin Romance Novels (I'm sure they aren't all that bad, but I doubt I'll ever read one).
  7. Angels - I hesitate to pick books up that deal with angels because I've never read a great angel book. All the books that I've read that deal with angels have been okay or disappointing. Example: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (I couldn't make it past the first chapter).
  8. Suicide - This is a hard topic for me and hits close to home. I've know a person that committed suicide and I've had a friend struggle with suicidal tendencies. I've been hesitant to pick up books relating to this topic because it's hard to read about this topic and not want to act on it. (Though you can't act on it because its fiction). Example: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (I've heard great things about this book, but I have delayed reading it because it deals with suicide. I do have plan to read it someday though).
  9. Death of a family member - I come from a very close-knit family and we've lost a couple, but I can't imagine losing any of them. As I mentioned I don't always like to read books that I know will make me cry and this topic almost always makes me cry. My eyes are misting just thinking about this one. Example: If I Stay by Gayle Forman. (I did not like this book one bit - I disliked that you read about this great family and then they all die except for one and the brutality of their death was hard for me to get through)
  10. Cancer - This is another topic that will make me cry. I can't imagine someone going through this and reading about a character that I have most likely come to care for that has to go through something as brutal as cancer is almost always heart-wrenching. Example: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (I read this book and I LOVED it, it has inspired me to read others like it, but I still hesitate to read them every time).


  1. I agree with 1 and 8-10. I tend to avoid all depressing topics in books.

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  2. AnonymousJuly 23, 2013

    I understand where you're coming from. I think we all have "hot button" topics, ones that are so hard or emotional for us that reading about them, even in a great book, can be so difficult that the experience isn't positive. I definitely understand not wanting to read about divorce when you're about to get married! Angels are on my list too -- just not interested! Regarding historical non-fiction -- well, you're right, there are a lot that are dry and dusty, but I've also found some by amazing writers who can make history come alive. Have to pick and choose, I guess. Nice post!

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  3. Erotica & War were on my list too. And I totally agree with you about Historical Non-Fiction and Cheesy Romance.

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