Last week, I talked about the ten things that instantly made me want a book. This week I'm doing the other side: which things make me run a mile.
10) Convoluted descriptions
If the synopsis doesn't make any sense, I can't deal. I often get this with fantasy books: there will be a very shallow description of the world that the story is set in, and it will just make me put the book down and walk away with question marks swirling around my head.
If a book is majorly over-hyped, I'm always nervous. What if I'm the only person in the world who hates it? What if my expectations are too high and it disappoints me? It doesn't often happen, but when it does it's utterly crushing, and has put the fear of hype in me.
8) Bad Goodreads ratings
7) Predictable plots
If a book tells you what it's about in the synopsis, it's difficult to find the strength to read it. We all know that the Twilight series is about vampires, so while Bella is trying to work out exactly what Edward is, we're all groaning from boredom.
If the plot point referenced in a synopsis doesn't happen until over halfway through the book, you're just waiting for that moment to occur. Spoilery synopses are the worst.
6) Lengthy series
When I start a series, I find it very difficult not to follow through and finish it. If a book is part of a series that has over ten books, I'm probably never going to try it.
I never buy brand new hardback books, because they're just too expensive. It's a treat when I buy myself a new paperback, but I prefer finding books in charity shops or borrowing them from the library.
4) Bad condition
No matter how much I want to read a book, I won't read any that are absolutely disgusting. My favourite thing about working in the library was getting rid of books that were ripped, sticky or stained - I just can't stand them.
3) 500+ pages
2) Irritating authors
If an author makes bigoted comments or generally acts like an unprofessional idiot on social media, I'm not going to read their books. This might be overly judgmental, but I always try to be professional on my social media platforms, and I'm just a blogger doing this for fun!
You wouldn't serve coffee in a café while spouting derogatory comments about your workplace or the customers, so authors shouldn't be allowed to either.
1) Dreadful covers
If a book has a cheesy cover or a terrible font, I'm not going to find it appealing. The story inside might be absolutely amazing, but a lazy cover design often hints towards lazy editing, something I despise.
I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! What makes you not want to read a book?