Tuesday, 25 April 2017

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten things that make me NOT want books

(Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish!)

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
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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. 

9) Hype
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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
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I trust Goodreads reviewers. I'm very active on the site, and don't often find that my opinion of a novel differs greatly from the general consensus. If a book has an average rating of less than three, I find it very difficult to attempt. 

7) Predictable plots
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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
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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.

5) Top dollar
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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

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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
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No matter how much I want to read a book, if it has over five hundred pages I'm going to struggle. They're not only long and often convoluted, they're so damn heavy! 

2) Irritating authors
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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
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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?


  1. I love the dreadful covers reason - perfect. I have not had good luck with books with lots of hype. I usually read them after the hype dies down if I really want to do so. I enjoy long books as long as I'm enjoying the plot and characters. When I'm not, they're absolutely dreadful. Nice list!

    1. I always try to wait for hype to die down too, but with some series (Throne of Glass and Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle in particular!) the hype never goes away, which is a shame.

  2. Hype makes me nervous too. Also yes to authors behaving badly. I do like long books, but I have to admit, I kind of dread them as well, I'm a slow reader so a long book will take me at least a month or so to read.
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  3. The cover can really make or break a book - those are particularly cringe worthy!

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