Top Ten Tuesday (8)


It’s Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT pick up a book

Oh we all have them.  Our own personal little catch phrases that will keep us from clicking the “want to read” button.  So, what are some of mine?  Well, I’m glad you asked!

So, without further ado…

Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make Me NOT Pick Up A Book


 The Next {insert name her} or Better than {insert name here}

I don’t need these phrases to sell books.  It’s kind of insulting as well. So don’t do it.



Seriously girls who need a man to fulfill their lives is cliche and just teaching our teens that they can’t be a capable person on their own merit.


Historical Fiction

If I’m going to read about history, I’d must rather read about things that actually happened.  And there’s also that line “Truth is stranger than fiction.”


Werewolves, Fairies, Vampires, & Witches

Meh.  I’m just not into these.  Although I LOVE The Mortal Instruments series, so obviously there are exceptions to the rules.  And Harry Potter has my heart, but witchcraft just isn’t something I see out.



I’m a normal American, who struggles to pay my bills and buy my books.  So, people who can wave thousands of dollars at their problems don’t exactly make my heart go pitter-patter.  Now, I’m not talking about all people with money, per-say, I’m just talking about knuckle heads that treat money like toilet paper.



Ugh, politics rile me up as it is without having to read about them.  It’s another case of there is enough real-world politics to read about to read political fiction.


Dangerous/Bad Boy

It’s kind of infuriating that every girl has to be demure and naive and every boy has to be brooding, mysterious, and dangerous.  And tattoos do not equal bad boy.


Erotica/BDSM/50 Shades Anything

Nope, no thanks.  Just not my cup of tea.



Westerns/cowboys/home on the range… Not something that peaks my interest in the slightest.



Sports… I hate sports.  So, why would I want to read about them?  Plus athletes just make me feel bad about my lack of coordination.  This does NOT include dance or gymnasts.  I have no logic for this one, except that I was a dancer and a gymnast, so I can relate to them.

So, that’s it.  What about you?  What words/phrases make you say NO THANKS to a book?


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52 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (8)

    • It’s funny, because I love books with ghosts, zombies, and other paranormal beings/situations. And I’m sure if I read a book with those, I would like them, but I never get past the synopsis most times.

  1. I’m always surprised when I encounter people who don’t like historical. I’ve lived and breathed historical for at least 25 years now, since age eight. I love reading it and writing it, and most of my hobbies/interests are based on history and historical things, like silent film, antique cars, coins, stamps, vinyl records, and typewriters.

    • It’s not something I don’t like per say, but more like something I’m not drawn to. That said, I loved the American Girls books as a kid, and I loved The Infernal Devices series. Both were set in the history, but focused on other aspects. Uh, I hope that made sense, I didn’t get much sleep!

  2. I agree with most of these, except that I haven’t *completely* given up on the paranormal and I do enjoy a good historical fiction novel. But I’m so tired of “for fans of” or “the next blah-blah-blah”. 🙂

  3. I totally agree about sports. I’m not into them in real life so I wouldn’t be in to them in books! Unless the story is amazing and has to do with sports, like the movie A League of their Own!

  4. I agree with everything you said!! Especially the whole this book is going to be the next….. NOOOO!!! Nothing is ever, EVER going to replace that book so just stop trying….I get even angrier when it is compared to Harry Potter……Grrrr….Great list!
    Thanks for stopping by My TTT

  5. ever since 50 shades there’s so many “dangerous” billionaire “heroes” lately and it’s so annoying. and damsels in distress who gets in stupid situations because they’re trying to be step up or be brave or whatever? grrrr… nothing kills a book more than those.

    my TTT.

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks

  6. Great list. I agree with most of them! I used to think I liked reading about vampires, werewolves, and such things, but I’m so over it. And I’ve never really been all that into fairies and witches.

    –Sam @ SIK Book Reviews

  7. I am so far from sporty, and my school is reading Michael Oher’s I Beat the Odds (he’s the guy The Blind Side is based on) for our common read this fall. It was alright, but I never would have read it otherwise.

  8. I’m definitely not into Westerns either. I almost put that on my list. I also hate the Damsel-in-Distress thing, too! I don’t like it when books make it seem that girls HAVE to have a boyfriend/husband in order to be happy.

    • It’s okay to have a man as long as they realize they don’t HAVE to have one to survive. It just teaches girls they can’t be anything unless they are in a relationship.

  9. I hate the whole Damsel-in-Distress thing too! It drives me crazy how some books make it seem that girls HAVE to have a boyfriend/husband in order to be happy. UGH.

  10. Ha! I didn’t even think of politics or western. I’m the same on those. I love historical fiction, though. Well… certain types. If I don’t know anything about the time period, then I’m not interested. Thanks for the comment and follow!

  11. thanks for stopping by my blog! As for your question on if there are unicorn books. i think there are.. and it kind of turns me off. haha. i’m going to do some research and see what kind of books there are that are about unicorns. maybe it’s a shifting thing?

    anyways, great list!

  12. I pretty much agreed with all of yours except for the paranormal. I haven’t gotten tired of that yet with the exception of fairies. I find I have trouble getting into books where the main characters are fairies lately. Thanks for stopping by my list!

  13. I agree with most of these except the paranormal. I love vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches, etc. I’m glad that you said you love The Mortal Instruments though because that is one of my all time favorite book series! Great list and thanks for stopping by My TTT

  14. Thanks for stopping by! I always think that I don’t like historical fiction, but then I always manage to find something I love. Have you read The Diviners by Libba Bray? Totally creepy story set in the 1920s. Love.

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