Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Turn-Offs

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Top Nine Book Turn-Offs

This is such a great topic!  You know how you’re reading, and then all of a sudden, you come across something that you’re not a fan of, and there’s something about it that makes you want to throw the book at the wall or even stop reading it?  Here’s my list of things that will make want to do that!

  1. Accents.  I totally get that the author probably wants to establish how people in a place or time period speak, but it’s also the one thing that will make me put down a book and not finish it.  Reading accents are super-distracting for me, and it’s one of those things were a little goes a long way.  Hagrid is the only exception to this, and I’m sure I’ve stop reading some great books because of it, but it’s so distracting I don’t even care.
  2. Not saying a book is part of a series, and which book in the series it is.  It’s just really annoying when I’m browsing, because I don’t want to accidentally pick up the wrong book in the series.  And it makes me not want to buy the book at all.
  3. Dual-time stories.  The ones where the present story intersects with the past, usually in the form of some family secret?  I’ve read them, and I’ll probably keep reading in the hopes I’ll find a few I like.  The problem is that the past story-line is much more interesting the present.  It tends to hit-or-miss, and unfortunately, it’s mostly miss.  Which is sad, because I find the overall idea of it really interesting.
  4. Multiple narrators.  Another that’s hit-or-miss for me (and sadly, it tends to be miss).  It’s another thing that doesn’t always work for me, and I’m always nervous when I see it, because I feel like it’s just not going to work well.  A lot of times, the narrators seem really similar, which makes me wonder why there’s a few of them in the first place.
  5. Books that are longer than 350 pages.  I know this is horrible, especially because I had no problem reading big books in high school. But they seem so long now, and I think I’m really used to shorter books because of YA, so it’s hard for me to read books that are longer than 350 pages.  Actually, it’s probably good I have a Nook and an Audible account, because then I have no clue how long something really is.
  6. Books with an abrupt ending.  This is really annoying for me, because when I read a book, I expect a beginning, a middle and an end.  I don’t want to finish a book feeling like the author forgot to end it or that they decided any old ending will do.
  7. Books that have a strong resemblance to another book.  I don’t mind if books have similar elements to others books, but it’s irritating when I’m reading a book, and the plot is super-similar to another one.  I want to be thinking about how cool your book is but it’s kind of hard when it’s scary similar to something else I’ve read.
  8. Love triangles.  I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who is not a fan of the ever-popular love triangle.  Most of the time, it’s just unnecesssary and overdone and not remotely interesting.
  9. Books where world-building is either over-done or under-developed.  Books really need the right amount of details.  Too much, and I’m bored with the amount of detail.  Too little, and I wonder what on earth is going on, with some feelings of confusion.  And it’s entirely random, because too much in one book is just right for another book, which could be too little for a third book.

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Turn-Offs

  1. i agree with pretty much everything on this list, especially your thoughts on world building. world building is probably one of the hardest things to do as a writer. it’s hard enough to come up with an intricate world, but to write it in a way that intrigues but does not overwhelm the reader is a rare feat! anyway just found your blog via the broke & bookish link and look forward to reading more posts from you 🙂

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