Top Ten Things to Avoid

April 25, 2017 | 12 comments


Las week’s top ten list was all about the things that makes me want to read a book. This week is the companion list – the top ten things (as hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) that makes me avoid reading a book are:

1. Animals dying. I have no issue reading gory crime novels, but I can absolutely not deal with any mention of a dog being harmed.

2. Epistolary novels. One of my biggest pet peeves. This literary style should be avoided at all costs.

3. Second-person narrative. Another big pet peeve. What is wrong with third-person?

4. Zombies. I’m not a big zombie fan (ok in movies, but not in books). The only exception is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which I’m still considering reading.

5. Christian novels. I have absolutely nothing against Christian authors (or authors of any other religion for that matter), but novels that are specifically marketed as Christian makes me want to run in the other direction.

6. Paranormal/shape-shifters. Really not my thing (with some very few exceptions where the paranormal abilities are used to solve crimes and I like to think of the book as just another crime novel).

7. Ugly covers. You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover (but I do).

8. Chick-lit. Like with #5, I occasionally read chick-lit but I despise this term and most of the time I will avoid a book if that is how it is marketed.

9. Time travel. There are some notable exceptions (Outlander), but I tend to avoid books where the characters travel through time. (Dual time-lines on the other hand are usually something I like.)

10. All the other things on my literary pet peeves list that I haven’t mentioned above should be avoided (both by authors and people who lend me books…)

What things makes you avoid reading a book?