Last week, I made a list of reasons to buy a book. This week, the ladies at Broke and Bookish asked what are the reasons I would choose not to read a book. Now, to be fair, I could read almost anything in the right circumstances. My reading taste is as varied as there are book genres but given the choice, there are some categories that would me cringe. Without going into too much detail, since it seems a little pointless to speak in the negative, I would pass by these books without so much as a second glance.
- Otherworldly. I have never read a book with vampires or werewolf or zombies or any of that and I am not planning to start anytime soon.
- YA Dystopian. While I have found a few of these movie adaptations interesting (Hunger Games and Divergent), as a whole, this is not a genre that I read from often.
- SFF. While I am a scientist and read a fair amount of science Non-fiction books, I don’t actively seek out Science Fiction.
- Cliched romance. I don’t go for predictable plots so if I think the book will be a write-by-the-numbers romance, l don’t bother. Usually, I make this judgment based on the cover – if the man is only half clothed and touching a woman in any way, that is not a book I will be picking up.
- Celebrity Memoirs. I have read and enjoyed several autobiographies of famous actresses, singers, athletes, politicians. Barack Obama’s Dreams From My Father and George W. Bush’s book about his father, the other George Bush, are among the best biographies I have read of all time. Within the last 3 years, Cameron Diaz released two books about health – The Body Book (reviewed here) and Longevity – topics I would not have thought she was an expert on and both were books I absolutely enjoyed. But I draw the line at the tabloid kind of tell-all books reality stars and C or D-rated actors tend to write when they are trying to revive struggling careers.
- R Rated – Graphic language and violence. I tend to avoid looking up a book synopsis before I read a book. I like to experience the story without knowing too much about the plot and the situations but if I knew that a book featured graphic violence and obscene language, I would not want to read it.
- Series. These days, I’m not interested in following the same character for multiple stories so I am hard pressed to pick up a book unless it can be read as a standalone.
What about you? What are the reasons you would choose to NOT read a book?
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