Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they come up with a topic and invite whoever wants to add their own list to their own blog.
Today’s Top Ten was kind of a toughie… I’ll admit, I generally will pick up anything to read. I don’t discriminate! But there are some things that may make me either not pick it up or put it right back down!
Here are my Top Ten things that make me not want to pick up a book:
Any nobility word – Duke, Duchess, Viscount, Countess… While I LOVE books that usually are about these characters, typically I won’t pick up a book that has those titles in the book’s title. I just think they’re cheesy and I know people are like “man, look at that sap of a woman reading some trashy romance novel.”
Nerdy Science Fiction -Please note I said “nerdy.” I actually enjoy some science fiction. What I don’t want is stuff that’s similar to Star Trek or Star Wars or Babylon 5 or… well I really can’t think of anything else. Needless, I think you can see where I’m going with this.
Critically Acclaimed – This isn’t really something in the title of a book, but I tend to stay away from books that have this splashed about all over the cover. I’m sorry, but sometimes critics are wrong and probably just recommend a book because whoever they work for told them to (okay I’m sure that’s not always true). But just because a critic said everyone will like it doesn’t mean I want to.
Sex Words – Yeah… no.
Slavery topics that makes the white man a monster – I really don’t need to suffer the embarrassment of my ancestors nor do I want to be one of those white people who get all fake “OMG I feel soooo bad about this!” I don’t feel bad about it. I hate that it happened, I hate that it existed, I hate everything about it. But it’s a part of our history, just like everything else is. If a book happens to have slavery in it, or it’s focused on a slave, I want it to be an uplifting story of overcoming obstacles and whatnot, the road to freedom and what happens after. I don’t like books about slavery that have overseers and slave owners who are horrible, despicable monsters – mostly because this is a HARD topic for me to read about. And not just black slaves… any kind of slaves. (please don’t hate me!)
For Fans of… – I know, I know… Having the words “Twilight” or “Harry Potter” on a book instantly insures that it will sell. Great. But you know what? When your book is NOTHING LIKE TWILIGHT OR HARRY POTTER I’m gonna get so pissed. Also, I’m sorry, but selling me a book about fairies by comparing it to Twilight just doesn’t work on so many levels.
Okay… I had to stop because… well… I generally pick up most anything.