Top Ten Tuesday #104

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week, I’m back from France now and the work for my exams has truly begun. I had one today, which I think went okay (absolutely no idea) but I still have another one next week, so can’t relax just yet! Anyway, I’m back this week courtesy of the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish, with another Top Ten Tuesday. As last week we shared our bookish loves, this week, we’ll be sharing our bookish pet peeves, with our Top Ten Things That Will Make Us Instantly Not Want To Read A Book. I went way over last week and I’m sure this week will not change that, as I have a lot of bookish pet peeves. So here we go, the things I hate that will make me not want to read a book:

  1. LOVE TRIANGLES-This trope should just burn in a fiery pit of hell, okay? They’re so overdone, they’re rarely ever done well, and neither relationship with either love interest is usually well developed. Authors can we please stick to one well developed romance rather than a love triangle? Or none at all. Cause you know, that is an option.
  2. “Purple” Prose-I love pretty writing as much as the next book lover, but there’s pretty writing and then there’s this, where the writing is just so flowery that most of the time I don’t even understand what the author is trying to say. If it seems like a book is going to have this kind of writing, then it’s a pretty safe bet that I’ll be running away screaming.
  3. Girl on girl hate-NO, NO, NO, NO, NO! Just all the no’s to this okay. Society pits girls against each other enough without having it happen in books as well. I want supportive female friendships damn it!
  4. Erotica-Just no. It makes me uncomfortable, and it’s just not the kind of thing I want to be reading about.
  5. Space-It’s just not really my thing? I’m not saying I’d never give it a shot, but in general I’m not really that keen on venturing into space whilst reading.
  6. Hype-Funnily this one was on both lists! Yes, if all the bloggers of ever are talking about how great a book is, I am likely to check it out, but I am wary. I have been burned before.
  7. Comparisons-This one just makes me groan! I get why publishers do the whole “like this massive book, try this one” but it’s usually just setting a book up for failure and even the books I have enjoyed that have been compared to other big series, the reasons I’ve enjoyed them are not because they were compared to that series, in fact usually I think the resemblance is hardly there, it’s because the book itself is just good. Let books stand on their own merits publishers and stop saying “look this is the next ……”. Chances are you will just disappoint book lovers with this.
  8. Dialogue where the teens don’t sound like teenagers-I’m not saying you have to have your teenage character speaking in slang every two lines, but I hate it when authors have their teen characters speaking like someone twice their age.
  9. Slow moving plot-I’m a plot driven reader, I need the plot to be fast, exciting and engaging. If it’s moving too slow or there’s just not much happening, I will get bored.
  10. Shirtless guys on the cover-Just no. Totally an indicator that this book is not something that I want to be reading.
  11. Religion-I’m not religious and whilst I don’t have any problem with religious characters and absolutely think that’s something that should be seen in books, I wouldn’t pick up a book where religion was the main theme.
  12. Mid series cover changes-If I know a series has had a cover change mid series, I am unlikely to start it, even if it sounds interesting. It just bothers me when series books don’t look like they belong to the same series!
  13. It’s on a list of books you must read before you die-Okay this sounds like a weird one but hear me out. For the most part, all these books are classics and we just don’t gel. I think I’ve read maybe one or two books from these kinds of lists, but YA is hardly ever on them, it’s always literary fiction and I’m just not keen. I’m a black sheep I guess, I don’t want people telling me which books I must read before I die. I want to decide that!
  14. Romance-I don’t mind books having romance as a side plot, but if romance is the main theme of the book, chances are, I won’t be reading it.
  15. If it’s by an author I haven’t liked before-I do tend to give authors second chances most of the time, but if I really hated one of their books, the chances of me trying another are pretty slim, unless it sounds totally fantastic (example, my aversion to John Green books after hating TFIOS).
  16. Love at first sight-If a book’s blurb indicates that any kind of love at first sight crap is going to be going on, then I won’t be reading it. I’m sorry, I just don’t believe that love at first sight is a thing, so I don’t want to read about it.
  17. If the author is a jerk-If a book’s author has said something or done something bad, then the chances of me reading their book is slim to none.
  18. If the book has lots of infodumping-It’s just dull people! Show me, don’t tell me!
  19. Boring covers-I’m a judger okay! If it’s boring on the outside, it’s an indicator it might be boring on the inside.
  20. Overly long chapters/really short chapters-This bugs me. Too long chapters and my attention wavers, or I have to stop midway through. Too short and yes I can read faster, but it also feels like not enough detail is put in. Between 10-20 pages is decent, once it gets over 20, it’s too long.

That’s all I have this week! I know I went over, but I figured, I went over for last week’s list, I should for this week’s too. There’s probably more bookish turn offs for me that I haven’t even thought of! Do any of these things turn you away from a book? What are your biggest bookish pet peeves? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s topic is a cover themed freebie, not entirely sure what I’m going to do for that, but I guess you’ll find out next week! In the meantime, I will finally be getting you an April discussion post, I promise it will be up by the end of the month!

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64 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #104

  1. anovelglimpse April 25, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    Comparisons are the worst. I probably would have enjoyed The Girl on the Train more if it hadn’t been called the next Gone Girl.
    My TTT.

    • iloveheartlandx April 28, 2017 / 12:02 am

      They really are! Exactly, it’s just setting you up for failure!

  2. midwesternbooknerd April 25, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Ha you went long this week while we went short. I agree with so many of your items though. Love triangles made our lists as did comparisons. Seriously, I can’t think of a time when the book was released with a comparison that actually was deserving. I get my expectations up only to be let down.

    • iloveheartlandx April 28, 2017 / 12:02 am

      Ha yes! Thanks! I can’t actually either, usually the comparisons are totally wrong!

  3. Greg Hill April 25, 2017 / 7:26 pm

    Love triangles- check. So agree. Purple prose and hype as well. Hype just makes me want to wait to read a book sometimes, other times it might make me want to read it MORE. Depends on the book I guess… comparisons and dialogue that doesn’t fit are also great. When teens don’t sound or act like teens it’s like, what’s the point?

    Jerk authors too. I haven’t run into many but sometimes an author being mean on Twitter or somewhere will turn me off.

    • iloveheartlandx April 28, 2017 / 12:01 am

      Love triangles are the worst! Yeah I have a strange relationship with hype too, sometimes it makes me want to read it, other times not so much. Ugh I know right, it’s like, why did you write a YA book if you don’t want your teens to speak like real teens? I haven’t run into too many thankfully, but I will definitely be put off if I see authors saying mean things on Twitter.

  4. Bill Anderson April 25, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    Definitely no to erotica, love triangles and purple prose. I totally agree with your entire list! I also cannot stand slow moving books. If you don’t have hooked in the first 25 to 50 pages, it is not going to happen. There are too many things out there to read. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    • iloveheartlandx April 28, 2017 / 12:00 am

      Thanks! I usually give them a chance for the first 50-60 pages, but after that I’ll be a little more ruthless. You’re right, there are too many things out there to read! No problem šŸ™‚

  5. ericarobyn April 25, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    YESSSSS! Oh my gosh. Great list! So many of these are spot on for me as well!

  6. Mariela April 25, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    Yes, a lot of info is a turn off for me!
    I love your # 13! I never read a book from those ” Must Read Lists”! I never read a classic in my life. haha
    I also hate the cover changes! I feel like they ruined my book collection! šŸ˜›

    • iloveheartlandx April 27, 2017 / 11:59 pm

      I know right, we don’t need all the info right away, authors can spread it out a little and we’d be cool with it! Thanks! I think I have read some, but it’s usually the contemporary ones. Unfortunately I had to read a lot of classics in school but now I’m finished, I never read them at all. Ugh I know, you spend so long trying to get your series covers to match and then they just go ahead and ruin it!

  7. rachel820 April 25, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    I’m definitely a “judge a book by its cover” type of person!

  8. Literary Feline April 25, 2017 / 11:11 pm

    Good luck with your exam next week! And welcome back from France! I enjoyed reading your list, Jo. You have some great reasons here for not wanting to pick up a book, many of which I agree with. Thank you for sharing!

  9. simply0strange April 25, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    Great list!! I totally forgot about girls hating girls!! I REALLY HATE THAT. The fact that it is so prevalent in books is astonishing.
    Also, nice add with the shirtless guys ^_^ And they all look the same muscled out to the max and HUGE– what bad imagery for regular guys!

    • iloveheartlandx April 27, 2017 / 11:56 pm

      Thanks! Ugh I know, I mean I know girls can be awful to each other sometimes, but it’s nowhere near as prevalent in real life as books would make it seem. Ha ha yeah, they’re terrible! Oh I know right, cover guys make real guys seem puny in comparison, which is really awful for them.

  10. Brenda April 25, 2017 / 11:50 pm

    Great list. Thanks for stopping by and commenting today.

  11. the (book) supplier April 26, 2017 / 1:50 am

    I’m with you on the erotica. I don’t understand why, but it makes me really uncomfortable to read about. Happy reading!

    eli @ the (book) supplier
    My TTT

    • iloveheartlandx April 27, 2017 / 11:54 pm

      It makes me really uncomfortable to read about too. Thanks!

  12. judithcmoore April 26, 2017 / 7:28 am

    Amen to ignoring Jerk authors. There’s always that moment where you love a book and then look into the author and you have to reconcile a horrible person and a good book!

    • iloveheartlandx April 27, 2017 / 11:53 pm

      Ugh I know, I hate it when I find out that the author of a book I love is a jerk!

  13. Louise April 26, 2017 / 10:04 am

    Great list! I hate boring covers and mid-series cover changes too!

  14. utopiastateofmind April 26, 2017 / 11:31 am

    Yes to girl on girl hate, we are so over that!

  15. imyril April 26, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    MID SERIES COVER CHANGES. I have no words for how much I hate publishers for doing this. One of my all-time favourite series was published over 23 years, and the only cover change was after the trade edition of book 1 – so unless you were really ahead of the curve, it all worked out. Now that’s a publisher I’d happily send a Christmas card to.

    • iloveheartlandx April 27, 2017 / 11:52 pm

      Ugh I know, it’s so irritating, fills me with blind, irrational rage! That’s great, see it’s not hard to please readers, all we ask is that we have the opportunity to have our covers matching!

  16. Maraia April 26, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    This is such a great list! Many of these things would have been on mine, if I’d gotten around to making one this week. šŸ˜‚

    I completely agree about 2, 3, 4, 6 (both ways), 10, 11 (I detest being preached to. I’ve experienced it all my life as someone whose parents didn’t raise her religiously), 16, an 17. I don’t usually mind short chapters, but long chapters really slow me down.

    • iloveheartlandx April 27, 2017 / 11:51 pm

      Thanks! Great minds clearly think alike :). Short chapters don’t bother me as much, although if they’re like one or two pages, I kind of wonder what the point of them is, but like you, long chapters really bog me down.

  17. lyndleloo April 26, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    Argh I struggled to come up with ten and now I’m agreeing with all of yours! Lol. Completely agree with fake sounding teenage dialogue, why do authors make teens sound like adults when they’re not? I know slang can become really dated, but at least make the kids sounder younger than the adults, not the same. And I struggle with purple prose and classics too, I love a good YA book with no frills! šŸ˜€

    • iloveheartlandx April 27, 2017 / 11:50 pm

      Ha ha it’s always the way! I have no idea, and it’s so annoying. Exactly, it’s really not that hard. Me too! I much prefer clean simple writing.

  18. Chrystal April 26, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    I’ve read some erotica in the past, but not really my thing. And funny enough I just read a Christian romance the other day and enjoyed it. There was talk of the Bible and faith, but it wasn’t overwhelming. I’d give the author another try. šŸ˜€

    • iloveheartlandx April 27, 2017 / 11:48 pm

      I haven’t actually read any, but I don’t feel like I need to to know that it’s not my thing! Oh really? Good for you. Glad you enjoyed it!

  19. jessicabookworm April 26, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    As you know I had romance and love triangles on my list too. I also don’t like erotica, hype, shirtless guys on cover, ‘purple prose’ (I wish I’d thought of that!) or really long chapters (I hate having to stop reading mid-chapter!) šŸ˜€

    • iloveheartlandx April 27, 2017 / 11:47 pm

      Having to stop reading mid chapter annoys me so much! Great minds clearly think alike šŸ™‚

  20. ChrissiReads April 26, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    I’m with you on the erotica… not my thing at all! Great list.

  21. Kristilyn April 26, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Aww, I love romance! I feel like I look for it no matter what genre of book I’m reading. lol. Teenagers not talking like teenagers drive me nuts, too … and oh my gosh, don’t get me started on love triangles! It’s okay if they’re done good, but I hate it when they’re thrown in just for the sake of adding tension. And yes to long and short chapters! I like to finish a chapter before putting a book down so if it’s crazy long I get antsy!

    Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx April 27, 2017 / 11:45 pm

      Fair enough, most people do. I don’t hate romance, I just wish it didn’t have to be in every YA book ever. I know it’s so annoying and they’re rarely ever done well. Same! It bugs me so much to have to put a book down mid chapter. Thank you šŸ™‚

  22. herding cats & burning soup April 26, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Wow that’s quite the list. You’ve taken out most of my favorite things since I love romance and erotic romance. lol I’m with you on the comparisons. Cannot stand that. That’s instant book death for me.

    • iloveheartlandx April 27, 2017 / 11:43 pm

      Thanks! Well people are different I guess. Yes it is instant death, you can never compare books, it’s just unfair, to both of them!

  23. Lauren @ Always Me April 27, 2017 / 1:29 am

    I should have put in show don’t tell! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier!

    • iloveheartlandx April 27, 2017 / 11:42 pm

      There’s always one, I’ve seen loads that I forgot on other people’s lists! No problem šŸ™‚

  24. Olivia April 27, 2017 / 8:15 am

    I don’t like love triangles and they make me roll my eyes around my head for the entirety of the book but I haven’t yet not picked up a book because of it. Agreed on purple prose! Also hype! I almost missed Harry Potter haha, since then I’ve been a bit more forgiving.

    • iloveheartlandx April 27, 2017 / 11:42 pm

      Love triangles aren’t usually something that’s advertised on the blurb of a book, so they’re hard to avoid, but not impossible. Ugh yeah, both those things suck.

  25. Beth (Reading Every Night) April 27, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Great picks for this week, a few of these are on my list and even more are things that would turn me off books as well. Mid-series cover changes for example are a big pet peeve of mine! šŸ™‚

  26. kris April 27, 2017 / 11:05 pm

    Hahaha forget the shirtless guys on the cover. My favorite are the ones with the long flowing hair on a horse with some damsel in his arms and stars in his eyes and is obviously the best thing since sliced bread. I’ll reserve those ones for my grandma šŸ˜›

    • iloveheartlandx April 27, 2017 / 11:41 pm

      They’re just the worst aren’t they? Ugh yeah, those ones suck.

  27. The Book-Filled Day April 28, 2017 / 1:39 am

    Yes to all of these! Except I do like some space books. I’m picky about them, but there are some out there I’ve enjoyed.

    • iloveheartlandx April 29, 2017 / 7:10 pm

      Thanks! Fair enough, I haven’t really read many so I can’t judge too much, but space just doesn’t hold my interest.

  28. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense April 28, 2017 / 2:17 am

    I’ve never picked up erotica and don’t intend to. It’s not something I’m interested in. Shirtless men on the cover turns me away as well. I can be pretty judgmental when it comes to covers as well. I think I’ve just been spoiled.

    • iloveheartlandx April 29, 2017 / 7:08 pm

      Yup me either. I think we all have, with such great covers out there, there’s no reason to have a shoddy one!

  29. spidersilksnowflakes April 28, 2017 / 3:31 am

    HAHA I agree with so many of these! The one thing on your list I was surprised about was space because I’m a huge sci-fi nerd and I love stories about space šŸ™‚

    Kritika @ Snowflakes & Spider silk

    • iloveheartlandx April 29, 2017 / 7:07 pm

      Thanks! I do like some scifi but for some reason space and I just don’t really click.

  30. bibliopathictendencies April 28, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    I love how everyone always says they hate love triangles and yet they’re all over the place!! I always find it so funny.

    Also idk why publishers like to torture us with mid-series cover changes. Soooo annoying!

    • iloveheartlandx April 29, 2017 / 7:03 pm

      Ugh I know right! Clearly authors/publishers are not listening to us. I don’t know either! I’d like to tell them to stop, because it annoys the hell out of me!

  31. Rissi May 2, 2017 / 4:01 am

    Ugh! Shirtless guys?? So not my thing! Also, love triangles begone! (Unless you’re really well done!) Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

  32. thesassygeek May 3, 2017 / 9:43 pm

    Awesome list! I agree with 100% of these although I find that sometimes purple prose works if the author can do it right such as Laini Taylor! šŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx May 4, 2017 / 10:52 am

      Thanks! I haven’t read Laini Taylor so I’ll take your word on that one šŸ™‚

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