Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Top Ten Words/Topics That Make Me Not Pick Up A Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fabulous ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. As you can see, this week's topic is the top ten words/topics that make me not pick up a book. I'm not sure if I can pick ten, but lets give it a shot!

1. Cheating. When I first started blogging and reading again, I didn't think much about cheating. Love is love, right? Wrong. As I got older, I started hating the topic more and more. It's just not right to lead someone on, especially when he/she is in love with you. Nowadays, if I see the word "cheating", I can't help but be slightly disgusted by it. Bleh.

2. Anorexia/Bulimia. WINTERGIRLS is the only exception I've ever made. Honestly, I just can't relate to it. I hate throwing up. It's the worst. Plus, I love food too much not to eat. I know it's an issue out there, especially amongst teens, and people should definitely read about it, but it's just not for me.

3. Threesome. Uhh, no thanks!

4. Vampires/Werewolves. I'm just burnt out right now. Doesn't mean I won't watch True Blood or The Vampire Diaries.

5. Abusive Parents. I just can't. I end up getting so angry to the point where it ruins the book for me.

6. People not using protection during "intimacy time". Sorry but once I see this, I'm pretty much done with the book. I know it happens and people get lost in the moment, but I truly believe all authors/movies should promote safe sex ESPECIALLY when writing to a younger crowd.

Okay, that's all I can think of. Honestly, I'll most likely give all things a shot, but these few topics are ones I try to avoid. What words/topics do you try to avoid?


  1. God, I just can't hardly make myself read threesomes. I had to rad one for a book tour and I was just...I can't...no. Sometimes it doesn't say that they're using protections and then they seemed surprised when they end up pregnant and I'm even more surprised when they're not.
    Great list(:


  2. Abusive parents are definitely one I avoid. And I love when a sex scene mentions condoms or the Pill - I like to know that the characters have common sense!

  3. I definitely avoid eating disorder kind of books.. I'm not a HUGE fan of realistic fiction. Cheating too. As well as threesome. I don't mind reading about abusive parents as long as in the end they get what they deserve!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  4. Thank you for the last one! I feel the exact same way. When characters don't use protection it really irks me. Yes, I get that it totally happens in real life -- and obviously depending on the story (like maybe the point is to have unprotected sex and then deal with the consequences after..) But when it's just completely left out? No thanks.

  5. Yes to all the above . Yeah My tastes have changed but those things haven't and another one is still parents ( absent) mostly in books :(

  6. Cheating is a total dealbreaker. If a main character cheated, I can't see a way they can redeem themselves. It always pisses me off when the female character always take back their cheating partner.

    I would prefer watching the words/topics I hate in books than actually reading it.

    My Top Ten!

  7. I agree with you on the cheating one. I've read books about it before, and it always sits with me the wrong way, and I end up not liking the book. And good point about the safe sex. I never really thought about it, but yeah, I do wish authors would address it more in their books.

  8. Issue books basically - so eating disorders, self-harm, stories where there is continued abused - child abuse, abuse of a significant other, sexual abuse. If its something that happened in the character's past then I can probably read the book but not if its current or ongoing or being told in flashbacks. I am happy those books are out there for those who want to read them and need to read them but they aren't for me.

    Cheating is definitely something I never enjoyed reading in books and if I know it's going to happen before I read the book I won't pick it up.

    The whole not using protection, well I won't know until I am already in the book. If niether of the characters even think of protection before or during the fun time then at least one of them better bring it up or think about it right afterwards, even if they get lucky I need some panicking over the possible consequences and a determination not to repeat their mistakes.

    If I read a synopsis that describes the love interest as beautiful or something similar. I need the MC's significant other to have something more interesting than their looks and if that's best thing used to describe them then I am not interested.


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