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Get ready for an accidentally negative post! 😇
1. Celebrity Authors
I understand celebrity autobiographies, but I avoid picking up fiction written by celebrities who – let’s be honest – probably only got the opportunity to be published in the first place because they are a celebrity. It seems to be happening a lot recently with celebrities such as Zoella, Lauren Conrad, Kendall and Kylie Jenner etc. all writing fiction, mostly aimed at young adults. It seems like a kick in the teeth to the authors who have had to work incredibly hard to get published, and to the ghost writers that are likely used. I guess it’s still a good thing if it encourages people to read more, it’s just not my jam.
As embarrassing as it is to admit now, I wont deny that I definitely had a twilight phase when I was a teenager. It ended when I read Eclipse and hated it, and then when I tried rereading twilight I realised exactly how much I had outgrown it. Either way, I can’t read any vampire books now without being reminded of the twilight saga so it’s an instant no from me.
3. Books that are the next *Insert popular YA series*
AKA books hailed as the next harry potter, hunger games, divergent or the maze runner etc.
4. Ugly covers
I know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I do.
Most of the steampunk books I’ve seen floating around don’t interest me at all, but even the ones that I think sound really interesting (eg. Timekeeper) just don’t appeal to me enough to make me actually want to pick them up and read them.
6. Books that are part of a long series
It’s one of the main reasons I never started the shadowhunter chronicles, it’s too much of a commitment! What if the author ends the series in a way I hate? What if I get the the 5th book and decide to give up? That’s 5 other books I could have read instead, and I wont even get the benefit of knowing how the series ends. I feel like Harry Potter and the ASOIAF series are the only one that I wish had more books in the series, I think a lot of it depends on how unique and complex the story/world is.
7. Books with familiar sounding titles
AKA titles that contain the word(s) blood, throne, crown, shadow etc... This has only started to annoy me recently, but it has put me off reading a few books that I was previously keen to read. I can’t help but jump to the conclusion that the inside of the book is going to be as unoriginal as the title.
8. Books that trivialise important issues
I don’t consider myself to be a reader who is particularly ‘triggered’ by themes, but I am sick to death of hearing about all these books that decide to take on difficult themes and then don’t handle them sensitively. It’s reckless for authors to not take these issues seriously when their readers could be dealing with similar problems themselves.
9. Books over 500 pages
If I have any 500+ page books on my tbr, chances are they have been there for a long time and I will probably never get round to them.
10. Books with a low GR rating
I kind of do this instinctively, but I don’t normally add something to my TBR unless it has at least a 3.6-3.8 rating on goodreads. I have exceptions if it’s an author I love, or i’ve seen some really good reviews for it from reviewers I trust, but otherwise I know I wont want to read them anytime soon. Kind of annoying because I’m probably missing out on a load of great books, but also good because it helps keep my tbr under control(ish).
What makes you avoid books? 🙅🏼