Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: I Won't Pick Up a Book

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This week we are discussing words or topics that will NOT make us pick up a book--the inverse of when we discussed topics that make us want to read a book. For that, you can check out my Top Ten Post: What Instantly Makes Me Pick Up a Book.

I try very hard to read books that are out of my natural comfort zone, as I feel it is important to give books/genres a shot every so often. That does not mean that I would give up my favorite books or genres any day of the week, but rather I feel it helps me to keep reading outside of my comfort zone makes me a better reader/reviewer/librarian overall.

The list below are the topics I usually shy away from, for whatever reason listed:

1) S&M--if the whole book is surrounding this, than I most likely am not going to pick it up. Just not a topic that I want to read...

2) hardcore Science Fiction--this is a rough one to say how I define it but I am not a fan of Strek Trek or Star Wars...so anything similar to it I probably won't read. Now I did read and enjoy Ender's Game but I did not finish the rest of the series--it was good but not my preference.

3) I sometimes struggle with getting into High Fantasy novels. I have been working on getting into this genre more over the years, and it honestly just depends on how complicated and how well done the world building is done in the book on whether I will be able to stick it out.

4) This is also a funky habit of mine but I will not read a book just because it is popular--it has to have something in it that makes ME want to read it. 

5) Pirates: LOL, this is a funny one but there are very few books with pirates that I am drawn to enough to pick up and want to read. When I say pirates, I mean the main characters are pirates, not stories with pirates in them. 

Hmm...above is what I can think of as to what my book quirks are. Any on my list that are one of the reasons why you pick up the book? What other ones do you have that I did not include? Be sure to leave your link in the comments below so I can come visit you! 


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20 comments :

  1. I know what you mean about avoiding a book just because it's popular. I avoided Twilight for YEARS before being arm-twisted into reading it.

    And, year - hard-core sci-fi isn't my thing either. I like the YA sci-fi. That seems to be the good balance between weird and normal. Across the Universe was an awesome YA sci-fi series.

    Great list!

    TTT @ Krista's Dust Jacket

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    1. Ugh, I want to read a book because I want to...not just because it is popular. I may eventually get around to reading it, just depends. Thanks for stopping by my TTT.

      Happy Reading!
      Stephanie

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  2. Hyped books are always a dilemma for me. I'm scared to read them because they may disappoint, but on the other hand I really want to read them because everyone's talking about them:)

    My TTT:
    http://evelinesbooks.blogspot.nl/2013/07/top-ten-tuesday-8.html

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    1. I might eventually give into some hyped books...it depends if they stand the test of time. ;-) Thanks for stopping by!

      Happy Reading,
      Stephanie

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  3. I totally avoid books that are popular unless they're books that I would pick up regardless. I don't want to be one of those readers! I also stay away from Star Trek type sci-fi... but I'll admit that I've read some good ones so I can't say that I wouldn't try them!

    This was a hard TTT - I'm not uber picky about what I read!

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    1. YA science fiction and fantasy are usually a different ball game for me--I can most of the times get into them but even with some of them, I still struggle.

      It was definitely one of the more challenging ones for me as well. Thanks for stopping by today!

      Happy Reading!
      Stephanie

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  4. Great list. I'm always intrigued by popular books, but if they don't interest me, I won't pick them up.

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  5. That's a really good list actually. I tend to agree with you on High Fantasy and Science Fiction. I tend to lean away from both of those genres, though I will read a few books if they are highly recommended.

    My TTT

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    1. I will read reviews, and if read enough intriguing things about High Fantasy or hardcore Science Fiction, then I will give them a shot usually.

      Happy Reading!
      Stephanie

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  6. Ah, great list. Popular books I approach with pause myself because I think they are all formulaic and want to make a buck off of another series/movie. The rest of the list you are SO right...some of the stuff is plain weird. Pirates? I have not ever read a book like that and never will.

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    1. I have read a couple synopsis revolving around pirates...not my cup of tea. ;-)

      Happy Reading!
      Stephanie

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  7. i love YA fantasy but i also cannot read adult high fantasy. their too long and complicated. that's why i'll never pick up the game of thrones novels.

    hope you can stop by my TTT.

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

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    1. That's so true--when I said High Fantasy and Science Fiction, mostly I am indicating adult...sometimes I struggle with a few of the YA titles too but I had a heck of time finding fantasy titles I could read during my adult pop lit class in grad school. LOL--not my genre evidently! Thanks for stopping by today.

      Happy Reading!

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  8. S&M also doesn't interest me. Nor does pirates very much either. And I never thought I'd like hardcore fantasy, but last year for a class I read The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, and loved them all. I already am obsessed with the movies, so it was natural I guess for me to like the books - they did, however, take me AGES to get through.

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    1. There are exceptions to the high fantasy--the ones you listed above would probably be it for me. They are not my favorite, but I could read them and appreciate them too. Thanks for stopping by today.

      Happy Reading!
      Stephanie

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  9. Love your list. I'm with you on S&M. I've never read a book that included it, and can't quite imagine myself ever doing so. To each their own, but it's not my own! And haha about pirates! I'm not quite sure what I think about them. I can't imagine taking a pirate book seriously after PotC, but maybe it could work? Huh I really just never see pirate books around to begin with!

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    1. I have not either--but there are obviously readers who do. :) Thanks for stopping by today.

      Happy Reading!
      Stephanie

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  10. I stay far away from books with massive amounts of hype. My terrible DNF experience with one of the required books for my recent YA Lit class only confirmed why I avoid such books. If it's good enough, it'll still be there for me to discover on its own merits after the hype has faded.

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    1. That's my feelings too--if it lives the test of time, than I will read it eventually most likely. Thanks for stopping by today.

      Happy Reading!
      Stephanie

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