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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn Offs

Posted by Irish in Top Ten Tuesday9 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today’s topic is about book turn offs. As described on TB&TB this is when “you are reading and then SOMETHING happens to completely turn you off.”

1. The too slow plot – if it doesn’t hold my attention after x amount of pages then I put it aside.

2. The crazy out of nowhere change in story – like one book I read was supposed to be about a psyic boarding school but then it was all about vampires. Thank you but no.

3. The over done love triangle – If it takes 3 very long books to decide which boy a girl ends up with as she moons over booth…chances are I won’t be making to to that final book.

4. The crazy last minute cliff hanger – cliff hangers are not a way to make me read the next book. If you wrap up most of your story in book one and then do a bomb drop in last few pages I will most likely toss book across the room and refuse to read the next title.

5. Terminal disease – if this is mentioned in the synopsis then fine, but if it just randomly appears in story then I am not going to be ok with it and will most likely stop reading

6. Werewolves – there are a few exceptions to this…all others are just no

7. The horrible parent – I recently stopped reading a book because the parents were just so unlikable, the story isn’t even about them but they are just so mean and inconsiderate of their daughter (well, daughter and step-child) that is just so hard to even want to attempt this book

8. The horrible BFF – you know the character, the MC calls them their BFF but they are nothing but mean and when the MC has their issue in the book the supposed BFF drops them like a hot potato.

9. Plot holes – if I can drive a truck through your logic then I just won’t bother reading to figure out if you somehow tie things up in the end.

10. Inability to Google/poor map skills – Every so often in a book you read something that a town you know well is located over 60 miles from where it actually is. Or it takes characters an obscene amount of time to get from point A to point B when Google will show that the distance is only, say 30 min. Or characters will say this place is an hour from here….and then 3 hours later they claim there is still much more journey left to go. These moments always leave me baffled and just take me out of the story. Google is accessible to all. Use it. Readers will thank you.

Honorable Mention:
The bad narrator – If I can hear every breath you take or every time your lips smack…or if there is no distinction between your voices….or worse of all if you read GPS dialogue better than people speaking (ie you have a robotic voice) then I will turn off the book and move to print.

9 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn Offs”

  1. Vivien

    I completely agree with your list. Also, it sucks, but I do most definitely agree with bad narrator. SO often a book is ruined for me. I’ll go back and read it. Also, the opposite has happened. Where I struggle reading it but love listening to it.

    • Irish

      I’ve had the opposite happen too…Fire by Kristen Cashore is a big example of this for me. Couldn’t get into the print at all but did much better in audio and it became one of my favorite reads.

  2. Rachel

    I looooove werewolves! And after THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, I’m afraid of books with things like terminal disease that make me cry. And I like number two–I read a book (and put it aside because I was bored) where some element got added out of nowhere and I was just like WHAT? Didn’t like it. Thanks for stopping by!

    Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf

  3. Michelle

    ugh I really hate when cancer or something big like that is not mentioned in the write up. I want to be mentally prepared to read something like that otherwise I feel tricked. Also bad BFFs are pretty bad too. The super selfish ones are the complete worse and bring the book down for me in a big way.

    Thanks for stopping by My TTT