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Hi guys, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday! Last week was all about what makes me pick up a book, and this week I go the opposite route and discuss what makes me NOT want to pick up a book. Basically, what are some of my bookish turn-offs?
Horrible, ugly covers
Okay, I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its’ cover. But… I still do. The chances of me picking up a book with an ugly-ass cover are close to zero. Unless the book has amazing reviews or if I’m just looking for a quick, fun new adult read (which to be fair, have mostly horrible covers)
I’m a slow burn girl. I don’t believe in instalove and it is super annoying to read about. This is pretty much always an immediate no from me.
If done well, love triangles can still be okay. But 95% of the time, love triangles are just annoying and unrealistic and I just don’t care.
Love cures all
Often used in stories with mentally ill characters. No. Falling in love or being loved does not magically cure an illness. Just don’t.
I’m sorry, but I don’t read a book to have it end on an open ending. I need answers and I need to have them by the end of the story.
Protagonists whose entire life centers only around a love interest
Ugh. This is why I hated Bella. I’m a big hopeless romantic myself, BUT there is more to life than romance. And I need more from the books I read as well. Sure, let the protagonist fall in love. But don’t let that be the only thing to define them.
Abusive love interests
Seriously, who even thinks abusive love interests are romantic? If they do you wrong, let them go. Don’t chase after them like a love sick puppy. I just can’t read about this. I can’t.
Whitewashing and heteronormativity
We live in an incredibly diverse world. So this diversity should be present in every book as well. A story with only white characters is not ok. A story where every single person is straight and paired off with the next available straight person is not ok.
Slut-shaming or virgin-shaming
Can we just not? Enjoying sex does not make you a slut and not having sex does not make you a prude. Let books have some sex positivity and none of this “I’m not like those other girls” or girl-on-girl hating.
Plot drags on because of lack of communication
Nothing is more frustrating than a problem that only exists because characters don’t communicate. Sure, it can happen. But it’s frustrating and stupid and I don’t want to waste time on reading about it.