Top Ten Tuesday was started by The Broke and the Bookish for bloggers who like to make lists about books.
Top Ten Book Turn-Offs
1. Religious Preaching
I don't mind books having religious undertones and if it's done right these books can be very interesting (see: The Opposite of Hallelujah by Anna Jarzab). But I do not like a book that's preachy and you can tell that the author wants to get their own religious message across.
Anytime a book has "instant love" or "instant connection," I'm turned off. Those types of relationships aren't realistic and make the characters look weak. I want to see the relationship develop slowly - there's no reason for the characters to have love at first sight.
3. High Fantasy - I'm really not a big fantasy person, but if it's done right I love it (aka Harry Potter). So the plot has to sound extremely intriguing for me to pick up a book that's set in an alternate world.
4. Poetry/Verse - I don't like poetry that much so when a book is written in verse I definitely shy away from it. I have read some great novels written in this style but it's still something I avoid.
5. Non-Fiction - I just really enjoy reading fiction and have no interest in non-fiction most of the time.
6. Self-Harm - Not really a fan of reading about depressing parts of the human psyche and this one is hard to read about. I just want to help the character!
7. Sexual Abuse - Same as the above, too depressing to read about.
8. For Fans of Twilight - If it's like Twilight then I'm probably not going to like it.
9. Eating Disorders - Another "issue" but this one hits close to home for my family and I so I don't need to read about it too.
10. Drug Abuse - Ok, I ran out of ideas so I'm listing all of the ills in our society. I like my books to