Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Turn-Offs


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is about our Bookish Turn-Offs.  You know what I mean, you’re just reading a book, minding your own business and then BAM! You come across something that completely turns you off to the whole book. We all have those things that just irk us. So, this week’s theme is all about those bookish turn-offs.

1. The “r” word. I completely 100% dislike the use of the word “retard” and it’s derogatory formsWhat is Popular (such as “you’re so retarded” or “that’s so retarded”) in general, so of course it sets me off in books. I have a very difficult time finishing a book if this word is used. I know some argue that it is realistic to the way teens speak, but I don’t believe that’s a good excuse for using this word. Just because something is popular doesn’t make it right.

2. Too much sexy times. I have no problem with sex…in fact I think sex is awesome! But I don’t like to read about it extensively. I don’t mind a sex scene here and there but when it just goes on and on for pages that’s a big excessive don’t ya think?!

3. Ill-fitting Cursing. I don’t mind those four letter words showing up in books but it has to fit the character. When I’m reading a book and I can tell the author is just including those words to include them, that’s just poor writing! Make it fit the story/character please.

4. More than 2 POVs. I’ve read a few books where there are more than two point of views telling the story and I was so confused. I continually had to look back at the start of the chapter to remind myself who was narrating. I am totally fine with two POVs, but anything more than three confuses me!

5. Cheating in a positive light. I’m not a fan smoothing over something as destructive as an affair under the guise of following one’s heart or anything like that. An affair is an affair and in my opinion it is never a positive thing.

6. Poorly designed covers. This is a turn off before I even get into the pages! If a book cover looks cheap to me, it’s a total turn-off.

7. Surprise crying books. You probably already know that I want nothing to do with books that want to make me cry, so I tend to stay away from them. Sometimes however a book thrusts a surprise cry in on you! It’s like the book is going on it’s merry little way and then BAM! a completely horribly tragic thing happens and you’re left feeling like someone just pantsed you in front of a crowded auditorium. Complete betrayal.

Okay, so I couldn’t come up with ten bookish turn-offs right off the top of my head, but that’s okay. Thinking of those 7 turn-offs alone was enough work! Do you share any of my opinions on bookish turn-offs? Or do you completely disagree with any that made my list?

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Turn-Offs

  1. BIggest turn-off: Heroines with a martyr complex. I get SO angry when the heroine of the story just blindly accepts ill-treatment or challenging circumstances and gives up without a fight. It annoys me to no end. Second biggest turn-off: Heroines who assume the worst of the hero right off the bat without even talking to him first or letting him explain. Ugh. It seems so unrealistic.

    • I completely agree with the martyr complex thing. There is a little bit of it in Chime (which I told you to read earlier) but there is a purpose to it! :) I was so excited I get your comment friend!!!

  2. I think you pointed out some really great turn-offs here! There are definitely some that I didn’t think of but that are turn offs for me as well. The ill fitting cursing and too much sex being some of them. Sometimes it’s ok to just hint!

  3. You and I, we are seeing eye to eye on this list- I found myself saying “Yeah!” and nodding alot while reading. I HATE when books use the “r” word. It makes me so mad!

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