Top Ten Words That Make Me NOT Pick Up A Book

Top Ten Words That Make Me NOT Pick Up A Book

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We watched National Treasure again last night. I really enjoy that movie, it’s not good, but it’s fun and it has a lot of the things that draw me to movies. It’s clue driven, even if not a mystery. There’s a bit of romance, but it doesn’t overwhelm the plot. It’s got action, a clear good guy versus bad guy, and the geeky computer nerd.

Books are similar, there are things that make me want to pick up a book. Mysteries, especially historical, draw my attention. Steampunk, a touch of paranormal, the art world, pretty covers.

There are also some words and topics that make me want to avoid a book at all costs. Now, granted there are some good books that would fall into this list, but I’m talking in generalities here.

Top Ten Words/Phrases That Make Me NOT Pick Up a Book

  1. Zombies
  2. Coming of Age
  3. Stephen King
  4. Chick Lit
  5. New Adult
  6. Love triangle
  7. Horror
  8. Time Travel
  9. World War 2
  10. Emotional Family Drama

What would be on your list?

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’m just a day late.


  1. Only two of those — zombies and emotional drama — would send me running. I’m a fairly eclectic reader and I love Stephen King’s writing so I will read an occasional horror novel although it’s not my favorite. And what is New Adult? That’s a category I don’t think I’ve come across yet.

    1. And in all honesty, I’ve probably read at least one book that falls into every single one of those categories that I’ve enjoyed – except maybe zombies.

      NA seems to be like YA except with college-age folks and more sex. Alright, that’s an over-simplification I’m sure, but I’m avoiding them, so that’s all I’ve got.

  2. I find it hard to avoid books – fiction, mysteries, that are not set in WWII. Seems like a trend nowadays. I also dislike horror and Stephen King, as you do, though I admit King is a great writer.

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