You know, I think I’ve ever talked about book genres/topics that make me not pick up books. I’m fairly open when it comes to certain genres (I’ve grown to love contemporary more lately), but there are just certain ones I can’t bring myself to read.
Maybe I’m not the only one? (Hopefully!)
Horror/Thriller/Suspense: Yeah… Just not for me. Maybe because I don’t like horror movies either? I don’t want to be scared out of my mind. I’m freaked out my normal things every day! I don’t need it in my fiction either!
X Character Is an Athlete: *hides* Right. Okay, I know this might appeal to others, but not to me. Maybe because I was never an athlete in high school! I played tennis for one year in middle school and didn’t go back afterwards. I wasn’t very good (surprise!) even though I liked the coach (who was also my English teacher at the time) and even made friends on the team.
New Adult: So it’s no surprise I’m 28. I don’t flaunt my age but I don’t hide it either. I’ve been a “new adult.” (Or am I still one?!) But I’m not interested in these genre. The most popular author I can think of is Colleen Hoover. I read November 9 a while ago and while I enjoyed it, I had some problems with it. I have Confess sitting on my shelf but I haven’t picked it up.
Magical realism: I’m on the fence about this one. A few years ago I read The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton and absolutely loved it. Then I saw a movie trailer for Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin, and of course I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie! Well, I ended up DNFing the book. Omg, it was the worst! Maybe I’m picking up the wrong books? Someone help me!
Zombies/Aliens: Just no. Not about that at all.
Chick-lit: I think I have attached a bad connotation with this one. When someone says “chick lit,” I think of stories of woman who are very focused on finding romantic partner rather than what’s going on around them. Maybe I’m wrong to think chick-lit is very different from women’s fiction. I think women’s fiction has more of a serious tone.
Paranormal/Supernatural: Another genre I’m on the fence about. When I was in high school, Twilight was so popular, so we saw a surge of these two genres, ranging mostly from vampires and werewolves. Yes, there are great PN/SN fiction out there (I loved Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles), but I’ve just moved on to other genres. I will admit that The Raven Cycle made me love this genre a little more though. ❤
Crime/Mystery: Again, not something I normally gravitate to. Granted, I did recently read some great mystery fiction, but I’ll overlook this genre for something else.
Christian fiction: I’ve read a handful of great Christian fiction (Francine Rivers, Liz Curtis Higgs, C.S. Lewis), but it’s definitely not something I randomly pick up. If I hear about a good book, I’ll pick it up, but I feel the same way about this genre as I do about chick lit. Christian fiction can be incredibly cliche. Now I’m not saying it’s not good for others but for me… Nope. It came be very repetitive.
Poetry: The last poetry collection I picked up was milk and honey. I absolutely love it, but again, another genre I don’t gravitate toward.
What are some genres/topics/words that make you not pick up a book? Don’t forget to leave your TTT so I can check it out! 🙂