Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Jen's Top Ten Words/Topics That Make Her Not Pick Up A Book


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Top Ten Words/Topics That Make Me NOT Pick Up A Book

This turned out to be a difficult topic for me! I thought I'd have no problem coming up with ten words or topics that automatically put books on my mental do-not-read list. Then I sat down to write my post and I had the biggest brain freeze.
  1. Horror/Thriller: Scary books are not for me. At all. I avoid this genre. I don't need to be creeped out and looking over my shoulder every five seconds while I'm reading! I also can't watch Criminal Minds when I'm home alone. What can I say, I'm a baby.
  2. Fairytale Retellings: As much as I love fairytales I just can't get into retellings.
  3. Chick-Lit: I hate this phrase! I like easy reads for the beach or when I'm stressed but I hate when books are referred to as "chick-lit". It makes me cringe. *shudder*
  4. Time Travel: When a character is jumping back and forth so many times I start getting confused and can't keep up!
  5. Motherhood: Not at the point in my life and it is something that I don't want to be reading about.
  6. Aliens: Zero interest.
  7. Poetry: I want to LOVE poetry. I've made myself read countless poems but I just can't get into it. Every one in awhile I'll come across a line or stanza in a poem that I LOVE but won't like the rest of the poem.
  8. Pirates: It's hard for me to follow along with pirate dialogue.
  9. Autobiographies: Always seem greatly exaggerated and sometimes not believable.
  10. Zombies: I just don't get it.  

There are exceptions to every rule so there is a very good chance I could love books about any of these things! Are there any books I am missing out on based on my list?



52 comments :

  1. YOU DON'T LIKE ALIENS.........How is this possible???? Aliens are AMAZING!!! Have to agree with you on Poetry, Motherhood, and Zombies though.....Zombies seriously creep me out! *shiver* And I personally Love Time Travel!!! Nice list though!! You have some great picks!!!

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  2. I should have included chick lit on my list. The word is just loaded with sexism.

    My TTT

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  3. We have fairytale retellings in common as well as time travel. And I hate the term chick lit too! Horror/thrillers can be hit or miss for me also. It's a nice exercise to figure out what you don't like in books, though it made me seem like I hate everything!

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  4. Zombies always get me as well. I have a friend who's trying to convince me to read World War Z, but I just can't spend the money when I'm 99% sure I won't like it!

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  5. Pirates! I didn't think of that one, but I usually steer clear of books that feature that. And I'm right with you about zombies, horror and aliens. Just not for me.

    Great topic!

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  6. Funny, I guess a lot of this depends where you are in your life. As a parent, I find good books involving motherhood really moving and relatable, but I'm sure I didn't feel that way before I became a mother! I do love time travel (if it's well done!), especially The Time Traveler's Wife, and don't have a very strong opinion about aliens, although I did love The 5th Wave when I read it this year. Poetry? I'm with you on that one! I don't get it, and I don't want to try. And yes, also, to your dislike of the term chick-lit. Categorizing books by/about women that way feels really demeaning, and probably repels as many women as it attracts. However, I do love a good horror novel... I guess these lists prove, once again, that smart people can disagree!

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  7. We have some of the same ones! AND there are some you had that I should have added because I completely agree with you... like pirates and autobiographies. But also like you I had trouble thinking of anything when I initially sat down to write my post so I completely understand where you're coming from. Thanks for an awesome list!

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  8. Ah, poetry! That should have been on mine! Oh well.
    Here is my Top Ten .

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  9. I agree with most of them. Autobio's, chicklits and poetry is not something for me too. But I do love time travel books and some fairytale retellings:)

    My TTT:
    http://evelinesbooks.blogspot.nl/2013/07/top-ten-tuesday-8.html

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  10. I completely agree with you on so many of these!

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  11. I agree that I don't seek out horror, chick-lit, motherhood, poetry or zombie books either! It's also been a long time since I've read an autobiography... they tend to intimidate me and I worry they'll be boring.

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  12. Excellent list, with lots of overlap with my own list. I don't do scary, I'm not crazy about monsters, and I have had enough of motherhood stories (I'm on the other side of the timeline) for my life. But POETRY? Eek. The teacher in me is coming out...and I feel I must urge you to take a look at this older Top Ten list of mine: Amazing Poetry for People Who Say They Don't Like Poetry.

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  13. I also put Chicklit and Autobiographies on my list. Don't like reading them.

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  14. I see we share a few. I could use zombies as well, I really don't see the appeal that others do when it comes to the walking dead. :L

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  15. I'm not into horror books either. I don't like to be scared.

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  16. I feel the same way about motherhood books!

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  17. Motherhood! That's a funny one. I have to admit I have a love/hate relationship with fairy tale retellings but when they are done well I really enjoy them. ~Sheri

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  18. I don't think of Horror and Thriller as the same thing. I enjoy Horror, but I don't like Thrillers.

    Try reading story poems, like Rime of the Ancient Mariner. That's how I got into reading poetry, because it could be a short story or novella if it wasn't told in verse.

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  19. Motherhood! That's a funny one. I have to admit I have a love-hate relationship with fairy tale retellings but I have read some great ones lately like Cinder by Marissa Meyer. ~Sheri

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  20. I'm with you on horror and chick-lit. They made my list too. And, I totally should've included poetry, cuz, it's not my thing at all. Good list this week!

    TTT @ Krista's Dust Jacket

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  21. Motherhood and time travel - I am with you completely!

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  22. I have started loving aliens! Thanks to Jennifer L. Armentrout. Zombies are pretty good to. You just need a zombie book with a little humor. Those are the best.

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  23. ALIENS?? So no Obsidian by JLA??

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  24. Horror and zombies were on my list, too. *shudders* Aliens? They're fine in SF -- not the UFO, human-snatching kind, nor the Alien movies, but more in the Star Trek/Star Wars mold. I am a mother, so no problems there, and I love fairy tale retellings. I like time travel. I've read some good autobiographies. Chick lit, though? Depends on what is meant by the term. I like some books that would be classed as "women's fiction" and "contemporary romance," but not everything that falls under "chick lit".

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  25. Poetry and Pirates - I never thought of these (and I could have used them since I didn't come up with ten!), but now that you mention them I tend to steer clear, too. We are opposite, though, on Fairy Tale Retellings.

    Hate the term chick-lit, too. Great list!

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  26. Zombies made my list, too. I just don't get it either. I love a good chick-lit book, but I agree that I hate the phrase "chick lit." Great list!

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  27. Horror should have been on my list. I can't even watch previews for scary movies, much less spend hours with a book that has my imagination working overtime. I second you on the motherhood - it wouldn't cause me not to read a book, but it's definitely not a plot I currently identify with. In fact, I've been known to rate books lower when they use pregnancy as a plot device. It's like the author thinks, "The woman in this story needs to experience a big life change - I know! I'll get her pregnant!" Is that really the only substantial life change a woman can face? No!

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  28. Everything on your list I would read. There are a few things that would have me not even attempt to read a book such as over hyped books.

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  29. I'm with you on Poetry, Jen, and I might have been a little wary of Fairytale Retellings before I read CINDER by Marissa Meyer. If you haven't read it, you really ought to. :)

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  30. I agree with quite a few of these! Poetry is on my list too. I think my GCSE module on cultural poems put me off for life...

    Hannah @ Girl That Loves Books

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  31. I'm with you on poetry and zombies, but Time Travel would probably be an incentive for me to pick up a book!

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  32. Poetry and Zombies! I should have thought of those. I have never read a collection of poetry as I get bored and start flicking. Zombies just don't grab my attention either.

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  33. I accidentally linked up the wrong post at first and now I'm on the list twice! Sorry - I can't see a way to delete the first entry. :-(

    I agree that this was a hard list to come up with. Chick-lit was on my list and I generally agree with you on Horror, Poetry and definitely Autobiographies!

    You can find my TTT here.

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  34. Great list, Jen. I'm not an alien or zombie fan either; though I've read a humorous zombie story for the YA market that was good. You know, I was never a big fan of fairytale retellings until The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. My girls and I are reading Scarlet right now.

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  35. Chicklit, Motherhood, Autobiographies, Poetry, and Zombies also made my list! I'm so glad zombies are on yours. I feel like everybody is obsessed with zombies and I'm just not... I should have put horror on my list! Great picks! Although I have to disagree with aliens. I freaking love alien books!

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  36. This is my very first time participating in TTT!

    I have vampires and werewolves on my list, but I could have had zombies too. And time travel! I didn't even think of that one, the subject is so far out of my attention zone.

    Rose City Reader

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  37. This is my very first time participating in TTT!

    I have vampires and werewolves on my list, but I could have had zombies too. And time travel! I didn't even think of that one, the subject is so far out of my attention zone.

    Rose City Reader

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  38. This is my first ever time participating in Top Ten Tuesday!

    Rose City Reader

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  39. Iol our lists are so similar. I swear Zombies make me pee like a scared dog.

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  40. I will dabble in Thriller books, and very occasionally something labelled horror, so long as it's really mostly something else, and not too scary. But as a genre, it's definitely something I avoid.

    Love zombie books, though, especially ones with an interesting twist or a sense of humor. How can you resist a book titled Eat, Slay, Love?

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  41. This prompt was tougher than I expected! :) thanks.

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  42. Love the list idea and I agree with you about most, such as poetry and autobiographies and such. However, I'm a sucker for fairytale retellings :)

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  43. I agree on the horror front. :P

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  44. I love this idea! I just joined.... I think I agree with 50% of what you said... lol but it's a good list :)

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  45. Great list ideas - totally agree on the autobiographies and just non-fiction in general. Happy as always to get a book to change my mind.. I can't say never because I was a never zombie person until I read "Warm Bodies"...

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  46. I'm so late for this hop. But I made it, it's not Wednesday yet!

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  47. I would've had zombies on my list, too... but then I picked up Warm Bodies and I absolutely loved it. I'm still not sure I'd pick up another zombie novel, though; that one was... different.

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