Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Genres I’m Unlikely To Read


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is top ten books I probably will never read. This topic is hard because I can’t think of any individual book that I won’t read. So, I changed the topic to top ten genres I’m unlikely to read. That’s close enough, right?

1. Erotica: I guess I just don’t find sex scenes that interesting. The plots of erotica books are also slightly ridiculous sometimes. I read one years ago where the heroine was being chased by a serial killer, but she just had to quit running to have a quickie with the hero. If a character stops running from a murderer in order to have sex, that character deserves to be murdered. (Spoiler: the hero saves her from the killer. Of course.)

2. Self-published books: I have a hard time finding good self-published books. I end up DNFing most of them. Any recommendations?

3. Romance: I don’t mind books with romantic subplots, but I can’t get interested in books that are mostly romance. They start to feel very repetitive to me.



4. Summer Beach Reads: I don’t like “Fluffy” books that are just for entertainment. I like books that have depth and make me think.

5. Christian/Spiritual: I have read a few of these books out of curiosity, but it’s not a genre that I find appealing. Probably because I’m not a religious person.

6. Poetry: I have read a ton of poetry, and I still don’t feel like I totally “get” it.



7. Paranormal: I’ve tried so hard with this genre because I know that a lot of people love it. I just can’t get in to the whole vampires/werewolves/angels/demons thing. I read the Twilight series and didn’t like it. I read The Mortal Instruments series and didn’t like it. I’ve read a bunch of standalones that I didn’t like. Maybe I just haven’t found the right paranormal book.

8. High Fantasy: I used to read a lot of this genre when I was younger, but the books started to feel like clones of each other. Maybe I burned myself out and couldn’t handle any more elves, fairies, and evil kings.

9. Fairytale Retellings: I guess I don’t love fairytales as much as everybody else does.




10. Really Long Series: I find long series intimidating. I either don’t start them or I get bored in the middle and don’t finish them. Harry Potter is the longest series I’ve ever finished.

What about you? What genres are you unlikely to read?

18 comments:

  1. I am so with you on all of these, especially poetry, Christian themes, and erotica! Good thinking going with genres instead of singular books! I only could think of one series I know I'll never ever read: Fifty Shades of Grey! Happy reading! :)

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  2. I love the little funny pictures used because they really made me laugh! I totally agree with poetry. I read it but I kind of feel dumb because I am not sure if I get it. Long series are not my favorites either. Like how you did this weeks topic too!

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  3. I agree with you with most of your list! The only real long series I've finished is Harry Potter and loved it but I don't know if I could do another long series again. Great list and I love the way you used memes!

    Tina, The Bookworm

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  4. Personally, I love fairytale retellings and paranormal genres, but to each his own, I guess! (I like to believe there's a little bit of magic in the world.)
    Beth x
    www.thequietpeople.com

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  5. I can't stand romance novels either, especially Sparks, I need something else as the main plot line and romance as a side plot. Plus, I find it a little weird that Sparks is able to write all of those romantic novels, even though the plot of each one is basically the same, I don't know, just weirds me out. I haven't read too many fairy tale retellings, even though they are wildly popular- I wouldn't mind picking some more up though, just not sure which ones to pick up- too many options!
    Thanks for stopping by The Local Muse

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  6. I totally agree with the first 6 :D

    I haven't venture into long series yet, thou i'm working through Pretty Little Liars so i guess i'll see how that goes!

    I've been reading some Retellings, and its hit or miss with me so far.

    High Fantasy, i got burnt out on it a few weeks back. Tried reading Snow Like Ashes and The Orphan Queen, and DNF both, i just wasn't feeling it.

    Paranormal, i don't think i've read much of that, i probably should thou, get an opinion at least :D

    Great list!!

    brooke @ booklife4life

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  7. I like this twist on the theme! I mostly agree with these; I do read some romance, but it has to be special to stick with me. (Mary Stewart, Georgette Heyer and Susanna Kearsley are the only winners for me so far in romance.)

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  8. i like how you modified this week's post! this was a great idea! although i read alot of the genres you mentioned, i respect your choices! to each their own! cool post this week!

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  9. I love how you changed the meme a bit! That meme about Nicolas Sparks' books HAHAHAHA. Love it! I haven't been able to get into poetry either, I wish I could though. I don't think I could ever read Personal Growth books, nope. Or history books. That sounds terrible, wow. I have read erotica, I really enjoyed a series that I thought actually had a plot. And I agree with the romance. I like books with some romance in it otherwise it just gets boring and kind of predictable.

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  10. I am very much like you in many ways. I don't like long series and romances and predictable fiction leaves me cold.

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  11. Hahaha I loved that Cinderella graphic! Such a good idea to do genres. I totally feel the same way about most of these, especially long series, christian, and romance. None of them appeal to me at all. I try to give self-published books a chance, but I sadly am disappointed about 99% of the time.

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  12. I like some fairy tale re-tellings and Christian fiction, but there is a lot of poorly written books in both genres.
    I can see erotica and romance as genres that aren't if interest.

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  13. You should try Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, great sci-fi fairytale retelling.

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  14. Mostly what you said, although I have no problem with series, like some paranormal (although it's being done to death), and just might return to high fantasy some day (although it's been a long time). Add to that westerns, and anything with a guy on the cover with his shirt missing and jeans riding perilously low- and usually with no face.

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  15. I used to be against self-published books but then I discovered a few that I've loved so I've changed my mind about them. I'm very picky about the romance, urban fantasy and high fantasy that I read because I end up liking only a few of them. For romance, you can try checking out Julie James (great banter) and Laura Florand (such a strong sense of place, her books are all set in Paris) and for urban fantasy / paranormal, my favorite series is the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews but there are already 7 books in the series. It might be better if you try her Burn for Me title instead. With high fantasy, I have too many favorites! Maybe Megan Whalen Turner, Kristin Cashore, and Robin McKinley? Good luck, hope you change your mind about some of these genres!

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  16. I am with you on some of these, sex scenes make me uncomfortable so erotica isn't for me, I also can't get interested in books that are mostly romance, I'm not one for christian books either for the same reasons and I probably wouldn't read self help books or paranormals. I don't really read poetry either. I do however love fantasy, getting thrown into different worlds with fairies and elves and magic, I love it! I also like fairytale retellings because I like to see new spins on old stories. Most of the books I read are series, so I'm not really in a place to comment there but I can understand why you would be intimidated.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/top-ten-tuesday-3/

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  17. I tried to leave a comment on this and my computer burped ... so I hope if I send this again its not a duplicate. If so sorry!

    I agree with you on the Spiritual, Fantasy and Self-Pub books. My list would also include books set during any war, although some have been known to sneak in occassionally (The Book Thief, The Alphabet House). Seems I can handle blood and gore ala Stephen Kind but not the kind that could sometime have been real. And I cannot get into sci-fi. I cannot keep all the multi-vowel/syllable/invented people and place names straight and I get frustrated.
    Good post!
    I blog at www.constantlymovingthebookmark.blogspot.ca

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  18. If a series is really long it is a bit off putting to me too. And you won't catch me reading Erotica either >> I am someone who does like Christian fiction but if you aren't religious I can understand why you don't like it. But some of the self published books I have read have been amazing! You really shouldn't write them off yet although I will admit finding good ones can be difficult. My suggestions: Anything by Anne Tibbet, Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum and Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram.

    I love fairytale retellings. They can be so unique <3 Try Cinder by Marissa Meyer for a good one of those.

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