Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things That Make Me Instantly Want (or Not Want) to Read a Book

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book.” I just came back from my hiatus a few days ago and since I missed last week’s topic, I thought I’d combine last week’s and this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topics.

Book Turn-Offs:

1. Love Triangle – Raise your hand if you knew this was going to be on my list. I am not a fan of the love triangle. I have all sorts of feelings about this, but one of them is that I hate how it can unnecessarily pit two characters against each other while adding nothing to their character development.

2. Vampires – I’ve never read Twilight, so this is not where the aversion to vampires comes from. I’ve just always felt that we’ve romanticized these creatures so much and their darker, more sinister version are far more interesting.

3. Incest – I don’t even understand why I need to put something like this on this list, but I don’t get the appeal of books that have family members falling in love. I’m especially turned off by books where the characters have grown up together thinking they are related, but when they find out they aren’t, it somehow makes the relationship okay. No. Just no.

4. “Not Like Other Girls” Mentality – I need this trope to die in a flaming crash with nothing but the smoke from its incineration left to bear witness.

5. Insta-Love – I will almost never pick up a book if I think it has insta-love in it. There is only one case of insta-love that I will defend to the death and that is Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star.

Book Turn-Ons:

6. Magical Realism – I need all the magical realism novels in my life. I have not read nearly enough, but when I do, I fall instantly in love with the genre all over again.

7. Witches – Witches, witches, give me all the witches. I need more witchy books and more specifically, more modern-day witches would be amazing.

8. Latinx protagonist – There’s nothing like seeing yourself reflected in a book. Seeing more and more books with Latinx protagonists sometimes makes me want to cry a little because I almost never got to see myself reflected in media when I was a kid.

9. Friendship – Can we just get more books that focus on friendship? I love a good romance (I’m a sucker for the slow burn), but I also think that there are other relationships beside romantic ones that have just as much value. I’d love to see more books focus on this.

10. Something Different – This last one isn’t very specific, but there are some storylines that I feel like I’ve read multiple versions of, but if a story sounds truly unique, I’ll probably be interested in checking it out.

I missed last week’s Top Ten Tuesday, so what was number one on your list of things that instantly make you want to read a book? Do we have any book turn-offs in common this week? Let me know in the comments and be sure leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

46 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things That Make Me Instantly Want (or Not Want) to Read a Book

  1. I agree with so many of your thoughts! 🙂 I LOVE magical realism and I can’t excited when I see a book has magical realism in! Welcome back!

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  2. Love triangles and instalove- so much yes. And I definitely like a darker take on vamps, too. #4- I love how you said that it’s perfect lol.

    I so agree about #9 too! Does EVERY book have to have a romance? No actually ha ha. 🙂

    Great list…

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  3. “4. “Not Like Other Girls” Mentality – I need this trope to die in a flaming crash with nothing but the smoke from its incineration left to bear witness.” While I agree with this wholly and entirely (and even tossed out a cheesy mental high five to you upon reading it) it made me laugh unexpectedly into my coffee which I have slopped all over myself. I now have an amusing stain to explain for the rest of the day. Hah!

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  4. UGH I absolutely can’t stand when authors use the “Not Like the Other Girls” trope– honestly, what’s so wrong with being average? And do these girls REALLY stand out from everyone else THAT MUCH?!?!?! You’re completely right– that trope just needs to crash and burn.
    Great post! 🙂

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  5. I totally agree with all of you on the love triangles, incest, and insta-love. None of that stuff appeals to me at all.

    Magical realism is wonderful, though. I also like it when characters communicate with each other instead of make assumptions about what the other is thinking. It makes me very happy to read books like this.

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday!

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  6. I’ve got an absolute aversion to pastel coloured covers and over whimsical titles. If the title is too knowingly cute I just think I’m never going to read that as long as I live. Probably means I missed a few good books!

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  7. We have many of the same turn offs. I hate love triangles and insta love. They are both so hard to do well and most people don’t achieve the desired results. And I have a lot of the same turn ons. I love magical realism and I’m always searching for that unique book. It’s hard to explain but you know it when you see it. Great list!

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  8. I agree with your dislikes. Although, I did read Forbidden which was a really well written book about incest. It wasn’t comfortable, but the writing made me forgive the topic. And I don’t really have a problem with insta-love if it’s done right. Well, maybe insta-lust would be a better way to put it.
    My TTT.

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  9. I love this weeks list because I have so many thoughts to share. I love vampires. Paranormal romance is my guilty pleasure. I’ll have to work on corrupting you. Hahaha. One of my biggest turn-offs in a book is infidelity. I can’t stand cheating. Also, glad you’re enjoying all the Latinx protagonist books.

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    1. Yes, you’re going to have to persuade me when it comes to vampires. Certain Dark Things is the only one on my TBR and I do want to read that one. I’ve seen cheating quite a bit today. I don’t think I’ve read too many books with this subplot, but yeah, that’s not something I could root for.


  10. I love this list and agree with both your positives and negatives. I think Insta-love and Love triangles have wound up on everyone’s lists today. And they just make me want to gag.

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    1. I read this one book maybe a couple of years ago and one of the protagonist’s love interests was her cousin, but he wasn’t really as he explained later (he had spent a lot of time on the family tree proving this) and I couldn’t wrap my brain around any of it.

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