Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

Posted April 25, 2017 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Top Ten Tuesday / 73 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week is the opposite of last week’s prompt.”Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book (topic originally done back in 2013) — tell us all your book turn offs!”
I find this one infinitely harder though! I mean I love all the books. Still there are certain things that will make me not pick up a book because I guess I can’t read them all.


A book with an Ugly Cover will not even get me to look twice and check it out.

Any time a book is described as Boring in a review it is instantly removed from consideration.

When someone says a book Feels Long it will solidify that it is not the book for me.

When a book consists of only Unlikable Characters it pretty certain I won’t be picking it up.

A book with Too Much Hype will probably sit on the sidelines for a while for me until it the hype cools down.

If a review notes copious amounts of Info Dumping I can safely tell you I will not be reading said book.

A book that has Gratuitous Sex Scenes that don’t add anything and are totally out of place can make me say no thank you.

If there is major Controversy over a title I will avoid it because I don’t even want to bother with it.

Books with Drama for the Sake of Drama make me want to poke my eyes out so I will skip those.

Unless part of a series I already like, a book Over 700 Pages is probably going to just sit on my TBR FOREVER.

Let’s be honest – there are a lot of exceptions to the above. Still, that is all I could come up with!

What are your book turnoffs?

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog


73 responses to “Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

  1. I totally agree when it comes to gratuitous sex scenes! Unless there’s a real reason why the sex has to be there, in order to contribute something to the story, I can’t stand it.

    I also agree with the hype point – when there’s a book that everyone is ranting and raving about I’m always a bit put off reading it. Not sure why. 🙂

  2. I am totally with you! It is funny though – I once read a book without a single redeeming character and yet, I loved it. I think it was because you weren’t supposed to like ANY of them, so it really worked.

    I also take a lot of heat when I say that I don’t care for sex in a book just for the sake of a couple hooking up. Glad to know it’s not just me!

    And the site won’t let me comment with my TTT link in the comment.. sigh.

  3. I am definitely with you on the awful covers as well. What is with some of these ugly book covers nowadays? I also tend to avoid controversial titles in my personal reading as well too. There’s enough drama on television and social media without me having to read about it too.

  4. I completely agree with you on the controversy one. I don’t read for controversy. I read for fun and enjoyment. There is enough of that on social media and television nowadays. I also don’t like ugly covers. It makes me totally ignore the book. I also use books over 700 pages as doorstops :). The only author I’ve probably read around that amount and managed to finish is Greg Iles.

  5. I have a really hard time getting into books with unlikable characters too. I don’t mind it so much if it’s a psychological thriller and you aren’t sure if you can trust them to begin with, but when that’s not the case I can’t get into it. I get really nervous about books with too much hype too…that’s why I haven’t bought Caraval yet haha! I think I will eventually, but who knows. Great list, Grace!
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  6. Yes to all – especially books that are boring or feel long or actually are long. There are just too many great books that are readable lengths that I doubt I’ll ever get to them. The random sex scenes always cause an eye roll – especially if the characters are in danger. It makes no sense. For the most part I agree with the unlikable characters unless the plot is just amazing. In Ruth Ware’s books I don’t really like any of the characters but I love her books (and I want Imogen Church to narrate all books forever).
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