Top Ten Tuesday-Book Turn Offs

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different question is posed and gives us bloggers an opportunity to share our top tens on all different types of bookish topics. This is my first Top Ten Tuesday and the question is

Top Ten Book Turn Offs

There are exceptions to these though…sometimes I can tolerate much more than I expect and I think that is due to the writing style and descriptions. I love Susan Ee’s Angelfall –but it does have violence towards children. Somehow I am able to read through it (though it is gruesome) and still love the book. Other books I love the writing style and am interested in the storyline but I can’t make it through the violence.

1. Rape-really enough said.
2. Violence towards children

The Waking Dark

The Waking Dark –I had to give up on this one early on because of violence toward an infant. The writing was really well done, and incredibly descriptive. Unfortunately, I’ll never know how this one ends.

3. Covers with people kissing or bedroom scenes

 Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)Obsession

Even if the book might have an interesting concept or get good reviews any cover with a naked looking couple or kissing (unless it looks historical or dark in some way) just have me passing them by.

4. Dislikeable main character

The Chaos of Stars

If I can’t relate or even tolerate the MC I have a really hard time enjoying the story. If there is significant growth then that’s a different story.

5. Unloving/absentee parents- There are really a million examples of this yet my mind has gone blank.

6. Animal Violence

The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)

I can usually tolerate a much greater degree of gruesome when it is towards a human adult. Little furry critters being hurt… nope, I have a hard time pushing through and finishing the book.

7. Love Interests that act like stalkers or are controlling

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

I was actually a fan of Twilight but the further I read the more Edward creeped me out. I was so uncomfortable with his dismantling Bella’s car battery so she couldn’t leave her house.

8. I know it’s going to be a tear-jerker

The Fault in Our Stars

I tend to steer clear of any book where I know the MC has an uncurable disease and dies, or all the reviews suggest it will break my heart into tiny little bits.

9. Insta-love I think it’s universal that no one likes it when the characters fall head over heels without even knowing each other. To me, the build-up is the fun part (and where most swoons are found).

10. Immature dialog including racist/sexist remarks

Honorable Mentions:

Love Triangles- There are some well done love triangles out there but most times it just feels forced or like a plot device to keep the true lovers apart.

Glittery Vampires/Zombies, etc- Yep, this just makes me roll my eyes. Are you wondering where I’ve read about a glittery zombie? That would be Sick which I DNFed last week.

Too Similar to Another Book- Even if it is completely unintentional any time I run across a book that closely follows the story/characters of another book it gives me pause.

Too Much Teen Drama- Since I am in my 30’s there is only so much teen drama I can take before I have to bail.

What are your Top Ten Book Turn Offs?



  1. says

    Formulaic love triangles, violence towards animals and kid abuse and too much teen drama are really big turn off for me too!
    I also grow tired of twist and turns added to try and take further a series of books, even after a certain conclusion has happened.

    • says

      This is why we have similar taste in books 🙂 I totally agree about the twists taking away from the book or trying to further the series. Great addition

  2. says

    Ha! I really liked Dare You To, but there are definitely books that I’m glad I read on my kindle. lol Also, I tend to be one that LOVES books that will break my heart into tiny pieces, but I have to be in the mood for that type of thing and know it’s going to happen going into it.

    • says

      That’s the thing…I’ve heard great things about a lot of books with the kiss cover but I just can’t get myself to read them! Being prepared for heart break is much better a lot of the time.

  3. says

    GREAT list! Heck YES to animal cruelty making the list! Although I did like Madman’s Daughter. And double YES to stalkery love interests. It’s one reason i couldn’t handle the Mara Dyer book(s), Noah just rubbed me the wrong way. We have some similar picks!

    • says

      I liked (for the most part) Madman’s Daughter and I will be reading the next book but it was so disturbing! I could barely take it…I almost gave up on the book. I only read the first Mara book and wasn’t blown away.

  4. says

    Great list! I don’t mind reading a tear-jerker once in a while, but I need to prepare myself for it. I totally agree with the rest. I won’t read a book if there’s sexual violence in I hate covers with half-naked guys or people kissing, I don’t pick up a book like that, since I’m not that into romance anyway.

    My Top Ten Tuesday.

    • says

      I’m not a romance fan and that’s why I’ve not really gotten into the NA genre. Hoping that’ll change when AG Howard and Sarah J Maas contribute!

  5. says

    I totally agree about the covers! I would totally rather see a beautiful abstract cover or some type of pretty scenery opposed to a couple kissing or a picture of a guy with his shirt off. It just makes the book seem so shallow imo!

    I have to disagree about the tear jerkers though! I try not to read them too often, but every once in a while I like to read something that really breaks my heart because usually they are the most deeply meaningful novels for me!

    Also, I’m sad to hear that you DNFed Sick…I’m literally just about to start reading it and I was hoping it was gonna be good! Oh well I guess I’ll see what I think about it!

    • says

      Me too! I love abstract covers…anything would be better than the kissing…especially in the rain kissing. Sigh.
      I admit…every once in awhile a tear jerker can be therapeutic. But I couldn’t say the last one I read!
      Oh no! I hope you enjoy Sick more than I did. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on it.

  6. says

    Amazing list Kristen 😀 Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts. <3 Ah, I hate love triangles. But ohh, you really should give The Fault in Our Stars a go 🙂 So good.

  7. says

    I’m totally with you on the groping/kissing covers, even though I DO actually own both of the books you featured! (I haven’t read the JLA one yet, though.) I think Katie McGarry writes romance very well, but I just wish her books had a different type of cover. Of course, other readers like them just fine.

    Sick has glittery zombies??? LOL. I KNEW there was a good reason I avoided that one. 🙂

    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

    • says

      ooh, very curious what you’ll think of the JLA book. Have you read any of her work? I’ve read her paranormal and it’s fun. I attempted her first NA and couldn’t get through it. It seems that the majority of people have no problem with the scantly clad people on book covers. Thinking I’m minority on that one.

  8. says

    I totally agree with all of these! Most of all number three, covers with bedroom scenes on them. I feel like they make the book look so much tackier and I get the impression that it’s just sexsexsex inside. Even Fifty Shades didn’t have a bedroom scene on the cover!! Normally I avoid tear-jerkers like TFIOS too but I was sent that book anonymously in the post so I gave it a read and it was incredible!! Since then I’ve read quite a few tear jerkers but I’m not sure how many tears my poor pillow can take.

    Great post!
    Laura @ What’s Hot?

    • says

      So many people have told me TFIOS is incredible. Maybe one day I’ll read it. So happy you agree with not liking the bedroom cover art! Totally agree is does look tacky.

Leave a Reply to Kristen Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *