I find it fascinating to see what other people are reading; I think it really gives you a glimpse into their personality. It can also be quite telling to find out what types of books people choose not to read.
There are several things that make me avoid a book most of the time. Here are just a few of them:
- Abuse – I find it very difficult to read stories that include any form of abuse, whether it be towards children, adults, or even animals.
- World War II – I have read my share of books set in World War II and used to enjoy them as much as any other genre. Somewhere along the way I just found that they lost their appeal. A book has to be very intriguing in some other way to get me to overlook the wartime setting.
- A secret that is threatening to tear people apart, or has already done so – is it just me or does 1 out of every 4 or 5 novels harbor some secret just waiting to ruin an otherwise wonderful life? I almost always pass on these.
I’m sure there are other things that deter me from starting a book – I have become more and more picky as I get older. But sometimes taking a chance on an author I haven’t read before is worth it, so I occasionally overlook them and give a book a try.
What things stop you from picking up a book that you come across? I’m interested to hear what other people think about this topic.