Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn-Offs

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Top Ten Book Turn-Offs (You know..you are reading and then SOMETHING happens to completely turn you off — cheating, absent parents, multiple POVS etc.).

It takes a lot to turn me off books, but even then some things make me instantly put it down and never give it a second chance. Overall though even if something unpleasant is in the book I try hard to finish it anyways just because I hate not finishing books. So here are some things that are huge turn-offs for me.

  1. Love Triangles. I don’t care how good the book is before these annoying relationships turn up but once they do I have a hard time continuing a book let along liking it in the end.
  2. Switching Narratives. I am not a fan when part of a book is written in first person and another part is done in third person. Just write it all in a single narrative! Yes, it works on rare occasion but generally it’s just annoying.
  3. Abuse. Whether it’s physical, verbal or any other type of abuse I kind of hate it. I know abuse, especially in a characters past can shape who they are but actually seeing/reading about it is something I’m not a fan of. Though there have been a few cases where it worked perfectly for the book.
  4. Ancient magic paired with modern technology. I’ve only encountered a few books with this so far but overall I feel it just doesn’t work and makes the book less enjoyable once they are mixed together. Pick one or the other, not both.

Okay so it’s a short list but like I said there’s not a lot that truly turn me off of books. What are the things that turn you off of books?

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