Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn-offs You Encounter Whilst Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is: Top Ten Book Turn-offs You Encounter Whilst Reading

Here are a list of some of the things that turn me off a book whilst reading it:

  • Too many point-of-views. I read Spellcaster by Claudia Grey earlier this year and whilst I enjoyed the story there were a few too many POVs to keep track of. And some odd ones too – there was a one paragraph point of view from a crow. It just didn’t work for me.
  • Covers that don’t match the story. Like when the main character apparently has a tattoo on his arm and in the cover his arms are mark free? FRUSTRATING! Or the main character is described as a blonde and yet the cover portrays her as a brunette… its one of my true pet hates.
  • Love triangles. There are times when they’re done well but for the most part I’m a little over them.
  • Authors tagline. You know on the cover when there are quotes from other authors about the book? I nearly didn’t read City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare because my copy had a tag line by Stephenie Meyer…. Petty I know but I did eventually read it. IT just took longer because I was assuming it was Twilight-esque.
  • Lots of spelling/grammar errors that become too much to ignore.
  • Book covers which are redesigned to look like other books. I really don’t like what they have redone a lot of classic book covers to make them look like Twilight covers…

  • Characters who don’t act their age. The main problem I have is when authors are writing about young children. They’re usually portrayed as being super insightful and funny and smart. It usually just frustrates me.
  • Characters I can’t connect with and as a result I don’t care about them or their ending…
  • Books which end up being a little too preachy and religious.
  • Flawless characters. Now – I don’t want to quote Tyra Banks but flaws are beautiful. I would much rather read about someone I could relate to because they’re not perfect rather than characters who are just… too good to be true.


Oh my.. this week’s list is making me seem a bit negative. But for every turn-off there are dozens of things I LOVE when I’m reading.

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