This might be a tough list to compile since I’m not usually thinking about what I don’t want to read when I’m picking out a book. I’m always looking for things that make me want to read one.
1. Vampires–I’m over them.
2. Fairytale Retellings–I still try to give them a chance, but most often they don’t work for me.
3. Fairies–I can’t explain why, but I don’t like these stories. The writing can be amazing, but the stories don’t work for me.
4. “Exciting new trilogy/series”–Is anyone else getting tired of new trilogies and series? I’ll still pick them up, but I’m WAY more cautious to start a new one than I ever was before. Besides how expensive it is, it’s hard to keep up.
5. Steampunk–It doesn’t work for me.
6. “The new _______”–Nothing is the same as The Hunger Games, Twilight, Harry Potter, etc. and that’s OKAY. I will look into these books because my students will finish one of the big trilogies or series and want something similar, but I don’t like how blurbs do that. It usually sets unrealistic expectations because while I’ve read plenty of great dystopians, none of them are The Hunger Games. Although some have been better.
7. Insta-love–This almost never works and drives me crazy. Especially when characters get whiny.
8. Non-fiction–I hate saying this, but I don’t like non-fiction. I don’t completely write it off because plenty of my students love it, but it’s rare that I get excited about a non-fiction book.
9. Cancer books that were written to make me sob–Nope. They hit too close to home. I’ll consider one when it’s not directly about the person dying from cancer, or if it’s more humorous and not a sob-fest, but otherwise I won’t even bother. It took me a year to pick up The Fault in Our Stars. It was good and apparently I didn’t cry at the “right” part. No one actually said that to me, but from what I’ve heard, the big “you’re going to cry” moment wasn’t the moment that made me cry.
10. Fiction written by celebrities–Really? Not going to happen.