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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Avoid That Book!

Last week I talked about how crying is stupid, and how I avoid books that threaten to make me cry at all costs.




I got some really thought provoking comments that helped me to understand why some of you crazies readers actually CHOOSE to read books (watch movies/have conversations etc) that you know are going to make you bawl like babies.

Then I got this comment . . .




. . . which made me wonder what other books I avoid.  Now I'm not talking about how I don't read dinosaur erotica, or how Hannah "can't do witches."  I'm talking about books that you avoid because they make you mad, or scared, or unhappy.  So, basically books that make you feel things you don't want to feel.




Other than books that are going to try to make me cry, I think the only books I really avoid are "issues" books.  I don't read very much contemporary because of this.  I just don't want to read about someone doing all the bad things and being miserable.  I mean, I know it's "realistic," but I don't want it.  I WANT NONE OF IT!  It just makes me depressed, and stabby.




And I'm already stabby enough.  I definitely don't need help with that.  OH!  I thought of another one!  I don't like reading about super gory, murder stuff where the "hero" is basically evil.  I don't mind horror or gore or scary things if the MC is basically good, and good is winning, but I've had to put a few books down because they made me feel too icky.





Evil winning is not something I want to deal with in my free time.  Nope.

So what about you?  What kind of books do you avoid like homework on the weekends?

Less stabbily yours,

53 comments:

  1. Ha ha ha there is a list:

    Zombies, ghosts, witches
    Books where children are hurt or neglected
    Books where babies are hurt or neglected
    Rape

    Yeah.....

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    1. I can handle zombies, ghosts & witches. I don't want to read about children getting hurt/neglected either. And yeah, rape is usually one of those I don't want to read. NOT THAT IT'S NOT IMPORTANT!!

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  2. I still can't believe Hannah gave up on Harry Potter. >=O

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  3. I avoid erotica (mainly because I'm 16), I also avoid anything about vampires and werewolves that are basically romance novels. Also books that are about someone already being dead because the outcome is never what I want it to be (either the character becomes alive in an unrealistic way or they stay dead)

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    1. Yeah, the dead thing is kind of annoying.

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  4. i try to avoid cheating in books. It's not great in RL , so why read about a couple that cheats.

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  5. There are definitely some book types that I avoid like the plague. I really don;'t like sad books, or books that are supposed to make you cry because half the time they have a false ring to them and feel completely unnatural to me. My problem with 'sad' books is that I know it's sad, yet, I know it's fiction and thus it loses any chance of hitting me in the feels. Now, if it were something like Priestblock 25487 : a memoir of Dachau then that would be a whole different story.

    I don't particularly care for romances, or when romance overruns a book that is not supposed to be a romance, unless they are of the proper romance variety.

    I highly, highly dislike werewolf books. I just don't like the way werewolf characters are portrayed.

    I'm sorry for the long, slightly rambling comment. =)

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    1. NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR CONVERSATION!!! That's why I do these things, so I can hear your thoughts! I love it! :D

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  6. My goal is to read books with happily-ever-after endings, but some times I read books that gut me (like Forbidden). I don't mind the books that make me cry, unless the love interest is killed off. Then I'm not a happy reader.

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    1. OMG Forbidden. That's one I never, ever, ever thought I'd read....and then I did....haha!

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  7. I avoid the horror genre, especially zombies and monster creatures - they're just dumb and disgusting. I don't really care for ghosts as main characters either. I might read horror if it has connections to paranormal, and I read Stephen King's novels as I really like his writing style.

    Anything contemporary or set in our world and dealing with RL issues (excepting 'The Da Vinci Code' type of novels) - I've got enough of RL in my real life, so I want to read about something I don't experience. Also, I find contemporary genre too predictable and thus too boring. But I love to read about real history.

    Literary novels without any kind of plot that are so highly rated by literary critics - they're often depressing and so far have always been a waste of my time. But I do read those that are referenced a lot in other novels, just to be able to recognize the references (Catch 22, Lord of Flies, The Wuthering Heights etc).

    Christian fiction and other religious books - I don't mind religion if it's a part of the plot (like in Dan Brown's novels for example), I just avoid those that preach at or want to convert their reader.

    Anything about or involving a lot of pirates, cowboys, gay issues or sports - just not interested.

    Movie or TV series episode novelizations - if I haven't seen the movie/episode yet, I want to avoid spoiling it, and if I have seen it, then I don't need to also read about it. I love original tie-in novels to my favorite series or movies though.

    I think that's about all:) Anything else I might at least give a try:)

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    1. That is a long list. I especially love that cowboys are on that list. hahaha

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  8. I avoid book where a child is being hurt or abused. Too painful - and speaking of making me angry! ;)

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  9. OMG. Seriously? We're still bringing up HP? *sighs*

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    1. After all this time?
      Always.

      Oh wait. You won't get that reference. -__-

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  10. I agree completely on the anti-hero thing. I had to give up on George RR Martin because of that.

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    1. Oh really?? And I was just thinking I needed to give that series a go!

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  11. +JMJ+

    I don't intentionally seek out books that will help me process sad emotions, but if I realise that my current read is one of them, I usually already trust the author enough to let him take me on that journey.

    As for books that I actively avoid . . . those would have to be non-fiction books on religious conversions. It might be because I'm very religious myself but don't like to talk about really personal matters: so when others do, I get a little turned off. I know these books aren't bad in and of themselves, but I really steer clear of them.

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    1. I don't care for non-fiction in general. And yeah, Christian fiction usually makes me cringe because I don't act like that! :P

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  12. Oh, I steer very clear of certain "issuey" books as well. And books that make me cry. (Cancer books - big on my list of avoidance.) Certain types of abuse books and really hot button issues are on my avoid at all cost list. I have exceptions of course but in general there's just enough of that in real life that I don't want my escapist hobby to be inundated with it as well (and there are plenty of other books I'd like to be reading!).

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  13. This is such an interesting discussion! I love books with darker elements, and I love books that make me cry! I read Linda Howard's Cry No More and, despite the title, I cried, cried, cried. I loved it. I haven't read The Fault in Our Stars yet because I know I will need at least a full day or two to recover, and I don't have that much free time. I am trying to read it before the movie, so time is running out!

    As far as other types of books I avoid, let's see. Fantasy isn't my thing, and neither are historicals. Neither are "creature" paranormals - werewolves, mermaids, vampires. I prefer my paranormal reads to be about humans with psychic powers, or witches and wizards. But, last summer I read Julie Kagawa's The Immortal Rules, which is about vampires, and I loved it. So I'll never say never to any genre. :-)

    I think it's great that everyone has such varied tastes in books, and that there are so many different genres and sub-genres that we can all find something to love.


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    1. I think we're book opposites! We would make one complete book person. haha I love fantasy, it's my favorite!

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  14. I typically avoid adultry, cannabilism (zombies are fine though) or anything with bugs (the only exception being Kameron Hurley's Belle Dame trilogy because dang but its great). Angels or Ghosts I have strong reservations against as well.

    Oh and pretty much anything that is set in NJ. Don't try to convince me you know more about the state I've lived in for 30 years when you live in like Wyoming. It won't happen.

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    1. Yeah, I don't want to read anything about adultery either. And bahaha, NJ. I totally get you though.

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  15. I typically avoid "issues" books, as well, mostly because I find them boring and often preachy. There are a few "issues" that I make an exception for, but those are really just the ones that I'm interested in, like human trafficking. But if a book is about teen pregnancy or rape or sexual assault, etc. etc., there's pretty much no way I'm reading it - not because it triggers anything in me, just because I don't like reading about it.

    I also avoid angels because the logic fail drives me insane. You can't have a "fallen angel" without it being a demon, so why don't you just call it a "paranormal demon romance"? At least that would make sense...

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    1. That's so true about the Fallen Angel thing!!

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  16. I am reading these comments and realizing I have almost nothing I avoid actively. I will give almost anything a shot. However, if there is a lot of profanity I usually just can't handle it. I don't use it in my personal life and if it's completely egregious or just prolific through the story it turns me off. If it's scattered and fits the character I can handle it (sometimes). There are a couple of other things I tend to avoid, but if I've heard a lot of good things about a book containing them I'll give it a try. I just realized I'm way less picky about books than I am about food. Ha!

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    1. That's actually awesome, because there have been some books that I avoided but then ended up loving!

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  17. Cancer stories I can't do. I stay away from "issuey" as well. Hmm, what else? Oh, books with animal cruelty just because. I can't do it. It angers me to such an extent, I want to send authors really dirty emails and it takes a lot to refrain from doing just that. Killing people? I get it as long as it is a key point to the story. If you have to kill an animal, make it have a point. Don't just say "Hey, this will be gross and sad and I want to be gross and sad so let us kill a puppy for the heck of it!" NOOOO! I will throw your book, drop it in the toilet, stomp on it a few times, take an ax to it and then set it afire.
    Yeah, I know. I just can't take it. so to recap: No senseless animal killings, No cancer stories, No issuey stories. Bring on the scary though! Got any good suggestions for super scary? Can't seem to find a good one!

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    1. I can't honestly say that I've ever read a book that scared me. I'm reading THE MURDER COMPLEX now, and it's creepy and gory, but not scary. I loved THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH. Have you read that? Still not really scared, but very creepy. Maybe we should delve more into adult?

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    2. That might be what it takes.... Stephen King? He never fails to scare me. But there are rarely any true scary books in YA. The Possessions series by Nancy Holder came pretty close, though!

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    3. Ooooh! I love Nancy Holder! I'll have to check that out! I listened to I HUNT KILLERS, and it was creepy, but again, not really scary.

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    4. That was the first of her books that I had read, and I loved it! I haven't read I Hunt Killers yet, but it has been on my TBR for a while. I will have to hurry up and get to it. Another good creepy one is Possess by Gretchen McNeil. Dolls... CREEEPY!

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    5. Yes!! I read that!! THE DOLLS!!! That was a creepy book. Did you ever read Slice of Cherry or Bleeding Violet?

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    6. I just finished up Bleeding Violet maybe 3 weeks ago. It wasn't necessarily scary, but WHAT THE HECK! That was one crazy, definitely creepy story. I honestly liked it! I haven't read Slice of Cherry yet.... Is it the same kind of crazy, creepy, weird yet.... awesome?

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    7. I think it's actually supposed to be in the same world, but I'm not positive. But the MCs are sisters that were raised by a serial killer, and have taken on some of his tendencies.

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    8. Heading to the library site now to check that one out. If it is the same world, I am definitely curious!

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    9. Sorry for interrupting... I've been following your discussion because the books you're talking about sound fascinating! I'm going to get all of them! Thanks for the recs. :-)

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    10. Haha! Awesome!! You'll have to let us know what you think!!!

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    11. Clara, if you want weird and crazy and creepy and just plain strange, go for Bleeding Violet or Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves first!!!

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    12. Hee hee, Jaime, I reserved Bleeding Violet and Slice of Cherry from the library yesterday! I also reserved I Hunt Killers and Forbidden (Forbidden was mentioned by Stina in her comment above). :-D

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    13. You'll have to let us know what you think!!!

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  18. I don't know if I avoid books because of "feels". I read book because of "feels!" That being said, I tend to avoid books about witches. I just find them tedious and boring. Vampires, wares, aliens okay. Witches= boring to me. That being said, if someone recommended a really good witch book to change my mind, I would read it.

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    1. I've read a few witch books that I've liked. Hex Hall was good, though it wasn't just witches. Also, I just read House if Ivy and Sorrow and really liked it. Of course there's Harry Potter. :P

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  19. I don't think there is exactly any book that I avoid. I try to read and feel everything. I guess it's more so because what I would like to avoid is here in RL so I am happy enough to face anything that fiction can give me. So yeah, I try and read a little bit of everything. I have yet to try horror, but no so much because of avoiding it, but more so because there are so many books and not enough time ;)

    http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/05/a-thousand-splendid-suns-book-review.html

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    1. That's good that you'll read pretty much anything! That way you'll find those special books in every genre.

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  20. I tend to avoid books that I know will haunt me. The kind of books you just KNOW will make you sad and depressed, even if you learn something amazing. Even if the writings amazing (to this day I still feel like I shouldn't have read The Book Thief-which is pure awesome-because of how ruined I was by it). I'm not sure if that makes me a wimp, but I would only try a book I know will cause me that much pain if I was absolutely riveted by the blurb or cover or just love the author.

    The one book that I've never been able to read, even though it's been out a couple of years now and all of my friends (including the jerks... I mean, people... who won't read anything I suggest to them *cough* NAFFY *cough*) have read it is The Fault In My Stars. I've read Looking For Alaska..... but I just can't make myself read TFiOS *Cringe*

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    1. I was the same as you, but I finally caved. The thing about TFiOS is that it's more funny than sad. I mean, it's definitely sad in some parts, but it's mostly just really happy and funny.

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