Top Ten Words/Topics That Prevent Me from Picking up a Book
- “Tour de Force” – You see this phrase everywhere and it drives me bonkers because it’s so overused and utterly meaningless.
- “Unputdownable” – see above.
- “Poignant” – I’m all for affecting writing, but it’s a word used in reviews so often that my eyes glaze over when I see it.
- “Readable” – What? I don’t even know. Is this some sort of comment on the typeface?
- “Page Turner” – Awesome, this book isn’t so terrible I won’t want to throw it across the room after two pages, but how about you actually tell me something about the content.
- Cover Blurbs from Authors I Don’t Like – It sounds terrible, but sorry. If Stephenie Meyer, James Patterson, or Jodi Picoult has a prominent quote on the cover of a new book, I probably will pass.
- Books Where the Author’s Name is Bigger than the Title – It’s like the content of the book is totally irrelevant. People will just pick up anything with a familiar brand.
- Books With Movie Covers –I believe these are technically called “movie tie-in editions,” but I can’t stand holding a glossy covered book with a picture of Reese Witherspoon on it. If it’s something I really want to read, I’ll wait until I can find an older edition.
- Urban Fantasy – Sorry coworkers! But when I see a book cover with some combination of witches, pentagrams, motorcycles, werewolves, or leather pants I can’t help but groan and roll my eyes.
- Books By People Who Should Not Be Writing Books – Jenny McCarthy, Snooki, Lauren Conrad, please. Stop. For all that is good in this world. Just stop.
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