Are there any topics you avoid when selecting a book to read? Any themes or subjects you just don’t enjoy?
I can be pretty picky with the topics I read about. There are some that just don’t interest me, or that I know I don’t enjoy, so I avoid them. Some of these include:
- Difficult or sad topics such as mental illness and abuse
- Fluffy romances with no plot
- Sword covers… had to include that in there.
I can’t think of topics that are completely off limits for me. I tend to like darker, grittier reads. I like tragedy (only in my reading, not my real life of course!) and have said numerous times that I am a sucker for a tortured hero. I tend to stay away from fantasy because I find the world building tedious and too convenient a way to solve problems (the author has a major dilemma to resolve, introduces magic, problem fixed!= boring). I also am not a fan of chic lit. I tend to stay away from what I think will be “fluff.” I know some people avoid trigger topics in their reading, but I do not think I have any trigger topics. I know some people who will avoid romance books that have cheating or unfaithfulness. Other people will avoid books with difficult subject matter such as rape or incest or abuse. I will read it all. However, I don’t like these topics to be thrown in just to “make” a book gritty. When dealing with sensitive subjects, I think the author must take his or her time and do the story justice or it seems sensational instead of gritty. A book that I feel does a great job of this is the Thoughtless series by S.C. Stephens. The books deal with disloyalty within a romantic relationship. I put off reading it for quite sometime because I thought I wouldn’t really be able to root for a protagonist who cheats on her boyfriend. However, I LOVE this series and I understand that there is AWLAYS more to the story.
I really don’t know that I avoid certain topics on purpose, or if it’s completely subconscious. I steer clear of horror and psychological thrillers as I have enough nightmares one my own. I skip sad/depressing books for obvious reasons. I can’t stand the whole chick-lit genre. I wouldn’t want to be around most of those women. I’ve read a few interesting non-fiction books. But those are few and far between (and were written by Bill Bryson). I will say, though, that belonging to different book clubs has exposed me to books that I enjoyed, but probably would have never picked up on my own.