Thursday, February 9, 2012

Books You Avoid

Recently, I've won a few romance novels on the internet.  Now, this is genre I don't normally read as I find it a little too much on the fluffy side; yes, I avoid reading mainstream romance.  It's something I have avoided since I was a teenager and my Mum called it smut and told me it wasn't to be read.  But that was then and this is now and I thought to try it out; seeing I've been a big Stephen King reader for most of my life.  So far, it's okay, I guess.  I don't mind it.
There's other types of genres I avoid as well; not just romance.  Apocalypse-type books where the world is coming to an end doesn't do anything for me.  I don't see the need for them.  However, I do enjoy reading books where the author has created new worlds where there are other Earths like ours - but a little different - so there's a bit of space travel involved.  
Chick-lit is another one that is a no-no on my list.  Over the years, I have tried a few times to get in and read this genre and it just doesn't work for me.  Sometimes, I'll find one book that's labeled as a chick-lit and it's not supposed to be one and it'll a good comedy to read; while other times I'll pick up another one and it'll be a very big whine about this and that and nothing else that is of great interest to me.  This is not what I want to read; however to quite a few of my friends, they love this one and rave about how much they love the characters.  I guess there's something I'm missing in these types of genres; or maybe, I've found my genre and am just a little set in my ways, and have become more set as I've gotten older. What do you think?
So, do tell us, what do you avoid reading?  Is there a solid reason behind it or do you just hate reading a particular genre because it holds no interest for you?  Until my next post, happy reading! 


  1. Westerns and anything by James Joyce. Hemingway too; although, I'd very reluctantly try any of his books (with a gun to my head) because they're usually short reads. Dry and adjective-less. But short.

  2. I have found that Hemmingway is hard to read, but 'Old Man and the Sea' was brilliant! I found a 2nd edition with illustrations and it kept me going as the old man fought the fish... loved it to the very end!

    But I must agree with you with the Westerns... blech.

  3. Funny, I am not a Hemingway fan!! Ugh, I read The Old Man & the Sea, it was the only book of Hemingway's I could finish reading, but I still wasn't wowed by it.

    I not a huge western or science fiction reader. Both genres aren't appealing to me.