I swore up and down that yesterday was Tuesday – summer has a way of messing my days up completely. Now it feels like an extended version of the Tuesday I thought I was living yesterday. Uh huh, yup! I’m a weird one. Especially when I’m tired and exhausted!
So last week was all about the buzzwords that make me WANT to read a book – this week though, we are talking about ones that make us want to stay as far away from a book as possible. Strangely, this side of the coin makes me think more about wording in a synopsis opposed to a plot or story point. You’ll understand when I get into it.
Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme where I explore different topics. If you are interested in participating I would love to have you! Here is a list of my Upcoming Topics in August – please remember to ping back a specific post of mine so I get a notification and I will add you to the participants list!
Please, can we please stop with the love triangles!?!?!?!? I totally understand that love is confusing. And when you’re faced with two different people that you find yourself attracted to, you may find yourself wondering and confused as to which one will be the best choice. But why does such a high percentage of books include a love triangle?! This just isn’t a necessary plot point! Just make the character explore ONE relationship completely and we have more of a chance to become invested in those characters and their relationship. JUST STOP WITH THE TRIANGLES!
THE “COMING OF AGE” STORY
This description literally makes me cringe and for so many reasons. When the words “coming of age” are used to describe a story, it’s usually in reference to a teenager experiencing things that will help them grow and chance their lives. But, let’s think on this for a second. Can’t that same description be used for someone in their 20’s or 30’s?? Becoming ‘that’ age usually includes finishing school, finding a job, having children, getting married, buying a house, and so much more! It can also be used for someone in their 50’s or 60’s as they’re experiencing grandchildren, marriages of their own children, retirement, increasing health issues, etc. Basically “coming of age” is a cop out description that makes me roll my eyes. This tells me nothing and is used too broadly. Get specific on what type of challenge they face but don’t use this line – it’s just lazy!
This one is a bit hard for me to explain. I don’t hate books about royalty. In fact I love them! But lately there have been so many books released in regards to royalty and they all follow the same tropes. It’s just been getting a little boring. I will pick the book up if there is something so unique about the premise, but other than that they all fit the same mold – I mean it has to be REALLY unique for me to read it. But if we’re talking royals in historical fiction then I’m ALL OVER IT! I’m just tired of the same old tropes
I’m not above reading a crime story every now and then, but these are SOOOO not my favourite genre or topic. The crimes are usually all different but I swear the main POV is always the same person. Their personalities, traits, likes, dislikes are always the same thing no matter if they are male or female. These stories (Or the ones I’ve chosen to pick up anyway) also seem to follow the same story outline and plot twists. I just find them boring and predictable.
Ok Ok, I’ve totally read a romance novel here and there, and I’ve read books that aren’t specifically within the genre that do have romances, but I don’t go into the romance section of a store – ever. I just feel like theres too much missing in the story for me to relate to it. They’re ok every once in a while as a way to reset my brain and focus on something a little less involved, but they just aren’t my thing. I usually can’t connect to them on an emotional level either which I feel is the point to these books. I don’t feel that romantic relationships are enough substance to hold my attention.
TOP 5 TUESDAY PARTICIPANTS:
- Ryann @ Ryann The Reader
- Joe @ J.W. Martin
- Rachel @ Pace, Amore, Libri
- Sophie @ Beware of the Reader
- Rachel @ Talk Darcy To Me
- Erin @ A Red Head’s Rambling
- Lauren @ Books Are Only The Beginning
- Rebecca @ My Life As A Sports Fangirl
- Steph @ Lost: Purple Quill
- Angela @ Egg Reader
How about you? Are there any buzzwords that you find cringeworthy or off putting?
Until next time, happy reading!