Blogging A to Z Day 11 – Kinds of Books I Won’t Read

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These are the kinds of books I won't read, no matter how tempting they might be. Find out my reasons for refusing to read certain genres and topics.
These are the kinds of books I won’t read, no matter how tempting they might be. Find out my reasons for refusing to read certain genres and topics.

There are certain books I just refuse to read. It’s not that I’m above reading a book about teenage vampires or finding love on an island, but there are some genres and topics I steer clear of. Here are the kinds of books that I will never touch, no matter how tempting they might be.

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There are some books I just won’t read. No matter how many people tell me they’re a good book, or how highly they’re rated, I’m just not interested. It’s not that I think those books are bad – I just know that they’re not for me. Here are five kinds of books that I typically won’t touch:


Classics – Unless it’s assigned for school, there’s no way I’m reading The Great Gatsby. I’m just not a classics person. They’re so boring. I know that classics are supposed to be these amazing, life-changing works of literature that everyone should read, but I just can’t get into them. I know some people love classics like The Great Gatsby, but there’s just no way I’m ever going to read it. I mean, it’s not even my favorite book genre. I much prefer books that are set in the present day. Classics just feel so…old. I think it’s the language – it’s just so old-fashioned and difficult to understand. And the characters – they’re just so unlikeable. And if it’s not assigned for school, then I really don’t see the point in reading it. I’d rather spend my time reading something that I actually enjoy, rather than something that I’m just supposed to read because it’s a classic. So unless you’re going to force me to read it, you can forget about me ever picking up The Great Gatsby. Classics just aren’t my thing. Why do people even like classics?


War stories – I don’t like war stories. I won’t read about history. I won’t read them, watch them, or listen to them. I hate it when there’s blood, guts, and gore. I’m not a fan of book genres that contain war stories. I would much rather read a horror story or true crime book. At least with those, the blood, guts, and gore are fake. With war stories, it’s all too real. And I don’t like that. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the brave men and women who have served our country, it’s just that I hate war stories. They’re always so depressing and they always make me feel so sad. I think they’re important. And I think there’s a time and a place for them. Just not in my book genre preferences. So, if you’re looking for someone to read your war story, I’m sorry, but I won’t be that person. I’m just not interested in that genre of book. Thanks for understanding.
Religious texts – Sorry guys, but this is one genre that just doesn’t do it for me. I’m a bookworm, and I’ll read just about any genre…except religious texts. Religious texts just don’t do it for me. I’m a recovering Catholic turned Witch. I’ve heard plenty to keep me rooted in my belief system, but religious texts are just not my thing. And while I respect people who find solace and strength in religious texts, they just don’t work for me. I find them repetitive and boring. I won’t read them, and I honestly can’t think of anything worse than having to wade through religious texts. They’re just not my cup of tea. I’m sure there are plenty of people who love religious texts, and that’s great for them. But as for me, I’ll stick to other book genres. There’s just too much hate in religious texts for me to ever enjoy them. So, if you’re looking for someone to discuss the religious texts you love, you’re out of luck with me.

Self help books – I’ve never been a fan of self-help books. I don’t need someone telling me how to live my life – I’m doing just fine on my own, thank you very much. I like to figure things out for myself. I don’t need someone telling me how to be happier or how to make more money. And I definitely don’t need a book telling me how to find love. And self-help book genres just seem to be full of empty promises and platitudes. They’re full of cheesy advise and impractical tips. These books are always telling you to do things that are totally obvious. Like, “Don’t procrastinate!” No kidding! I don’t need a book to tell me that. Plus, they’re always trying to sell you some kind of newfangled system or technique that is supposed to change your life. I’m not falling for that. I won’t read them, and I hate it when people try to give them to me as gifts.

But that doesn’t mean I’m against all self-improvement books. There are some that actually offer useful advice, and I’m not too proud to admit that I’ve read a few of them. But self-help books? No thanks. I’ll stick to living my life the way I want to, without any help from those. Maybe some people find them helpful, but I just hate them. So, you can keep your self help books – I won’t be reading them anytime soon! I’m perfectly content with the way my life is. Thank you.

Romance books – When it comes to romance novels, I just can’t get into them. I mean, what’s the appeal? With alpha males and damsels in distress and terrible tropes like love triangles or abuse masked as love, I would just rather not. I just can’t get on board. I know some people are into that stuff, but it’s just not my thing. I prefer other book genres that are substantial – thriller, mystery, fantasy, etc. – where there’s actual plot and character development, not just romance. I know some people might say that all book genres have their problems, but at least with other genres you can usually find something to like. With romance, I just can’t find anything redeeming. Maybe I’m just bitter because I feel like I’m constantly being bombarded with romance books on ads from Facebook and Instagram. Everywhere I look there are romance novels, and I can’t escape them. It’s like the world is telling me that I need to read romance, but I just hate it. So, if you’re looking for someone to talk to about the latest romance novel, you’re out of luck with me. I won’t read it and I probably won’t even want to hear about it. Sorry, romance haters unite!

Conclusion paragraph: It seems that I’m not alone in my distaste for certain genres of books. There are plenty of people who refuse to read classics, war stories, romance novels, religious texts, or self help books. What genres do you hate? What books won’t you read? Let me know in the comments. And if there’s a book that you’re dying to recommend to me, go ahead and leave it down below. I promise I’ll at least consider giving it a try.

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