Happy Friday everyone! Sorry for being a little absent the past few days. I’ve been busy doing nothing and enjoying my doing nothing. I finished work a little while ago and have been enjoying having time during the day to read books, so I haven’t been blog hopping a ton.
Anyway, today I thought I’d talk about some topics of books I’m not really interested in reading. Though I’m generally pretty open, there are some topics that just don’t interest me or that make me not want to read a book. Some of these have exceptions and books that I’ve read and loved, so I’ll talk about those too.
…even though I love the Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and I also love the wilderness. I just find a lot of survival stories are the same and fairly repetitive. Funnily enough, this was a topic I LOVED as a kid. I loved the Island trilogy by Gordan Korman and I loved books about people surviving in tough situations. But now, I’m just not all that interested in them.
WW1 or WW2
…even though I love Ruta Sepetys. I’m not really sure what it is about WWI and WWII books that make me uninterested, but it’s generally not something I reach for. Which is funny, because I would count Ruta Sepetys as one of my favourite authors. I’ve never really been all that interested in war stories and reading about war, which is probably why I’m not interested in these topics.
Wild West or country-style books
…even though I am a Horse Person. I’m just not a fan of country/Western-themed things in general (except music and clubs because dancing is fun lol). So books that take place in the Wild West aren’t really my thing. I do find the South really interesting, though, and would love to read more books that take place in the south.
A lot of fairytale retellings
…even though I love Entwined by Heather Dixon and Beastly by Alex Flynn, which are retellings. Again, I’m not totally sure why I’m not interested in retellings. Maybe it’s because we already know the story, or because retellings can be hard to do. But I’m not interested in a lot of them.
Stories about Fae or fairies
As a kid, I was obsessed with the idea of fairies being real. But I was never really interested in reading fictional books about them or fae. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the recent romanticizing of them which just weirds me out??? Idk again I don’t really have a good reason. I just never reach for these stories.
…even though I love Tamora Pierce and ASOIAF.
OKAY hear me out: I’m dumb and I’m shit at remembering character names. Like, so bad. I can never remember ANY book or movie character names. And in high fantasy, characters have SO MANY names. Especially the medieval-style ones. Like, take Game of Thrones. Ned Stark has so many fucking names. Eddard Stark, Ned Stark, Warden of the North, Hand to the King, Lord Stark, Lord of Winterfell, Protector of the Realm, Lord Regent of the Seven Kingdoms. And he’s referred to by ALL these names. HOW am I supposed to remember who everyone is when everyone has 19 names?
I also just find the writing in high fantasy to be weird sometimes. Like, high fantasy authors insist on using some fake Olde English and it just confuses me? Again, I’m dumb and need things written very plainly for me to understand. So high fantasy isn’t really a genre I reach for a ton.
So those are some topics I’m not interested in reading. What about you? Are there any topics that make you not reach for a book? Any books with these topics I should give a try? Do you share my struggle with remembering names? Let me know!
Thanks for reading! xx