This prompt came from Broke and Bookish and I’d like to thank them for giving out some great ideas for so many Tuesdays!
So, I’m doing halfsies on this one. The first 5 are Bookish Habits I Want to Quit. The second 5 are Book Tropes I Want to Quit Reading.
5 Bookish Habits I Want to Quit
1.) Not finishing trilogies. This is bad of me, I know, but the only trilogies I enjoy reading to the end are Nora Roberts stuff, when I’m in the mood for some sappy smoochies. Otherwise, it seems like the 2nd and 3rd books aren’t nearly as good as the first one, so I prefer to pretend the rest of the trilogy doesn’t exist to preserve the sanctity of the first well-written book with so much potential.
2.) Reading on my phone. Its tiny writing, and hard on the eyes. I need to get a proper kindle to read on. Unfortunately, money doesn’t go on trees, so I’ll quit this one as soon as I can afford to.
3.) Staying firmly within my comfort zone when it comes to reading. Now, I’m not saying I’ll start reading non-fiction (for adults at least) but I’ll try not to turn up my nose as much at other stuff.
4.) Checking out too many books from the library when I have a massive TBR pile at home. Yes, its a big deal. I hate not reading my library books as soon as I get them.
5.) Breaking my budget at Half-Price Books. I have a library card and I get free books for review all the time now! Why am I still even going to HPB?
5 Book Pet Peeves I Want to Quit Seeing!
1.) Love triangles. I do my best to never knowingly pick up a book with a love triangle in it, but sometimes the blurb lies! Can we just stop writing about love triangles in general? Leave the soap opera stuff for trashy daytime T.V. They’re not interesting. They’re not even remotely realistic for 99.9 percent of people out there, and they’re just flat out over-used.
2.) Happy Ever After Endings. If I’m reading a romance book, yes, I want a happy ever after ending. But a medical mystery? a thriller? Heck, even a science fiction novel? Why do we think that we need a perfect ‘good’ ending for every book? Why can’t the book end with the world blowing up, humanity getting extinguished, etc, once in a while. Go against the grain, authors! Go. against. the. grain!
3.) Damsels in Distress. Just…no. The world has enough of these books. Lets try writing more where the heroine of the book really is a heroine. Where she’s strong, mouthy, and willing to stand her ground against anyone or anything (and doesn’t end up Stockholm Syndroming her captor or whatever). Strong is sexy. Fragile/frail is just boring.
4.) Hunka-hunka covers. Okay, so technically this isn’t one that I want to quit ‘reading’ about. Its one that I want to quit seeing. Yes, I realize you’re writing a romance book, but good lord. I follow a lot of writers/publishers/book promoters on Twitter, and all your romance novel covers look the same lately. A close up shot of a rippling chest and six pack. Possibly also impossible curve of a woman’s photoshopped body. First one I saw made me go “hubba-hubba!” Now I’ve seen so many I don’t even bother to try to read the title. If you can’t come with something more imaginative than a close up of muscles, I’m not interested in whats under your cover. Yes, I realize this is ‘judging a book by its cover’ and no, I don’t care.
5.) Sequel-Baiting. If you can’t give me a self-contained story in one book, I guarantee you I’m not going to waste my money on any other book of yours. I mean, I don’t know how long you’ll try to keep stringing it out. Trilogies and more are fine, but your books better be whole individual books, or we’re done.
….wow, I sound grouchy. I don’t think I’m being super demanding though. Basically, I just want uniqueness and a good story.
What about you?