Welcome to Day #9 of the April A to Z Challenge, where participants are challenged to create a post every day (except Sundays) corresponding to the appropriate letter of the alphabet. If you’d like to learn more, hit the badge on my sidebar.
I’ll be posting about bookish topics each day of the challenge. Here’s today’s post about topics I generally don’t enjoy reading about:
I read a lot of books covering a lot of different topics and genres. In fact, my bookshelves look as though they contain books belonging to about ten different people! However, there are few genres and plot points that I tend to avoid. Here are a few of them:
Animal deaths—I usually just can’t handle these. I’ve never read Old Yeller or Where The Red Fern Grows. Stone Fox had me sobbing at the end. I’ve read essays by Anne Lamott and Ann Patchett about the deaths of beloved dogs that have reduced me to a sobbing mess—we’re talking ugly crying face here. I respect the talent of these authors, and I admire that kind of powerful writing, but I generally avoid these types of books/essays unless I’m really feeling the need for a cathartic cry.
Child abuse—I’ve had to deal with a few instances of real-life child abuse in my previous career as a teacher, and that’s enough. I have absolutely no desire to read about it. I don’t read nonfiction books like A Child Called It or novels that include this topic as a major plot point–no matter how many stellar reviews they receive.
Foreign lands—OK, I know I’m totally going to catch flak for this one, but I’ve got to be honest. I prefer to read books set in America. I think most of this preference stems from the fact that I’ve never traveled outside my home country, and I find it hard to completely lose myself in characters and plots set in other countries. Of course, the natural argument would be that books are the perfect opportunity to explore other lands and cultures, and I completely agree in theory–I just don’t put it into practice very often! I do find that I’m becoming a bit more open to reading books set in other countries lately—for example, I really enjoyed Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and I like most of Maeve Binchey’s books set in Ireland. But if given the choice, I’ll usually pick a book set in the US over a book set in another country.
Ghosts and Paranormal Topics–I think I’m just too much of a skeptic to enjoy or appreciate most books about the supernatural.
Poetry—I just don’t know enough about poetry to truly appreciate it. I never took any poetry classes in high school or in college, although my high school language arts classes always included a unit or two on classic poets. I envy people who have read enough poems to actually have favorites. There are some poems that I enjoy, but I generally don’t seek poetry out when I’m looking for my next book.
How about you? Are there any genres or plot points that you avoid? Please share!