Top Three Thursdays #24 – Genres I Avoid

Hello and welcome! This is my weekly series, Top Three Thursdays, or, for convenience, TTT. Every week I discuss my top three in any bookish topic. If you’d like to participate, write up a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below.

The topic for today (2/11/17) is: Genres I Don’t Prefer to Read

‘Tis the season of Halloween and pumpkin lanterns have taken over my social media feeds. However, it is not my cup of tea. Today I’m going to tell you about the kind of books that I prefer to pass over. But before you proceed, I’d just like to make it explicitly clear that just because I don’t like certain topics in books doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to like them or that I’m deriding your interests. If you’re not a fan of whatever I like to read, that is perfectly fine as well. Please remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinions.

1. Romance

Any book that has romance as the main plot fails to impress me. It’s like the same story told over and over again with different characters. If it’s a subplot, it’s a hit or miss for me. Don’t get me started on love triangles though! I can’t stomach them in any form. Needless to say, I steer well clear of this genre.

2. Horror

Although I’m open to reading paranormal books and have devoured a few in the past, true horror is something I stay well away from. I don’t believe in ghosts or the undead and related classic horror figures. I think the usual plot of a murderous ghost seeking revenge for an unrelated past grievance is far-fetched and elicits scorn rather than fear. That’s why I don’t watch movies or read books belonging this genre.

3. Literary fiction

This is a genre that I’m not very attracted to. The tone used in these books are generally more serious. I feel like it doesn’t suit my current state of mind. I might pick up books of this kind a little later in my life, but for now none of them are on my TBR.


What are the genres you prefer not to read? Are there any genres you’ve never read a single book from? Why do you avoid them? Let me know in the comments section below.

12 thoughts on “Top Three Thursdays #24 – Genres I Avoid

  1. Same. I like romance *in* my books, but I’m not one for reading strictly romance novels.

    I also don’t like horror, but I have this thing where I think a lot of horror novels aren’t even that horrifying. So I avoid them because they’re either boring or scary. I won’t go anywhere near a horror film though.

    My problem with today’s literary fiction is that everyone thinks they’re James Joyce or something. This was particularly a problem when I was reading literary fiction manuscripts as an intern for a literary agent. 90% of the manuscripts were people writing weird, grammatically incorrect sentences in some stream of consciousness vein. It was basically form over content, and the form was annoying. (And, anyway, most of the content seemed to be that some young 20-something went to the city and had sex with a lot of people and “discovered themselves” or something. I guess it was supposed to be profound, but it’s been done.)

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    1. Yay! It’s so heartening to know I’m not alone. For a few days I felt like the only person in the world who didn’t care for horror stories.
      Oh, no, the experience of going through all of the manuscripts must’ve been incredibly dull for you. I agree that literary fiction these days has a lot of repetitive themes (this is based off of blurbs though) and I don’t get the “profoundness” at all, so I tend to steer clear.


  2. I’m also not a big fan of romance-centric stories and horror. The former tends to bore or frustrate me, depending on what happens. As for horror… Ew. Just, no. I don’t read books to scare myself.

    And a third genre… I don’t know. I can’t think of anything off the top of my head.

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  3. I avoid pure romance books, as well. Too much mushiness :P. I’m not one for pure horror, either, unless it has a very compelling story and characters. Even then though, I don’t enjoy gore in a story. There’s some crime genre I don’t like either, but it depends. I like mysteries, just not the fighting crime classic plots, unless the characters are engaging enough to keep my attention.

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  4. I used to be more like you a few years ago. Now that I am exposed to a lot of genres I hadn’t even heard of before I started blogging, I read a lot. And I read almost every genre. I have favorites, which sometimes change over the course of a year.
    And unlike you, I love romance. I think I just enjoy reading about characters who have a lot to deal with in their lives, but love kind of makes everything else slightly better. Not that romance fixes their lives or anything, but it just shines a light on them.
    Great post 🙂

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    1. Yes, blogging certainly expands your horizons. My 2018 TBR will feature a bunch of books from different genres so that I can grow as a reader. 🙂
      I like it if the romance is done well, you know? Mostly in YA it’s cringe-worthy, predictable or problematic. I just read Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu recently and loved the romance in it. But it’s usually a miss for me.


    1. Glad we have something in common. 🙂
      Aw, no! I changed up my posting schedule. Now I do Top Ten Tuesdays instead. I was discouraged because no one was joining in and it stopped being fun. I’m so very sorry! 😭 But if you want to do any of the previous topics, you can always link back to the relevant post. That’s totally up to you though.


      1. Okay I will do that. If you ever want to start doing it again, hit me up. Might be able to help with ideas for topics and stuff. Have a great day and may the force be with you. (Sorry I just couldnt resist. lol)

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