Topics I Love & Hate To Read About

Topics I Love & Hate To Read About

A while back I saw a post by Annie from The Misstery that listed topics she loved and hated to read about. I thought it was a fun point of conversation, so I figured I’d share  mine. Definitely chime in with yours in the comment section below!

5 Topics That I Can’t Resist:

  1. Romantic Tension
    I am a sucker for forbidden love and absolutely adore any sort of romantic tension between two people. When the tension evaporates (aka the couple is finally together), I always lose a bit of interest. It’s the WHEN WILL THEY FINALLY BE TOGETHER?! that keeps me rapid-fire turning the pages.
  2. Cults
    I haven’t read a lot of fiction books about cults (IF YOU KNOW OF ANY GOOD ONES, PLEASE REC ASAP!), but I have read a number of nonfiction books about them. I’m obsessed!
  3. Zombies
    Survival stories that take place with zombies
    are my jam!! I find zombies so terrifying. I love being scared, so I tend to gravitate toward zombie reads.
  4. WWII
    That war was so gigantic that there will be no shortage of unique literature inspired by the events that took place. Every WWII novel I read is different, and I love them all!
  5. Vampires
    Hands down my favorite fantasy creature! Whether they’re the heroes or the villains, I love every last blood-sucker in fiction.

5 Topics That Will Prevent Me From Picking Up a Book: 

  1. Animals
    I’m a vet and am overly empathetic. I HATE reading books that involve animals (especially animal death, but even Homeward Bound is too difficult for me to watch), because it takes way too much of an emotional toll.
  2. Cancer
    Nope. Absolutely not. Fiction or nonfiction, cancer is a mother f*cker and it makes me way too damn sad to read about it. When Breath Becomes Air? HELL NO. I started crying when I read the synopsis.
  3. Magical Realism
    I hate that genre. Gabriel Garcia Marquez? No thank you. My brain wants to fit the novel into ONE genre only, and it doesn’t like when it can’t. 
  4. Family Conflict
    If there is any indication that the book revolves around familial strife, I won’t read it. Mostly for personal reasons, but beyond that, the subject is simply sad.
  5. Medical Stuff
    Before I became a vet I enjoyed reading books that involved medicine (both human and veterinary), but now that’s a hard pass. I read to escape, not to be back at my day job. 

Now it’s your turn to tell me your most loved and hated topics! 

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  1. 🙂 Glad you did this post too! I feel the same way about romantic tension, especially in tv shows haha When they get together it’s way less interesting!

  2. I’m with you on the animal deaths. I was messed with too much as a child with unwarned animal deaths in books and movies, so I really get mad when I come across them in my reading now. Also, YES to Cults!!! I am obsessed! 2 books on TBR are Family by Michol Ostow and It Wasn’t Always Like This by Joy Preble. They both have a cult thing in them. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is also up there because CULTS and I loved The Arsonist.
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  3. We’re the same on the second list. If something happens to the animal, I’m not reading it or watching it. XD The one book that I read by GGM totally flew over my head. Great topic!

    1. Hahaha yay zomb friends!! I knew I liked you for a reason. That’s funny about movies/VGs but not books. I might almost say I’m the complete opposite? But I think that’s because things would be even more heart-breaking in visual form.

  4. I’m with you on boycotting books about animals but I still read medical stuff. I can’t stand books with vets as character though. People get it so wrong. Mostly because the vet in the book always has oodles of free time and never seems to go to work.
    Have you read The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly? That’s my only cult fiction rec.

    1. I didn’t read the comments before answering.
      Anyway, did you know that James Rollins is an author who writes thrillers and is also a vet? There are always animals in his books and they never, ever get hurt. They tend to be involved in the plot in ways that would terrify me with another author. I would just know they are going to get killed. If he ever screws me over on this certainty, he will be dead to me.
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