Top 5 Wednesdays – Book Trends That I Hate 2/8/2017

Top 5 Wednesdays was created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey and also run by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. You can check out the GoodReads group here!

Now, before I actually get into this, I want to let everyone know that I’m working on banners for my stuff, like reviews, Top 5 Wednesdays, and other topics I have. Also, I have decided that I’ll start posting Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I’ll leave it at that for now but I may add Saturday or Sunday into that also. Or I may reserve those for any reviews that I have either on books or on Kdramas.

Okay! That’s out of the way so I’ll get into this week’s Top 5 Wednesday. This week is about book trends that I hate seeing. I wasn’t going to do this weeks even though it also would have been my first. The only reasoning for this is that I couldn’t seem to think of any. But, as I was going through some other people’s, I found that I was thinking of a few big ones to me.

  1. Books set in the US/UK. I definitely understand that it’s tough to write about somewhere that you haven’t been long enough to understand the culture but it would still be nice to have some diversity in settings. I need to read more diversely but it’s tough to find books that not only peak my interest but also are diverse.
  2. I am getting sick of trying to read some adult romance and all of a sudden, it starts taking a Fifty Shades turn. I’m not sure how Fifty Shades ended up being as big as it did but because of that, I seem to find that I am seeing the same trend in too many other adult books.
  3. I so sick and tired of people bashing readers, non-readers and readers both included in this. For the longest time I wouldn’t read young adult books because I felt that since I was becoming an adult, I should read adult books. I was reading books that I didn’t enjoy so I was reading less. And I still feel judged when I’m reading a book that has a weird name or a strange cover. Another thing, if someone has a different opinion on a book that you love or hate, don’t bash them for it. Listen to what they have to say and tell them you understand that they don’t like the book but you do. Thank them for expressing their opinions. It’s just common curtesy.
  4. This isn’t something that can really be changed too much and it’s really hard to do for me. I hate being able to guess how the book is going to end. This pertains to not only books but Kdrama also. I want to read a book that has awesome plot twists. Yeah, sometimes it is nice to read a book and just know what’s going to happen. Sometimes you just need a cute little romance. If you haven’t read Cinder by Marissa Meyer, skip to 5 because there are SPOILERS AHEAD. In Cinder, I thought I knew how it was going to end but I was totally thrown for a loop! I figured that Kai would just accept her as a cyborg and they would have cute little babies but nope! At least, not yet.
  5. Now, the last one will be a controversial one for some people. I absolutely despise that reading diversely is being shoved down everyone’s throat. I see every where that people want to read more diverse books and all sorts of challenges. I’m not going to lie, I need to read more diverse books also and I’m doing a challenge but that doesn’t mean that it’s not being shoved down everyone’s throats. Reading diverse books should just happen. It shouldn’t be something that people are just doing because everyone else is doing it.

Let me know if you agree with any of these and one book trend that you hate seeing!

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4 Comments

  1. I agree with you about reading diversely. I think it’s important, but I also don’t like diversity for diversity’s sake. I personally never look at the the nationality, race, gender, etc. of the author when I choose a book. If the storyline seems interesting, I’ll read it.

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    1. Exactly! I’m the same way. I think it was for a photo challenge on my Instagram, but I had to find a book that was by a “non-white author.” I literally had to dig through my bookcase trying to find one because I never look at the author’s or the character’s race.

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