Things I Don’t Like in Books πŸ‘ŽπŸ»

β˜•οΈΒ Hi, guys! I hope you’re having the most wonderful day & you’re enjoying your readings.❀️ Today I’ve decided that it would be fun to end the week by bringing you some of my “unpopular opinions” maybe, on things I don’t like to see or come across in books. 😣 I think this type of post is fun to discuss a bit in the comments since I would like to know what things you don’t like to find when you read your books. The factors that I’ll talk about today are those kinds of things that when you’re quietly reading your book, you come across with and that suddenly bores you a lot, or that small factor that makes you feel uncomfortable and even angry, or even that factor that can make you want to stop reading the book immediately or perhaps, hopefully, you know ahead of time what you’ll encounter so you decide it’s not the book for you and end up never picking it up.πŸ‘‹πŸ»
So, we’ll discuss a bit about all those things in this post and I hope you can enjoy it. As always, I cannot start without telling you that these opinions are just my own and that doesn’t mean that they’re an absolute truth, it’s only what I feel and if you like some of the following things that I’ll mention, that’s wonderful, that’s why we have so many varieties of books in the world.
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BUT, before starting I want to thank you from
the bottom of my heart for having voted me for the 2020 Book Bloggers Awards,
I WON BEST Book RECOMMENDATIONS… like, WHAT!!! 😭 😭 😭 and it still feels surreal and magical, blogging is something I love to do, guys, and I’m very excited to share every day with you, so thank you for being there and give me this beautiful recognition that means so much to me. It really makes me happy that you like my recommendations, I’ll soon return with several ideas that I have and I’m very excited to show you, I know you’ll like them and I can’t wait, so stay tuned for it. I LOVE YOU & be happy, no matter what others say, you creates your world, so dare to do the things you love and be who you want to be.❀️❀️❀️

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Now, without further ado, go get something to eat and drink & let’s get started! β˜•οΈΒ 

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Β πŸ‘ŽπŸ»Β Romance as the focal point: love solves everything & Insta-love

OMG, guys, I’m already a bit tired of stories that have this kind of romance so surreal, I know I’m not the biggest fan of rom-coms and I think this is why, I don’t like that the romance is used as a tool to solve the character’s whole life, I’ve seen romances that even cure mental illnesses, which I don’t think is something very healthy to show in literature, much less when many young people read it, right? On the other hand, I do like a good romance as a complement within other types of plots, whether they’re fantastic or contemporary or whatever, you know? I just don’t like it when it’s EVERYTHING the book focuses on.
I think I’ve already talked a lot about my rejection of insta-love, but I will repeat it again, I HATE insta-love, I’m not saying that it doesn’t happen, maybe there are people in the world falling in love at first sight and I think that’s adorable, but in most cases, books, especially YA, shows a type of love that’s SO intense as soon as they meet each other, the kind for which the characters would give their lives for, even when they hardly know each other and I’m a bit tired of it.
I need more slow-romance in my life, that kind of romance where the characters know each other slowly and deeply until they begin to connect and finally feel things for each other. there’s nothing more beautiful and rewarding than that.

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Β πŸ‘ŽπŸ»Β Predictable Plotline

I like books focused on the characters, but I always appreciate a good, smart and complex plotline that manages to surprise me and it has been somewhat difficult to find that this year, although there are some exceptions as I give in my standalone recommendations, In general, I feel that there are some stories that lack that complexity or that

or “omg” effect that leaves you wondering, or that kind of plot that you don’t know and you can’t guess what will happen and how will be finishing, you know? I love that kind of effect and I think we need it more in books, even in contemporaries and mysteries, where I think the same plotline has begun to repeat a lot where everything is magically resolved at the end.
Sometimes I think that some authors don’t know how to solve that end they have in mind and then it looks a bit rush, and I don’t like that. In general, when I read a book I expect some kind of effect from it, even when I read stories focused on the growth of a character in contemporary life, I also like that effect of surprise that can come with unexpected events or even some kind of resolution that you doesn’t expect with respect to the main character.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a light plot every now and then, but just because it’s light or easy to read doesn’t mean it should be ordinary, flat, and predictable, you know?

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Β πŸ‘ŽπŸ»Β Aquatic Settings: Books that take place in the ocean, ships & others.

Well, this one I know will be controversial, but throughout my journey as a reader, I’ve realized that it’s very difficult for me to feel trapped and committed to plots that take place in aquatic places, such as the ocean, sea, lakes or that kind of places & I don’t like stories about pirates or mermaids, either, precisely because of this factor. I think there could be a mermaid story that I like, but I haven’t tried many because I’m usually disappointed, but if the plot is very good maybe I could enjoy it, on the other hand, I don’t like pirate stories at all, I get very bored when everything It happens on boats and they travel from one place to another in the ocean, it just isn’t for me and I know it’s super weird because it all sounds incredible, but I can’t enjoy the experience reading this type of story at all. Another thing that I feel happens to me a lot, is that I have and need to imagine everything in my head while reading and it’s very difficult for me to imagine people underwater lol, it sounds more silly than I thought, but I hope you feel me, it’s just So weird in my mind, I can’t do it.

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Β πŸ‘ŽπŸ»Β Overdescriptive Plots

In general, I enjoy a good world-building, especially when I go into a new fantasy book and I want to know more about the construction of the world and how it’s composed, but I think there’s a fine line between rich descriptions and over-descriptions where the author may have a style that’s a little more descriptive, which I respect a lot, or in another case, it could be when the author wants to focus much more on creating a special environment for the reader. I understand that kind of approach when writing a book, I’m not the one to judge, I know that many people like this type of plot and it’s great, but I don’t prefer it. I like descriptions, but when they’re clear and brief, if the description is about a character and his life, I usually like more, but when it’s about the world itself or some kind of description of a particular scene, I prefer them shorter, because if it’s too descriptive ends up boring me and becomes very dense, in fact, I’ve had experiences with this type of plots where it makes me want to stop reading because it’s just A LOT and the plot stagnates and stops organically flow. Just my opinion, of course, I love that you like descriptive plots. Now that I think about it, this is one of my problems reading Stephen King, because I think he’s brilliant and creates incredible atmospheres, but it may be somewhat over-descriptive for my taste.

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Β πŸ‘ŽπŸ»Β One-Dimensional & Perfect Looking Characters

Guys, I need more complex characters in my life!!! I’m really tired of characters who are there with the simple fact of being main characters, but without contributing anything new, and even more tired of the main character with a perfect appearance who has absolutely nothing special and nothing stands out in her personality. I think that as a reader I’m absolutely ready to read about more realistic characters with all their flaws, you know? I want to read about real girls who accept their body as it is, we don’t need authors describing apparently perfect love interests or main characters who are absolutely stunning, everyone falls in love with her but she doesn’t know that she’s SO beautiful and that makes her so special and interesting (? …. NO MORE! I swear: I Let Out a Breath I Didn’t Realize I Was Holding LOL
I want more real and relatable characters, a character doesn’t need to be superficially perfect to tell an interesting and impactful story, nor does it need to be perfect for people to be interested in him.
Another thing I need is more morally gray characters, since we are discussing this I wanted to mention, I love a good complex, and difficult to decipher character with many layers in her personality. Nobody is totally good or totally bad, I think that showing that face in characters would be something very incredible to see more.

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Β πŸ‘ŽπŸ»Β Sports

Another discussion that may be controversial, or not … I don’t know, but I’d love to get your opinion. I don’t like sports in real life,
all my life I’ve hated sports even in school, I was always that uncomfortable girl who hides so that no one passes the ball to, you know? lol, or on the other hand, I’m also the one who gets hit with the ball, so it makes sense that I’m not so interested in them in my books either
, most of the time I just skip that scenes (confession time lol) because it’s not my kind of thing and it bores me a bit. If I find athletes in my readings it’s just fine, it only bores me to see the descriptions of what’s happening, it’s very boring for me, but I think that as long as it is not the main topic it’s fine, I know they’re just a couple of scenes, but I wanted to mention it as it doesn’t resonate with me.
Let’s ignore the fact that I’m reading Fury right now lol, but I’m really enjoying it so we’ll see.

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  Hope you enjoyed the post & if you like the idea, I would love to know your opinions, so go ahead and make your own list! ❀️

β˜•οΈΒ Thanks for all the love and support! What are those things that you would rather not find in your books? & What is your most unpopular opinion?, I would love to know, so let me know everything in the commentsΒ β˜•οΈΒ 

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73 thoughts on “Things I Don’t Like in Books πŸ‘ŽπŸ»

    • I know, right!!! πŸ˜… OMG, it doesn’t make any sense to make each character the personification of physical perfection, I just don’t get it and it bores me a lot to meet one-dimensional characters that don’t contribute to the plot. It’s a big Nope for me

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  1. I agree so much with the β€œI am so ugly, how could anyone like me” trope because in almost every case the characters keep on falling for them. Like what !!!!
    Nice post 😍😍😍😍😍😍

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  2. Nice useful thoughts. I know you don’t like sports, but what do you think of running as the partial basis of a plot, something in the mold of The Amazing Race, if you’ve ever watched that TV show. My current WIP, although dystopian in nature, also has similarities with that running show, and would that book be a no, no for you.

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  3. Congratulations for winning the award!! I had no doubts for you to win in this category, Sofii. 😊 You really have the best book recommendations which leads me to talking about this post because we have pretty similar opinions! I dislike insta love, one-dimensional and perfect characters as well as overdescriptive plot lines too. I also have not read many books set on a pirate ship or on sea. πŸ€” Don’t know if I’d like that.

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    • Aww, Linda! your faith in me makes me feel so emotional! you’re an angel, thank you SO much ❀️✨
      OMG, I’m so glad we share so many of the same thoughts, that’s great! I know my most unpopular opinion is the aquatic settings one, no doubt. πŸ˜…
      Have a beautiful day 🌻🌻🌻

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  4. Hahahaha!! I was also not into sports… but I find them weirdly ok in books?! Like, I loved all the Exy scenes in the All for the Game series…
    But Sofii, YOU TOTALLY DESERVE WINNING a book blogger award!! You’re amazing, and I’m in awe of you constantly xx

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  5. Most of these are on my β€œno thanks” list as well (sports!!!!) but you’ve got me with aquatic settings. Still, it’s definitely not something I’d argue about – I love those books because I love being in water myself, but that’s definitely not true for everyone. πŸ’• You hit the nail on the head with one dimensional characters and romance overtaking the story – no thanks!

    Also…. congrats on your win! πŸ₯°

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    • Amber, I’m so glad we think the same about so many points, YAY!! ❀️ & I completely understand that you like aquatic settings, I think that’s my most unpopular opinion. πŸ˜… OMG, totally, we need less fix-it-all romances and more positive romances as a solid secondary component to the plot.πŸ‘πŸ»
      Thanks so much, gorgeous πŸ₯Ίβœ¨βœ¨

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  6. I agree with you on seafare themes! I think after like 27 Pirates of the Caribbean movies, the novelty wore off. Nothing interesting happens at sea. Ever! Pirate battles, sinking ships, and 8-legged kraken monsters have been done before.

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  7. Firstly, again YAY CONGRATS on winning!! It’s seriously so well deserved and I adore you and your posts so much *happy dance*

    Secondly, LOVED reading this list. So interesting to hear more of your specific taste. I definitely see where you’re coming from. I love some good romance but for me the story MUST have an element that takes up as much of the storyline. A good 50/50 for me if you will. Idk I’ve just read some romance and I think the reason some of them don’t do anything for me is because of that welp

    Ah I love books at the sea, though haven’t read many. Totally get why you don’t though hehe.

    My most hated thing in books EVER is MISCOMMUNICATION!!! it annoys me every single time and can literally take a 5 star to a 3 star. Especially at the end of the book to cause unnecessary drama. Just nope.

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    • Thank you SO SO much again, Ruby! You’re such a sweet person, I’m honored to have met you. πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ίβœ¨β€οΈ
      Totally, 50/50 is perfect for me too, if everything complements well then I have no problem with it & It makes me happy that you like books located in aquatic places, I know that’s a super unpopular opinion, so I get it. πŸ˜…
      OMG, YES!!!! When problems between characters could be solved with a simple conversation, it’s like … REALLY? πŸ˜‚πŸ‘πŸ»

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  8. Congrats on the award, Sofii! You deserve it! *pumps fists in the air!!!!*

    I also strongly dislike insta-love. I find myself rolling my eyes the whole time and can’t seem to focus on the story. I get it’s probably a teenage thing, I’m sure I’ve been there, but it is pretty annoying. One big turn off for me is when there is any kind of animal abuse. Even if it a small minor subplot, it makes me sick and I can’t focus on the story because I’m too busy being sad. I’m also not super into historical fiction. I have to REALLY be in the mood for it. OOOOH and as another people commented, I, too, hate miscommunication. I hate when characters stop talking to each other for several chapters when it could have been solved within minutes IF THEY JUST COMMUNICATED. It drives me bonkers. XD

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    • Thank you SO much, sweetie!!!! you’re amazing. ❀️❀️ Oh, totally, super eye-rolling for me too & I agree with you on animal abuse, in fact that’s why I hate The Pisces, so that would be another “nope” for me.πŸ˜₯ Miscommunication between characters, especially if it’s romance, it’s so absurd … JUST TALK, you know? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  9. I hate insta-love to! I just read a memoir where they had it big time and I was like but if it’s real can I still hate it? (I did.) Turns out that doesn’t work for me in reality or fiction πŸ™‚

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  10. Congratulations on your award Sofi! It’s so very much deserved! πŸ’žπŸ˜Š
    I loved this post! I agree with you on boring one dimensional characters – they make for such boring characters and it’s really hard to relate to them because there’s no substance.
    I totally get your point on reading Stephen King. I’m just about to finish the uncut version of the Stand… OMG talk about SO MUCH description that didn’t need to be there! Drove me crazy! Personally, I don’t think there needed to be an uncut version to an already long novel… but that’s just me πŸ˜…
    Again, really loved this post! 😊

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  11. Congratulations on the award Sofii, you absolutely deserve it (you’ve added quite a number of books to my TBR)!!!! I enjoyed reading this post, we definitely need more slowburn romances as subplots, and I’m always looking for unique plots in books, predictability is just…no. The thing with perfect characters is that they really don’t make you want to root for them (at least in my experience) because you already know they’re going to get…like, everything. So *shrug*. Haha yep sometimes overdescriptions are a little like…can we get to the point? This is why sometimes, simplicity is better than showering two sentences with huge words no one has ever heard of before. Huh, haven’t read a lot of books in aquatic settings, although my favorite ship scene (like, when the characters are actually ON a ship…πŸ˜‚) has to be in Six of Crows, when they’re on their way to the Ice Court. SO many interesting character dynamics!!!! I just can’t. Okay, this is getting on a tangent…so…wonderful post and again, congratulations, you go girl!!!!!!

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    • Thank you SO much!!! I’m really happy about it, it means a lot to me. πŸ₯Ίβœ¨ I LOVE that you let me know your thoughts on each of the points, I really like knowing what you think πŸ‘πŸ»β€οΈ & no doubt, Six of Crows is just great, I would read the characters wherever they are. πŸ˜…
      Again, thank you very much for all your support 🌻

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  12. First, congrats on the award! Second, are you me? Seriously? Because this list is me.
    I hate insta love. I really, really do. Give me a beautifully crafted slow burn romance any day of the week. I’m also extremely over protagonists who are super gorgeous but don’t know it. If you’re stunning, own it. Or perhaps give us a MC who doesn’t look like a guy magnet? πŸ€”
    Perfect characters are boring. I don’t care if a character isn’t always the best person, I just want them to be interesting!
    I’m also the sort of person who avoids high seas adventures and sporting plots. However, I did read the first issue in the Fence comic series and really enjoyed it! Who would have guessed? 😊

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    • OMG, Ashely! you’re so amazing, I’m so glad we shared so many thoughts about the things we don’t like in books πŸ‘πŸ»βœ¨ & thank you so much, darling I’m honored to have won. πŸ₯Ίβ€οΈ
      OMG, I love your words I agree with everything!!!! give me a slowburn romance every day too! 😍
      I’m glad you were able to enjoy an sea adventure, that’s great, I think there may be exceptions, I just finished reading Furia and I loved it even though ALL the characters play soccer…. so I feel you. πŸ˜…πŸŒ»

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  13. Whenever someone talks about things they DONT like in books, it always makes me wonder if there is anything I don’t like… I mean, there must be, for sure. Hence why some books get lower ratings than others. But I really can’t come up with tropes/themes that make me not want to pick up a book πŸ˜€

    I guess the only one I REALLY don’t like is love triangles. I need to sit down and figure out if there are more things I don’t like in books πŸ˜€ It would be a fun post to make.

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    • I think it’s great that there isn’t anything you can mention that you really don’t like, that means you’re willing to give every book a try and I love that of you!! I think that even if I don’t like these things, there are always exceptions, you know? 😊✨ Still, if you make a post of this style I would love to see it!!! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ₯Ί

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  14. Congrats, Sofii!! Best Book Recommendations is so perfect for you and you 100% deserve it πŸ˜„ πŸ’›!

    Also, I loved reading this post so much!! Every gif made me laugh out loud πŸ˜‚. I can understand what you mean about aquatic settings – that feeling of boredom you’re describing reminds me of how I feel about desert settings πŸ˜…. And yes!! Overdescriptive plots are one of the main reasons why I’m not the biggest fan of fantasy. There really is a fine line between rich descriptions and overdescriptions haha. Loved this, and congrats again πŸ˜„!

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    • Belle, you’re SO amazing and sweet, thank you so much!!! πŸ₯Ίβœ¨β€οΈ It means so much that my post has managed to get you a laugh, that makes me HAPPY! πŸ˜„
      OMG, totally, that’s my feeling when I see water everywhere lol & I get that, and I agree, I think it’s a nice experience to imagine every fantastical place in your head, but it can get dense in a second. πŸ˜…
      I’m so glad you liked it, thank you again, have a beautiful day ✨🌻🌻🌻

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  15. Congratulations on the award!
    Although I am gonna say I am a sucker for a good Swashbuckler, I have to agree with all of your other points.
    Sports is so hard to follow, and insta love is so cringey!
    Amazing post
    xx Emma

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  16. Great post! I definitely agree about the romance! I mean, I am a big romantic, and I do love me some romance in my books, BUT it needs to be realistic and slow-burn. No instalove or love cures all indeed. And I also really dislike sports, but if it can be balanced with plot and character moments, I’m okay with it (though I’ll probably still skim any longer sports scenes, haha πŸ™‚ )

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    • Totally!! I’m glad we agree on the romance, I also like how a complement in my books, but I’m tired of instalove πŸ‘πŸ» & I get it, I just read Furia and it has football as a huge complement in the plot, but I feel that it was balanced well, so it didn’t bother me, although I did skip those scenes πŸ˜…β€οΈ

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  17. Congratulations again on the award, Sofii, you deserve it so much πŸ₯°

    I really loved this post, and I agree with a lot of the things you mention! I really can’t stand insta-love, it’s probably my biggest pet hate. And I also prefer characters to be complex and interesting. That line ‘let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding’…I can’t believe how often it is used, I groan whenever I see it πŸ˜‚

    Some other things I don’t like in books are unrealistic dialogue, too much bad language, and when the writing style is so dense that it undermines the story ☺

    Hope you’re having a lovely day!

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    • Thanks a lot, Steph! It has been a beautiful surprise for me and I’m honored. ❀️✨
      OMG, glad we share opinions, insta-love needs to stop being a thing & I know, right? I used that exact line because it’s so clichΓ© πŸ˜‚
      Unrealistic dialogues is something I’ve never thought about, but you’re right! I’ve come across a few of those and it’s super uncomfortable to read. πŸ™„
      Thanks, I hope you have an amazing day too 😊

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  18. Great list! Personally, I can deal with predictable plots if I relate to the characters (I prefer the predictable than the new trend of doing things solely for the ‘shock value’…) but the other way around? If I don’t find your characters interesting (not necessarily ‘likable’) even the best plot won’t save it for me.
    And I agree with insta-love! I can understand insta-attraction but if you are ready to marry after you barely exchanged names I’m out.

    Also! Congrats on the award!! You deserve it so much!! ❀ ❀

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    • Thanks, beautiful!!! ❀️ I completely understand that, I’m also a fan of good characters and it often happens to me that if I don’t like the main character it’s super difficult for me to focus 100% on the plot. 😊
      Totally, I think I can also handle an insta-attraction, but OMG, the instalove makes me nervous πŸ˜…βœ¨

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