The Kinds of Books I Can’t Read

We all talk about what we like to read, but what about what we don’t? Not to be negative, but there are just some kinds of books I don’t enjoy and cannot seem to get through no matter how hard I try or how many people encourage me to read them.

1. Erotica

Yeah, just no. Maybe it’s my prudish, religious upbringing, but I don’t want intense descriptions of sex in my books. This is why I like Regency romances (and why I’ve started writing them, too). I have many friends who write and read erotica, and more power to them. Just not for me.

2. Cyberpunk

Okay, so I took a science fiction and fantasy lit course in grad school, and I discovered I just can’t make myself read cyberpunk or hard sci-fi. We were supposed to read Snow Crash, which so many people say is brilliant, and I don’t know if I ever made it past the first chapter? Like, I’ve totally blocked it from memory, and everything William Gibson too. It’s like my brain repels these books like ducks do water. I dunno.

3. Epic Fantasy

I love fantasy! Except I can’t read the kind where there are a dozen characters and twenty books and I’m expected to keep track of ALL THE THINGS. It’s not that I don’t have brain space—I manage to remember really stupid bits of trivia all the time. But there’s something about . . . I don’t know if it’s the writing style or what, but all these pseudo-medieval worlds with names and kings and fiefs and elves and poor peasant boys being sent on quests . . . I tried to read Robert Jordan, tried to read George R.R. Martin, and just nope. Can watch Game of Thrones, no problem, but I can’t read it.

What about you? Any types of books you wish you could read but for whatever reason can’t? It’s not even a matter of not liking something, it’s like a brain block that refuses to absorb the content. If so, tell me about it in the comments!

2 thoughts on “The Kinds of Books I Can’t Read”

  1. I don’t know if there is any genre I won’t read. I used to be a big epic fantasy fan, but now I rarely read it because of the immensity of it all. I like my casts of characters smaller and tighter now. I’m a big Martin fan, though. I don’t like much YA. Teenager protagonists most often annoy me, but I do like MG stories. I read very little historicals and contemporaries. I like my fictional worlds with some supernatural in them. But if any type is a well written story with great characterization, I will like it.

    1. I’ll try just about anything if it sounds interesting. And if it’s well written, I’ll usually enjoy it. But these particular genres, it’s like my brain shorts out when I try to read them. I dunno.

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