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.

    • 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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