Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday #5

Top Ten Tuesday #5

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post f you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers. 

Each week features a new topic for your "List of Ten".  The topic is posted by TBTB but the best feature is that the topics, through October, are already posted on their blog!

This week's Top Ten: Top Ten Turn-offs you encounter while reading

1.  This is going to make me sound like the biggest type A nerd, but it drives me crazy when authors use inappropriate titles for their characters.  For example Princess Elizabeth was not always a Princess, if her title was Lady Elizabeth just call her that.  

2.  I also read a book lately that drove me crazy with the capitalization of titles.  It seemed to me to be bias related rather than historical and it just jumped off the page at me and made me crazy...  For example, in reference to Queen Catherine of Aragon, it was always queen. Other than that annoy trait the book was good, but good lord that capitalization drove me bananas.

3.  Female characters that lack all common sense... For example, I saw my betrothed in the broom closet with my sister and she looked like she had beard burn, but surely no. Good grief, open your eyes for the love of God!

4.  The happy ending, when every single thing gets all tied up, everyone is happy, blah, blah, blah...

5.  Desperate, whining narrators, case in point, Amy Robsart Dudley.  I wanted to shake her, she was just so desperate, how could any man, especially him find anything sexually appealing about her.

6.  Novels that go nowhere.  I can think of a few by one author that just left me dumbstruck as to why I had wasted my time waiting for her to get to the point and she never ever did.

7.  I want females that help/save themselves.  Characters with some spunk. I do not enjoy reading about waiting for a man, any man, to come and put this poor girls life right or worse to just look her way in the hope he will want to marry her.  I want female characters who solve their own problems no matter what century.

8. Historical Fiction that has no basis in history whatsoever.  If, for example, Jane existed why call her Anne?  It serves no purpose.  Why change what so many already know.

9.  Would it kill authors to think outside the box?  Why just leave certain figures to the bland existence they have always occupied?  Kate Emerson is excellent at bringing marginal figures to life.

10.  Combo:  Bad Cover and/or bad editing... 


  1. These are all very good points, I agree! Number three especially, that drives me bonkers!!

  2. Oh yeah. That one is HUGE! Especially when the women are treated like shit by the men and they still NEED them... YUCK!

  3. I biggest book turn off is cheating
    here is mine

    1. Since so much of what I read is from the Tudor period cheating is pretty much a fact of life for women in those days. In a contemporary novel, no I wouldn't like it at all. Major Turnoff!!

  4. Great list. I agree with almost all of your points...I admit I like novels that have happy endings and with lose ends tied up (unless the book is part of a series, then I expect some things will be left hanging) though :-)

  5. I know we all like happy endings and I don't mean to say that I don't like loose bits and pieces wrapped up, because I certainly do! Maybe this means I'm a sequel gal... I like a little nibble to wait for in a future novel....


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