Top 10 Tuesday — Book Turn-Ons

30 May

Happy Tuesday! This week’s TTT topic is Book Turn-Offs. I really hate to hate on books and by extension the authors. So I did a little research into what other readers find to be turn-offs and twisted it up. I’ve listed books that did each category really well.

For more about book turn-offs/ons, check out That Artsy Reader Girl.

Top Book Turn-Ons

Some people don’t like “bad” covers. Indigo Isle by T. I. Lowe has a fantastic cover!

Some people don’t like multiple points of view. I do. Especially in dual timeline novels. The Vanishing At Castle Moreau by Jaime Jo Wright is spot on with its POVS.

Some people believe a male author can’t write a strong female character. Tom Threadgill did it twice with his Amara Alvarez series. Collision of Lies is book 1.

Some people don’t like horror. I get that, but Billy Coffey writes stories that sneak up on you. It’s horror without the gore. But there sure are spine tingles. The Devil Walks in Mattingly is excellent.

Main characters that are too perfect turn people off. I guess that would be true of me too, but sometimes an author explores a “perfect” character to show that no one lives a life of perfection. Struggles are real and universal. Becky Wade‘s Stay With Me is a good example.

Some people don’t like long book series. I sure am glad Irene Hannon doesn’t feel that way. I love my return visits to Hope Harbor, Oregon. The latest book, #9!, Windswept Way is a favorite.

Some people don’t like cliff-hangers. One of the biggest I have come across is Life Support by Robert Whitlow. Some of the members of my book club were a little miffed when we read it. But we clamored for the rest of the story in Life Everlasting. Both books are available, so make sure you buy both. 😉

9 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Book Turn-Ons”

  1. BonnieReadsAndWrites May 30, 2023 at 7:38 am #

    I really hate it when all the characters in books I read are physically perfect, beautiful, and with a perfect physique. It’s just not real.

  2. lydiaschoch May 30, 2023 at 7:54 am #

    The Devil Walks in Mattingly sounds good!

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday post.

  3. anovelglimpse May 30, 2023 at 11:13 am #

    I’m not a horror fan, but I can understand why others like it. Nice list!

  4. Cindy Davis May 30, 2023 at 2:33 pm #

    Nice tweak for today’s prompt.

    • rbclibrary May 30, 2023 at 2:33 pm #


  5. Snapdragon May 30, 2023 at 4:58 pm #

    Exactly on the horror. I don’t get why people think horror = gore when there is so many different types of horror. I write horror that more atmospheric then gore.

  6. masterspj May 30, 2023 at 8:10 pm #

    I don’t mind multiple POVs so long as either person has a different personality, so it’s easier to know who you’re with.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  7. Susan May 30, 2023 at 9:42 pm #

    I like how you did this post. I’ll have to check out some of these books. They sound great!

    Happy TTT!


  8. iloveheartlandx May 31, 2023 at 11:58 am #

    Cool way to tweak the topic! Horror isn’t my favourite genre, but I’ve found some books that fit into that genre that I like, generally ones that are more spooky/creepy than outright scary and that aren’t particularly gory-horror-lite I like to call it! I can quite enjoy a longer book series but I do usually need to have been there from fairly early on, I’m unlikely to dive into an ongoing book series that already has say eight books out, that’s a lot to catch up on. But if I start a series when there’s only two books out and there ends up being a lot of books in the series, I’ll keep going till the end if I’m enjoying it and it can be great to have lots of books in a series that you love. I love multiple POVs, getting to see a story from different angles and perspectives is great for me. I kind of understand where people are coming from in terms of male authors writing female characters because I have read some horrendous ones, but equally I’ve loved some female characters written by men so I wouldn’t make the sweeping generalisation that men can’t write strong female characters.
    My TTT:

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