Book Description Kryptonite

What’s Book Description Kryptonite? When something in the description makes me immediately decide the book isn’t for me.

It’s the opposite of “I will read anything that mentions these favorite things.”

I’m sure everyone has their own version of book kryptonite, but for me these are the main ones:

  1. Political thriller (political anything really, but especially thrillers)
  2. Corruption (these generally end up making me feel so discouraged)
  3. Cancer (just for now; I don’t think this will be a permanent thing)
  4. Oprah (her book picks were generally not a good fit for me)
  5. Celebrity (Although I did really enjoy one celebrity memoir, in general I have no interest in reading about Hollywood or sports celebrities.)
  6. 1960’s (my least favorite time period to read about)
  7. Zombies (although I will admit there is a very small part of me that wants to try Pride and Prejudice and Zombies just because … what? This is so completely strange and weird and what on earth did you do to this story?)
  8. Erotica (do I even have to say why?)
  9. Touching (I read “touching story” in a blurb or description, and I think “sappy drivel.” This is one where I can possibly be persuaded otherwise by someone whose opinion I trust.)
  10. And the absolute, no-way-am-I-reading-this:

  11. Young kids being kidnapped or otherwise harmed. (I used to be able to read about it, but right now I immediately substitute *my* kids for the fictional ones and suddenly I can’t focus on the story because MAH BABIES!!)

Do I ever read any books that hit these triggers? Potentially, if a reliable resource convinces me to give it a try, or if it’s by a trusted author. As a rule of thumb however, any of these terms in the description makes me put the book aside and keep looking for my next read.

Do you have any particular words or phrases that immediately make you put the book down, thinking “not for me!”?

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This post was inspired by the #bookwormproblems series run last year by Quirky Bookworm. Read my earlier entries in the series!

Previously on The Deliberate Reader

One year ago: Bookworm Problems: Buying Books and Not Reading Them
Two years ago: What Iā€™m Looking Forward to Reading in 2014

Bookworm Problems: The Need to Reread a Series

#BookwormProblemsIt’s one of my biggest reading dilemmas, when a new book in a series is releasing.

Do I reread all the previous books to refresh my memory as to what has happened already? Or do I plow ahead, and trust that the author will remind me of anything crucial?

There’s only been one series where I was a committed re-reader: Harry Potter. I read the first three back to back to back, and then had to wait for each subsequent book to be published. The last week before the new release date was always spent rereading.

That last time through reading books 1 – 6 was somewhat bittersweet, knowing it was the last time I’d reread it in advance of a new book.

Generally though, I pass on rereading and move along. I find that easier to do on mysteries, and harder with fantasy. Something about the world-building that’s done in those books that seems to cry out for rereads.

Why is this on my mind? Because the final book in the Lunar Chronicles series is coming out at the end of the year, and while I initially thought I’d reread Cinder, Scarlet and Cress before Winter releases, now I’m undecided. So many books to read, do I want to reread them?

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Reading Slumps as a Bookworm Problem

Reading Slumps: A Bookworm Problem When There's Already Not Enough Time in the World for My TBRWhat makes reading slumps such a bookworm problem?

When my to be read pile is screaming for attention, it’s that much more painful when I’m in a slump and feeling unmotivated to read.

I’m cautiously optimistic that I’ve turned the corner on the reading slump I’ve been in since early June. Grief, travel, sickness – it’s easy to recognize the why, but breaking out of it has been a struggle.

As my New on the Stacks posts show, I haven’t slowed down in adding books to my TBR list, but the progress I’ve made on that list recently has been dismal.

Fingers crossed that I’m out of my slump and will begin chipping away at the TBR stack, instead of making it so much worse!

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Being Bossy about Books: A Bookworm Problem

#BookwormProblems Bookworm Problems - Being Bossy about Books

Recently, I’ve been struggling with a bookworm problem: it’s all I can do to restrain myself and not insert my opinions when I see or hear of someone reading a book I think is a poor choice.

“NO! Don’t waste your time! Read this great book instead!” screams my brain. So far I’m managed to resist, but it is SO HARD to keep quiet. No one is asking me however, so I bite my tongue and think to myself what I would suggest if they did ask.

Pinterest and GoodReads seems to bring this out in me even more – I see people pinning or shelving mediocre books as “Want to Read” and I want to warn them away.

(Of course, it works the other way too – when I see someone considering a great book I want to give my opinion on that one too – READ IT NOW!!!)

Anyone else want to give unsolicited reading advice? Surely I can’t be the only one who wants to be bossy at times and has strong opinions on some titles?

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Bookworm Problems: Getting Bogged Down by Books

#BookwormProblems Bookworm Problems - This was my problem last month. I was reading a few longer books and got bogged down in all of them and they were taking for-ev-er to get through. I found myself spending a lot more time randomly surfing the internet instead of reading them. Or even reading something else.

None of the books were bad either – they just weren’t compelling me to pick them back up again, or to keep reading them. One of them was really gripping – until about halfway through and then it lost its way a bit. Another was just too long in general, and should have been edited down more.

It drives me nuts that I let myself get stalled on reading when I know I added a ton of great books to my stack last month – why didn’t I just move on to one of the others?

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Bookworm Problems: Deciding When to Buy Books

#BookwormProblems Bookworm Problems - In a perfect world, I’d buy every book I wanted. Support for authors, publishers, the literary world in general – it’d be great. Unfortunately, not only would that require way more discretionary cash than I have, but I’d also need a new house with an entire floor dedicated to my books.

Instead, I buy some books, but I use the library for most of what I read. So how do I decide which books to buy, and which ones to borrow?

I buy books by friends and ones by authors I want to support. I buy cookbooks and other books I want to reference – lately that’s including a fair amount of homeschool material. And then I buy books and book series I love love love and want to have.

I borrow books I’ll read once, or ones I’m considering buying. It’s like a trial run to see how much use I think they’d get. Anything that doesn’t fit into the “buy automatically” goes here.

Where I run into trouble is with kids books – it’s easier for me to know with my own books if they’re ones I love enough to buy. But with my kids? There’s a lot of value in owning books and having a print-rich environment, but we still aren’t going to buy allthebooks. I want to buy only the ones they LOVE and are good long-term acquisitions. (Don’t worry, I do still buy a few just for fun.)

And that would be why I could always use another bookcase. Too many books – it’s definitely a bookworm problem. šŸ™‚

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E-Readers and the Example They Set for My Children

#BookwormProblems Bookworm Problems - EReaders and the Example They Set for My KidsLast month I wrote about reading after having children, and one of the points I mentioned is that I think it’s important for me to set an example of reading. I want my children to see me read, so I don’t want my only reading time to be while they are napping or in bed for the evening.

But, e-readers add an extra twist to it. If I do all my reading on my phone or Kindle, it doesn’t look that different to my children than if I was just playing games or surfing the web. I want them to see me with physical books as well, so it’s clear what I’m doing.

Or am I overthinking it? They invariably ask what I’m doing, or they want to see, and it’s easy enough to tell them I’m reading a book. They know that my Kindle is only for reading books – no games on it at all (it’s a PaperwhiteAmazon Kindle Paperwhite, not the FireKindle Fire).

I still want to make sure they see me with physical books, and they definitely see me carrying home stacks of books from the library, so that counts for something, right?

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My Vocabulary Outstrips My Pronunciation Ability (a Bookworm Problem)

#BookwormProblems Bookworm Problems - My Vocabulary Outstrips My Pronunciation AbilityI hinted at this in my post yesterday, when I mentioned my difficulties with a recent readaloud for my kids.

My vocabulary knowledge, built up through my years of reading, far outpaces my pronunciation ability. Most of the time this doesn’t matter; I can work around it and pick another word when I’m talking if I’m uncertain I know how to say something else.

But when I’m reading aloud, and get caught unexpectedly scrambling to fill in a different word? That’s a problem. Sometimes there might not really be a different word to easily substitute.

I guess the advantage right now when I’m reading to my children is if I don’t know how something is pronounced, they certainly don’t either so they have no idea I might be misleading them. I do hate to think that I am though. I can see some “let’s look this word up, not for the definition but for the pronunciation” times in our future.

Surely I can’t be the only one with this bookworm problem??

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Bookworm Problems: Buying Books and Not Reading Them

#BookwormProblems Bookworm Problems - This is related to the bookworm problem of an overflowing to-be-read list, but not exactly the same thing.

I buy a book for fill-in-the-blank-reason:
– I think I’ve got to have it
– It continues a series
– It was a great deal, too good to resist
– etc, etc, etc.

And then, instead of prioritizing it or something sensible like that, I go back to focusing on my library books. You know, the ones with due dates that force me to read them.

I have birthday and Christmas books from I don’t want to admit how long ago, still waiting patiently for me to read them.

And this is why I’ve been setting a reading goal each year to actually READ MY OWN BOOKS. Not just library ones. šŸ™‚

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Bookworm Problems: Storage, because there are never enough bookcases

#BookwormProblems Bookworm Problems -It’s fairly obvious, isn’t it? If you love books, you probably own a lot of them. Which means you’ve either got storage problems, or a way bigger house than I do, or you’ve limited yourself to electronic ones only.

I’m a bit too embarassed to say just how many bookcases I have in this house, so let’s just say: it’s a lot. And my book collection is just one reason my husband wants us to never move houses again.

In recent years our books have mostly increased thanks to buying kids’ books and homeschool materials – I buy very few for myself that aren’t electronic, although I do make an exception for cookbooks. Those I prefer to have a physical copy! I think my “real” book purchases are probably about 20 a year, which might seem like a lot to some, but is down quite a bit from years P.C. (that would be pre-children).

But we’re using a book-intensive homeschool program, and limiting my book buying to mostly children’s materials isn’t helping all that much. If we keep this up, I’m not even sure how or where we’ll fit everything in another year or two. Add in me trying to keep track of everything for the younger kid coming along later and I may lose my mind.

Anyone ready to share how many book cases they have? I’ll admit to having 4 of varying sizes in my closet/office, plus one part of the closet has shelves installed and I’ve got books on the bottom shelf there. And yes, that’s just in one part of the house, and it’s why if you come over it might not initially look like we have that many books in our house. Most of them are in non-public areas. šŸ™‚

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