Biggest Turn-downs When Picking Out A New Book

Hey girl hey. And boy.

It’s not a surprise that I’m a picky reader. I usually stick to one genre and only one style of writing because I’m literally the hardest to impress when it comes to books. ๐Ÿ˜‚ย And I actually look carefully when it comes to choosing one. I was in the library yesterday and realized I actually take ages to pick out a book. I have such high standards that I can tell within ten seconds whether or not I’d like it. And yes, I’m totally judging the book based on what I see but that’s how life works, okay? No I’m kidding – judge books, not people. ๐Ÿ˜‚ย I didn’t even know what to call this post. And you really know you’re going crazy when you’re turned off by a BOOK. So yeah, we’re just going to go with turn-downs. ๐Ÿ˜‚ย Let’s get starteddd.

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*Disclaimer* I am in no way trying to bash these books/genres. I suck at writing so I’m in no place to judge but this is the thought process I personally have when picking out new books. HOW MANY TIMES DID I SAY BOOK?



I’m all about clever titles. I don’t mind if it’s simple but the title is one of the first things I look at so certain ones only catch my attention. If a book has a title like “Barry Trotter and The Shiny Sock” (no shade) – I’m most likely not going to bother looking at it. But if it’s something like “Before I Go” or “20 More Days”, I’d probably reach for it. I just used those titles as examples but I’m not sure 20 More Days is real – you get the idea.

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The colour scheme actually makes a difference. I’m drawn to light and warm colours so if you have a black and orange cover, I won’t be drawn to it. I don’t know it depends on the shades you use and how dramatic the colours are. I just searched book covers and picked out a few I’d like and colours I wouldn’t like to give you an idea.

Yasss covers:

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Nahhh covers:

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No hate to Harry Potter lol but you get what I mean.



I’m all about simple layout. I usually don’t like it when actual people are in the cover. I used to like that when I was younger but now I just prefer simple covers with flowers or things like that. Call me girly all you want.

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I never knew they had books in dialogues but this one is so dissapointinggg. This one time I saw the back of a book and it seemed pretty interesting so I signed it out but turns out it’s all DIALOGUE! Like there’s movies for a reasonnn. I didn’t sign up for Shakespearrre. ๐Ÿ˜‚ย Don’t get me wrong – I love the dialogue in a book the most but when it’s just plain that with no emotions it gets really dry.

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This is a big one as well. If the font is too small, it’s a no-no. If the font is too big, it’s a no-no. I need it just right and clear.

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ew did I just use a BTS gif? Alexa, don’t come at me – I still don’t like them.

A Likely Story

I’ve read so many books that when I go to read what it’s about it sounds like one I already read. I love Katie West’s books because they’re different every time. I’m usually more drawn to high schools stories with twists like murder and mystery.

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Third Person

AAAAAAAH THIS IS THE BIGGEST ONE!! I swear, sometimes books pass all my criterias but I open them and BAM “Leah went to the store”. Oh hell nooooooo.๐Ÿ˜‚ย  I hate third person so much you don’t even know. Okay it’s not that bad but like come on, I feel no connections with books when they’re third person. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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And they have to be Young Adult Fiction and realistic fiction, of course.ย ๐Ÿ˜‚ย Okay I may need to give more books a try so leave your suggestions down below.

What’s your biggest turn down when picking out a book?

What genre is your favourite?

Which books do you recommend?

I’ll see you all in my next post.

Bayyy ๐Ÿ’ž

25 thoughts on “Biggest Turn-downs When Picking Out A New Book

  1. Natalie Therese says:

    Yessssss, Bay!! I totally agree with you about the covers. But please don’t be turned off when you see that the Artemis Fowl books have pictures of people on them-they more than make up for it in their awesomeness (hint, hint, lol!). A pet peeve of mine is when book jackets only have a quote/excerpt from the book on the back and no synopsis- the quote/excerpt sounds interesting and all that, but it doesn’t tell me what the book is ABOUT.
    Great posy!

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    • Bayance says:

      Aaaah thank you!! Hahahahhaha I’ll try not to ๐Ÿ˜‚ If they’re good looking then hey ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ IKRRR like nuuu I want the tea! But this one time I ended up reading a third person one with that quote on the back (worst combination I can’t) but it actually turns out to be good in the end. Like I actually got tingles – ew that sounds weird. ANYWAYS! Neat responsy

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  2. El says:

    If you want to branch out a bit I would totally recommend โ€˜state of sorrowโ€™ it is a 3rd person book (if I remember correctly) but itโ€™s so good and so different! I found that I could connect to Sorrow because it was really well written. Itโ€™s fantasy and the world is so well-done! Also, you can never say books too many times ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  3. Amber says:

    My biggest turn-down is definitely the cover, I donโ€™t like books that have real people on the front either. If you like high school murder mysteries I recommend โ€˜One Of Us Is Lyingโ€™. Donโ€™t judge it before you read it! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’• My favourite genre is definitely young adult – fantasy ๐Ÿ˜Š Great post! ๐Ÿ˜„

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  4. Maggie says:

    I totally agree ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Also, bright covers are the best!!! Idk why they make such dark covers… like why would you want to start reading something that looks like a thundercloud on the front. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  5. Autumn says:

    Such a lovely, fun post to read – Iโ€™m very picky when it comes to choosing books too so definitely agree with your points! ๐Ÿ˜‚ I normally read like the first page when choosing a book as well – if it doesnโ€™t impress me or Iโ€™m bored already, then itโ€™s a no! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Autumn x

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  6. cityofquiet2 says:

    Me not being too much of a bookworm I AM SUCH A PICKY READER! EVEN PICKIER THAN YOU! For me I like reading books that are just a little predictible with a couple plot twists. I like books that have me hooked on them yaknowwhatimsayin? And I HATE no happy ending books like shut up I’m reading you to get my mind off harsh realities and here you are being a harsh reality? JUST MAKE IT WORK OUT! And if there’s no happy ending there better be one in the sequel

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    • Bayance says:

      IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE? Actually it might be ๐Ÿ˜‚ Yesss I love plot twists..but they better end happily. Ahhh Ikr sad endings give me no closureee! And they rip my heart like how could youu? I sat here and read this book for hours and you did this to me?! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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