5 Topics I Hate Reading About In Books

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Today is a good day for just a fun post that doesn’t mean much. Today I’m sharing five things I hate to read about in books.

Now, this doesn’t mean I’ll put a book down if this topic comes up and I didn’t know it was part of it but I will get annoyed and like it a little bit less.

If I see one of these is the main theme of the book, it’s unlikely I’ll read it but there are always exceptions and I’ll mention those, too.

I’ve also accidentally gotten some books that have one of these topics as the entire plot and I still read them but I didn’t love any of them and only hated some of them. So, here are five topics I hate reading about.

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I just don’t care about sports like, at all. I don’t like reading about descriptions of sports and I definitely don’t want to read a whole sports book. That sounds terrible to me. Athlete memoirs? Definitely not.

And I know this won’t make sense, but one book that I want to read but won’t because I realized it’s about sports is Furia. I didn’t know it was a soccer book when I first saw it and I wanted to read it because of the cover then I read the description and wanted to read it less.

Maybe someday. And a book I did read that, funnily enough also turned out to involve soccer, and hated was Shade of the Moon, the last book in the Life as We Knew It series.

I hated the book for a lot of reasons but the fact that they had like, a regional competitive soccer league when the world basically ended and that it was seen as important after-school work for these kids (as opposed to volunteering at a clinic or greenhouse or something to actually better society).

There weren’t tons of play details but just the whole premise of it being that important in this society was weird and I didn’t like it. I’m actually sacrificing that book to make paper out of it to see how it comes out.


There are two bombing books that I’ve read, that I can remember at least, and it was only because they’re both part of a series: Smoke Screen and Explosive Dreams. I don’t care about either of them.

I’m rereading (very, very slowly) the series with Explosive Dreams in it and I’m at the book before this one. I’m just going to skip this one, that’s how much I don’t like bombing stories.

I don’t know what it is, but bombing stories just don’t do it for me. They’re my least favorite episodes of Criminal Minds and other shows like that, too.

I don’t think there’s any deep reasoning here, or that it’s just boring. I really don’t know why, but I just don’t like bombing stories. Even in true crime, I get annoyed if I find out that’s what it is.


I do not care about hitman stories one bit. They never work out, it always goes wrong. I don’t know more specifically why I don’t like these but I just don’t. I just don’t care about them.

I’ve probably read some of these in the past but none really stick out to me. As in, I can’t remember any of these, that’s how much I don’t care about them.

Art theft

Next up is art theft, but really only in fiction. I’m not dying to read tons of non-fiction art theft books but those I would definitely give a shot.

I did read one, The Hidden Things, last year and it was good but it wasn’t like, anywhere near my top books of all time. This one is weird to me to not like because I do like art but the theft just doesn’t do it for me. If there is one thing on this list I’m more likely to try, it’s this.


Finally, poetry and music. And this one is. a little different. I don’t mean just like, a whole book of poetry, though I don’t like that either, but having a thriller with a character who loves poetry and it’s included in the book.

The same with music. I probably won’t pick up a book where music is the main theme, like Daisy Jones and the Six, because I just am not interested in that. But I hate when lyrics are included in a book.

In both cases, I just don’t know how to read them. Like, in my head, all poetry rhymes so it all sounds weird. I also just don’t get poetry like, at all. Lyrics don’t bother me if I know the song but it’s the worst if it’s a random song.

It’s hard for me to just read either of them like the rest of the text, it’s like I need to give them rhyhtm or cadence or something. I usually skip over them.

There you have it, five topics I hate reading about and will probably avoid at all costs if I can! What are some topics you don’t like reading about or will avoid in books?

Author: Megan Johnson

I'm Megan, a cheesehead at heart currently residing in the Sunshine State. You can probably find me reading, watching Forensic Files, or both.

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