I thought I would lay out here in black and white the types of books I do not read. This of course means that I will soon fall in love with a book from each category making this list null and void.

There is no frigate

The truth is I read a lot of things, but I also don’t read a lot of things. My list of “don’t reads” has a lot to do with me focusing in and pouring my energy towards things I know I will love and get energy from. I used to read more widely, but I don’t feel I have time to waste doing that now. I want to know when I start in that there is a really good chance that I will enjoy the book and be better for reading it.

My list of “don’t reads” is also not intended to be a judgment on other people. Reading is so personal and I would encourage anyone to read what gives them joy and makes them a better person, even if I don’t like it.

So here is my list with my reasoning and some notable exceptions (that prove the rule).

1. Historical Fiction. I’ve come to the conclusion that my aversion to historical fiction is due to my having a History degree. If I know a good deal about the time period, I do not enjoy reading what someone imagines about the time period. Even if it’s really well researched I will probably not like it. Let me make this clear: old novels are not historical fiction. Jane Austen wrote contemporary novels, not historical novels. I like reading novels that were contemporary-ish at the time they were written. Notable exceptions: The Help

2. Contemporary Fiction. And by that I mean anything written since about 1963. I hesitated including this because I do read some contemporary fiction. But I do not read very much and I think it’s worth mentioning that. When people find out I read a lot they inevitably rattle off the latest fiction they’ve read and ask if I’ve read it. The answer is almost always, “No.” Modern fiction has to be pretty amazing for me to read it. I don’t want to read scenes of graphic sex, personal violence, or something depressing. Melancholy? Yes. Depressing? No. And I typically read fiction in the summer. I don’t know why. Notable exceptions: Peace Like a River, When Crickets Cry, The Snow Child, The Help

3. Fan Fiction. Do I really need to explain this? Probably. But I don’t know that I can. I just don’t have any interest.

4. Mysteries. I don’t like to watch most mystery movies either except for Poirot. I have nothing against the genre except that they make me tense and I do not like to be tense. My tolerance for mystery is actually getting less and less as I get older. Poor Jason. Notable exceptions: I cannot think of a notable exception.

5. True Crime. See above. Except I really do wonder why people are interested in it. I do not understand that at all.  {Shuddering as I type.} Notable exceptions: I read about Bonnie and Clyde once because I was intrigued about them being local

6. Science Fiction. This will pain my brother to read, although he won’t read it so that’s OK. I watch the occasional science fiction movie. I enjoy Star Wars in particular. But I have never been able to get into the literature. I tried to read Dune after watching and enjoying the movie version, but I kept failing to make any headway and gave it up.

If I’ve nixed one of your favorite genres you may be wondering, “What in the world does she read?!?!?” A lot actually. Biographies. History. Science. Psychology. Classic Literature. Cookbooks. Reference. Decorating. Need I go on? I read a lot and I read well.

So, I’m curious. What do you “not read?” Or do you read everything? Did I hurt your feelings by nixing one of your favorite genres?