Books I Won't Read
Earlier this week, I told someone I’m not easily offended. I always believed this to be true. People mock my reading material, my philistine movie collection, my staid little car, my limited wardrobe, my personal appearance (I tell my boss he’s lucky I take that extra ten minutes each morning to put on makeup), my tendency to grocery shop in my mom’s pantry, and all of it rolls right off my back. These things don’t bother me in the least.
However, as I dwelt on my original statement, I realized there are a number of topics I’m familiar with and a wee bit passionate about and, when handled incorrectly, can make me lift a single brow and murmur, “Oh, really.” What this means is I avoid books that feature hockey, Canadians, geeks (mainly of the computer variety), martial arts (but only by authors who say they’re experts in Korean karate and thought Tom Cruise’s character was practicing karate in The Last Samurai), and French-speaking characters who don’t know the difference between sur and sûr.
That’s not too long a list, right? Do other readers have a do-not-read list?