July 19, 2013

I'll Share Mine If You Share Yours - My Bookish Pet Peeves

Bookish pet peeves, everyone has them and I want to share my craziness with you and in return I hope that you will share yours with me. I always find this topic really funny and interesting to discuss with fellow book nerds.This isn't an extensive list, I narrowed it down to 11 because I'm sure you don't want to hear me complain all day long. 

1. People Interrupting Me While I'm Reading
 - Sometimes I swear that people see me reading a book and automatically assume I can talk to them and that I'm not busy. This is false. Unless it is really important I don't like to be interrupted while I'm reading. I'm in a whole other world and don't want to come back to reality. To the next person that feels the urge to interrupt me. I dare you. This could very possibly happen.

2. Brand New Books That Have Flaws
 - When I go to a bookstore to buy a brand new book they have to be pretty and shiny. I'm one of those people that check to make sure there are no tears in the cover or weird creases on the pages. I love finding that perfect book on the shelf. Book Shimmy!

3. Misleading Synopsis
 - There is no reason for this. How dare you mislead me. This drives me insane, unless of course the book turns out to be amazing anyway. Otherwise, just no.

4. Ugly Book Covers
- I'm all about pretty book covers. I hate to say it, but I probably won't pick up a book that has an ugly cover. I feel that if authors want their book taken seriously they need to put some effort into the cover design. Even if I don't particularly like the cover but it is well done then that is fine, I'm just not a fan of the ones that look like a kid made them.

5. Spoilers in Reviews With No Warnings
 - Come on, there is no excuse for this. Please just have a warning at the beginning of your post or right before it if the spoilers happen in the middle of your post. This isn't hard to do and it only takes a minute. I don't mind little spoilers that don't matter in the long run, but if you are going to give something big away please just give us readers a heads up. I'd really rather not feel like this...

6. Characters Acting Out of Character
- Really? They just did that? I don't understand! This make no sense. When I'm reading a book the characters come alive and when they do something so crazy with no reasoning behind it I get really confused and kicked back into reality, the same place I am trying to escape by reading. It just throws me off.

7. Food Gunk on Library Books
 - I know many many people read the books I get at the library before me, but that doesn't mean they should be gross by the time I get my hands on them. I understand that there will be creases in the pages and what not, but there shouldn't be like food stuck to the pages or weird stains that I can't even tell what they are. I know library books are free and you have to return them, but that doesn't mean you should mistreat them. Let's be nice to the library books.

8. When the Movie is Nothing Like the Book
- I know book to movie adaptations can't be perfect. You can't fit everything from the book into the movie. I know this, but that doesn't mean the movie should be so completely different from the book that it is ridiculous. Cue the Percy Jackson movie. There are so many important things left out of that movie that I was furious when I watched it. It is a good movie if you keep it separate from the books when you watch it, but I was still really disappointed and frustrated.

9. Waiting for the Big Finale and I Get Nothing
 - I'm one of those readers that believes that if I stick to a series or trilogy and there is a big battle brewing then I should get a big battle with a lot of action at the end. I believe that since I've waited this long and read countless of pages that I think I should get a big reward. Yes, that does sound selfish and it is, but I can't help how I feel. I know that not every book needs to have an epic end all battle between good and bad, but the ones that build up to that and I get nothing are the ones I hate. The two books that really disappointed me with an ending that left me wanting more, Mockingjay and Breaking Dawn. What a let down. I want the series/trilogy to go out with a bang. 

10. Generic and Error Riddled Review Requests
- I am really not a big fan of receiving very very generic and not well thought out review requests. I love reading and reviewing books. I love receiving review requests. I don't love receiving a poorly written not friendly and overly generic review request. Or a review request in a genre that I state in my book review policy that I don't read. Sigh.

11. Not Having an Internet Connection in My Apartment
- I recently dealt with moving and not only did I not have time to check my email or update my blog, goodreads, or twitter or anything else for that matter, but it took a couple of days to get internet at my new apartment once we moved. This wasn't really anyone's fault in the long run but it was still annoying. Therefore when I finally logged back into the internet it looked something like this. 

Now that I have spilled my heart out to you by sharing some of my bookish pet peeves I would love to hear what you guys think!

Do you want to read some other great bookish discussion posts? Check out the discussion link up post at The Fiction Conniption!


  1. I love my boyfriend to death but he really likes talking to me while I'm reading! I try to be patient with him but sometimes I have to tell him to SHUSH :)
    I also hate spoilers in reviews!! I actually just wrote up a post on that to be posted next week (I think) because AHHH. It's such a bummer!
    Fun post! I bet a lot of people share your bookish pet peeves!

    1. My husband has finally learned that if he interrupts me about something stupid I may snap at him. So I feel ya.

      I can't read your post about spoilers. It's so frustrating!

    2. I can't wait to read your post about spoilers*** lol my bad

  2. Yes. Yes yes yes.
    People who talk to me when I'm reading drive me nuts. No, I am not doing this because I'm bored and desperate for someone to talk to. I WANT to read. Sigh.
    I am also very picky about making sure my new book does not have flaws. I will literally unload the shelf in the store to find the most pristine copy. Maybe I'm a little crazy *shrug* Food gunk also falls under this umbrella for me. Ick.
    Misleading synopses and lack of big finales are so disappointing. People need to learn from these things and STOP DOING THEM.
    Basically what I'm saying is that this is an excellent list :)

    1. :D Maybe someday people will understand that when someone is reading that means they are busy. Maybe someday... we can hope.

      I'm glad I'm not the only "crazy" one about their new books. My husband can get pretty impatient with me when picking out a new book. One time I refused to buy a book because they only had one copy left and part of the cover was torn. Okay maybe I'm more crazy than normal.

  3. Loved this post!!! All I can say is YES YES YES to every thing on this post! Hahaha :)

    Corrie the Book Crazed Girl

  4. I totally agree with number 1- my husband interrupts me all the time (I try to tell myself I'm thankful he wants to talk and half fun... I guess). I hate it when people say that the "characters aren't likable." So what? We don't always need to like the characters, we just need to appreciate the writing and story.

    1. Characters don't always need to be likeable. I agree with you there. I mean Umbridge was a horrible totally unlikeable character but an amazing villian.

  5. Haha, this list is fantastic. It's the perfect compilation to all of my pet peeves! Especially #2, I won't buy a book if it doesn't look new. I'm paying for new and shiny. If I didn't care about that book being new and shiny, I would get it from the library.

    1. Exactly!!! New books are supposed to be all pretty.

  6. Hehe I like the title of this post. I share many of your bookish peeves. When people interrupt me while reading. Yep. But then again I'm ALWAYS reading. Even when I shouldn't be, so it's bound to happen. Fortunately I'm great at drowning out background noise so I just choose to ignore people most of the time. I FREAK when pages get bent. I just yelled at someone today about this because they put something on my book and totally bent the pages. LIKE DID YOU NOT SEE MY BOOK THERE? Maybe not but STILL. NOT OKAY. Ugly Book covers get me too, but it won't stop me from picking up a book and I've been pleasantly surprised before. Ooo Number 9. YEAH. And this isn't the best example but In Clockwork Princess (I can't recall if you've read this series). I won't spoil anything (because you'll hate me based on #5 :)) but all three books were leading up to this BIG EVENT and let's just say the big event was not so big. I still loved the book because it had a lot of other good stuff to make up for that but most books don't and it's totally depressing. I'm out of order (my generic thought process is out of order) but yeah I try not to think about all of the people who checked out a library book before me. Gross. Especially when there are stains. Double Gross. AND BOOKS THAT ARE NOTHING LIKE MOVIES. So my worst example of this is actually Sahara in 2005 starting Matthew McConaughey. It's based on a book written by Clive Cussler who I grew up reading and lets just say THE MOVIEW TOTALLY SUCKED. Obviously, because 8 years later and I still can't get over it.

    Alright I should probably end on that note haha. Rant over. Yay for sharing time ;)

    1. I had a fun time coming up with the title of this post. ;)

      I LOVED your rant/insightful comments. I'm having a blast reading everyone's comments on this post.

      I too try really hard to keep from thinking about everyone who has touched a library book before I get my hands on it.

      I have never read the Sahara book and now I really want to. The movie wasn't great to begin with, but now I want to read the book because if you still aren't over it 8 years later I have to find out what you are talking about.

      Bent pages drive me insane. One time I bent my own pages by having a book in my backpack getting smashed by notebooks. I almost cried. I was so mad at myself.

  7. This was awesome! Mine are pretty much the ones you posted, plus lending people my books. It kind of scares me because I'm a neat freak when it comes to books.

    1. Thanks! Oh I have a good list of rules when I lend people my books. lol :)

  8. Just the other day I yelled at my husband for interrupting me while I was reading. Usually for a little downtime in the evening, he will play PS3 and I sit next to him reading. Most of the time he understands and will just leave me in peace, but the other day he insisted on talking and wouldn't take the hint of me ignoring him. Eventually I was just like "can't you just concentrate on your game and leave me to enjoy my book!" And the other time I usually get interrupted is when I read on my lunch break at the office...I mean can they not see I have a book in my hands!

    And yes library books...ewww! I don't often borrow from the library for this very reason. I try and get the newer books so that they are cleaner.

    1. Thanks for participating in my bookish pet peeves discussion!

      Don't you worry, you are not the only one suffering form husbands who just can't take the hint sometimes and talk to you while you are reading. Usually I get lucky and he will be immersed in his XBOX game but that isn't always a guarantee.

      Good luck with those library books! It's a great idea to get mostly new ones.

  9. lol you have some great points here - I feel the same about the majority of them! The interruption while reading bothers me, so I usually tend to read in my bedroom. I also like my books to look pretty with nice covers and no imperfections. The one thing I will say about spoilers is that not everyone views spoilers in the same way. I feel like there might be things in some reviews I've posted that may be considered spoilers by others, but I don't consider them to be so, based on what the synopsis reveals and also placement within the book (if this so-called "spoiler" occurs within the first few chapters, I think it's fair game.

    1. That is a very valid point about the spoilers. I agree with you, if it's mentioned somewhat in the synopsis and occurs early on in the book then it's probably fair game. Good point!


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