May 15, 2022 2 Comments
We love to read and can spend all day in our tiny bookish worlds as bookworms. We, the readers, know what we like and dislike. Everyone has their own pet peeves. These are a few bookish pet peeves of mine! I can't believe I have eleven pet peeves. Do you agree they have an impact on our reading enjoyment! Do you have any literary pet peeves? Do we have any pet peeves in common?
Just understand this article is all in fun and that these are just my personal preferences and viewpoints. You may or may not agree with me. It's ok. Reading is a really individual activity.
This is related to a love triangle situation, but it may also be used in any character decision. Why do characters have to be so unsure of themselves? Make a decision, accept it, and go on. Is it true that certain choices are TERRIFYING? Sure. But we must make them, trust that they will be the best for us, and then move forward.
Readers will detect pointed political comments or agendas, which are needless and offensive (to me) in an escapist read.
This is an annoying tendency because the content is significantly more challenging to read and understand.
If it's going to be a long story, it had better be fantastic! There are no backstories for the backstories, and there are no stories inside stories, please!
It's possible to go overboard with descriptions and details!
Books that don't clarify whether or not they're part of a series irritate me. When I read a spoiler from book one in the summary of book two without realizing it's book two in a series.
If you've been given one of my books - one of my valued possessions – to read and return, please do so in the same condition as you received it. There are no dog ears, bent spines, or ripped covers in this book.
I've stopped letting anyone borrow ANY of my publications. Unless I know them well enough or we see each other frequently enough for me to annoy them until they return my book.
Investigate something before putting it in a book. For example, a fast Google search will reveal no mountains in West Texas and that taking a Greyhound across the state will take hours.
Bonus points if I'm reading over breakfast. Especially if they say something ridiculous like... "Oh, you're reading a book?" "Can you tell me what it's called?" While looking at the front cover.
This general pet peeve irritates me even when I'm not reading, but it annoys me even more, when I'm trying to read. I prefer to focus on my book rather than the person behind me, and it irritates me when someone tries to read over my shoulder. If you want to know more about my book, just ask!
So there you have it: my worst reading annoyances! Do we have any in common? Are there any other issues you're having as a reader that I haven't mentioned? Let me know what you think in the comments! I feel it'll be a lot of fun commiserating about the things that irritate us!
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May 15, 2022
Too much French dialogue, quotes, etc.
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September 26, 2022
Publishers need to get rid of the “YA” designation. Thirteen to seventeen year-olds are NOT “young adults”. They are teenagers! Clearly identify books for teenagers from adult books!
Don’t call audible books “reading” material. Listening to a book on tape or computer is NOT READING. Reading is a completely different brain function from listening to a story.