I think anyone who reads relatively frequently probably has some things about books that just drive them crazy. I know I personally have quite a few, so I figured I’d share a few of them to see if it’s just me or if these things annoy anyone else (I feel like they must…).
When the Blurb Gives Too Much Away
This is something that really, really, really annoys me. I’ll read the blurb and not think much of it, but then read the actual book and realize that quite a few major plot points have been given away by the blurb. This is so disappointing because it takes so much fun and surprise out of reading, both of which are things I’d like to experience.
When Library Books Are Ridiculously Damaged
This is, luckily, not something that I’ve had to deal a whole lot with as my library does a pretty good job of keeping its books in good condition and repairing or replacing ones that get damaged. But a couple of times, I’ve taken out books that have been treated so horribly. I remember about a year ago, I borrowed The Program by Suzanne Young and the spine was destroyed and the back cover was almost completely detached. It deserved so much more…
When the Blurb Doesn’t Really Match the Story
99% of the books I read are books that I’ve chosen because the blurb sounded really interesting. (The other 1% are cover buys and/or books I’ve chosen only because other people won’t stop talking about them.) So when I’ve chosen to read a book because the blurb sounded great and then I realize that the book and the blurb don’t really match up… it’s super annoying. I remember this was a big problem I had when I read The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman. The blurb talked all about some creepy monster stalking the halls of an asylum and then the book was all about this mysterious connection between two girls. I would have enjoyed the book so much more if I had been led to expect that kind of story.
That’s all I have today! I’m sure I’ll think of more pet peeves of mine and probably do a follow-up list eventually. In the meantime, what are some of your bookish pet peeves?