Book pet peeves: what’s yours?
Bent or damaged or dirty books!
1st person narration when reading. Books as coasters in treatment.
When a true crime book ends BEFORE the murder trial. No fault to the authors as it’s because of the publishers but OMG I hate that!!
Dog eared pages.
When my children rip or doodle pages in my books. Damn toddlers. It’s happened to at least one book when each kid has been a toddler.
When a series comes out in different sizes/covers :/
When I open up the Amazon package and one page of the book is slightly bent.
When the spine of a book is broken!
This. After a few years it just fell apart from the spine ?
I hate that!! (Great book too ? )
Damaged, dirty,ripped and circling quotes with pen ?
Someone putting dog ears in books I loan them ?
Now those are worth killing…
Finding out that a really good book is part of a series and not the first one. ??
Try this site: fantastic fiction, it also shows what’s to be released soon
@Florence I use Goodreads to look now ?
When you are reading in bed and you swat that irritating fly … on your page! Grrrrrr!
Authors talking politics on their author pages. Particularly when they then begin silencing differing opinions. (Literally just had that happen with one author.)
Broken pages or earmarked….
dogeared pages & food spilled on the book
When people murder books! Tearing out pages, dog ear, break the spine, cross out words, spilled liquid on the pages, or the ring of someone using a book as a coaster.
Someone telling me the ending of the book I am CURRENTLY reading!
Now that gets me more steamed up in places I never knew could steam up!????
Typos and mistakes that prove the ignorance of the author (maybe ignorance is too harsh – could be laziness in getting it right).
Not getting back a book you loaned out ?
I have an enormous library but am very persnickety about the condition. Every book has to be mint condition. No creases, no tears or rips, no stains, no bent spines.
When a story just stops with no ending. It’s almost as if the author just says “okay, done”.
Dog ears, broken spines, people damaging or not returning book, cover change mid series, height difference within a series, format change (paperback to mass market paperback ) in a series, people writing in books :0
Passive voice in all genres, jargon speak in nonfiction.
when i get chocolate on the pages ?
AND when a character tries to explain something (very impoertant!!) but always gets interrupted by a snappy character. I worry that’s just poor writing for increasing suspense……….. ?
When a book/s suddenly go missing from your bookshelf. Some ‘friends’ are just thieves
Dog earing the pages
Too much info in the jacket description.
Not enough info in the jacket description.
Mildew smell , Highlighting, Smelling of smoke — when a book is returned not in the condition that I gave it out.
Adaptations from TV or film on cover, sticky price labels, cover bent in transit, second hand
“Adaptations from TV or film on cover” – YES!!!
I hate it when, what I consider to be, a miscast actor in a screen adaptation lodges in my head and I struggle to erase them when I’m reading the book. Case in point? Sean Bean as Richard Sharp.
Spelling errors, bent pages, getting a book from the library, where someone ate/drank, while reading it.
When an author “phones in” the ending. I’m waiting, reading and thinking ? that they just lost interest in the story themselves
Shallow characters and bad grammar.
When an author has passed away and yet still manages to write from the grave with help from a living person. And also when a series changes authors mid series. As a cataloger, I find both of these extremely annoying.
V C Andrews
Turned down pages instead of using a book mark ?
profanity . They use profanity rather than stretching themselves to find a more creative means of expression. Dropping the F bomb over and over and over. Ick.
I cannot read a book that has been written on or highlighted. Greasy spots.
Insta-love. Always irritates me. Oh and the overly possessive guy trope. Also book coasters
Dog ears & highlighting
No synopsis, only blurbs on back cover
Yeah, THAT annoys me as well
Downtrodden woman meets millionaire, they fall in love and all her problems are solved.
Folded down / creased page corners
Grammatical errors, poor sentence structure, bad spelling-etc…..
People that won’t shut up while I’m trying to read, spelling errors, grammar errors, when multiple words are put in with no spaces between each word at the start of a chapter (the book I’m reading, this has happened at the start of every chapter so far) 🙁
Underlined words or passages and notes in the margins. Can’t stand it.
When the author goes on and on and fails to make a point
Dog eared pages!
Dogeared pages and writing in books
Republished books that make it look like it’s a new book.
I really don’t have any peeves about books. I just love them!
Seeing someone bend the cover and pages back as they progress in the book
Breaking the spine by holding the book open!! Use a book marker!!!!!
Mildew/mold specks and typos. Oh, and book covers and titles that try to mimic previous best sellers – it feels like a tacky marketing strategy!
Maybe I’m silly…I don’t care too much whether a book has dog-eared pages, writing/highlighting, stains, book cover issues, etc. As long as the book is mostly clean. I don’t like typos, but it happens. The biggest issue I have is stickers & labels on the outside that are extremely difficult to remove! And when a child has scribbled within! Sometimes I like it when a book is well used – it often means the book has been well loved by many!
When people bend the page that is a big no no
exes who borrow books then don’t return them when you stop seeing them
Ink Spots over words that I can not read.
To quote Johnny Depp in Secret Window : “Bad Writing.”
Missing pages and when the characters name changes suddenly
Spelling and/or grammatical errors.
1 book 2 titles
When my daughter draws picture on my books… Lol
People writing in books
Different books with nearly identical titles and/or cover picture as if one author’s publisher couldn’t come up with an equally good but different title and cover picture.
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