Brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish, this week’s Top 10 Tuesday topic is: Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves (all those things that annoy you in a story, with book covers, bookstores, etc.)
- Errors!!! <– I’m surprised how often I actually find typos or grammatical errors in books that I’ve read. As far as I know, it goes through numerous read-throughs and editors go through the book with a fine tooth comb.
- Footnotes in novels <– I’m specifically thinking of the book The Duchess (from which the movie was based from) I wanted to read the novel as I was into the historical fiction for a while with Phillippa Gregory’s books, but I could NOT get through this one by Amanda Foreman. It was written like a historical novel but almost half of every single page was filled with footnotes! So distracting to read… felt like I was reading a textbook rather than historical fiction.
- Difficult to read <– I didn’t quite know how to call it here, but I’m specifically thinking of reading Irvine Welsh’s books Porno and Trainspotting (or at least trying to). The slang, or the way it’s written was so hard to actually read… I found myself reading it out lout to try and sound it out and figure out what he’s trying to say. Needless to say, gave up on that quickly.
- Too many characters not properly introduced <– I wanted to specify that it’s when they’re not properly introduced that it bothers me. Too many characters itself doesn’t (ie Harry Potter series) but each character is SO well thought out in those books. I’ve read some books where they introduce people for the sake of having more characters, but nothing really comes of it. So you invest too much time trying to remember everyone, when in the end it really doesn’t matter.
- Convoluted plot <– I love a good story where there are twists and turns that you don’t see coming, but when the plot gets so convoluted that you lose sight of the actual story, you lose my attention too.
- Extra unnecessary details <– There’s some books where you just can’t put it down, and there are some where it’s good, then there’s a whole chunk that’s incredibly dull, and then the ending. I understand that the author needs some “development” areas in the book, and perhaps is hoping to bulk up the meat of their story a bit, but frequent readers can smell a filler section from a mile away.
- Slow beginnings <– I am often excited, and not, at the same time when starting a new book. I’m excited at the possibility of what this story will bring, but dreading the sometimes slow build-up to good parts. For example, I LOVED The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but, to me, the beginning was so long and drawn out. It didn’t get good till Blomkvist meets Vanger. THEN I couldn’t put it down. Same with Angels & Demons, I literally think it was about 100 pages in before I was completely enthralled in it.
- Quotes, rather than summaries <– Usually the summaries are on the back of the book, or on the inside covers of the book jacket flaps but sometimes there’s only quotes and testimonials! How is that supposed to get me enticed to read the book? Just based on what OTHERS thought about it?
- Bad copycats <– Afterbooks that make it big onto the best sellers list, or get movies made of them, there comes a string of imitations. Some are admitedly not that bad, but some are such poor excuses of fiction, an obvious attempt to copy the success of books like The Da Vinci Code, or Harry Potter.
- Creased corners <– This one is actually about the physical book, rather than the content. When I go to buy a book, I always seek out the most pristine one. HATE creased corners, or spines. One of my biggest pet peeves when I lend out my books to some friends is the state in which it comes back. Most of my friends are also readers so they take care, but I’ve had some books come back a little more mangled than when I lent it out.
That was actually the easiest Top 10 that I’ve done in all these weeks. Guess I had more pet peeves than I realized about my reading!