Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Pet Peeves

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week is a freebie week, so I've decided to list my top bookish pet peeves!

  1. Characters that don't act their age: I hate when kids speak like adults or middle-aged men and women act like they're in their twenties.  Yes, there are children who are very mature for their age and many people who are young at heart, but mostly it is just annoying and totally takes me out of the story. 
  2. Unrealistic time lines: If something is taking place in way too short a time period or if the time line doesn't make sense, I can't take the story seriously. 
  3. Synopses that don't give an accurate description of the book:  I hate when I start reading a book, thinking it's about one thing, and I get something completely different.
  4. Love at first sight: I get that this happens in real life and it's romantic, but I'd rather my literary couples actually maybe speak to each other before proclaiming their love.
  5. Long paragraphs/chapters: If a paragraph is too long, I'm probably just going to skim it.  I like details, but breaking it up with some dialogue or into smaller paragraphs is just easier to read.  Also, it's a quirk, but I usually look ahead to see how long a chapter is before I start it.  I don't like stopping in the middle of a chapter.
  6. People who are not careful with their books:  I try to keep my books in good condition, so it irks me when I lend a book to someone and I get it back with folded pages, ripped covers, or broken spines.
  7. Quick or convenient endings: Some books have so much going on and then, all of a sudden, they just end.  If I've invested all this time in a book, I want a good ending!  Not one that ties up all the plot lines in a page or two, in ways that make it seem like the author was taking the easy way out, ran out of ideas, or hit their page limit.
  8. Perfect characters: Perfect people don't exist - when a character is beautiful/handsome, and smart, and successful, and kind, etc., it becomes hard to relate to them.
  9. Books published under different names in different countries:  It makes me think there's another book out there I should read, when really there isn't - how disappointing!
  10. Ugly book covers:  I'm gonna be honest, I totally judge books by their covers, so if the cover is too garish, inappropriate, or cheap-looking, I probably won't even take the time to see what the book is about.
Now that I've gotten all my crankiness out, what are some of your pet peeves?


  1. Definitely #7, I'm all for wrapping everything up with a bow, but don't just end suddenly. I want that satisfying feeling even if it's a cliffhanger. My TTT

  2. I totally agree with all of these! So glad to find someone else who skips ahead to check how long a chapter is before they read it, I've always done that. I hate stopping in the middle of a chapter too.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/top-ten-tuesday-63/

    1. Glad I'm not the only one! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I hate it when love at first sight never progresses beyond physical attractions and I wonder why the heck they even love each other.

    My TTT


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