Happy Tuesday guys. Another Tuesday, another Top Ten list. Those who don’t know yet, TTT has been moved to from this week. My Photoshop is not working (it has expired 🙁 ) so I was not able to update it in the post image, but I’ll update that info soon.
So, this week’s TTT topic was: Bookish Resolutions/Goals. But I already did a post talking about my bookish resolutions of 2018 so I didn’t feel like repeating it. Instead, I have selected a past topic: My Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves.
There was a time when I didn’t know the meaning of Bookish Pet Peeves. I used to think it means your favourite animals in books? Lol (I know) 😀
Well, what can I say? But since I came to know the real meaning of the term “Bookish pet peeve”, I always wanted to talk about it. So today, felt like a perfect opportunity. I have probably more than 10 things to put on this list. But I guess I’ll stop myself at just 10 this time and save others for later?
My Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves
1. 100s of books in a series: Okay, so not literally 100 but yes you got it. I really hate when a series is so long. I can’t even put myself to read it (Harry Potter doesn’t count 😛 ). There are actually many series which I haven’t started yet just because they are too long. For example, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I know that that series got so much appreciation and maybe I would like it, but I am really scared to think that I need to actually read 6-7 books before reading the final one?
2. Too Much Detail/descriptions: I discovered that I hate lengthy descriptions when I read To Kill A Mockingbird. Don’t get me wrong, I loved that book. But it was not a 5 star read for me, as opposed to many just because in the middle of the story there was so much description about the neighborhood that I felt kind of bored. Another such example is The 365 Days where there was an unnecessary description of Malayali people after every 2 pages. I get that sometimes author wants to describe all the feelings, but sometimes it is not at all necessary to write 10 pages for the same thing.
3. Ugly book covers: For a people like me who often tend to be more inclined towards a book if it has a beautiful cover, certainly would have this bookish pet peeve. I mean there are hundreds and thousands of good looking covers and you can get good designers and inspirations. Then why would you even think of making an ugly cover? I don’t think that even authors would like those covers if they were given it as readers. Just look at these editions of The Perks of Being A Wallflower. No offense here, but I literally tried to get my copy having the most beautiful cover, but all the editions are just NOT good (don’t tell me the movie edition is pretty, that is coming up next).
4. Super Hyped-Up Books: I am a person who is guilt about buying the most hyped up books and then not reading them. Well, I am resisting my urge to buy the hyped books this year. But I often felt that more the book is hyped, more I feel like not reading it? This may sound weird, but I have so many books and series left unread just because of the hype 🙁
5. Sale and price stickers: Have I told you how much I adore books with beautiful covers? Imagine putting a sticker on it that won’t go off easily? This certainly makes me mad. Those sale stickers or simply the price stickers are so annoying. I don’t want my books to have a price sticker behind but I can’t remove them without actually destroying the cover a bit. Okay, I can adjust the price stickers, but why do they need to put stickers on front cover marking SALE in big letters? It really becomes a challenge to take them off.
6. Changing cover designs or book heights: I literally don’t understand the need for it. I get that you want to give your book a new look. But why the hell, would you feel so in the middle of an ongoing series? If still, you want to, then why don’t you get the book with covers matching the previous books in the series so that the people who already own those books can have a decent collection? And the worst thing is when the books of a series have different heights. I mean, what is that? I don’t know about all of you, but I definitely like my books to match.
7. PDF Files on the NetGalley or elsewhere: Many publishers provide PDF files on NetGalley. Well, I totally hate it when that happens. You see, I don’t have any device to read a PDF file other than my phone or computer. I am not always on my computer besides my office hours and I can’t read on my phone (because that would be so small). NetGalley should at least warn us before requesting that what kind of file it is. But it is not about just NetGalley. It is the overall experience with PDF files. They are often not arranged properly. Often the formatting is done well, sometimes several pages are blank. This all really pisses me off.
8. Paperback to Hardcover: Why? Why would you do that? This is another one related to book covers and I don’t get it, seriously. This happened to me recently. You all know the book The Bear and the Nightingale. I have the latest cover of that book in paperback and now they have released the hardback edition of the second book in the series, with the similar design! Now my books won’t match 🙁
9. Books with movie cover: When books are turned into movies, then their original covers get replaced by the movie poster. Why? For the promotion I guess. But I totally hate the movie covers. I always feel that the original covers have their own charm and the stars on movie covers attract the audience towards themselves rather than the actual book.
10. People who judge a book without reading it: Okay, so this is the totally absurd thing for me. I have seen people who judge others for reading a particular book when they actually haven’t read them themselves? I mean how can you judge if a book is good or not if you haven’t read it? Just form the opinions of others? Everyone has a different perspective on each book. it doesn’t mean that you can comment on anyone’s reading choices. The best example for this is Twilight. I haven’t read this personally but I have seen the movies. I know many people who started reading, because of this series. And I have also seen many who have criticised others for reading it? I really don’t understand it. You have no rights to judge a person by the book he/she is reading. First, pick up the book, read it and then say your opinion on it. Also, most of the times the movie and books have totally different experience. So just that you have seen the movie, doesn’t give you any rights to comment on the book.
What are some of your bookish pet peeves? Do you have some common ones?
What do you think about people judging others on the basis of a particular book/series?
Leave me your link to today’s Top Ten Tuesday and I will check it out 🙂