My Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish and now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new topic is posted and the bloggers can share their own list accordingly. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here.

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 ๐Ÿ™ ) 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) ๐Ÿ˜€

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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 ๐Ÿ˜› ). 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?

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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).

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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 ๐Ÿ™

 

 

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.

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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.

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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 ๐Ÿ™

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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.

 

 

My Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves

 

 

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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?

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  1. Jovita

    Oh my goodness, I have to agree with you on almost all of these, #7 doesn’t apply to me because I have not idea about NetGalley, I don’t use it. I had to laugh at #1, I’m reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series I’m on book #4 and book #16 is coming out this year. There is also a spin off series, which I refuse to get sucked into. This is a great post Sim.

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      Sim

      Thanks Jovita ๐Ÿ˜Š I canโ€™t imagine myself reading a series that long ๐Ÿ˜ฑ 16 books? I donโ€™t know how you managing ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Well you have good patience than me I think. I hope you finish all of them soon โค๏ธ

  2. Louise

    PDFs on the NetGalley annoy me so much too! Like you say, even if there was a pre-request wayt of knowing, instead of getting them and then having to work something out so they don’t mess with your %. Great list!
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      Sim

      Haha we bookworms want our books to look beautiful.. we have to maintain a beautiful library too, isnโ€™t it?? ๐Ÿ˜œ PDFs are worst ๐Ÿ™„

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      Sim

      Yes exactly! I don’t understand how can you comment on something when you don’t know what it is about? Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    Wow, you’ve hit some great ones here. I hate when series go from paperback to hardback and secretly think it’s a racket because so many bookworms share how much they love their copies to match. Awesome list and I enjoyed reading it.

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  4. Girl About Library (@girlabtlibrary)

    I so agree with you on the stickers and other writing on sale books. I tend to purchase a lot of my books and second hand shops or library book sales etc, and I can not tell you the number of books I have passed up because I just could not stand the amount of stickers on them! It’s 2018, we need a better way! lol

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  5. Kay

    I love your take on this! And may I say I totally agree with you about covers – I have picked up a book and perused it based on the cover alone. Yes, I’m a cover junkie. Also, totally agree about the stickers – I have worked and worked on books to get the price sticker off. Ha! I do like series books though. I read a lot of mystery series and I get very attached to the characters, wanting to know what happened next. That being said, there are also great series that I haven’t started because there are 15 or 20 books in the series at this point. Your last peeve – the one about judging others about what they read – probably the most ‘peeve-ish’ one for me. As I said, I’m a big crime/thriller/mystery reader. Many people judge all the genres – mystery, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, etc., etc., as not being ‘worthy’ reads. Seriously? There is a book for every reader. Who cares? Good job here. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Sim

      Thanks Kay. Totally agree with you on take on reading different genres. Every genre is readable and no one should judge others for what they are reading. If I like poetry but you donโ€™t, thatโ€™s okay. If you love thriller, and I donโ€™t, then thatโ€™s okay too. This is something that our community should learn better.

  6. Camilla @ Reader in the Attic

    Book stickers… are pure evil. There’s no other definition. As such as film on book cover. Why kill the pretty artt? With all the strenght that atists put into their works, is such a pity. And the format change kill me too. I always try to search the right edition that fit in a whole series if it had some changes during time

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  7. Literary Feline

    I hate those stickers that will not come off books easily. They ruin a pretty cover. ๐Ÿ™ I am totally with you when it comes to PDF files. I am not a fan of movie tie-in covers either. And your #10! Yes! Very well said. Thank you for sharing your bookish pet peeves with us!

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  8. Kester (from LILbooKlovers)

    I share a lot of the same pet peeves with you! I’m afraid to read long series and hyped books because of the same reasons! And yes, sale stickers annoy me but I really love “signed by the author” stickers–they make the book feel special. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. Marie

    I’m sorry, but I have to jump it talking about The Lunar Chronicles series, because there are only four books you absolutely need to read to get the series and YOU SHOULD READ THEM because they’re fabulous haha ๐Ÿ™‚ Alright, fangirling moment gone.
    I am not a fan of the PDF files either, they are just SO hard to read haha, it bothers me too :/
    Great post! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      Sim

      Haha exactly. And even if I peel it successfully than it is left with sticky residue and that place be become black? Itโ€™s so annoying ๐Ÿ˜

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  10. lindseyhabets

    Ah I so relate to all of these, they can be so frustrating! I hate when my books don’t match, but especially the height! I have one series where the books are like 3 different sizes and it bugs me so much. And people judging books without reading them annoys me SO MUCH too.

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  11. Kristina

    yesyes !! a part 2 of this pleaase ? ๐Ÿ˜€
    I totally stand with you for No. 1 (yeees.. I include Harry Potter though … I got bored at the 4th film soo…), 2 yes and no, I just end up really lost most of the time xD Im thinking of the night circus, at the moment. 5, oh my god 5 .. I “recently” got 13 reasons why with a huge “40% OFF” sticker on it ๐Ÿ˜ซโ€‹ so. annoyed. Thanksfully mom got it out without much fuss, to my relief !!

    also, I don’t understand judging based of books either. Sure, I don’t like when people hate my fave books but honestly ? everyone do not need to have the same opinions. sometimes you talk with them and realize you actually understood something totally differently ! or that x particular thing was problematic. you can still like it, of course, but atleast you get to learn; ah ! well okay, I didn’t knew it before, now I can look for it in the future and/or be careful of that.

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      Sim

      Haha thanks Kristina ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Definitely will fo part 2 soon ๐Ÿ˜œ Ahh so your mom was your rescuer, may be you can tell me how she did it? ๐Ÿ˜œ
      I really hate those judgy people. Who are they? I canโ€™t understand why you just donโ€™t ignore the talking about the books you donโ€™t know about? Itโ€™s not that hard I guess ๐Ÿ™„

      1. Kristina

        hahah idk, came right off ๐Ÿ˜†โ€‹she has “the touch” I guess.. ๐Ÿ˜˜โ€‹
        eeerh, sadly people like to judge others, specially on stupid things, smh..

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  12. Tika

    FINALLY someone said it, I cannot STAND ugly book covers! I’m the type that if a book has an ugly cover, I literally will not read it. I try not to be this way, but it’s hard and I’m pretty much whatever about it at this point lol. Hyped books don’t usually bother me since it’s fairly easy for me to go in with a neutral mind set. I try not to have high expectations because we all know when we do, 9 times out of ten, we’re let down and no one has time for that. I also agree about the series. If there are too many books in one series, then I just skip it, especially if everyone is on like book 12. It’ll take me forever to catch up, so most of the time I just don’t bother lol.

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      Sim

      Haha thanks Tika. Ugly covers are the worst. I canโ€™t understand why would they even put those kind of covers?
      I hate long series. I can tolerate series having 4-5 books but mote than that? It is just super annoying ๐Ÿ˜

  13. Cheryl Malandrinos

    This is a great list. I’m with you on 1 – 4, 7, 9, and 10. I liked the first two books of The Lunar Chronicles, but to try and catch up now when my time is so limited leaves me ripping out my hair. I skip long descriptions as well these days. I think if I wasn’t rushing to read so quickly it wouldn’t bother me as much. I totally judge a book by its cover. If I don’t like the cover, I probably won’t even check out the blurb. But judging a book without reading it at all–like when my MIL told me the Harry Potter series taught witchcraft–irks me. I actually didn’t read the HP series because of all the hype around it. I think I finally caved in 2015.

    Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

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      Sim

      Haha thatโ€™s an amazing story about HP ๐Ÿ˜œ Bad covers definitely make me freaky. And I am totally with you on this series thing ๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  14. Olivia-Savannah

    I actually think the Lunar Chronicles series length is perfect? Actually, I don’t mind long series because I get addicted to the characters. But I don’t like really REALLY overdone series like the House of Night series by P.C. Cast. I can’t with the amount of books in that series. It’s way overdone. I read book one, thought ‘meh’ and gave up.

    I also really don’t like reading PDFs much, or when there are movie covers. I don’t mind size changes or cover changes except when the cover change is being done to an uglier version of the cover. Like you, ugly covers are a no for me. I like pretty books – regardless of how shallow that makes me sound ๐Ÿ˜›

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      I really feel troubled when a series has more than 3 books? I donโ€™t know why but it feels like a chore to me ๐Ÿ˜ And yeah I have heard great things about Lunar Chronicles and may be someday Iโ€™ll read that?
      I seriously hate ugly covers. Why they even do that?

  15. Holly

    I also dislike when series go on forever and ever and ever and ever… for instance, when I was younger I was really into the Pretty Little Liars series until I realized that there are SO MANY of them. After a while the story seems too convoluted and tangled to follow anymore. Great list! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Thanks Holly. Actually after the show finished I came to know that it was actually a book series. And then I thought too look them.. but well.. I left the idea ๐Ÿ˜œ

  16. 1girl2manybooks

    Oh my gosh yes, so valid! Stephanie Plum is a series for me where there’s just way too many books and nothing has happened for a dozen books now. And probably never will. I am also really annoyed when publishers change the cover design of books midway through a series and you end up with ones that don’t match. I hate it! Also yes, with the different heights. I have a trilogy where the first 2 are smaller paperbacks and the third is a large hardback. It bothers me a lot.

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      Sim

      Haha exactly ๐Ÿ˜ƒ I canโ€™t understand why publishers even do that?
      And why to stretch a series so much when you can easily finish a series in 3-4 books?

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  17. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

    I agree to the pdf thing so much!! I sometimes listen to my pdfs through an app, so the page numbers and printing notes can make it pretty bad xD and yeah, I agree you should be able to know before requesting. At least you can usually tell on Edelweiss! If they have inside photos on the book description, it’s a PDF. Keep that in mind.

    I’ve also never read Twilight, and I don’t openly criticize it, but… meh, Twilight xD I just know I wouldn’t like it. Not going to waste my time! Too many good books to read.

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      Sim

      Haha PdFs are the worst. Iโ€™ll keep that note in mind ๐Ÿ˜Š
      And itโ€™s not just the thing about Twilight. It is about criticising others if they like a particular book if you donโ€™t like it. I agree that sometimes we have a feeling or we read the blurb and we know that we wonโ€™t like it. But itโ€™s not okay to criticise others for the same read ๐Ÿ˜Š

  18. Ivyclad Ideas

    …Wait. I thought The Lunar Chronicles only had four books? (I don’t tend to bother with short stories that come between novels because most of them are only released as Ebooks and I don’t have or want an Ereader so…*Shrugs*)

    Stickers on books are my arch-enemies. Unfortunately, they’re too powerful for us to fight. ๐Ÿ™

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      Sim

      Haha I guess so ๐Ÿ˜œ I think I have mixed Lunar Chronicles and Throne of Glass series ๐Ÿคฃ
      I seriously hate those stickers ๐Ÿ˜

  19. Curly Carla

    Omg I have the same pet peeve as you for number 1. I will avoid a series if thereโ€™s more than 5 books in it. I get bored with the characters. And I hate when they change the cover too! My blogging partner has the same issue with number 4 as you do.

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      Sim

      Haha thanks Carla. Long series seriously make me bore too ๐Ÿ™ˆ And why would they change covers? Canโ€™t understand

  20. Rissi

    UGH! Changing book covers mid-series is forever a pet peeve. I mean, I know it’s minor (because at least we *STILL* get the story), but still. I’m not a fan. Also, big thumbs down to too much description. A book goes from potentially interesting to boring and overlong REALLY fast when this happens. Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland this week! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  21. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan

    I somehow do not care about any of these at all. And I am surprised. Except the super hyped books. I rarely read the hyped one and the ones I read I ended not liking at all. (Whats wrong with me? I know). Yes readign or receivign PDFs is stupid ๐Ÿ™ I convert them using some online converter if and when I receive them from an author

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      Sim

      Haha itโ€™s amazing that you donโ€™t care about any of these ๐Ÿ˜œ You ought to be a selfless person ๐Ÿ˜€ Even I convert PDFs to other formats, the alignment and other things just get messed up sometimes. So itโ€™s a โ€˜no-noโ€™ option for me ๐Ÿ™„

  22. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Oh yep for sure, I relate to SO many of these. I think movie-adaption covers are almost always gross and speaking of Perks of Being a Wallflower…I do have the movie adaption cover of that.๐Ÿ˜‚ Mostly because I found it 2nd hand and I also hate the original cover so I just went with it haha. But GOOD books with super bad covers are such a reason to make bookworms cry. And I won’t even get started on non-matching series or stickers on books or mid-series cover changes. *shudders at this horror story*๐Ÿ˜‚

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      Sim

      Haha.. I am more laughing on your comment than on my own post ๐Ÿ˜‚ Seriously these movie covers are nightmare. And yeah I agree Wallflowerโ€™s movie cover is the best one ๐Ÿ˜œ I donโ€™t understand why they even do that ๐Ÿ™ˆ Haha actually all of these are worst things ๐Ÿคฃ

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