I don’t know about you guys, but I have a lot of pet peeves. I get annoyed by so many things, so today I’m going to share with you some of my bookish pet peeves. This post is going to be a rant. You have been warned.
When it isn’t specified that a book is not the first in a series.
Like, why you doing this publishers? Would it kill you to put a number on the spine or something so that I don’t buy a book and then open it and feel like I’m Jon Snow, cause I know nothing. And then I google it and find out it’s book 16.5 of the prequel to the sequel to the main series.
When they don’t have the first book in the series at a bookstore.
I think bookstores should hire a person specifically to check that they have the first book in every series in stock. The amount of times I have gone to a bookstore looking for a specific book in a series I wanted to start and after spending half an hour looking for it on the shelves, I finally work up the nerve to go ask about it. And then they’re like “Oh, we don’t have that in stock right now. But we have books 2 through 26, if you’re interested.” No, I am not freaking interested, okay. At least have the decency not to rub it in my face that I wasted my time coming over here and I can’t get to book 3, which I heard is the cheese, because you freaking didn’t stock the first one.
And then, they ask if I would like to order it? Like, I’m sorry I have Amazon prime. I’m not going to order it from you, pay more money and then wait 5-7 life spans for you to deliver it. The reason I’m here right now and not at home, in bed, clicking “buy” on Amazon is because I want the book two minutes ago.
Isn’t that what editors are for? If you’re going to publish a book, proofread it until your eyeballs bleed. Cause I’m paying money and I don’t want to be getting headaches because you can’t spell. Like, I get that there’s going to be one or two typos in every book. We’re all human. But I’m talking about books that have typos every other page and you feel like you’re reading a grade school assignment.
I don’t care that this book is now a major motion picture, I don’t care that it’s sold 1 million copies worldwide and I don’t care that it won whatever award. All I care about is that your ugly ass sticker is ruining the aesthetic of my cover and I will now have to sacrifice a virgin baby manatee in order to remove the sticker without damaging the cover.
This post is getting pretty long, so maybe I’ll make a part two with some more pet peeves. Tell me some of your bookish pet peeves in the comments!