Bookish Pet Peeves – Part 4

I am here with yet another bookish pet peeves post. You’d think that I’d manage to exhaust the list of things that annoy me in 3 posts (1, 2, 3), but you were wrong.

Inconsistent covers in a series

I don’t mean covers that don’t match. I already ranted about that in one of my previous posts. I mean when the covers do match, but they are inconsistent from one book to the other. Let me illustrate what I mean with a picture.

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Our subjects are The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. The front of the covers are nice and matching, the spines match as well, the font matches. But why, why couldn’t they have placed the titles in the same place on the spine? The books are the same height. WHY? And why did they have to make the publisher’s logo bigger on one than on the other? Why would you do that? Who has hurt you so badly that you feel the need to inflict pain indiscriminately?

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When the formatting is inconsistent

You may have realised that I don’t like inconsistency. It bugs me to no end. So when the formatting inside the book is not consistent, it drives me bananas! Allow me to show you some more pictures.

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Why? First of all, why would you leave a blank page at the end of the chapter? You are the reason koalas are sad.

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But if you’re going to do that, at least do it consistently. Don’t go back and forth. I will spend more time feeling annoyed at this than I will pay attention to the book. Just don’t.

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This isn’t really noticeable in the picture, but the swirly thing is in different places on the page. It’s higher up on the page for chapter fourteen than it is for chapter twenty four. Also, why is the “F” in fourteen loopy and the “F” in twenty-four not? Why isn’t the first letter of every word loopy, for that matter?

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The shiny paint on titles

Now, I have nothing against the shiny paint in and of itself. But what really annoys me is that that shit is like butterfly wings. You touch it and it dies. Look at this

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Believe me when I tell you that I handled this book like it was made of crystal. You can’t even see any creases on the spine. I checked every time I picked it up that my hands do not touch the title. I always made sure not to place it face down. And it did not take me more than 3 days to read. I don’t even think it took me that long. And still, half of the stupid shiny paint is gone. Just… ughhhhh!

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Bookish Pet Peeves – Part 3

I have even more bookish pet peeves for you today. If you haven’t already, you can check out parts 1 and 2.

Self-righteous, self-important MCs

I’m looking at you, Mare Barrow! Okay, I’ve never liked this type of characters, but after reading Glass Sword, I absolutely can’t stand this type of characters. Like, I am liable to beat my book with a spiked baseball bat in hopes that the character will feel it. Just no. Stop. I am a giant ball of rage when it comes to these characters.

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Whiny characters

Characters that constantly whine about how much their life sucks, how much they’ve sacrificed, how nobody’s ever loved them blah, blah, blah. We get it, your life sucks. This whole book is about how your life sucks. Now shut up already.

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Missing glossaries, maps and other annexes

I read a lot of high fantasy. And I mean a lot. And if you’ve read high fantasy, you know that often the names are weird, the worlds are confusing and sometimes, there are even made up languages. Now, those are all awesome. I love complicated fantasy worlds and I love the added layer of complexity and authenticity that a made up language brings to it. But do NOT start putting phrases or words in your made up language unless you also give me a translation. I cannot begin to describe how infuriating it is when that happens. Also, maps are incredibly helpful. Because otherwise I have no context for your world and you can tell me that kingdom X is south of kingdom Y and that kingdom Y is north-east of kingdom Z, but unless I see it on a map, it’ll be confusing and frustrating.

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Series that are unnecessarily dragged out

I love reading series. But a lot of the times, they’re just so dragged out. Especially with YA. Don’t get me wrong, I will happily read a 10 book series, if the story is interesting. If I can see that each book was necessary to the story and not just a dragged out exposition for the next book (this mostly happens with the second book in trilogies).It really pisses me off when that happens and it may determine me to just drop the series altogether.

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Bookish Pet Peeves – Part 2

Just another rant about things that annoy me when it comes to books. Check out part one here.

Random paperback sizes

Can you please decide on a standard, universal format for paperbacks? Pretty please? Or have two formats, like they have for hardcovers. The large one and the small one. But please stop it with the 20 different types of slightly different formats. Sometimes, they literally differ by a couple millimeters. Why? How much difference can that possibly make? On the other hand, it’s frustrating as hell to try to find them places on shelves. Because it looks like shit if there’s a smaller or bigger one every once in a while. Sometimes, they even have different formats within the same series. Why? Please stop. And that brings me to the next one on the list.

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When they change covers, formats etc in the middle of a series

You are ruining the aesthetic of my bookshelf and I hate you! Like, if you want to re-release a series with new covers or a new format, fine. But please do not discontinue one cover/format and use another in the middle of the series! Release all of them in whatever format you started with and then re-release all of them with the new one. The only exception that I accept is the Throne of Glass series, Because they only had one book released in the first format and the second one was so much better. Plus, they re-released ToG to match the others. But I digress.

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New kid in school type plots

They just annoy the bejeebies out of me. It’s just lazy writing in my opinion. You don’t need to think of any sort of interesting way for your characters to be introduced to each other. Plus, I don’t remember ever having read a book with this type of plot that was good. It’s just lame. Stop doing that.

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Excessive recaps

I do not suffer from short term memory loss. I am not Dory. Please stop telling me what happened in the last books every other page. I get that you want to refresh your reader’s memory because maybe they’ve had to wait a year since reading your previous book. And I appreciate small reminders of a detail here and there myself. But it’s got to be done in moderation. Think of those who are binge-reading your series. As a good rule of thumb, if your “recaps” can be used as a synopsis for your previous book, stop it.

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Love polygons

These days, it’s not even love triangles anymore. It’s a geometry problem from hell. MCs be hopping from love interest to love interest, to love interest, to magical frog, to love interest like it’s a game of hop-scotch. And then one of the love interests sort of has an admirer who is is really good friends with the MC. And then, the poor, tortured MC! What will they do? Who will they choose? Who will they betray? Ugh, stop it! If I wanted a soap opera, I’d visit my grandmother.

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This post is again getting pretty long. I will probably have a part 3 sometime. I am easily annoyed. What are your bookish pet peeves?

Bookish Pet Peeves

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.

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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.

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Typos

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.

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Stickers

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.

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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!