Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Top Ten Bookish Peeves

peeve   a source of annoyance or irritation

I have a lot of bookish peeves.

1. People who never read books.
2. People who must read books in order.
3. People who must finish every book they start.
4. People who sigh and say,
"I wish I could read as many books as you.
I just don't have time."
5. Books that have a great cover and go downhill from there.
6. Books that are made from movies.
7. Predictable plots in books.
8. Books with the Problem of the Month.
9. YA books that are sooo serious.
(Is life really that horrible at fourteen?)
10. And finally (and please forgive me if I step on toes) Vampire Books.

What are your bookish peeves?
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  1. #6 made my list! As for vampire books, I love Anne Rice, so I'd say YA vampire books :)

  2. #5 is a big one. I hate when a cover looks soo promising and then the book doesn't deliver. I have the reverse on my list - I hate it when a really great book has a really unfortunately bad cover that I know will keep other people from picking it up.

  3. I'm curious about, and guilty of, number 2. Generally, I like to read a series in the order it was intended, if possible. May I ask why this is a pet peeve? (I agree with all your other pet peeves.)

  4. I didn't even think about the obvious which is your number 1! And I'll admit I used to do number 4 (scarily enough), but it's not how many books you read, it's how much you enjoy the books you do read. :) Also, totally agree with 9 and 10. Great list, Deb!

  5. I'm a #2 type reader (what's annoying about it?) in that I like to read a series in order because I don't want any spoilers. And there are too many books to be like #3 and your #9 is one of the reasons I don't read YA, because I could think of a solution to the problem they're having which of course they can't come up with because they're too young which makes it frustrating to read!

  6. Nice list. I don't agree with all of it, but mostly I do. Especially:
    No. 4. This kind of comment makes my inner reader yell out in anger. I have heard this so many times that I one day I may start yelling for real.
    No. 6 is somehting I just don't get. Especially when the movie was bad to begin with.
    No. 8 - I especially loathe miz lit.

  7. #4 is a good one! That bugs me too.

    I'm guilty of reading books in order and I usually finish the one's I've started. Out of curiosity, how many pages do you read before deciding it's not for you? I usually keep reading to see if I'll like the book better.

    It looks like the vampire trend is slowing down, but I know what you mean!

    I enjoyed your list!

  8. My bookish pet peeves are some of yours too. What is up with people not reading?! With books, there's something for everyone. Predictable plots is near the top of my list. Once I figure out what's going to happen, I'm less likely to finish the book.

    Hope you're having a great week.

  9. I share many of your peeves. I have a few to add though:

    I hate:

    *Readers that giveaway the plot. I can still remember that day at swimming a couple of years back where this lady was going on and on about Harry Potter and I had not read the last book (still haven't).

    *Readers that trash their books. A crease here and there, I get. But wet, dirty, ripped out pages? Really!

    *Students who comment on my blog, hoping to get help with their book report. I always tell them to read the book, it's good but they still try to get information out of me.

  10. I love your number 4! It's so true.

  11. I agree! Especially with # 9...
    another peeve is when you're reading a book and someone comes and says:"wow! How can u read such big long books like that?" (even though the book isn't big!)

  12. Good Ones!

    Yara @ Once Upon a Twilight!
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  13. I fit the bill for your pet peeves 2-4, lol. I'll try not to complain about not being able to read as many books as you do. ;)

  14. Ahhhh! That thing bores me - predictable books in plots. It makes reading meaningless to me. I enjoyed your lists here.

  15. I am sooooo with you on #4. It is like a put down and a cop-out all in the same sentence!

    I make time to read, carving it out from days that are just as busy as theirs!

  16. Oh! I love that you mentioned books made from movies. That drives me nuts! It's so backwards.

    Thanks so much for stopping by earlier! :)

  17. Lori, I don't know why this is one of my peeves. Peeves are a bit quirky, aren't they?

  18. Ti, I agree with you about those who reveal the plot of books. Awful!

  19. Thereadingdate, I give a book a few pages and if it doesn't deliver, it's outta there. I'm brutal.

  20. I have to admit, I like to read a series in order! I really dislike reading out of order and don't do it unless I'm unaware that I'm doing it. I also don't mind vampire books (well, some!) but I agree with just about everything else on your list!

  21. Ah, I haven't seen books made from movies---they are even worse than movies made from books! Great list!

  22. I totally have to finish every book I start. I think it is because I didn't finish a lot of books in college and now I am torn between going back and finishing them, or reading something new.

    Here is my list: http://hawthornescarlet.blogspot.com/2011/03/top-ten-tuesday-i-hate-that.html

  23. Totally agree with all of these and Vampire Books....well, enough already!

  24. Great list! Vampire books irritate me as well.

  25. Really with number 2? I'm one of those people ;) I feel it's a must to read books in order, but I've read them out of order and even recommend to people who are going to read Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles to start with the second book!

    Number 4 is annoying. I've gotten that a few times and just can't handle it. I force myself to make time! If only we had more time...

    Good list, thanks for sharing!

  26. Yes, #3 and #4. No, you don't have to finish a book just because. And yes, you do have time to read. It's all about priorities!

  27. #4! I don't watch tv, and spend probably 3-4 hours every night reading. Most people could read as many books as I do if they spent that much time at it!

  28. I am happy to say that I am no longer guilty of your #3 peeve. Life is too short and I have too many books in my TBR shelves to finish something I don't like.

  29. I didn't even THINK about people who don't read or claim that they don't have time to read as pet peeves. But they so are!! I really hate that!

    I hate people who never read. What could they possibly do with their time. And the not having time, make time!!

  30. I agree with you, Jenn. C'mon, people, make time.

  31. Opps, guilty of number 4 sometimes. *ducks behind a hedge* I was chuckling when you end your list with number 10. I was in the middle of writing an article about that as an observation inside a book shop that I always frequent. :D Thanks for a follow! Follow ya back. :D

  32. #4 is definitely the big one as if you've some how found a gap in time to nestle down in & read a book, it are they implying that you do nothing but lounge around all day reading, when in fact if they just got of their collective buts, switched off the Tv & grabbed a book, they could read as much.

  33. Totally agree with the peeve of YA Vampire books...
    I hate them. There wasn't that many until Twilight became successful. I remember seeing the Twilight books and thinking 'No-one likes them, what's it about?'


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