Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves

In no way in any order....

  1. Dog-eared, lined pages, missing pages or highlight passages. While it would be great to cite that memorable dialogue, it's unfortunate for the next reader to find that the ink from a felt pen made  a paragraph or two unreadable. I wish people would show care to a book as if it were their own, unless they practice the same thing to their own books.... *sigh* Lastly, if you have to remember where you left off, place a bookmark than fold that corner page. 
  2. First person point of view.  It was too tiring to read.  
  3. Verbose.  We poor readers need to be armed with pruning shears just to help us understand what's going on the book.
  4. Too much techno-babble. It distract me to the story. 
  5. Out-of-character.  Encountered one time in a TV tie-in book. I'm not sure how much creative leeway was given but the characters' voices weren't captured well on print. 
  6. Too many characters. Apart from the principal ones and supporting, there are others running rampant. 
  7. Slow scenes. I usually skip them.
  8. Feels flat and looks flat. There were books that I wasn't drawn into the painted worlds of the characters.
  9. Fine print. Blame it on staring at the computer for too long. Tsk. My eyes were never the same. 
  10. Cover page. I would like to have some imaginative design going on the cover. 
For more Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves, head straight here. This is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday will issue a different Top Ten Tuesday. 


  1. Nobody likes stains on books. Good list!

    Here's my list of bookish peeves: http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2011/03/top-ten-bookish-peeves.html

  2. Good Ones!

    Yara @ Once Upon a Twilight!
    Here is my Top Ten Tues
    And check out my eReader Blogoversary Giveaway Ends 3/30

  3. #3 and #6 especially. Just give us the need-to-know information and characters and then get on with the story. One of my peeves is books over 700 pages because it most likely employs #3 and #6.

  4. @Deb Nance - thanks for including your list! I was giggling at number 10. :D
    @Yara Thanks for the link. I enjoyed reading your list. :D
    @Trish Yes, I agree. Something that's unforgettable about a character. It could be a physical trait or a mannerism or that lightning bolt scar can be enough to feed our imaginations.


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