Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Pet Peeves

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and Bookish with a new list subject every Tuesday. Follow the link or banner to take part (if it’s up yet, check back later if it isn’t because I’m on Oz time)

This week’s top ten is Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves (all those things that annoy you in a story, with book covers, bookstores, etc.)

When I read this one for the first time straight away I started ticking off things in my head. I have a lot of pet peeves and maybe that’s a bad thing…

  1. Dog Ears – I can’t stand marked books, especially folded down corners. I can’t stand it when people do it to mine (that removes you from the borrow list my friend) or the second hand ones I get. Of course I realise that the second hand ones have been around so I don’t get too pissed off with those.
  2. Notes, Doodles, and Corrections – Now this is one of the things that really pisses me off with second hand books. I can appreciate that students or people needing to research might want to make notes and the easiest way to do that is right on the page, but don’t these people think about when they get rid of their books? You might not think it will happen, but it will one day and what you read for study is another person’s pleasure reading. There have been so many books I’ve picked up from book fairs and not been able to read because half the time someone has told me what is going on before I even get to read it myself all because they can’t make notes in a notebook! Then there are the times when it makes the reading hard going because they’ve written over it. Major pet peeve.
  3. Bad Editing – Typos drive me nuts, but I can understand if they’re a scattered occurrence because it can be hard to get them all. That’s a lot of words to go through and human error is going to happen. Now when it’s a semi-regular to very regular occurrence I think someone needs to ask what their proof reader is doing because I know when I’m trying to read that story I’m asking that question to myself. It shouldn’t, but it does subtract from the story because it can make it so hard to read and just frustrating. Who wants to read something frustrating?
  4. Where’s The Horror? – I remember the days when horror had its own section in mainstream bookstores, but at some point book stores started lumping all speculative fiction together. They started placing downright dark stuff in with the science fiction or, wait for it, general fiction! This is the part where I make a face of utter shock! How am I supposed to find a decent horror story when it is in the midst of wizards, paranormal romance, or heaven forbid something to do with shoes? Hmm? Do tell me mainstream bookstores. No wonder I buy so much online.
  5. Love Triangles – This is something I’ve been noticing more and more in Young Adult fiction and I realise I could probably try and avoid it by not reading it, but sometimes I’m stubborn. Almost everyone seems to be doing it to the point where it’s like a highly contagious flu with no originality. Is that all adolescents care about? Really?
  6. Footnotes – This might be an odd one, I don’t know, but I can’t stand footnotes. I don’t mind notes at the end or beginning of the book, but I can’t stand it at the bottom of the page because I’m one of those people who have to read the whole page before moving onto the next one and footnotes can be pretty distracting. At least it was when I was trying to read Inferno. So. Many. Footnotes.
  7. Stickers – Annoying stickers that don’t come off properly and leave a residue are a real pain in the bum. I’m not as pedantic as I used to be, but they still bug me. They shouldn’t be there in the first place.
  8. Wannabe Bookstores – As in department stores that want to be bookstores – the bookstores that have gone a little heavy on other areas such as DVDS or music and then still call themselves a bookstore when they’re on the way to becoming a department store of sorts. It’s actually rare for me to go shopping in a department store for books. I reckon if a company wants to specialise in books they should just stick to it because a lot of people love stores that specialise in selling them. There’s never going to be lack of customers and in the end a bookstore that expands in merchandise like that looks more greedy rather than caring about its original purpose or customers.
  9. Crammed in Books – I can’t stand it when books are so crammed into shelves that they get all bent and damaged. I see this so much in department stores and in some bookstores as well. There’s so many people out there who would love those books in a nice condition when they buy it instead of looking like they’ve already been used. There’s just no respect and that brings me to my last one.
  10. Shoppers Who Throw Them Around – Just as bad as the stores packing the shelves are the shoppers who pick them up to look at them and either chuck them where ever, chuck them down instead of putting them down neatly, or just try to shove them in without care. I wonder sometimes how many of those people are actual book lovers and how many are only thinking of buying them for something. I have a better suggestion for the latter; buy that person a gift voucher!

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Pet Peeves

  1. Bad grammar in professionally published books is very annoying. It makes me wonder how well the editors look over the manuscript before sending it to print. And stores that just cram the books in make them that much harder for shoppers to remove to look at. I end up having to scramble to catch the two books on either side of the book I want to look at! Very great list, and thank you for visiting! 🙂 Happy reading!


    • I didn’t think of kids reading them. I just got a shudder! At least with younger kids they don’t always understand the value of something they pick up in a store. I think it’s scarier with adults.


  2. Great list! I’m totally with you on your pet peeves. Grammatical errors are distracting, and footnotes bother me too. From working in a book store long ago sometimes it’s hard to fit all the books on the shelves and especially when you run out of room in the back. But I want my books to be in perfect condition when I buy them too.
    Thanks for sharing your list!


    • I can completely understand the lack of room in book stores, sometimes the space just isn’t conducive to a nicely set out shelf, but I’ve also seen people cram them in when they didn’t need to be. I read another TTT post for this week where someone mentioned the same thing and they’d worked in a book store.

      If only shelves could magically expand without actually taking up space, now that would solve a lot of problems!

      Thanks for stopping by.


  3. Yes, footnotes, forgot about those…that’s the reason I stopped reading The Mezzanine…which reminds me I should do a post about that. Anyway, love triangles seem to be on everyone’s list, they can be so annoying, especially if they’re unrealistic.


    • I think the love triangles might be becoming far more common and too common going by how often they’re on people’s lists. I’m glad I’m not the only one.

      The Mezzanine sounds really interesting. It’s a shame about the footnotes.


    • I know a few people who like notes in books and even like making them. Everyone’s different. I don’t mind the notes in the front or back covers though.


  4. i LOVE dog ears! and footnotes! i can’t explain the dog ear love (something about seeing the previous use but not having that use be manifested in underlinings) but the footnotes i’ve learned to love by going to school forever and ever. there’s something poetic about watching the wandering of a scholars mind; it’s like their little “oh, and by the way…” it’s fun for some reason! all the other stuff i’m totally with you on. especially the stickers and the bad editing!


    • Hey Sara! Do those footnotes include fiction? I don’t really read text and non fiction that much, mostly fiction, and I’ve come across a few fiction with footnotes. They felt very out of place except in The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Strand because then it was just funny.

      It’s interesting what people come to love in their books, dog ears being just one of them!


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