Bookish Pet Peeves

We all have them - those little things about books or bookish things that drive us crazy! Today I want to share some of mine and I want to hear about some of yours too!
  • Whiny narrators/main characters: I'm looking at you, Mia Thermopolis (from The Princess Diaries)! I've read books where something amazing was happening to the main character and all they could do was sit there and throw an internal pity party for themselves! Maybe it's because I'm the type of person who just deals with issues that come up with minimal complaints (I find that whining not only doesn't help yourself, but it also annoys the crap out of everyone around you) so I just can't get behind the "woe is me, my life is slightly inconvenienced" narrative. 
  • Too much detail: You know when writers start describing every nook and cranny of some flower they saw? I get it, the flower is a pretty shade of blue. Get to the point already! I get so annoyed when I have to read two pages of a description of one thing. On that note...
  • Slow pacing: I don't mind a book with a slow and peaceful tone but a book that's paced slowly? Forget about it! This usually happens because there's too much description of minor details but not enough narration of what's actually occurring (can you tell I like books that get right to the point?)
  • Books that don't give you closure: Sometimes I will read an extremely long book that's filled with so many twists and turns for the main character, only to find that the ending is left ambiguous. I need closure! It's such a "screw you" move of a writer when they get you invested in a character only for you to never know what ends up happening to them. 
What are some of your bookish pet peeves?


  1. You opened my eyes with that first one! I love The Princess Diaries but never thought about her character that way! And totally agree with slow-paced books.


  2. Oh, I loooove detailed descriptions! When they are well written of course. When the writers show a rich vocabulary and can just demonstrate mastery of the language. However I don't really like whiny characters either! They can get boring very easily.
    My biggest pet peeve in books is poor language and bad writing. Probably because I only read classics, I have high expectations when it comes to books. So I find most chick flick and all that pretty bad. I see writing as an art, so when it's not beautiful, it doesn't appeal to me!

    Julia x
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    1. Fiar enough! I think my annoyance is more pointed at descriptions with no real purpose or descriptions that are just poorly written. I tried to read Twilight at one point in high school and the first chapter contained very poorly worded yet very detailed descriptions of all that characters and I had to just stop reading. Couldn't stand to deal with that past one chapter.

  3. I agree with all of these, but especially the last one. I read The Rule of Four over the summer and it doesn't end with appropriate closure (according to me). I'm still so annoyed!

  4. Nice tips! Beautiful books inspire others!
    Mónica Sors

  5. My pet peeves have to do with the titles and covers. I hate long titles. Just come up with a short title that is to the point. Stop with putting a synopsis of the book in the title. I also can't stand that most romance novels have some hunky shirtless guy on the cover. That's not realistic and I probably won't read the book.


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