Every bookish blog I visit has their own form of discussion feature while I’m sitting here alone, thinking, hmm, what can I do to make my blog more exciting and unique? So I decided, why not start my own feature where I can talk about random bookish topics? And so, Let’s Speculate was created.
The topic I chose for this week is What Are Your Pet Peeves in Books? As readers, we all have different pet peeves when it comes to books. Here is a list of some of mine.
1. Everything in the book is predictable.
This is the top pet peeve in books for me. I have this annoying, sometimes useful skill that easily lets me predict every possible twist and outcome in a book. I am rarely shocked down to the core at an event I haven’t predicted when I read a book. (Ahem, good job Everbound!) This was my problem with Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo; I could predict every single plot twist and guess what? They all came true! That made reading Shadow and Bone dreadful for me. It was like watching a decent (not favorite) movie you know every line to on repeat. Hopefully the sequel will not be as predictable as Shadow and Bone.
2. The book has slowww pacing.
When I read a book, I read for fun, to enjoy it. I don’t read books that makes me want to sleep, especially when I’m on the subway where I could miss my stop. You can easily tell that the pacing is too slow when nothing important and essential to the plot happens for too long.
3. The book has -gasp- insta-love!
In my opinon, insta-love ruins an entire book, especially when the love is forbidden. I think that when you’re forbidden to be with someone, but want to be with them no matter what, you have to make sacrifices. For a character to make sacrifices just for someone they fell in love with at first sight and knows nothing about just isn’t realistic and it continuously astonishes me when it happens. A great example of this case would be Black City by Elizabeth Richards.
4. Love triangles that take over the entire focus of the book. Also, love triangles that drag on through several books (my standard of “several” is more than three books. You would have think that the main character solved their who do I like more? problem already.)
I think that is pretty self-explanatory. The series I’m thinking of as I’m typing this? Shadow Falls by C.C. Hunter. C.C. Hunter managed to drag the pointless love triangle into five books. It’s like, enough already!
5. When a character becomes a mindless zombie because a guy/girl is hot. It gets worse when the same character follows the hot person’s every order because the person is, did I say, hot?
I can’t stand this. It makes me want to bang my head against the wall every time I come across a character like that. League of Strays by L.B. Schulman is the main example for me; every time Charlotte agrees to do Kade’s biding, because, well, he is hot, it just made me want to scream. The part where he gets arrested and she thinks somewhere along the lines of, oh, he doesn’t look that hot anymore just made me want to go into the book and shake her. So, if Kade was still hot, you’ll still be on his side?
6. The publisher/author/whoever decides to change the cover art or style of the book after the first book is released or in the middle of a series.
This is not about the writing or plot of a book, but it’s a major pet peeve of mine. A personal book rule of mine is when I buy any book that’s in a series, I also have to buy all the other books in that same series. When I buy a book series, I expect them to match from the cover art to the format (hardback or paperback). I hate it when the publisher/author/whoever decides to change the book somehow in the middle of the series. I mean sure, it may be changed to something a lot better like from the old cover of Blood Red Road by Moira Young to the new cover, but now I have to wait until the entire series is released in paperback to collect the whole series so I get matching covers in the same format.
7. When there are three or more easily spotted [and could have been fixed] grammatical mistakes.
I was reading a newly released book this week, Timekeeper by Alexandra Monir, which I’ve been waiting to come out for one entire year (since the sequel was released two years ago). It felt so wrong for me to spot more than two easily spotted and corrected grammar mistakes, making me feel like I had an ARC in my hands instead of the finished copy.
8. When the main character makes bad decisions again and again. It’s even worse when they already learned the lesson before.
This is also pretty self explanatory. A perfect example of this will be Mia from the Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot.
So these are my bookish pet peeves. What are yours?