5 Bookish Pet Peeves

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5 Bookish Pet Peeves

Updated: Dec 10, 2019



Every bookish person has at least a few pet peeves. I've come up with a list of five of the most common pet peeves affecting book-loving folks. Okay, they may just be my own personal book-related pet peeves, but I still think they apply to more than just me.


1. Distracting Someone While Reading

When I’m reading a book, I like to immerse myself in the story. Interruptions are distracting, and make it difficult to focus. If you see me (or someone else) reading, please don’t assume that we aren’t doing anything worthwhile and ask questions, start a conversation, or start reading things from your book/newspaper/internet article/social media site to someone us when we are already reading something. Please.




2. Spoilers

The best part of reading a book is not knowing what happens until it happens. Watching a plot slowly unfold and then seeing everything come together is my favorite part of the book. When I write a review, I always make sure that I don’t include spoilers, since that basically makes reading the book pointless. Think about it: if you knew what was going to happen in a movie or show you were going to watch, there isn’t really a need to watch it, right? The same applies to a book. If you know what is going to happen, keep it to yourself.



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3. Not Taking Care of Books

Since I read a lot of books and I read quickly, I can’t financially keep up with my reading habits. I take a lot of books out from the library, and people don’t always treat the books with respect. Many of the books I’ve checked out have water (or some other unidentifiable liquid) stains on the pages, or food stuck onto them. I’ve even gotten a book with hair clippings between the pages. Gross! A lot of times I’ll also find pages that have been folded down, or spines that are cracked. I try to treat library books the same way I treat my own – with respect and care. Recently, there was a bunch of posts on social media where people were using drinks and food as “bookmarks.” Understandably, this caused outrage in bookish circles. Don’t use food or drinks as bookmarks. If you don’t have a real bookmark, do what I do – use a tissue or junk mail.


4. Saying the Movie is Better

The movie (or show) is never better than the book. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie that was better than the book. Game of Thrones was pretty true to the book version for the most part, but they left out a lot of the material. I did enjoy seeing the dragons burn things, and the women who kicked serious ass. Ok, that’s definitely what I liked about the show, but the books were still better in my opinion. If you’ve ever seen a movie that was actually better than the book, please feel free to comment, but I’m skeptical.



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5. Saying They Have Too Many Books

Is there even such a thing as too many books? According to Marie Kondo, the organization expert, you shouldn’t have more than 30 books. What???? Like, per shelf? Every one of the books I own brings me joy. If I’ve invested money in a book, it’s because I am willing to read it over and over again. Don’t ever tell a bookish person that they have too many books. It isn’t a concept we understand.




What do you think? Are there any pet peeves that I missed, or that you don't agree with? Let me know what you think!


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