Top 5 Tuesday (8)

FEBRUARY 27TH – Top 5 Bookish Pet Peeves

This Top 5 Tuesday meme is hosted by the very lovely and super helpful Shanah at Bionic Bookworm.  If you want to join in, please do. You can check out the fun topics selected for March.  Today’s topic is Top 5 Bookish Pet Peeves.


In a bookish context, what annoys you most about books?  Maybe it’s a general issue, writing style, book treatment, releases, covers…? The list could go on and on.  Here are 5 things that bother me:

1. Cliffhangers: Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that these can really drag a reader in and have us almost salivating for the next release, but give a reader some warning! I hate to be fully engrossed in my book, resolutions come rolling in, the end is approaching then WHAM! Random plot twist right on the VERY LAST PAGE????!!!!  No. No. No.  And what’s that? The next book won’t be out for almost a year?  Are you kidding me???!  I need to know that ‘something’ (not the actual happening) drastic will happen at the end and that it’s a cliffhanger ending.  I will then wait until book 2 is out and read 1 and 2 close together.

2. Prolonged release dates in a series: Related to the issue of cliffhangers is the wait time between books in a series.  3 months- fine, 6 months- okay, 1 year- if you must.   Anything over a year… get over yourself publishing house! I find indie authors can get their books out pretty quickly.  It’s the big publishing houses that make us wait the longest.  I’d like to remember most of the previous story by the time the next book comes out please.

3. Folding back soft cover books: Just don’t do that.  Be nice to your books.  Would you like it if someone came and folded you back on to yourself just to get a good look at your face?  Probably not! 😝

4. Bland covers:  If it’s not a classic, it needs something more than a blank page with a title printed on it. I like cozy mysteries and romance novels  because I want reading material that makes me happy.  A pretty cover, a funny cover, an elegant cover or a very interesting cover definitely attracts me to the book

5. Movie covers:  I saw this last one on Shanah’s list and found myself nodding enthusiastically in agreement.  I want to read the book first.  I can watch the movie later. I want the original cover and not Hollywood’s version of what it looks like.   And if I want a picture of a particular actor or actress, I’ll find one myself.  My book does not need to provide it.


Enough complaining for now. 😉

What about you, anything really bothers you about your books?


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  1. Number 3 – I will literally YELL if I see this! Whether this person is a stranger, if they’re far away, or if they’re on TV – it’s instinct for me to tell them to stop it!! LOL!! And of course the movie covers….. why is this a thing????
    Thanks so much for participating – added you to the list 🙂

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  2. hehe I actually love crazy cliffhangers- but it does help to know they’re there, so that I can plan to read it close to the release date for the next book (I like to be prepared too 😉 ) Oh gosh long waits for releases drive me nuts too. Oh gosh no to folding back book covers!! And yeah I don’t like movie covers either.

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    1. LOL. It so funny to read all the posts for this meme today… so many repeat complaints! 😂
      Strangely I can wait for the third book (within reason) but those first two… I need the warning about the cliffhanger and then I must read the second right after.

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  3. A cliffhanger ending to me is just the author being a jerk and trying to sell a sequel, period. If I know a book has a cliffhanger ending, I don’t buy it, ever, since I don’t want to reward that sort of weird dog-training that they seem to try to do to readers. Author: “I know I can sell the sequel if I write on the last page of the first book that “Jim and Marco leaned back against the rail and Jim started to say, “Well, now I can tell you the real story of that whole event. The key to it was always…”, and then there was a loud noise and Marco yelled, “JIM!!!” and…ha ha suckers! Wait for the next one to find out what happened!”

    I must be cranky today since I am being so honest online.

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    1. I my goodness… you have me cracking up!

      “I don’t want to reward that sort of weird dog-training that they seem to try to do to readers” I love it!
      But I agree… don’t just stick in there for the drama and repeat sales.

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  4. Folding back the book covers! I used to be so guilty of this, but now I can’t even fathom doing it! I’m not quite a “can’t crack the spine” person, although I feel my life drifting that way…hahaha

    Also, I can’t do movie covers. I just won’t.

    Thanks for sharing these!! 🙂

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  5. Cliffhangers where the last line of the last paragraph on the last page just drops you into oblivion. I feel like a big manuscript was cut off somewhere. I always think, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is seven books long and there is a beginning and an end to each one while slightly leading you into what could possibly happen in the next book. Why wasn’t something like this done here?

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    1. That is exactly the example I go to for cliffhangers. In HP we get a full story. A reader should be appreciated and thanked for choosing the book by being given the satisfaction of a resolution. Yes, hint at things to come and have a juicy overarching story but don’t just drop a bomb on us on the last page!


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