Things I hate about books #1

The worst part of reading and collecting books is all the things surrounding books that I don’t agree with. I usually don’t get annoyed fast. Especially when people do things to their own books. I honestly don’t care if you dogear, or make dresses out of books. I like looking at the latter and people will only buy extra books because of it.

But! There are things that do annoy me and being the salty person that I sometimes am, I decided to share a few of the things that annoy me with you! I’ll dedicate a few different posts to it since I don’t want to be tóó salty. Let’s start!

Love triangles

This is seriously such a downer when I’m reading books. If you have to make two people ‘fight’ about the MC, you’re doing it wrong. It seems that girls in YA are always confused and don’t know what they want with their life. They’re always facing these huge world altering disasters, and two love interests is all they’re worried about? I’ll let you know in a later post how dumb love triangles are and the ways writers ‘solve’ them.


Stickers on book covers

Or even worse, things that look like stickers, but are actually printed on books. What do people think? Gosh, someone spent so much time designing this bookcover, LET’S RUIN IT. Stickers don’t have to be bad, it depends on the texture of the bookcover and I guess the glue that’s used on the back of the stickers? Some are easily removable, but some of them are pains in the butts. I just don’t see the point. put an extra line in the book or something.


Books with a massive author photo on the back

I know what the author looks like since 99% of them time I looked up the book and/or author on Goodreads or any other website to see if the book is first in the series, or if they’ve written other books. I need a synopsis. I need to know what the book is about when I take it out of my bookcase, when it’s been there for months .. covered by the 100 other books I bought and haven’t read yet. Which is not the point!


Excessive descriptions

I don’t mind descriptions, ya girl loves worldbuilding, understanding what the world or objects look/feel/smell like. But sometimes it is just too much. I don’t think anyone likes it when all things that make an appearance in a book are described to you like you’re a blind person. Especially not when it’s repeated and repeated. I need world and characterbuilding. Not just one of them.


Changing cover designs

Covers are such a personal thing to authors, even though most of the time they don’t really get a say in it. Sometimes they do, and those book covers mean so much more to me then. And then someone decides to do a dman cover change midseries. You all know of at least one series that this happened to. Sometimes it means you get these ugly ass covers which you hate. And you will never get this amazing series in the same beautiful colours.


I have a lot of salt in me, and I need to get rid of some of these angry feelings or I’ll keep being salty about it forever (I might still be but no one knows). Do you recognize yourself in any of these pet peeves? Do you have others (they might come back in a later bookish pet peeves post!)

Until next time,
Michelle

21 thoughts on “Things I hate about books #1

  1. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious says:

    first of all, that salt shaker gif is a literal representation of me and I love you even more for it.

    Changing cover designs and stickers on covers are my salty kryptonite! I like my books to match and be the same size and in the condition I want them in! Cover design changes mid series, or the books being difference sizes, are the biggest offenders to me (looking at you, Seafire, now my hardcover won’t match the sequel). I might write in my books and dogear them, but I don’t want sticky goop on the cover. STOP WITH THE STICKERS

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  2. Sam || Fictionally Sam says:

    THIS ENTIRE POST IS A HUGE MOOD!

    The only love triangle I accept is that of Edward, Bella, and Jacob. Because #Imtwihardtrashanditsfine.

    Those who print fake stickers onto books should be shot on sight. yes I know that it turned into a major motion picture. Yes I also know its currently on sale and sold in Paperback–it’s the reason I have waddled into this section. I DONT NEED A FOREVER REMINDER. I honestly need them to make nonstick stickers for books, so you get the satisfaction of a peel with none of the residue and stuck on sticker remnant.

    “And then someone decides to do a dman cover change midseries”
    IM LOOKING AT YOU ACROSS THE UNIVERSE SERIES

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  3. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites says:

    “the salty person I sometimes am” did you mean: always 😜

    anyway. I’ve seen a very scant handful of decent love triangles, but it’s kind of an epidemic in YA to the point where I’m almost always waiting for the shoe to drop if it hasn’t already, ugh. printed stickers make absolutely no sense and absolutely ruin the look of the book, I’m 100% with you on this one – and if it’s not printed on, I’m going to waste half a day trying to remove it without damaging the book. just. WHY. also omg, cover changes – movie covers are gross in general (the actors are already getting a ton of promo, they don’t need more), and, on a related if slightly tangential note, I HATE it when I go back to a book on Goodreads and find that someone’s changed the cover of the edition. (you’re not supposed to, but since there are so many librarians it happens. frequently. annoyingly.)

    I did used to love long blocks of description – they’re really helpful for book reports and “canon-checking” your fanfic 😉 but in general, if the author needs to infodump I’m already not a fan of the worldbuilding. and wow, I hadn’t realized how much I hate about publishing design, so thanks for getting me all fired up, haha.

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  4. Ruby's Books says:

    *clears throat* yess to all you’ve said. I see your list and I give you the following: format changing, from paperbacks only to hardbacks only. Size changes that usually accompany cover redesigning. YES TO BIG AUTHOR PHOTOS. Listen…I don’t want a poster of your face, if I did, I’d get a damn poster. I want new chapters to start on a new page (sometimes Romanian publishing houses don’t do this, to use less paper, and it’s stupid).

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  5. Para says:

    I’ve never seen a book with a massive author photo on the back, but I get you about stickers, changing cover designs (especially movie covers, ugh, then you can’t find the normal version ANYWHERE anymore) and love triangles. Though I have seen a couple fantasy books where a love triangle was resolved by everyone getting together and it was so refreshing I actually liked it.

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