15. When it’s a hardcover and there is no blurb on the back.
No matter what, the first thing I will ever do when I pick up a book is turn it around to see the blurb. And if the only thing I see is “Electric” and “A great book”, then I get super annoyed. Because that means I need to turn back the inside of the first page. And that’s effort. And it’s also something that I don’t expect to do, therefore, don’t want to do.
16. When a hardcover book has a paper cover.
I guess that all hardcover books have to have this, but I really really hate the little paper thingy on the outside of hardcover books. I generally tend to take it off and leave it lying around somewhere while I read the book, and then put it back on when I’ve finished. That is, if I can still find it. I mean, DECISIONS DECISIONS do I safeguard it, throw it out, take it off, keep it on, use it as a bookmark or what?? It’s actually one of the reasons I don’t tend to buy hardcovers.
17. When a movie edition is released.
One of the major book peeves I have. I mean, sure it’s great that the book is being made into a movie. But is there really any need to use the movie cover as the book cover with “NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE” plastered all over it? Especially if the characters look nothing like you imagined they would when you were reading it. Or if the movie cover is ugly.
18. When a foreign phrase is used without translation.
This doesn’t happen often, but I see it in about one in every fifty books which is one too many. Please. I do not know French. Or Indonesian. Or Mullukmulluk. Please translate. Somehow. I don’t care if you put it in Italics next to the phrase but I NEED TO KNOW.
19. When there’s an explanation of jargon at the start of the book.
Books that about sailing, especially, or books that are just specifically focused on a hobby tend to have these explanations. It’s usually two page “glossary” at the front of the book explaining the sailing-related jargon you’re going to encounter during the book. I might be one of a few, but I never ever read these. I don’t know why. I just find them boring, I guess. I mean, who wants to read a glossary when you can be reading a fantasy novel?
20. Covers that don’t relate.
Yes, covers that feature a young woman looking seductively into the camera. Those. Covers that do not relate to the book – also abstract covers – are really annoying, because I don’t care if the author thought that picture of falling leaves was cool, it doesn’t relate to the book, so get it out.
21. When the cover bends a bit outward.
When you read a book, close it, put it down, and the COVER PAGE BENDS A BIT OUTWARD. No further explanation needed.
That’s it folks. The last of my Book Peeves series. Tell me what you though of the series below! Until next time!