Hi there, fellow readers! The other day I went to an antique store with my parents, and there I saw, to my horror, one of my biggest pet peeves. So, I decided this week’s discussion post would be the perfect opportunity to
rant about mention some of my biggest bookish pet peeves.
Let’s get to it!
This is the one that happened at the antique shop, and the one that inspired this list. In the store, three of their bookshelves were all labeled “Sci-Fi,” BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY SCI-FI, FANTASY, AND HISTORICAL FICTION!! Like, they’re different genres, you can’t just lump them together under the same heading and call it good! If you’re running out of shelf room, you can label them all as Fiction, but to call them ALL Sci-Fi?! It just grinds my gears.
(Also, it made me just awkwardly stand there fuming at a bookshelf surrounded by little ceramic people, so… the whole experience was just pretty tough.)
Bending Back Book Covers
Listen, if you dog-ear your pages, I’m
usually not gonna be too upset. How you mark your place in a book is your business. But if you bend a paperback cover all the way around so the two covers are face to face, you’re a special kind of monster. That’s like trying to make your right shoulder bend all the way around to touch your left shoulder; and why would you want a book to go through that sort of pain?! Plus it messes up the spine of the book and pulls on the glue and just… don’t do this, okay?
Being Interrupted While Reading
The book is in my hands, my eyes are moving back and forth, if I’m particularly into it, my lips might be moving: IT’S OBVIOUS THAT I AM READING! Why would you think that THIS is the moment to try to talk to me? Even if it’s about the book I’m reading, I still get a little
childish irritated. Either wait till I put the book down, or, since it’s no secret that I’m an avid reader, wait until LITERALLY ANY OTHER TIME to ask what I’m reading these days.
(I’m also that awful person where, if people ask me what I’m reading while I’m reading, I just hold up the book so they can see the title. And if they proceed to ask me what the book is about, I have been known to just hand them the book jacket so they can read the blurb without me having to talk to them.)
Thanks for reading!
What are your biggest bookish pet peeves? Do any of mine seem a little crazy to you? Or maybe you agree with me? Let me know in the comments below!