Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves
(all those things that annoy you in a story, with book covers, bookstores, etc.)
Librarians love books... some of us love books too much. I am a borderline obsessive compulsive librarian, not so bad that I annoy my patrons and coworkers, but I have my quirks. If I didn't, I wouldn't be doing my job. I have way more than 10 bookish pet peeves, so I have listed the top 10 of my 100 bookish pet peeves! : )
1. I hate it when people (kids and grown ups alike) dog ear the pages in a book. You never get those creases out- never! All you need is a bookmark- an old envelope, a post it, a gum wrapper... anything!
2. I hate food crumbs in books! We all have to eat- even librarians. But, we don't have to eat WHILE we read and if we don, we can lean over so we don't get cookie crumbs (or other crumbs) in the book!
3. This will give me the shakes, dry heaves and diarrhea (my students have been told). Messy bookshelves. Messy bookshelves are my biggest enemy. But, messy shelves are a sign that kids have been looking at books... right? Right?
4. Spelling errors in final copies of a book drive me nuts (grammatical errors too!) In an ARC, I can totally understand, but a final copy? No way!
5. Date due slips are so 1990. Really- we don't need them! But, no matter how many times I ask Follett to stop putting these slips on the beautifully illustrated end papers, they keep appearing. You can't rip them off either, because they destroy the book.
6. I am reading a book- and enjoying it. Great plot, great characters, great dialog. I am getting near the end of the book and I realize that the author is no where near ready to wrap this baby up! Then, I get to the last chapter and the ending is shoved into the final 12 pages of the book. Too fast! I like my books to be nicely paced, with plenty of time to soak up the ending!
7. May be it is my over-stressed, full to bursting brain, but I don't like books with too many characters. I applaud an author who tries to jam 15 awesome people into 1 book. However, I would rather get to know 3 or 4 characters really well instead of having to flip back through the book just trying to remember who is who. Less is more!
8. People get sick of me saying this, but I will say it again. I hate it when Hollywood takes an AMAZING book and turns it into a movie. We have enough movies, we don't need more! Come up with your own ideas for a change, guys- don't steal my patrons from me! I have never seen and never will see: Bridge to Terabithia, Because of Winn Dixie, Holes... the list goes on and on. A little part of me dies each time I offer a sweet, young child a copy of The Tale of Despereaux and they say "I've seen the movie". Stop the insanity!
9. I may make a few enemies here- and I hope we can make it through this post together- but, I really don't like sequels. Ok, 2 books fine- but 5 or 6? Really? I loved Among The Hidden, but by book 4, I was over it. Dan Gutman hit it out of the park with Million Dollar Shot, but come on! Do we really need all of those other million dollar books (or Ms. Roopy is Loopy for that matter!) I know it is all about The Benjamins, but think of the children.
10. I always tell kids (even my own) that if someone copies you, it is a compliment. I guess I really don't feel that way, because I get very irritated when this happens in the book world. Just because Pinkalicious is a super cute book and little girls love it, doesn't mean that we need 50 other books about a girl who likes pink and eats cupcakes. Edward & Bella took vampire books to an all new level- I think Barnes and Nobel now has a "Paranormal Romance" section. Really? Original much? I shouldn't complain as long as kids are reading, it shouldn't matter what they are reading... right?