This week's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted as always by The Broke and the Bookish, is a rewind TTT -- choose any of their past topics! Since I'm a relative newbie to the TTT world, there are SO MANY great topics that I have yet to do...
I'm generally a very positive person, so it's a little out of character for me to rant about pet peeves. Take this list with a grain of salt -- many of my favourite books may have had some of these issues, so it doesn't necessary mean that I'll dislike any book that happens to have one of these problems. These are just things that can annoy me in a book.
1. A series that goes on and on and on and on... You know the ones. The series that probably started as a standalone, but it did well so the publisher signed the writer on for a trilogy. Then the trilogy did well, so the publisher asked the writer to just keep on writing. But the series should have ended LONG before it did. Harry Potter is the only series that I can name that was good and long. Most other series should cap out at three books (in my opinion, a trilogy is the perfect length).
2. Love triangles. This is the pet peeve that I was thinking of when I wrote my "grain of salt" intro. Love triangles can be done really well, and add to a storyline. Sometimes the love triangle is the driving force in a book and is what makes it so loveable. But ever since the Edward/Bella/Jacob love triangle, it seems that a lot of books throw in a love triangle just because the writer THINKS that a love triangle is a necessary element for a successful YA novel, but there are so many great YA novels that don't have a love triangle. Not every girl needs two men fighting for her love.
3. Typos / grammatical errors. I know that publishers are only human. Sometimes small details can slip through the cracks. My small forays into the self-publishing world (note: I am no expert, and have only read a small number) left me so disappointed, since it just seemed like no one even reread the book before it hit the printers. If a writer is going to pour his or her heart and soul into a book, it should be perfect when it hits the presses -- so that the fans can enjoy it as well!
4. Beautiful covers with disappointing stories. You know the book. You picked it up because the cover was absolutely jaw-droppingly beautiful, and then the story let you down. Personally, I'd rather have a cover that didn't wow me at first, and then be amazed by the gem of a story inside.
5. Rated books on Goodreads that aren't even written yet. I understand that some lucky bloggers will read ARCs and review the books before they hit the shelves for the rest of us. But rating a book 5 stars before the author has even finished writing it yet? Come on.
6. Rating books 1 star on Goodreads because you won't read it. While I totally understand that not every book is for everyone, what is the point of rating a book that you have no desire to read? Seriously.
7. YA writers that try too hard to be teens. Granted, my own teen years are far behind me, but there are some writers (I'm thinking specifically of the House of Night series) that just seem to try to hard with the teen dialogue. The Aphrodite / Zoey banter back and forth just gets on my nerves after a while. I don't recall ever talking like that. Excessive use of the word "like" for sure, but teen dialogue needs to be REAL.
8. Being afraid to not like a book. Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland wrote a brilliant post about the negative review, and the fear behind giving out the dreaded one star rating. I find it hard to trust a reviewer when they consistently post five star reviews. I wonder to myself how they can only choose books that they are guaranteed to like. And is that even possible? I mean, I've read books recommended by other bloggers whose opinions I totally trust, only to find that it just really wasn't for me. And that's okay. So, why not just say what you REALLY think and, if you didn't love it as much as you hoped that you would, just admit it?
9. When a book just doesn't live up the hype. I love hearing a bit about a book before I read it (as long as it's spoiler free). But when I see a book that's been raved about all over the place, but it falls flat for me, it's so disappointing. Conversely, when a book lives up to the hype (like Divergent), there's nothing more wonderful.
10. Smelly books. I was struggling to come up with a tenth item for this list, until I looked over my bookshelves. While I love browsing the shelves of a used bookstore (who doesn't love being able to buy MORE books for less money?!?), I'm always very particular about not buying a book that has a bad smell. If it's lived the majority of its life in a musty basement, it won't come home with me. Hubby owns enough smelly books for the two of us. On the flip side, I adore books that have a fresh, clean and new smell -- sometimes I just stick my nose into the book and breathe deeply.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading my (rather lengthy!) post! I didn't mean for it to end up this long but, I suppose, that's how ranting words. Please feel free to leave me a link to your post and I'll stop by!