Top Ten Tuesday- 10 Bookish Pet Peeves

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about books that we refuse to let others touch. Well, I don’t have many people who I trust with my precious books, so instead, I thought I’d talk about my bookish pet peeves!

  1. Spine breaking– I can’t deal with it. My books always look like they haven’t been read.
  2. Dog-earring– Use a bookmark or remember the page number that you’re on. Don’t damage my books!
  3. Staining– I don’t like when my books get stained by food or drink!
  4. Questionable second hand books– I get it that second hand books have a history, but for some reason I just can’t get into reading second hand books.
  5. Cover changes mid series– I can’t be doing with series that don’t match. It’s infuriating. Is that the teacher in me? I want everything to match!
  6. Errors in printed books– Again, teacher in me. I know I’m not perfect and make errors all the time, but in the process of publishing books you’d think they’d pick up on errors and inconsistencies?
  7. Student-teacher relationship– I’ve never read one that sits right with me.
  8. Absent parents through lack of caring- Awful. It makes me so sad.
  9. Females hating on other females– Let’s empower others rather than bring them down. 🙂
  10. Controlling behaviour masked as romance– No. Just no.

This is such a negative list but it felt very cathartic to get these bookish pet peeves off my chest! Ha!

I’m looking forward to seeing your lists today. Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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46 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday- 10 Bookish Pet Peeves

  1. Great topic! I am with you in all these especially number 7. However, I love second hand books haha, that is where we disagree. I have found some interesting gems from goodwill and secondhand books is a major thing in my country so maybe that is another reason why I like them.

    I enjoyed reading your post, Chrissi. So relatable!

  2. I agree with so many of these- well, all of them actually! Errors in books, especially if they seem super obvious or should have been easily caught– grr that aggravates me lol. I hate broken spines too!

  3. I’m surprised at some of the errors I’ve found in books. I once caught in a Spanish translation of a book… they accidentally translated the number nine into four! I sent a note to the publisher.

  4. Your whole list was fabulous, but I get especially irked by #10. There is nothing romantic at all about a controlling love interest. Yuck.

    My TTT.

  5. Totally agree with you on 5 and 9, Chrissi! I don’t like teacher and student relationships in contemporary, but (and I think I’ve mentioned this before) I do love teacher and apprentice romances in high fantasy books – as long as both halves of the couple are consenting adults, of course. It’s a trope in a lot of traditional fantasy novels that I enjoy if it’s done well, but I hate creepy teachers!

  6. I HATE it when people return books to me with food/drink stains! My sister returned Catching Fire to me with cherry stains on it—it was so long ago but it still irks me to this day. I absolutely cannot abide by that. And I also super dislike student-teacher relationships, that’s such a power dynamic that I really can’t take it at all. The only exception I’ve ever made is for like student-TA relationships—it was done really well and addresses the power dynamic, but it still rubs me the wrong way a bit. On my wishlist, however, is a student-tutor romance just because I think it would be really fun.

  7. Dog-earing, spine-breaking, staining — exactly why I stopped lending my books! I once got a friend back from a friend with the corners shredded — her cat chewed it! I don’t actually mind used books, so long as the pages are clean and there’s no musty smell. But for books I know I’ll want to keep long-term, I’d rather spring for new.

  8. Great topic! I agree with you on everything. Most second-hand books are damaged, though a while ago I was lucky enough to find a hardcover copy of Catching Fire at Strand Books. It was in perfect condition, like, really perfect, and it was only 2$. I think sometimes if you search well enough, you find some great deals on hardly ever used copies.

  9. Stains are a big ‘no oh my God what happened, I broke my baby’!! Like you, I really cringe when I spot errors in books. One can be forgiven, but some are riddled with them and it’s just unacceptable. I couldn’t agree more about your last point! I wish people would stop romanticizing toxic relationships!

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