This week’s TTT (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is all about Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves – those things that just drive you bananas about all things books. A lot of these are superficial things but I did throw in a few story-related peeves for good measure.
1. Stickers and/or price tags on books
Just like Jamie, I cannot stand when there are stickers on my books. I go to pull them off and I get the goopy crud left behind – or worse yet, it rips my book. NO STICKERS!!
2. Jacked-up jacket covers
The jacket covers on my books have to be pristine. No creases, dents, tears, scratches, nada. I take them off when I read the books or loan them out. Anal…perhaps.
3. Dog-earring pages
GAH this one kills me. Sticky notes people! Receipts. Gum wrappers. Or holy smokes, maybe a bookmark!!!
4. Library books that have unidentifiable “jazz”
You know what I’m talking about. The Cheeto finger smears. The crinkly pages from getting wet. The mark that looks suspiciously like a booger. We have all seen these things. And it’s gross.
5. Any sort of marker on book covers
This one is still fresh and stings. Borders totally jacked up my books by magic markering the bar codes on all of my books and then stacking them together. I understand the concept, but a non-smearing ballpoint pen works just as well folks.
If only I could just look at a guy and know instantly that I would love him forever. No friendship development or knowing anything about each other. Just pure, ridiculous insta-love. (GAG)
7. Book covers with a girl in a pretty dress
I will admit – I lurved this cover trend. And now, every other book has one. While I still love the dresses, I’m really hoping that some creativity can come into play here pretty soon.
8. People who don’t return your books
Most recently, this happened with my copy of Eclipse and I still haven’t gotten over it. And I probably never will.
What about you – what grinds your gears in the book world?