Here are some of my pet peeves regarding books and the stories contained in them. Some of them are widely shared, while some may just be mine to hoard because I’m…special.
Physical book pet peeves…
Books of a series with different cover designs and/or heights.
Models/stock photos on book covers.
Books that don’t stay standing up.
Mixing fiction and nonfiction on the same shelf.
When people mistreat their books (see this article).
Books too short and thick to comfortably hold open.
Book series that follow the overdone blue-red-green-gold color scheme (or similar).
Books with a massive author photo on the back cover.
Stickers on book covers.
Books without a summary/blurb on the back cover (or at least in the dust jacket).
Book/story content pet peeves…
Titles revolving around the cliche ice/fire concept.
The character whose sole purpose is to foil the protagonist’s significant relationship.
Excessive or confusing description.
A protagonist motivated only by fate/destiny.
Elemental (fire, water, earth…) magic.
Overly archaic dialogue.
Chapters that are only a page or two long.
Lazy or unimaginative character names.
Of course, these are all just my opinion. What are some of your bookish pet peeves? You should totally make your own list and share it! Maybe in the near future I’ll write a post on 20 things I love to see in books to make up for this one…