Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Bookish Things We're a Grinch About

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. Bloggers, booktubers and bookstagrammers post on a common topic every (you guessed it) Wednesday. You can find the lists by searching #T5W or Top 5 Wednesday. And you can join the group on Goodreads if you want to participate.  

This Week's Topic Is:
Bookish Things You're a Grinch About
This is like the holiday version of pet peeves, rather than serious social issues. Though number one may include a hill we're willing to die on.

5. When series books don't match 
Like when they change the cover style in the middle of the series like Black Knights Inc. or
go to hardcover after book 6 like Iron Druid and Kate Daniels. The latter also messes up my reading schedule because I don't like to buy ebooks at hardcover prices.

4. Name change in the middle of a series
Like Tales of the Black Lily which is now called Vampire Blood (which is a stupid name) and which became Bite Night (also kind of a stupid name). Also, the whole naming the series after the first book is dumb. It can't be that hard to find a unique series name, can it?

3.Titles that say nothing about the story
Like Paige Tyler's X Ops series. I've mentioned this in the reviews before so I won't rant now.

2. Covers that say nothing about the story
I'm generally not a fan of covers that show nothing but some guy's abs, but it's even worse when they cut off the top of his head. And then sometimes they show the cover model but he obviously doesn't match the character. Like he has the wrong skin or hair color or is shirtless and missing a bunch of tattoos. It just gives the haters more ammunition to hate on romance when the covers all look the same.

1.Things that deface a book
Like writing in or highlighting anything that's not a textbook, dog-eared pages, or worst of all
those origami-like flowers and stars made from the pages on bookstagram. They hurt me physically. (Though I do think painting the edges is pretty cool.) Or those stupid stickers that aren't really stickers that some publishers print on the covers of books really irritate us. Why would you do that to a book? They're worse than the stickers that you have to get adhesive remover to take off. Can we just not put stickers on books?

Honorable Mentions:
Series that aren't clearly numbered
I will never understand why authors/publishers won't put the number of each book on the spine. I can't tell you how irritated I get when I have to look up a series on Goodreads just to shelve them in order on my bookshelves. Trad publishing need to take pointers from the manga industry on this.

Reading a series out of order
I really don't get this. I'm a firm believer in reading a series in order. Why would you read book three before book one? I don't care if the books in the series are companion novels. Reading things out of order are going to spoil things from the previous books. I hate spoilers with a passion. Why would I intentionally spoil myself? 


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