Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week the theme is bookish pet peeves.

First, I’m not sure how to explain these covers but they can occur for hardback or paperback. They are matte but also velvety? They feel weird and seem to attract dirt and dust way too easily.

Second, there are multiple people who collect physical books so I understand why they are more concerned with how books look, especially on their shelves, but I just don’t care. I don’t get upset when series covers don’t match and I don’t mind that there aren’t standard sizes for different formats. Collecting books isn’t one of my hobbies.

Third, when people criticize a whole category or genre and then say they haven’t read more than one or two books. Some haven’t read any. If someone didn’t like what they tried, it makes sense not to try any more but it doesn’t make sense to generalize about potentially hundreds of thousands of books that have been published and will continue to be published.

Fourth, saying anything doesn’t “count” as reading. In case you need to hear this, yes, audiobooks count as reading. Our 1000 books before Kindergarten is about parents and kids experiencing picture books together. All of the picture books count. Each reread counts. At work I hear this more from parents telling me about what teachers will and won’t count for various projects. But I find it silly.

What are some of your bookish pet peeves?

3 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Pet Peeves

  1. YES YES YES to the first one! I have that on my list too, and it frustrates me that it’s so hard to describe. We need a standard description in order to protest it.

    Chuckling at your position in #2 juxtaposed with…the majority of people today, haha. I tend to agree with you, even as a person who DOES collect (almost exclusively) physical books, and a lot of them at that. All I care about is having instant, permanent access to the text for the lowest price. All the other books on the shelf are different shapes and sizes from each other, why should books in a series be any different. (with a few rare exceptions, mostly to match childhood memories)–RS

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