Thursday, April 19, 2012

Booking Through Thursday: Pet Peeves

This week's Booking Through Thursday asks...

Q: What are you literary "pet peeves"?

A: The thing that makes me cringe the most is when people say reading is dumb/stupid/waste of time/boring/for dorks/"insert insult here". Reading is none of those things. In fact it is quite the opposite- amazing/exhilarating/captivating/for EVERYONE/"insert awesome reading comment here". Those who insult reading have obviously not found the right books. Perfect example, my brother- growing up he despised reading. Getting him to read books for school was like pulling teeth. I admit there are times I read for him and gave him the summery of it all. Last year some time he picked up a book of a subject that he enjoyed! When he emailed me about looking for a book I was stunned. I immediately gave him my Nook to borrow and eventually bought him a Nook of his own. Now he is even reading The Hunger Games Series. It makes me smile every time I think about him reading. All he had to do what find what he liked.

OK back on track here... I despise when people tell me I read too much. I honestly do not believe I read all that much compared to some. I would much prefer to read more, in fact, but due to work and life responsibilities I cannot. Reading is something I enjoy, so in my spare time yes I am going to sit somewhere nice with a book and read it as long as I please.

When it comes to characters I get quite annoyed when I find one that is whiny. A little whining I will tolerate. A lot of whining and I think they need to get over it. Whining solves nothing. Take action! Perfect example, Lin the main character in Shantaram. He whines about his life all the time! If he would just do something about his crush on Karla instead of going on and on about it and feeling sorry for himself then he would be much happier with the results. And I would no longer have to read about his pity parties.

That ties into my next pet peeve, when book descriptions go on foooooorever! Don't get me wrong I love a good detailed description to paint a wonderful image in my mind. I do not like when that description is beat into my brain for what seems like eternity. This usually makes me want to put the book down and find something else to do.

I clearly had more feelings about my pet peeves than I thought when I started answering this question (hehe). What are your literary pet peeves?? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear them!


  1. Visiting from BTT:

  2. Interesting...I can relate to your peeves. With my nose in a book most of my life, it's only after I joined the blogging world, in which EVERYONE loves books, that I felt truly "at home."

    I don't like whiny characters either.


  3. I don't like too much descriptions. It puts me off!

    Here is my BTT post!

  4. I agree with your answer. However, I personally think I read to much, but I love reading. I don't like a lot of unnecessary details though. To many details sometimes puts me to sleep, and I get in more sleep than I do reading. And Whining, I just say "enough already" just get over it and move on.

    Thanks for your visit today.

  5. Yah you totally did have a lot to say hehe. That's good though. I have to agree with everything you said. My brothers tell me all the time that I read too much, my dad is always telling me to put the book down. But why you know. Here’s my BTT
    Cathy @ Addicted to Books

    1. Too many descriptions puts me off also!

    2. You should never put your books down if it what you enjoy!

  6. Whiny characters put me off too. Reading too much? Well, I'll read all I want, all I can. With you on your joy over your brother's new interest - reading!

  7. Nobody should tell us bookworms that we read too much. After all, that's why we are called 'bookworm'. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier on!

  8. I don't think that anyone can read too much! Sad thing is people who won't even give it a try. There are books out there for everyone! My BTT:

  9. Oh my! The whining characters really hit home with me today. I'm in the middle of the last book of a trilogy and I'm really disliking one of the main characters in the book because she's such a whiner. But I *am* going to finish it in spite of her.

    Followed you here from BTT.

  10. It irks me too when people say the 'hate reading' or that I 'read too much!' My brother is one of those who, when I'm reading a book, says that I'm being a bum and reading is boring.. SO annoying.. reading too much? no such thing

    *New Follower*

  11. So far, no one has told me that reading's a waste of time or stupid. Just a small comment about the money spent on books could be saved for a rainy day though.

    I hate a whiny character too. :)


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