We all have them. You and I both know. But what are they and why do they affect us so?
I know I’ve got tons and tons. Some people hate when someone spoils a book’s plot or ending. Others simply hate being told a book is “just like so and so’s other book, and if you liked/hated that, you’ll love/hate this one.”
What’s your pet peeve when it comes to books, reading, or anything to do with the like?
I’ve always hated it when people tell me what I should read. Not what they THINK I should read – as in, suggestions or recommendations – but what I SHOULD have read or MUST READ THIS INSTANT because “you’re a reader, how have you not read this book?!” They think simply because I love to read that that suddenly gives them to right to tell me what I should be reading and when (as in, RIGHT NOW).
It’s one thing if you ask for recommendations. It’s another entirely when you’re in a store or a random function or sitting in a public place, and someone randomly comes up to you to talk about their favourite title and why you should buy it/pick it up/HERE’S A FREE COPY! TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
I think people forget that even though this sort of thing happens a lot online (with giveaways, book blitz, book blog tours, and the like), the people who are entering these events or even looking at them, actually WANT to. They’re not being forced to read or check out or hear you prattle on about a book unless it interests them and they do the legwork. It’s their prerogative, and theirs alone. Doing the same thing in a bookstore, coffee shop, and whatnot is just plain rude and annoying as all hell.