My Top 5: Bookish Pet Peeves

TIME FOR ANOTHER MY TOP 5 POST!
This weeks top 5 is my bookish pet peeves.


1 – Writing in books

This bothers me more than anything. I understand that people want to make notes on what they are reading, but I hate seeing writing in books! I often make notes myself, but I use post-it notes, or the notes app on my phone, ANYTHING but not the actual book.

2 – When people talk to me while I’m reading

You can see I’m reading, so just don’t bother trying! If you let me know that you want to talk, I can then get to an appropriate stopping point, but don’t just start talking to me while I’m reading, because I won’t be listening, and you will probably make me read the same line over and over again.

3 – Cracking the spine

Cracked spines really irritate me. All of my books look unread (apart from some of my secondhand ones) because I don’t crack the spine, and that’s exactly how I like it to look. The secondhand books which have had the spines cracked don’t seem to sit right on my shelves, because the spine is no longer square and sturdy, which really bothers me.

4 – Dog eared pages

I personally feel that there is no need to dog ear a page in a book. Just use a bookmark, and if you don’t have a bookmark, just use something close by, and if there’s nothing around that you can use, just make a note of the page number! There are so many bookmark stores online (INCLUDING MY OWN), why fold the corner of a page, effectively damaging the book, when there’s really no need to?

5 – Spoilers

I totally understand that if you’re excited about a book, you want to talk about it, but PLEASE try and do it spoiler free! I hate it when I’m reading a book, and I see a spoiler, it just ruins the book for me. If you are going to be posting a potential spoiler, PLEASE just add a spoiler alert so that people who haven’t yet finished a book can avoid it.


If you do any of the things in this list, that’s your choice and that’s fine! I’m not attacking anyone with this post, I’m just explaining why these are my bookish pet peeves, so I hope no-one gets offended.

Do you have any pet peeves?
Do you agree with any of mine?
Do you disagree with any of mine?

Let me know in the comments!

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  1. I can definitely relate to most of these peeves! Though I am baffled as to how you avoid cracking the spine of books. You have to open a book to read it after all! I don’t do it on purpose, but it just happens with paperbacks.

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  2. Hehe I definitely agree with the talking part – can’t they see I’m busy and probably far more interested in the book than I am in what they want to say! 😂 fun post – thanks!

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  3. You just listed all my pet peeves 😂. I’ve gotten good at reading books and not cracking the spines as well, but my friend always borrows my books- and she has actually snapped one in half before 🤦‍♀️😂

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  4. I am quite bad for number 3, my other half often tells me off for it 🙈 A recent pet peeve of mine (though this probably does not happen often) was someone who places books on their bookshelf the wrong way round for ‘aesthetics’.

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  5. I completely agree with your pet-peeves, especially with people interrupting your reading. Why would you do that, can’t you see I’m busy?

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  6. I loooove bookish pet peeve posts, because it’s always surprising how many things you have in common with other people! Cracking the spine really bugs me, and I agree that I don’t see a point in dog-earring a book, but I’m also of the opinion that if it’s your book, then go ahead and have at it, if that’s what you like. Just don’t be doing that to other people’s books. People talking to me is a huuuuge one for me, and it drives me bonkers. My family does this aaaall the time, and I love them, but if there’s a zombie apocalypse, I might just have to sacrifice them so I can get some reading done in peace.

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