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Being a bookworm / book blogger is one of the most wonderful thing in the world. We got to collect books and stare at them and read them over and over again. Buuuut, collecting book isn’t all sunshine and rainbow! I mean, aside of making us broke, there are A LOT of things we dislike from collecting books! Shocker, I know 😛 it’s been a while since I make a list and rant and today I’m feeling a bit ranty, so here goes 10 bookish pet peeves that really annoy me! I’m sure you’ll find one or two or all ten things that equally bother you from this list 😛
(1) Mismatched Series
Mismatched series is one of the most horrifying thing to ever happens to a bookworm. But I admit, this one is my fault because I basically did it to myself. I love the US covers so much, they’re a lot prettier and seems more classy (?) while UK covers seem a lot more terrifying.
The thing is, US edition is wayyy more expensive than the UK counterpart. I knew it already, yet I still purchased the US edition of A Darker Shade of Magic. The US edition of A Gathering of Shadows was expensive but I planned to buy it a little closer to A Conjuring of Light release date, so I figured I’d have the time to save the money. BUT curiosity got the better of me and I just couldn’t wait anymore. So I purchased the UK edition. It was half the price of the US one, but I still regret it. I swear I’d eventually buy the US edition of all three books 😛
(2) Bookstores Selling Mismatched Series
While I admit that number 1 is my fault, this one is absolutely not on me. It’s the bookstores’ fault. Really, sometimes they sell series on different editions (or at least different heights) and it really breaks my heart </3 look at the books on the picture above!
I swear I bought each series from the same bookstore. I bought the entire Delirium series from Periplus and Daughter of Smoke and Bone from Gramedia, yet this thing happened. We went along fine until the second book but then book 3 came out and they have grown a lot taller?? Are they having growth spurt?!
(3) Bookstores Selling Paperbacks/Hardbacks ONLY
I’d love to say I prefer hardback, but I honestly don’t. Hardbacks are heavier, the corners are too pointy, and the dust jackets tend to get wrinkled, but most importantly hardbacks are a lot less affordable than regular paperbacks :’) But, I do want my series to be all hardbacks or all paperbacks. Bookstores know this, so obviously they don’t let it happen. Nope. They sell book 1 in hardback and the rest in paperback. I mean, what am I supposed to do? I had no choice, I bought the available edition.
This also happened with Gemina last month. I bought Illuminae in hardback because that’s the one available (but it was also pretty so no regrets) so obviously I want my Gemina in hardback as well but surprise, they sell it in paperback </3 I refused to fall into the trap and ordered the hardback online.
(4) Stickers on Covers
Can’t we just all agree that unremovable stickers on covers are one of the meanest thing publishers could ever do??! I mean, where’s the aesthetic in it? Look at the cover of End of Days above. Do we really need that ‘The Explosive Conclusion to Angelfall Trilogy’ sticker on its cover?
We do not.
Because 1) It’s ugly. 2) The colors don’t even match. 3) They could’ve put it somewhere else, like the spine or under the title, probably? and 4) Who even likes this?? As far as I know everybody hates stickers on covers.
(5) Price Stickers That Leave Residue
Another evil, mean thing bookstores could do to us. Kinokuniya, specifically, because I haven’t encountered other bookstores that do the same thing. Kinokuniya clearly had to put price sticker on the books, unlike other sensible bookstores that put it on the plastic wrapping. And clearly the stickers had to leave residue if we dare try to remove them. Believe me, I tried, I used water and baby oil and everything and none of it worked.
Look at my copy of Requiem above. The residue is so hideous and I don’t even bother trying anymore >.<
(6) Different Heights
Wouldn’t it be awesome if ALL books are of the same heights? Because different height is annoying. It makes it harder to stack the books on my shelves. I can’t even put books on top of books because… well, different heights? The only thing worse than different height is different height within the same series </3
My preferred height would be the second from the right (see Angelfall and Rebel of the Sands). I think it’s ideal, not too big nor too small and they fit everywhere. Plus, it’s the perfect size for me to comfortably hold the book.
(7) Books Too Short and Too Thick to Comfortably Hold Open
Sarah J. Maas had to know that all her books are SO THICK, so.. you know, might be better if the size is a little bigger? I just feel uncomfortable holding thick and short books for too long, it’s exhausting and I keep accidentally closing them. Plus, sometimes the spine cracks and that’s just no fun 😦
(8) Handwritten Fonts
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE handwritten fonts. They look fancy and absolutely gorgeous ♥ I mean, have you seen my header and pretty much all my featured images? Script fonts are my life, except when they appear on books </3 I don’t mind one or two sentences on script fonts, but a whole page? It’s very common on books involving letters. All these swirls are exhausting to read and frankly, I don’t understand why.
I mean, every time I write (letters or not) I write in block letters. In fact, I don’t know anyone in real life who actually writes like this unless they’re doing a bullet journal or something 😛 But if it’s really necessary… I guess they could choose an easier-to-read font? Preferably something less swirly.
(9) Yellowing Pages
As you could see from the date on the book, I purchased this just a little over 3 years ago. BUT, the pages are already turning yellow. And sadly this thing happens a lot to my books (but not all, like I have books from 6 years ago that are still in good condition so it’s kind of weird?). I’m sad because I like my books on their pristine condition and I do take care of them. I clean them daily, take them out of the shelves and put them back at least once in 3 months, yet it still happens. SEND HELP!
My guess is because my bookshelves don’t get enough sunlight? But I read somewhere that we’re not supposed to place book under direct sunlight. Anyone knows how to prevent/fix this? Suggestions are more than welcome! ♥♥♥
(10) Dark Text on Dark Paper
WARNING. Don’t read the texts on the picture below if you don’t wanna know anything about Gemina.
I’m sorry Gemina, I love you but this is just annoying. I mean really, gray texts on black paper? Not enough contrast. This photo is lying though 😛 it looks significantly better and more contrast because I took the picture under direct sunlight, but it looks super dark when I read it in my room, using a regular lamp.
Those are 10 annoying bookish pet peeves that seriously bother me! Do you feel them too? Do these things bother you as much as they do to me? What are your pet peeves? LET’S RANT TOGETHER! 😛 alsooo, does anyone have proven tips on how to prevent book pages from yellowing? I seriously need some ♦♦
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