My Pet Peeves in Books

24th August 2017
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My pet peeves in books - Simply Adrift
My pet peeves in books - Simply Adrift

Don’t you hate it when you’re really excited to read a book because you’ve heard a lot of good things about it, or the synopsis really grabs you, or the idea the story is based around is really interesting: but then there’s something in the book that really annoys you? It’s one of your pet peeves in books.

I always feel disappointed when this happens, like I was let down. Everyone has different things in books that annoys them, and some things annoy them more than others. Personally the below annoys me and sometimes they even prevent me from enjoying the book, half the time I may DNF the book if it’s particularly bad. My pet peeves in books can invoke a strong reaction out of me.

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Here are the annoying things in books that make me go crazy. My pet peeves in books:

Slang words

As much as I love creativity and different and new cultures in books. I actually really hate it when an author creates new slang words and then proceeds to overuse them. I know it makes sense, especially in a dystopian or futuristic sci fi. It’s evolution of the language etc. But what I hate about slang words is when the characters use these slang words over and over again, with everything, all the time.

In The Maze Runner by James Dashner, the character constantly used the word ‘shuck’ and I really hated it. I actually nearly DNF’ed the book because of this, and it’s the main reason why I didn’t pick up the second book. I couldn’t stand it that much. All of the characters would use the word ‘shuck’ in every sentence. EVERY SENTENCE. See how this could annoy the crap out of me?

In A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan there are new slang words, or just completely new words. But thankfully the characters don’t use them too often so I don’t have to put up with trying to figure out what they were saying. This is an example of slang words used in a way to show a different world but at the same time it doesn’t over-do it.

P.s I loved this book, check out my review.


I’m pretty sure no one likes insta-love. I’m glad to say that authors have gotten better at writing relationships, there are a lot more interesting and believable connections in YA books now. Not that there wasn’t before, I mean I just haven’t come across many insta-love situations in the YA books I read these days.

But when I do come across it, I almost always DNF the book because I don’t have time for it. To me, insta-love feels like an easy way out for the author, and is bad writing. I think back to a lot of the books I’ve read with insta-love, and I definitely wouldn’t rate them 5 stars.

Slow burn romances all the way!

Love Triangles

I find love triangles to be so unrealistic, I actually don’t know of anyone in my real life that has experienced or been in a love triangle. I mean sure, a guy has liked one of my friends while she liked another guy before, but to me that isn’t a love triangle.

A love triangle is where someone likes two different people and they both like her/him too, so that one person has to make a decision – Well unless you’re all for polygamy. Unrequited love is not a love triangle. Also, who else has a hard time finding someone to like you, let alone finding TWO whole people who like you at the same time? Is it actually just me? #singleforlife

However, if the main character ends one relationship and then starts a new one with a new guy then I wouldn’t call that a love triangle. Example’s are Sarah J. Maas’ series’ Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses. Her series’ have characters in relationships that don’t work out for whatever reason and then they fall in love with someone else. And that, I love. That is a real life situation right there. Relateable? Definitely.

White-washing book covers

I hate it when a book cover has a model on the front and it turns out the model isn’t the same ethnicity as the main character in the book. Like what the hell?! How is it so hard to get that right? The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa had this problem and it raised up some huge issues. I hope the publishers learned from this mistake.

Covers do not relate to the book at all

I feel like you don’t see this too often now, but I feel like sometimes you come across a book and admire the cover. Only to find out that the cover doesn’t match the story a lot at all. Across the Universe’s first cover felt like this, I LOVED the first cover, however when I read the book it was quite obvious this book was not centered around a romance like the cover suggested. The story was more of a mystery rather than a love story.

Book changes POV halfway through the story

I love POV changes, I love it when each chapter flips POV’s between characters. But what I do not love is when a book flips POV’s from the first half and the second half.

Ashes by Ilsa J Bick did this. And it lost me. I DNF’ed the series because I was so bored from the second half and I wanted to see what the characters from the first half were doing! I will never know now.

These are some of my pet peeves in books that I really do not like. If I come across any of these things in a book and it’s executed very poorly then I’m left disappointed and annoyed. When it’s executed correctly, like a love triangle, then I may actually even enjoy the book.

Do you have certain things in books that you find annoying? If you come across them does it mean certain DNF status? What are your pet peeves in books?


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11 responses to “My Pet Peeves in Books

  1. I am totally with you on many of these pet peeves! Slang is something that I find incredibly irritating as well – one book that I think employs it really successfully, however, is A Clockwork Orange. Almost the entire book is written in the dystopian slang and for a start, it’s really hard to get your head around what is actually happening, but by the end, you really get into it and it really makes the story for me! I definitely find that characters instantly falling in love and/or getting into love triangles is so frustrating as well, and very cliche! Thanks for sharing this, it’s a really well thought out post!

    Abbey 😘
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    • I really need to read A Clockwork Orange! When a book is written entirely in slang, that’s a specific writing choice and I think would be really interesting. The book Blood Red Road has 0 punctuation, yet people loved reading it. Writing choices like that are so interesting!
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  2. Cam

    I really hate insta-love in books >< Insta-desire, I can handle but not romance especially love triangles. I'm not sure why it's such a popular love trope these days. Oh, I don't like too much cursing in a book, to be honest. Unless that's how the character really is – like it's a case of their upbringing or background – I find it to be unnecessary. When it comes to first person POV, I dislike characters that ramble on about unnecessary things!

    • Insta-desire is okay, as long as they aren’t constantly ‘pining’ for each other and sniffing each others pillows lol.

      I’m fine with cursing, although to be fair, I read a ot of YA so there isn’t ever any swearing going on. And if there is, it’s the soft kind of swearing, like ‘Oh fudge’ haha.
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  3. Ahhh yes to all of these! Slang doesn’t always bother me, but when it does I want to throw the book out of the window, especially when the word just sounds really annoying. I adore slowburn romances, though they can also be frustrating because I just ship the characters so much haha. It’s so worth it though!

    • Slang can be a make or break for me! But when it’s done right, I really adore it. So it’s always a gamble lol.

      Slow burn romance is the only way to write romance in my opinion. It’s also way more relateable and personable. I mean sometimes you don’t know you like a guy until you have a conversation with him that makes you realise you have a lot in common, or you connect in that conversation etc.
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  4. A lot of these things are really annoying to me, too – especially the cover-related ones. I HATE when covers white-wash the characters or don’t match the book at all. It’s so annoying and, in the case of white-washing, offensive and disrespectful! I like when authors make their own slang words because it does add a little bit more realism to the story, but I can definitely relate to getting annoyed when they’re overused. That’s one of my biggest complaints about The Maze Runner, actually. I really love that series, but the overuse of the slang got annoying!

    Great post!!
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