A Reader’s Worst Nightmare [7]

 

I started this during October for #blogtober, but I have more reader nightmares, so I’m going to keep sharing until I run out. It’s nice being able to commiserate with fellow readers sometimes. Here’s nightmare number seven:

 

 

Some readers, myself included, can be very particular about their books. We don’t want them to be mishandled, and some of us REALLY want them to match. All hardcover, or all paperback, or all the same size book (one can’t be slightly taller/shorter than the rest). And something that can be painful is when publishers switch the cover art direction partway through the series. I mean I understand why they do it sometimes (to promote POC on the cover is a great reason), but sometimes the cover changes just don’t make sense to me. Don’t hate me, but I don’t like the cover for Tower of Dawn (no spoilers because I still haven’t read Empire of Storms). There’s a person on all the covers before that book, and then it’s like a shield on Tower of Dawn. Like what even? It doesn’t match, and I don’t like it.

 

Tune in next week to see my eighth reader’s worst nightmare. Let me know your thoughts about mismatched series in the comments below.

A Reader’s Worst Nightmare [6]

 

I started this during October for #blogtober, but I have more reader nightmares, so I’m going to keep sharing until I run out. It’s nice being able to commiserate with fellow readers sometimes. Here’s nightmare number six:

 

 

You only have a certain amount of money to spend on books, and you just bought one you’ve been IMPATIENTLY waiting to read. And then there are typos, and grammatically incorrect sentences, all over the place. It’s frustrating for some readers (and writers) to see that. The book has gone through so many passes and sets of eyes, and yet it still has a ton of errors. I know typos happen all the time. A couple here and there isn’t a huge deal. But if the book is scattered with them, I notice…which pulls me out of the enjoyment of the book for a few moments. My mind stops focusing on the book, and instead focuses on the errors. And as a reader who wants to devour books cover to cover, it’s not a good thing.

 

Tune in next week to see my seventh reader’s worst nightmare. Let me know your thoughts about poorly edited books in the comments below.

A Reader’s Worst Nightmare [5]

 

I needed content for October, because I’m trying to do #blogtober. My mind is stuck on Halloween, so I thought of doing some of the top (in my opinion) pet peeves i.e. nightmares (here’s the Halloween part) that readers have/deal with. I know there’s more pet peeves than how many I can post weekly in October, so maybe I’ll keep going after the month ends until I run out of ideas. We’ll see. Here’s nightmare number five:

 

 

You’ve just gotten to a really good part in your book, and something/someone interrupts you. It really sucks! Interruptions are one of the most annoying things that can happen to readers, and they usually occur at the most inconvenient times too. You’re not at the end of the chapter, you’re at a really juicy section, you’ve only got a couple pages of the book left, etc. Whether the interruption comes in the form of work, a person who won’t stop talking to you (go away already haha), your stomach won’t stop demanding food, and so on, having to put a book down before you’re ready to part from that literary world is awful.

 

I’m not sure if I’m going to do anymore of these, although I have at least a few more reader nightmares. Let me know what one of your least favorite interruptions is in the comments below. And if you enjoyed reading these, tell me that too. 🙂

A Reader’s Worst Nightmare [4]

 

I needed content for October, because I’m trying to do #blogtober. My mind is stuck on Halloween, so I thought of doing some of the top (in my opinion) pet peeves i.e. nightmares (here’s the Halloween part) that readers have/deal with. I know there’s more pet peeves than how many I can post weekly in October, so maybe I’ll keep going after the month ends until I run out of ideas. We’ll see. Here’s nightmare number four:

 

 

Ripped/dog eared pages, highlighted sections, cracked spines, creased/bent covers, etc. These are just some of the ways people mishandle their books. Not to say all of these are wrong (okay I’m kind of saying it lol), but some of these things can drive a person mad. I personally detest pretty much all of the above, especially dog eared pages. I will NEVER fold down the corners of my book pages. I’m all about using a bookmark of some kind to hold my place. I actively try to not rip pages, but some of the big books are printed on thin paper to cut down on cost that it can be super hard. I like my spines to look new, but sometimes cracking them is unavoidable if it’s a gigantic book. And don’t even get me started on worse offenses like moldy, or food stained, books.

 

Tune in next week to see my fifth (and possibly last) reader’s worst nightmare. Let me know your thoughts about what constitutes a mishandled book in the comments below.

A Reader’s Worst Nightmare [3]

 

I needed content for October, because I’m trying to do #blogtober. My mind is stuck on Halloween, so I thought of doing some of the top (in my opinion) pet peeves i.e. nightmares (here’s the Halloween part) that readers have/deal with. I know there’s more pet peeves than how many I can post weekly in October, so maybe I’ll keep going after the month ends until I run out of ideas. We’ll see. Here’s nightmare number three:

 

 

Sometimes there’s nothing more frustrating than getting to the end of a book, and there’s a major cliffhanger…and the next one doesn’t come out for like another year. How the heck are you supposed to survive without knowing what happens for 365+ days?!? Don’t get me wrong, I actually do like cliffhangers sometimes. But if it’s a newly released book, you’re going to be waiting quite a while for a resolution to all your unanswered questions. And if it’s a series, they usually have cliffhangers at the end of each book, so you’re waiting 3+ years to fully figure out what’s going on. That’s why sometimes I like to wait until all the books are published before reading the entire series.

 

Tune in next week to see my fourth reader’s worst nightmare. Let me know about some of the cliffhanger books you’ve read (without spoilers) in the comments below.

A Reader’s Worst Nightmare [2]

 

I needed content for October, because I’m trying to do #blogtober. My mind is stuck on Halloween, so I thought of doing some of the top (in my opinion) pet peeves i.e. nightmares (here’s the Halloween part) that readers have/deal with. I know there’s more pet peeves than how many I can post weekly in October, so maybe I’ll keep going after the month ends until I run out of ideas. We’ll see. Here’s nightmare number two:

 

 

Reading slumps are one of the worst things for any reader to experience. The joy of reading is magical, and when you just can’t get into a book no matter how many you try, it’s awful. Whether the reason is because life is a big garbage fire (like most of 2017 has been), you have a book hangover from an amazing read, you’re a huge mood reader and nothing’s peaking your interest, and so on, reading slumps suck. I’ve been in reading slumps that span months. Try not to be too hard on yourself when the next slump comes around. If you’re a reader, your love of books will always come back. My advice would be to find something else to do like binging shows on Netflix/Hulu/Amazon, which is usually my fallback activity. Or if you’re determined to get out of your slump, trying reading in a different format than you usually do. For instance, if you usually read physical copies of books, try an audiobook.

 

Tune in next week to see my third reader’s worst nightmare. Let me know what you usually do when a reading slump hits you in the comments below.

A Reader’s Worst Nightmare [1]

 

I needed content for October, because I’m trying to do #blogtober. My mind is stuck on Halloween, so I thought of doing some of the top (in my opinion) pet peeves i.e. nightmares (here’s the Halloween part) that readers have/deal with. I know there’s more pet peeves than how many I can post weekly in October, so maybe I’ll keep going after the month ends until I run out of ideas. We’ll see. Here’s nightmare number one:

 

 

I don’t know what reader doesn’t hate spoilers. This is probably the number one nightmare of readers around the world. You don’t have time to get around to reading a book, because life happens…and then someone on social media completely ruins it for you, or gives away some major plot points. It’s seriously the worst! I’ve had this happen for too many books: Allegiant, some parts of ACOWAR, and I could keep listing. I usually try to avoid social media for weeks after one of my highly anticipated reads releases if I can’t get around to it right away. But people post spoilers all the time, and half the time they don’t even announce that there’s spoilers. It’s super frustrating.

 

Tune in next week to see my second reader’s worst nightmare. Let me know what books have been spoiled for you in the comments below.