Friday, March 11, 2016

It's Friday!!!!! Time For A Blog Hop!

Happy Friday everyone!

I love this blog hop.  The rules are simple: create a post answering the host's weekly post prompt, enter your blog link into the linky thing on the host page, then follow the hosts, the weekly featured blogger, and as many other participating bloggers as you like!

This week's question:
What are some of your biggest pet peeves with books?

Oh boy, there's a few things.  I actually wrote a post on this very subject about a year back (curious?  Click here to read it!), but I'll keep this one short!

Pet Peeve #1: Weak Female Characters
I love heroines that are totally independent, so when the girl needs the guy to help her out (*cough* ahem, Princess Buttercup) , it drives me a little crazy.  I especially hate it when books like that are promoted with the tag "strong female lead".  *Blech*

Pet Peeve #2: Cliffhanger Endings
There are some authors who use cliffhanger endings but don't really need them because the story's already awesome.....and then there are authors who use cliffhanger endings because it's the only way to keep you reading.  I really, really hate the latter, because it works, and they know it.  The jerks.

Pet Peeve #3: Teenage Angst and Love Triangles
Every single time I see a love triangle cropping up, I want to toss the book away.  In my opinion, next to whiny teenagers, it's one of the most annoying writing strategies to create drama.  Brandon Sanderson, if that love triangle I saw developing in Words Of Radiance becomes a major issue in the next book, I going to be seriously put out with you!

Pet Peeve #4: Flawed Research And Plot Holes
Every time I think about authors messing up the research they put into the story, I think of Breathless, by Dean Koontz.  Man!  That theory he was trying to promote can be completely shredded in a matter of seconds by anyone who paid attention in high school biology.  Seriously, I'm getting annoyed just thinking about it!
Plot holes are annoying too, but I'm too miffed at Dean Koontz now to go into detail.

Pet Peeve #5: Redundancies
I hate redundant dialogue, and I'm bored by redundant plot formulas in a long series.  I don't think I need to say anything more, because that'll just be redundant.

Pet Peeve #6: Bad Audiobook Narrators
This isn't against a book, really, but I feel sorry for any story that gets a bad narrator.  I listen to audiobooks a lot, and I've noticed that a bad narrator can make a good story seem terrible or boring.  Lesson learned: listen to a sample before buying on Audible

Those are all the pet peeves I've got for now.  What are some of your pet peeves when reading?

Have a lovely day!
-Lisa the Dancing Bookworm


  1. Ooh great post! I've also found that a bad audiobook narrator can kill the book which is when I have to put it down and either go find a physical copy or abandon it altogether :( similarly with weak female characters there's that make or break moment. Sometimes I can understand and still think they're 'strong' but there's usually that point where I just get fed up! Love triangles aren't too bad when done right, same with cliffhangers (I love them more than hate them though my heart at the time says otherwise ahah)
    Enchanted by YA

  2. I'll stick with the bad audiobook narrators too! old follower.

  3. Great post. I agree with all of these, especially research problems. It’s annoying when I know more about a topic than an author.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  4. Plot holes!!! Yes! I forgot to mention them and they are terrible!!!

    Carrie @The Book Goddess

    Old follower