Top Ten Tuesday #336

Hi all! I hope you’ve had a good week since my last post. My interview on Friday seemed to go well, so I’m just waiting to hear about the outcome of that now!

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I have another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Bookish Pet Peeves, and as I did a topic revolving around my content pet peeves a few years ago, I’m taking a different tactic this time and talking about my Reader Frustrations (basically the same thing, but a different name!):

  1. When people try and read over my shoulder

To be honest this is a general pet peeve of mine, even outside of reading but it especially annoys me when I’m trying to read. I want to concentrate on my book, not the person behind me and I find it really distracting when someone’s trying to read over my shoulder. If you want to know what my book is about, ask! Don’t hover behind me!

2. When people try and talk to me whilst reading

Okay, having said people should ask me what I’m reading rather than trying to read over my shoulder, I don’t really like it when anyone talks to me when I’m clearly reading! If I wanted to be chatting to you, I’d be talking. I really don’t like any kind of interruption when I’m trying to read, it breaks my flow, so I’d rather everyone around me just leave me alone when I have a book in my hands!

3. When book covers don’t match

AH THE BANE OF MY LIFE. THE MID-SERIES COVER CHANGE. Why do publishers do this to us? If you’re going to change the cover of a book that’s part of a series, at least wait till the series is over first! It spoils the look of the series on my shelf if half way through the cover (and therefore the spine) has changed and instead of a beautiful seamless transition from one book to the next, suddenly one sticks out as it obviously doesn’t have the same cover.

4. When my book series are in mismatching formats

This is kind of related to the one above, but I hate it when I find a series several years after the first book has come out, or after the movie adaptation has been made, and I end up getting the first or second book (occasionally both) in a different format to the rest of the series. This happened to me with the Bone Season series, where the first two books were only available in paperback and then the more recent releases have been released in hardcover. I wish publishers would stick with one format for the whole series, so that you were able to collect all the books in the same format no matter when you started (without having to wait a year for the paperback release) or didn’t take the hardback out of print so quickly!

5. Stickers on books, either the peel off or the printed on kind

I think all readers can agree on this one, stickers are the bane of our reading existence. The peel off ones always leave gross sticky residue no matter how carefully you peel them off, which ruins the look of the book. The printed on kind also spoil the aesthetic of the cover, and potentially cover up details of the cover as well. Basically no more stickers guys! WE HATE THEM.

6. When the hardcover is published first and you have to wait a year for the paperback

Whilst I’m sure we can all agree that hardcovers are very pretty, they are a little unwieldy and not massively convenient for reading on the move. I generally prefer reading paperbacks, but I have a lot of hardcovers because a lot of books these days seem to have the hardcover published first and I don’t want to wait a year to get the books I want. I wish paperbacks were either published at the same time so we had an option of which format we’d rather have (though I appreciate that would probably be very expensive) or at least that the gap between the hardcover and paperback release wasn’t so long!

7. Movie tie in covers-they’re just ugly and lead to mismatched series

Does anyone actually like movie tie in covers? I can’t think of any that I’ve really liked. In general, I don’t think movie posters make good book covers, and would be perfectly happy if movie posters just remained on buses or tube adverts, and didn’t make their way onto book covers.

8. That will I never have enough space for all my books

I’m sure this is a frustration for all readers, that we will never be able to fit all our books onto the shelf space that we have. My solution to this is generally doing an unhaul every so often, but I wish I had enough space to be able to keep all my books in one place!

9. That hardcovers are so expensive

I know I said before that I prefer paperbacks for ease of reading, and this is true, but there’s also the cost consideration of hardcovers. Hardcover books can cost anything from Β£15-Β£25 and that’s a lot of money! I appreciate that in the UK, books aren’t as expensive as in some other countries, but I wish that hardcovers were a little cheaper, especially as hardcovers generally get published first, if the book is going to be published in hardcover.

10. That book series don’t come with recaps in their sequels, so I’m just expected to either reread or remember what happened!

Publishers, Authors, I am begging you! PLEASE PUT RECAPS IN SEQUEL BOOKS. We readers read a lot of books every year, and it can be anything from a year to as much as three or four between sequels publication, depending on the author, so it would really, really, really, help us out if you included a little, this is what happened in the series so far…… page in the front of all your sequel books. If TV shows can do it for weekly TV episodes, you can definitely do it for yearly or more published sequels!

So there we go, my biggest reader frustrations! Do we share any? Any frustrations you have as a reader that I didn’t mention here? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next Tuesday, and the topic this time is Favourite Book Settings. I’m going to go fairly general on this one and talk about the kinds of settings I like, rather than specific places from books, as I’ve definitely done quite a few topics talking about specific places from books I like before.

55 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #336

  1. lindseyhabets 05/10/2021 / 5:40 pm

    Umm yes to all of these, but especially RECAPS IN SERIES! It would be so helpful and I just don’t understand why it’s not done – tv shows do it, why can’t books?

    • iloveheartlandx 07/10/2021 / 2:39 pm

      I don’t know! It would be such an easy thing to do, more publishers should definitely think of it as something essential to include.

  2. Marie Dougan 05/10/2021 / 7:25 pm

    Removing stickers is my random talent, 99% of the time I can get them off no problem. (tip, if it leaves a residue, a cotton swap with a touch of rubbing alcohol can get it off and not mess up the book.)
    The printed-on stickers I hate the most though. Especially the ones that promote the adaptation. The book should not be promoting a show/movie. It’s likely people already know it’s being adapted and that’s why they want to read the book.
    Thank you for visiting my blog! Marie @ Pages to Explore

    • iloveheartlandx 07/10/2021 / 2:38 pm

      Ooh thanks for the tip! Yes, printed on stickers suck, exactly as you said, if you’re buying the book because of the adaptation, you already know it’s being adapted!

  3. An @ Traversing Chapters 05/10/2021 / 8:10 pm

    Our lists are so similar! And I totally agree with 6 and 9. Because hardcovers are so expensive, I prefer to buy the paperbacks. But that often means I have to wait longer for a book to be available…

    • iloveheartlandx 07/10/2021 / 2:16 pm

      Great minds think alike! Ugh I know, it’s a vicious circle.

  4. FangirlFlax 05/10/2021 / 10:00 pm

    Hahahaha those first two are so relatable–I got irritated just thinking of someone reading over my shoulder! Great list πŸ™‚

  5. Greg 05/10/2021 / 10:53 pm

    Good luck!

    And I agree with so many of these. People looking over my shoulder- yes! why would someone do that lol. And mismatched covers- same…

  6. Bookish Yarn 05/10/2021 / 10:57 pm

    Oh my gosh! Recaps in series would be amazing! I agree with so many of these.

  7. TheNonbinaryLibrarian 05/10/2021 / 11:08 pm

    All of these!! Especially the reading over your shoulder one. It annoys me even if it’s something on the computer because they’re invading my bubble and I do not like!!

    • iloveheartlandx 07/10/2021 / 2:12 pm

      Thanks! Yes, I think you’ve hit the nail on the head as to why I don’t like it too, it’s an invasion of personal space.

  8. WordsAndPeace 05/10/2021 / 11:38 pm

    Yes to When book covers don’t match! Sometimes, you really have to try hard to understand the connection

  9. thebookishlibra 06/10/2021 / 12:51 am

    Yes to all of these, especially the one about no recaps in series. I have a terrible memory and rarely time to re-read so recaps would be so helpful.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/10/2021 / 2:11 pm

      I have a reasonable memory, but it’s definitely a stretch for me to remember all the details of a book when it’s been two or more years since I read it!

  10. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense 06/10/2021 / 2:31 am

    I hate when people try to read over my shoulder. Reminds me when people try to sneak a peek at your phone when you’re on it. Mind your business.

  11. Cheryl Malandrinos 06/10/2021 / 2:50 am

    Great list. I don’t have to worry about people reading over my shoulder, because then they would be in the tub with me. LOL! Series in mismatched formats or with book sizes that are different drive me crazy. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/10/2021 / 2:10 pm

      Thanks! Ha ha that’s definitely one way of doing it, I’ve had far too many water related incidents with my books, so baths + reading are a no go for me. Ugh yes, same, they just ruin the look of my shelves. No problem πŸ™‚

  12. anovelglimpse 06/10/2021 / 3:36 am

    The read over the shoulder is so annoying! I’ll even take it a step further with hating people talking over my shoulder, too. Especially while reading.

  13. Seriesbooklover 06/10/2021 / 6:18 am

    I would agree about a recap in sequels especially in series that have more than three book.

  14. Marianne Maurer 06/10/2021 / 9:46 am

    I totally agree with all of these, as you probably notice on my page. As to the cost aspect, a paperback costs almost the same in Germany or the Netherlands as a hardcover in the UK. And we don’t have any special offers like “buy three for two” as we have a resale price maintenance for books. And even though hardbacks are so much more expensive again, it usually takes a lot longer than a year for a paperback to be published here. Argh!

    And I totally agree about the recap, especially if it’s taken years to publish the next sequel.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/10/2021 / 1:56 pm

      Yeah I recognise that we are fairly lucky in terms of pricing of books in the UK! That does all sound like it sucks! I know right? If it’s been 2-3 years since the previous book has been published, people are going to need a reminder of what happened in the last one!

      • Marianne Maurer 08/10/2021 / 8:21 am

        When we lived in the Netherlands, I could use an international library where they would order books for me and they had lots of English books. Now, I have to buy all my English books since the library here can’t order them. And since I don’t like to buy too many hardbacks (for the prize, the size, the weight …), I don’t get to buy many new books at all. Not even the paperbacks when the come out eventually.

      • iloveheartlandx 10/10/2021 / 5:41 pm

        That international library sounds amazing! It’s a shame that the one in your current place isn’t as good.

      • Marianne Maurer 11/10/2021 / 9:40 am

        Well, it’s a small town library and it’s good that it’s there for those who can’t buy their books. I have enough to last me for a lifetime. Doesn’t mean I won’t read any others. LOL

  15. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies 06/10/2021 / 1:22 pm

    Great list! I wrote a post a while back about sequels needing recaps. If they can do it on TV (previously on…), why not books? It would be so helpful. I don’t read over people’s shoulders, but I do have an uncontrollable need to know what everyone around me is reading, especially in airports/on airplanes, so I’m always trying to get a peek! Totally agree about the covers, series book formats, etc.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/10/2021 / 1:32 pm

      Thanks! I don’t get why it’s not a widespread thing either, I mean TV episodes are weekly and have recaps, so it makes sense that books which have at least a year gap between instalments should have recaps too. I agree, it would help me out massively, especially since I don’t always read books in their release year. Yeah I have to admit, I also do that, I have often been known to crane my neck on public transport when someone near me is reading to see what it is!

  16. Jaime 06/10/2021 / 1:55 pm

    I LOVE the recap in sequels idea. I’ve seen a few books (Aurora Cycle, A Sky Without Stars) who have done that recently, and I really appreciate it!

    And I totally agree that people reading over my shoulder or talking to me while reading is annoying as well! Great list πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 07/10/2021 / 1:26 pm

      Yes, it’s so helpful! I’ve had a couple of books that have done it in the past few years and I’ve really appreciated it too, I wish it was more widespread. Ugh yes, both are an invasion of my time and space and I just don’t appreciate it. Thank you πŸ™‚

  17. Alex 06/10/2021 / 2:47 pm

    Oh, I love the idea of recaps in series and, a good author kind of does that anyway by cleverly dropping in what happened before. But recaps would certainly help.

    • iloveheartlandx 07/10/2021 / 1:24 pm

      Yeah I’ve seen a couple of books in the past few years that have had a brief recap page in the front and it was so helpful! I wish it was more widespread.

  18. Louise 06/10/2021 / 3:28 pm

    Eek! People looking over my shoulder makes my skin crawl whether I’m reading or not!

  19. hopewellslibraryoflife 06/10/2021 / 3:33 pm

    Recaps are a good idea–like the old “When last we visited Where-ever-ville….” on Soap Operas.

  20. lydiaschoch 08/10/2021 / 4:20 pm

    I must confess to occasionally being one of those people who reads over other folks’ shoulders. I’ve worked very hard to break that habit. Haha.

    Thanks for stopping by earlier.

    • iloveheartlandx 10/10/2021 / 5:34 pm

      I mean I have to admit that I’ve been known to crane my neck on the train when there’s someone reading nearby to see what they’re reading!

  21. dinipandareads 10/10/2021 / 8:17 am

    Great list! I relate to a lot of these. I especially hate when a movie or show tie-in cover becomes the ONLY cover available all of a sudden. It’s the worst because they’re always so freaking ugly πŸ™ˆ

    • iloveheartlandx 10/10/2021 / 5:34 pm

      Thank you! Yes, that is the worst and it happens so often. Do they think that just because there’s a movie now, no one will want the book with the original cover?

  22. Laurie C 11/10/2021 / 12:26 pm

    Great idea, but series recaps probably won’t happen because the publishers want readers to go back and buy the earlier books if they have to refresh their memories. Also, one more thing for the author to do! πŸ˜‰

    • iloveheartlandx 12/10/2021 / 11:46 am

      True, I can definitely see the business idea in not putting them in, but it would just be so helpful! I do agree, I don’t want to put more work on authors but if it was something they were willing to do, it would be massively helpful!

  23. Rissi 18/10/2021 / 10:57 pm

    The whole mismatched cover art is always an annoyance! Just not my cup of tea, and I’m thrilled to not be alone. Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week; appreciate it!

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