Reader Pet Peeves: A Random List of Things that Disrupt my Reading Pleasure
Stories that don't start until page 3o. Frankly, with stories like this, I never make it to page 30.
Books with glossy dark covers that show all my fingerprints.
When I've finally reached the last scene of a good novel and I'm primed to savor every satisfying word--and the family walks in the door.
Trying to read while other family members watch a blaring TV or channel surf. Equally distracting are those STOP EVERYTHING AND LISTEN TO ME voices of Talk TV, ESPN sports announcers, and televangelists!! GRRRR!
Long descriptions of clothing, floor plans, or the sunset. Yawn.
Abruptly reaching "The End" when I thought I had 30 more pages of story because of all the back matter.
Too many characters, all introduced on page one, and having nicknames too which I also have to memorize. Hello . . . I read to relax.
Being interrupted by TV viewing family members saying, "Look at that" or "Watch this"or "Did you hear that?" every five seconds. Ahem, I'm reading because I didn't want to watch TV. Do you hear me saying, "Listen to this great line of dialog."? Uh, no.
Long paragraph after long paragraph after long paragraph. I'm a simple-minded girl with a short attention span. Give me some white space please.
Misleading covers. I bought a book last summer because of the cover: three kids sitting on a pier, viewed from behind. The back cover talked about three long-time friends separated by life who come back together again. Great stuff. I read the book and it's about 3 people who met in college. Huh? Why are there kids on the cover?
And now, just to end on a positive note:
Favorite Reading Pleasure
A book so good I'll stay up until 2 am to reach the satisfying conclusion. If I'm willing to miss out on sleep, you know it had to be good.