1. Marking in a book.
-underlining, highlighting, or marking the top or bottom of the book in
marker. The later only really applies at bookstores, but these are the
first ways to annoy a book lover. I think I can speak for every book
lover out there when I say we HATE having our books marked in. Marking
in a book is horrifying to us.
2. Damaging a book.
-cutting the pages, cutting up the book to make "art", dog-earing the
pages, folding pages in half, the cover being ripped, or the cover being
warped. Every time I see a picture of one of these things I cringe.
Books are meant to be preserved and when I see that they are cut up or
ripped I could faint. To a book lover, books are our life so when we see
one damaged in any way it's like we can feel the damage. Book stores
are really bad about putting out books with dust jackets damages or
ripped and the pages mashed up, and they don't know how much it hurts
to see a damaged book, especially a book we love that is damaged.
3. Asking to borrow our books.
-yes, I know that books are meant to be shared but no one said that I
had to share mine! Imagine this, I ask you for your favorite dress, and
when I bring it back to you, the dress is dirty and ripped. Now, you
would be very angry, yeah? That's how book lovers feel about books.
Those book are our babies and we don't want them out of out site. I once
lent my favorite book out to a fairly good friend of mine and a week
later I got it back with water stains on it. WATER STAINS. She said that
she accidentally split water on it. I demanded she buy me a new book,
but still I almost cried when I saw the damage. That is why I never lend
my books to anyone because I don't want them to get damaged. So don't
even ask a book lover to borrow one of their books.
4. Talking bad about books.
-This is an easy way to get killed by a book lover. Let me tell you a
story, once upon a time there was this book lover, and this book lover
had a friend. This friend didn't know how protective of books her book
lover friend was so she didn't censor her words when she said the books
her book lover friend reads were weird. This book lover lit into her
friend, and ever since then her friend has been scared to talk bad about
books. True story. Let this be a lesson to all who want to be brave and
offend a book, don't. Because you will likely leave with scars.
5. Claiming a character as yours.
-Now this is a problem in fandoms. I have claimed a lot of fictional
characters as mine and so have a lot of other girls. This can result in a
big fight. Let me tell you when fangirls fight, there will be blood.
But that doesn't annoy me as much as brand new book lovers claiming a
fictional boy as theirs. I have to step in and say,"Look, honey. I was
here first so you are just going to have to back off before I get
angry." My friends and I have a way to solve this problems. If I read a
book first then I get dibs on the fictional character of my choice, and
if they read it first then they get to claim him. I like this solution
because I read fast and they can't catch up. Power to the speed readers!
6. Having to choose between a hardback book when there is a paperback that is cheaper, but your series is all hardbacks.
-I swear to God, I have more mixed series books than anyone alive. I'm
the kind of book lover that loves to get books as cheap as I can so if I
had a choice between hardback books and paperback then I will always
choose a paperback, unless by some miracles the hardback is cheaper.
That being said, when this happens I temporarily forget that the rest of
the series that I own is in hardback and in paperback in a series of
hardbacks just looks wrong. So I suggest that bookstores make hardback
books as cheap as paperback books so they don't have a ton of
annoyed/broke fangirls having to choose paperback books when we can't
afford hardback books!
7. Ink stains on a book.
-FREAKING INK STAINS. I have gotten so many books where ink has gotten
in the pages and left little black dots thought the book, and it annoys
the heck out of me because it looks terrible! One book I read even had
an ink stain so large that it covered up words and I couldn't make them
out! Do you know how infuriating that is? And I always seem to get the
books with the ink stains in them. It's like the world is punishing me
8. CHANGING A COVER DESIGN IN THE MIDDLE OF A SERIES.
-There is a reason that it is in all caps. I can't tell you how many
times a publishing house has decided to change the cover of a series I
love right in the middle! As a book lover I want all my covers to match
and be pretty, but apparently the publishers have other ideas. I swear
it is like the publishers don't even care that we NEED our books covers
to match. It's not even a want, it's a need. AND when these cover
designs take place they don't redesign the book/books from the beginning
of the series! Now THAT is a way to piss me off. It's like if you are
going to change the covers DO IT FOR THE WHOLE SERIES.
9. Changing the height of books.
-This is just as bad as changing the covers mid-series. I must have my
books matching in every aspect, and when that doesn't happen I go a
little crazy. Books are meant to be put on bookshelves and admired, BUT
WHEN THE HEIGHT CHANGES MID-SERIES THEY CANT BE ADMIRED, JUST STARED AT
10. Talking when we are reading.
-This is a big no-no. When I am reading, I am in the zone. I am in that
world and I am so into that story that I don't want to know what is
happening in the real worlds. So when someone interrupts me, it's like
someone pouring cold water on me. I am shocked back to the real world
when I don't want to me. When I am reading, there is this invisible
shield around me that should prevent you from talking to me, but some
brave soul always comes along and ignores it. If I have a book in my
hand, don't talk to me. When I am ready to leave that fictional world I
will talk to you, but not a moment before.
Those are just ten ways to annoy a book lover, there are more I assure
you, but these are the ones that irk me the most. Are these at the top
of your list?
Enjoy your books, my friends XOXO