When it comes to reading, I like things to be just so. I’m quite meticulous about my books and my reading habits, and I like things to be in order.
Covers need to be the same
Series have different cover depending on were you bought them, when you bought them, or if it’s a special edition. Take a look at the Harry Potter books – there are countless cover versions even of just the UK edition, including a new 20th anniversary selection. For me, each book has to have the same cover scheme.
It’s why I don’t have the full set of Gone books by Michael Grant – I can’t seem to find the co-ordinating covers anywhere.
No blank pages before chapters
It may be a small thing, but I hate seeing black pages in books. It feels like a waste of paper, and to me it only seems to make the book unnecessarily longer.
Be in past tense, not present
I don’t know what it is but I feel a little better reading books that are set in the past than in the present time. Maybe it’s because I like hearing about people’s lives and life stories after the events have happened. I find it easier to picture the events then.
No broken spines
One big bug bear is a broken spine. I really look after my books, and it breaks my heart to see someone return my book to me in a state that’s far from the state I gave them in. It’s happened to me once and I was so disappointed to get the book back in that condition.
No movie covers
In a similar vein to the covers needing to be the same, I don’t really love movie covers on books. I rather the original cover. I know that a lot of work can go into the cover design and I feel like the artist’s work and efforts should be and deserve to be celebrated.
No dog ears
I’m a bookmark lover anyway, but I hate seeing the corners of a book page turned down. There are so many things you can use as a bookmark, even if you’re in a bind, that I really feel like there’s no excuse.
No Americanisms in British English books
This is just being picky. There are so many US-based or printed books out there that anything the rest of us can do to claw back, we have to do it.
What things annoy you in books?