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. I know what I like, and the following things will definitely keep me engaged when it comes to reading.
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.
No blank pages before chapters
It may be a small thing, but I hate seeing blank 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.
First person narrative instead of third person
Reading a book with a first person narrative is the closest we’ll ever be to reading someone’s mind. I like first person narratives as it gives the chance to see what your main character is really thinking.
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?