I love the book blogging community. I love the excitement and the fangirling/fanboying and the different opinions and the tags and the graphics and the reviews and the books and the bloggers. While I am not quite as entrenched in it as many other bloggers seem to be, I definitely feel like book bloggers are my people. But, like with any other group of people we spend a great deal of time with, sometimes things start to get on my nerves. So I decided to share some of my pet peeves. Please note these are all in good fun and NOT directed at any particular blogger.
PET PEEVE #1
THIS BOOK IS SO IMPORTANT
One thing that really bothers me is when I read reviews (that are usually involving a hot button social issue) that say again and again how IMPORTANT this book is. What is important to you, may not be important to me. Honestly, the only book I would ever say is Important for Everyone to read is the Bible. And I respect your right to disagree with me on that.
I also have issues with giving a book a 5 star rating based solely on how important you think it is. For instance, None of the Above, by I.W. Gregorio is about an intersex character. It’s a unique topic and it was a very informative and interesting book. I learned a lot about something I didn’t have a lot of knowledge about before. However, once you got away from that, it really lacked a substantial plot and the characters were unlikable and it just wasn’t a well written book. It is not a book that, in my opinion, deserves All The Stars, even from people who have a much more generous rating system than I do.
PET PEEVE #2
I LOVE DIVERSE BOOKS…BUT RELGION IN A BOOK RUINS IT FOR ME
People are loving diversity in books these days, which is great. But one thing that bugs me is when people go on and on about needing diverse books, but then turn around and say how they “don’t like reading about religion in books.” (And often times by “religion” they mean “Christianity.”) Truly religious characters are a majorly unrepresented demographic in mainstream fiction. They come with a lot of preconceived notions that are often untrue, just like with many other underrepresented groups. I really don’t see how you can say you love diversity and then shun books for having a type of diversity you’re uncomfortable with.
PET PEEVE #3
DON’T GET ARC ENVY…BUT LOOK AT ALL THESE ARCS I HAVE
ARC Envy is old news in the book blogging community. And obviously it’s something you should try to avoid. Thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s ARC and all that, but it’s often hard to not even sometimes get a little jealous. However, what really gets under my skin, is when bloggers go on and on about how we shouldn’t “blog for ARCs” and every book they review are ones the publishers sent them. Or they get granted access to every book they request via NetGalley or Edleweiss. It’s like showing someone your HGTV-level renovated kitchen and then telling them, “Admire it, but DON’T want this!!”
PET PEEVE #4
YOU LOVE A BOOK I HATE
It really doesn’t bother me when I see reviews that hate books I love. I generally just feel sad for the reviewer for not realizing what a gem they just read. While I don’t agree with their opinions, I can usually see where they’re coming from. But for some reason I get, like, enraged when I see reviews loving a book I hated, or even just generally disliked. (I see RED when I read a 5 star review of Allegiant.) I am completely set in my point of view and cannot be persuaded to change my mind. It takes all my self control sometimes to not comment, “NO! You are wrong!!!!” on all the reviews.
So those are a few of my book blogging community pet peeves. Do you share any of these? What are some of your pet peeves?
*And please know, that even if you are guilty of some of my pet peeves, this is not directed at you, nor would it make me stop visiting your blog*