Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Pet Peeves

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. Check out her blog for more info!

This week’s prompt was supposed to be bookstores or libraries I’ve always wanted to visit, but I wasn’t really feeling it. Instead, I went back into the archives and pulled a topic I hadn’t done yet: bookish pet peeves. I’m actually going to do 5 pet peeves, and 5 things I wish authors did more in their books!


ONE: Love Triangles

Let’s just get this one out of the way, shall we? It’s rare that I find a love triangle done well well, and when it’s done poorly, nothing drives my crazy faster. For some reason I found the love triangle in Hunger Games tolerable, but in The Selection and Red Queen, I honestly just wanted to punch the MC in the face. Make a choice already!


TWO: Stilted Dialogue

This is an easy one. If I’m reading a book, and the dialogue doesn’t flow smoothly or doesn’t sound remotely like anything anyone would say, EVER, it drives me nuts. Read your dialogue sections out loud, people. If it sounds unrealistic, it is.

THREE: The love interest going hot and cold

Jace, I’m looking at you. That is all.


FOUR: Silent Conversations/reading something in someone’s eyes

THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE. While I adore Sarah J Maas, if I had a nickel for every time Aelin/Rowan had an elaborate, extended silent conversation or somebody saw something in somebody’s eyes that was not JUST emotion and was actually a vital piece of information, I’d be rich.


FIVE: An annoying main character

I realize this one is super subjective. But if I absolutely hate the main character, there’s a good change I won’t like the book. Exhibit A: Mare from Red Queen.



If there’s one thing I love, it’s diversity in books. ANY kind of diversity. And I’d particularly love to see more polyamorous and pan rep. If you’re looking for some books with incredible representation, I highly recommend Blanca y Roja and Strange Grace, both 2018 releases. Follow the links for my reviews.


TWO: Morally grey characters

If you guys are familiar with my reviews, you already know these are my favorite. And in my opinion, there will NEVER be enough grey. NEVER.


THREE: Enemies to lovers trope

This is my favorite and nothing you say will convince me otherwise.

FOUR: Standalone fantasy books

WHY are there not more of these??? I honestly can’t even think of any? But if you know any I’m definitely in the market.

FIVE: Mermaids/Sirens

I will forever love books about sirens or mermaids. Forever and ever and ever.



Are any of your pet peeves the same as mine? Do you have any book suggestions for the things I’d love to see more of? Let me know! Happy Tuesday, bookworms.




I'm a late 20-something physical therapist living in Michigan with my hubby who loves reading and reviewing books, running, wine, and dogs.

13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Pet Peeves

  1. 100% yes! I so want to see more Mermaid books. SO excited about Sara Ella’s upcoming 2019 fairy tale. Also, love triangles = OLD trope. Unless it’s REALLY well done. I find it less annoying if there girl is sure of her choose. I.E., she doesn’t switch back and forth from chapter to chapter between the dudes who try to win her.

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  2. I love this list and agree with you so much, especially with needing MORE MORALLY GREY CHARACTERS! I actually am not a fan of enemies to lovers but really wish that friends/lovers to enemies were more of a thing because I find that more interesting. I also like my characters to be put through the emotional ringer and am essentially evil, so.

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  3. I agree with you on the dialog. Make it realistic!

    I’m not really a fan of love triangles… although I do plan on writing a story with one next year. It’s a gender-switched version of what actually happened to me, so hopefully I’ll be able to do it justice (and I did end up with the guy; we’ve been together for many years now).

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