Things I Don't Like in Books

Sunday, 16 February 2020

I LOVE books. Always have done from as far back as I can remember. There's only been a few times in my life where I can remember not reading, but for the most part, reading has always been a big part of my life, and it always come so natural to me to just pick up a book. I've read a lot of books over the years, and so over that time, I've figured out what genres I like, what characters I like and what kind of stories I like. I've also come to realise what I definitely, definitely don't like in books too, and whilst I try and steer clear of talking negatively about a particular book, I thought it would be a good idea to share what in general I don't like in books. Of course, these are just my opinions, and what I don't like, others may actually look out for in a book; that's the beauty about reading!

Long chapters
As someone who is quite strapped for time as it is, I really don't like it when a chapter is 20+ pages long. I actually find I finish a book faster if the chapters are shorter, because "just one more chapter" syndrome is all too real! If I notice the next chapter is too long, I typically won't carry on reading because the chances are that I won't have time to finish it, whereas I will always try to squeeze in another chapter if it's short and snappy.

Unnecessarily long descriptions of scenery
I feel like this is going to be one you either scream with me in agreement with, or stop reading this blog post now because HOW DARE I??? I find long descriptions of any kind rather unnecessary; whether it be a character or scenery. Long descriptions are boring, and they're boring because they're unnecessary. I rebel against an author telling me too much detail about everything - tell me enough for me to imagine the scene, but leave some to my own imagination, please!

Again, this one is totally personal and just something I have found over the years that I don't really enjoy reading about. I read a book last year in which the whole plot was centred around infidelity and honestly, not only was it boring but it also glamorised cheating, which is just something I can't get on board with.

Scary books
I'm the first to say that I am SO easily scared by the horror genre. I'll happily read anything over horror books (give me a book about infidelity any day!) but the moment I read a blurb and it sounds the slightest bit creepy, I'm instantly thinking NOPE and back on the shelf it goes. Last year I read House of Salt & Sorrows by Erin A. Craig and absolutely loved it, but I won't lie, there were times I was reading that book through squinted eyes and it's not even remotely labelled as a creepy book, it just has creepy chapters here and there, but I carried on reading it (spoiler, it's an amazing book), but anything beyond that I just cannot handle.

Unnecessary characters
I'm talking about those characters who you think are included in the book because they will go on to have a greater purpose at the end of the book, but their character amounts to absolutely nothing. One of the most irritating aspects of a book is when a character contributes very little to the main story. I hate it when characters are simply there as 'fillers'. Honestly, just remove them altogether and make the book 50 pages shorter, right?!

Standalone books with no closure
This is probably the one that annoys me the most. There's two different types of 'what the f***' moments when finishing reading a book; either your mind has just been blown by a beautiful & spectacular story, or you're left thinking 'is that it?!' When it's the latter, it's highly disappointing, because not only have you wasted your time reading a book with no real substantial ending, but there's no sequel to clear things up either.

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