Bookish Pet Peeves

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Bookish Pet Peeves

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I’m a very strict bookworm. I don’t like to lend some books from my shelf to anyone. I have a serious obsession with cover art. Let’s face it. Some cover art make the book more appealing. And I have a decent collection of bookmarks too.

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I hate dog-earing pages. And when I see some of my friends dog-earing them, I take a spare bookmark (usually the Flipkart ones) and I tell them to use that instead. When some repeatedly ignore that, I feel like sentencing them to five years without books as a punishment for that cardinal sin.

Do you have such bookish pet peeves? If it was you, what sentence would you give out as punishment when that rule was broken?

(Β© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason, 24th July 2016)


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16 thoughts on “Bookish Pet Peeves”

  1. I have a really weird bookish pet peeve. I hate it when someone just flips the pages of a book too fast. At about 20 or 30 pages a second. I hate the sound it makes and I always fear they are gonna end up tearing the book, at least crinkling the pages. And I can’t stand people who open the cover and fold it backwards such that the front and back covers touch – and for those who commit these two sins, I would wish them not to be able to hold a book comfortably in their hand for five minutes at a stretch.

    Funny sentence, but really hard when they want to read continuously. They obviously are in so much of a hurry if they flip pages at that rate and they care more about their hand’s comfort rather than the book if they fold it backwards. I guess my silly sentence is an answer to both these unacceptable crimes πŸ˜€

    • Yeah. That’s another pet peeve that I have, Dhivya. πŸ™‚ It feels like they’re trying to read 100 pages in a minute, and that makes no sense.

      Good peeves, and interesting punishments too. Cheers! πŸ˜€

  2. For a very long time, I kept my favourite books hidden fearing that someone would ask to borrow them.
    These days I just tell anyone who asks to borrow a book to make sure that they return it. Almost always, the ones who ask for books are friends of my teenage son, so I think it’s a good deed to encourage them to read.
    I still keep a few books away from the bookshelves that the others can see πŸ™‚

    Another pet peeve is a book damaged in any way. My sister says that if she borrows a book from me, she doesn’t even open it properly while reading, fearing that the spine of the book will be damaged.
    I have relaxed on this one too. So long as there are no folded pages. Yes, I can relate to what you wrote about bookmarks, Vinay.

    As for punishments, the ones who know me well, already have a ‘scared’, apologetic expression, if they damage my books. So, I let them be.
    As for the ones who don’t know me well, I just refuse to lend my books to them. Can there be a worse punishment?
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    • For a very long time, I was not able to buy my favorite books, Nimi. So when someone asks to borrow one of those from my shelf, I still hesitate to give it. Yes, it’s good for some to read, and it is good to encourage reading, but I don’t feel that it has to be from my shelf. πŸ™‚ If they are really interested in reading, they’ll join a library, or buy on their own. πŸ˜›

      I do hate any books that come to me with damage, folded pages or things spilled on it. I care a lot for that. The spine, I don’t always look at, because I buy second hand books as well. πŸ™‚

      I don’t hide my discontent, even with such apologetic expressions. Some books mean that much to me. And I can’t stand to see damage to them, no matter what expressions they have. πŸ˜€ And yes, I don’t lend books to people who don’t know me well either.

  3. You should have expanded on your cover art obsession!

    As for me, all these apply to me and I have one more to add. I hate it when people take out books from the shelf and do not put it back in its original place. Sometimes, they leave it out or put it back somewhere else. With books triple stacked now – my collection may look like a mess, but it’s my mess! Don’t mess with it πŸ˜›

    • My cover art obsession may need a post of its own sometime, DDS. πŸ˜€

      I know that these apply to you too. And that addition is something I hate as well. But I’m not that strict about it when I do put it elsewhere. After all, it’s my mess, as you say. :mrgreen:

  4. I hate it when people read the last few pages of a book first, why spoil the fun?! I hate dog ears too, and when people roll the books into a scroll, when it is not hard bound that is. I’m totally with you about the sentencing! πŸ˜€
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    • I hate to read the last few pages first too, but at times, I can’t help it. πŸ˜€ I avoid it more often than not, though. πŸ˜‰

      I got a chill imagining a rolled up book, Dashy. That’s a sad thing to imagine. Glad you’re in agreement about the sentencing though. πŸ˜› Heheh.

  5. Using pens and highlighters in books gets ugly stares from me. I just hate it. Use a pencil if you want to highlight something. And use a sticky note if you to note. Is that so difficult. And if it is, you get a really lenghty lecture on how you would feel if I used a highlighter to highlight your nose because I like it. Or writing a note on your cheek to remind me later. Aaah, things we do for the love of books.
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    • Ooh. Yes, Deepali. Highlighters in a novel does feel very odd. πŸ™‚ Sticky notes work better, I agree. πŸ˜€ Good lecture it would be for those who do. The things we do for the love of books! So true!

  6. I hate dog ears too. It’s like defacing them. I also hate it when people disrespect books – as in touch them with their feet or throw them around or write on them – I think that’s a very Indian trait. I think such people should just go without books forever.
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    • Yes. Defacing. That’s the exact word, Tulika. So rude it is. And also disrespectful! I hope such people either get sense or go without books. very true.

  7. I hear you on the dog-earing. My Bookish Pet Peeve is that we can be friends as long as you don’t ask me to lend my books. The day you do that, you cease to exist for me πŸ™‚

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