stream-of-consciousness writing). So, what are some of my pet peeves? I've only got seven, but I feel them strongly!
1. Being asked what I'm reading-There is nothing that bothers me more than sitting somewhere reading, like in a hotel lobby waiting for a conference to start, and having someone I don't know or barely know ask me what I'm reading. Partly I'm annoyed at the interruption, but mostly I'm uncomfortable because I don't know what to say. Is this person a reader? Will they know the book or author just from the title? Do they want a synopsis? If I give them a synopsis, will they be annoyed because they were just asking to be polite? Yep, hate this when it happens.
2. Reading snobbery-there are very few things that annoy me more than snobbery in general, but I have lately become very sensitive to book snobbery. People who read literary fiction looking down on people who enjoy genre fiction, non-fiction readers looking down on fiction readers-I saw an analogy from another book blogger not long ago (sorry I don't remember which one-either the Ape or The Literate Man, I think), that your reading diet should be like your food diet-balanced. Eat what you like, just try to make sure that you eat more "good" than "bad". And there is good in every genre (even romance, I'm sure-OK, so I'm not completely immune to book bias).
3. Overuse of adjective, metaphor, and simile-Anne Rice, I'm talking to you! I don't need 12 pages of description to know that it is hot, humid, and sultry in New Orleans. Look, I said it in three words! Really, I had the idea by page two.
4. Books written from movies-Do I really need to explain this?
5. Mass-market Paperbacks-It's not so much the print as the binding. I hate having to hold the book open all the time. Makes it much more difficult to snack and read! I realize that this would be solved with a Kindle, but with over 400 books in my house I have not yet read, I just can't justify the expense.
6. I'm not bored, I'm reading!-Do you ever visit friends or family, and sit down to relax with your book, only to have them immediately suggest an outing, since you must be "bored"? Maybe you are lucky enough to only visit other readers, but this has happened to me more than once.
7. Chapters that start with long poems or song lyrics-Not gonna lie, I generally skip them. I know they're supposed to add to the meaning of the story and all, but I'm impatient...