I usually can't think of things off the top of my head that well, especially 10...but I did with this one. Does it say something about me that I can think of 10 pet peeves off the top of my head? I think a lot of these may have more to do with writing, but that is still "bookish" right?
1. Poor writing - bad grammar, misspelled words or typos. I know that I am not a superior writer. Sometimes I don't know if the period goes inside or outside the quotation mark and I'm terrible with possessive S's (I don't even know if that was correct). But the difference is I'm not a professional writer. When I'm reading a book, it drives me nuts when a sentence does not read well or is confusing because of poor grammer and/or spelling. Everyone makes mistakes and maybe the proofreaders, editors and agents didn't catch them, but it really just makes me feel that I have an inferior, unprofessional product in my hand and that the writer just belted something out or that I somehow got a rough draft.
2. "Said" Dialogue. Do you know what I'm talking about? When everyone's sentences end with "He said/She said/Joan said." There is no description to the dialogue, I don't know what the characters are doing and it simply gets tedious to read.
3. Different points of view in the same chapter or even paragraph. Too much jumping around is confusing, doesn't let me get close to the character and I feel it is unskilled writing.
5. Physical descriptions. When a writer can't describe a character organically it feels forced. Giving a list of physical traits is like giving a description to the cops and another device I dislike is when the friend of the main character is giving him/her a pep talk telling him/her all their wonderful qualities. I also find it a little funny when the description is formulaic. The author feels it has to be in the first few pages and the reader has to know exactly what the protagonist looks like instead of peppering it in throughout the story. Guess what? Many times, I don't need to know what a character looks like. It's either not that important or I visualize them by their personalities.
7. Contrived plot devices. Let's see, there's the hero and heroine who are are somehow forced to go to a black tie affair and wow! Doesn't heroine look amazingly hot and gorgeous? Then hero gets jealous when other men are attracted to heroine. Oh yeah, don't forget, heroine is so self-conscious! She just couldn't look as beautiful as everyone tells her! Then hero and heroine dance in all their hotness and hormones go wild. There's also the makeover scenes. I don't think I need to go into that. Yes, sometimes they are done really well and are needed for the story, but sometimes I feel that it's just another method for heroine's love interest to be suddenly swayed by her beauty and yes...why yes...now he sees how beautiful she is, inside and out. I don't know, maybe I'm just jealous because I need a makeover.
8. When book covers are made to look like TV shows, namely, my favorite TV show. I know this is a way to increase sales, but I don't like it when a book cover resembles anything that has to do with Buffy The Vampire Slayer. I don't like them to look like the Buffy artwork on the dvds, or Buffy promo pictures or Buffy soundtracks. There is only one Buffy.
9. When people ask me what the book I'm reading is about but it is clear that they think it is silly or they just don't get why I'm reading it. Books are subjective, don't judge me. Even I can see the merits of books that I don't particularly like or thought were not written well.
10. People who are a little mean to me in the library when they are the ones who asked me for help. I don't even work there! Okay, that's just on the list because it occurred less than an hour ago. To be fair, it's the first time that's happened to me.
(Just so you know and to reference #4, in the second sentence of #10, I had the word "happened" at first, but changed it to "occurred." Also, does <-- that period go before the quotation? I also want to apologize for any bad grammar, misspelling, typos and especially repetitive words.)