I like to think that overall, I’m a pretty tolerant reader. I push through a lot of books that many others DNF for various reasons (sometimes I kick myself for it). But there are still things that frustrate me when it comes to novels, both physically and story wise.
Sappy romance that takes over the plot
This is one of the things in a book that irritates me A LOT, especially if I can’t get behind the couple. Romance is not the only thing that matters, especially if it’s not a book with a romance focus. YA paranormal can be one of the biggest offenders. Characters are doing things, saving the world and being cool then lo and behold they decide their relationship is more important and get sappy and annoying. If it’s combined with instalove, it’s even more irritating.
Changing sizes of books mid series
It’s hard enough trying to get my books to fit in my shelves, but I am a Tetris master and can fit a lot of books onto a shelf… for the most part. Changing the size of the books makes it even harder! I have to split up the series to I can squeeze more books in and it makes me sad. Just keep things consistent for the love of the book blogs.
Info Dumping & Excessive Telling
When it comes to reasons for DNFing a book, infodump and boredom are some of the most common. I’m not an idiot, I can put things together and don’t need to be spoon fed everything. Show me the world building through interesting descriptions and character actions. I’ll love it more.
Cliffhangers that end mid scene
There are two types of cliffhangers:
- Cliffhangers that turn the world on it’s head after wrapping most things up (a.k.a. the good ones that complete enough of the story but has a nice twist that leaves you screaming)
- Cliffhangers that suddenly end mid scene
The second type is the one that is frustrating, though there are one or two books I enjoyed that did this (they’re rare though). These cliffhangers leave you confused and unfulfilled. There’s so many questions, so many plot lines left completely open that you own’t get answers to for a very long time.
Cover changes just before the final book release
WE’RE SO CLOSE TO THE END. THERE IS ONE BOOK LEFT. WHY CHANGE THE COVER LAST MINUTE AND RUIN THE SET??? I understand changing the cover for marketing purposes but can’t it wait until after the first printing of the last book in a series?!