- First Person: If I could choose, I would much rather a book be in first person. I think it allows you to get absorbed into the book more, and become the character. You can relate to them more, and feel their emotions. However, I have recently read a book in third person - Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - and it was AMAZING! :') But, I think that is because of the storyline and all the brilliant ideas. Or maybe I have just read third person in bad books?
- Grammar and Spelling Mistakes: This is a big one for me. Sure, my grammar isn't perfect, but I can still spot the basic ones! This mainly focuses on self-published books. I'm not insulting the self-publishing industry, I'm just stating this because they have less editing provided for them. I recently read a book (I recently reviewed it.. try and guess which one it is :P) and it had mistakes in every paragraph. EVERY PARAGRAPH. Ahh, I couldn't stand it! The tenses were different each time, some common grammatical words were being mixed up. I have definitely read amazing self-published books where there have been no mistakes, and they were better than some bestsellers! But, it is very irritating when there are many mistakes in a book. You lose concentration and some parts don't make sense. And, to be honest, I think that is a big pet peeve for fellow bookworms! ;)
- Shallow Characters: I.E, characters with no personalities, hypocritical, or just very annoying. Usually, a story is nothing without characters. Therefore, if there is no people to empathise with or even like, then what's the point?
- Predictable Endings: It says it all in the title really. If you can predict the ending, then the book is ruined. Sometimes you can predict the ending, but the book does a BIG twist and you are totally wrong - I like those kind of books! ;)
- Too Much Detail: Don't get me wrong, sometimes description in books can be beautiful. But if there is too much detail, then it becomes sooooooo boooorrriinnnggg.....zzzzz. I'm like; "Just get on with the story!!!" Sometimes I end up skipping big paragraphs because of this, which shouldn't happen in books. (if you can't tell already, I'm a bit impatient).
- Books That Cost a Zillion Pounds: This isn't really the author's fault, but it is very annoying! I appreciate a book that has beautiful quality paper with detailed illustrations, a hardback with a lovely dust cover, and maybe some swag included. But a simple book for twenty something pounds?? Gaa, we are not rich -_- (unless you are, then yay for you ... awkward)
- My Preferred Genre: This one is purely my opinion, and the book may be FANTABULISTICOZO but just not for me. I love YA books - mystery, romance, action, thrillers, dystopian, chick lit and contemporary. But I'm not really a fan of historical fiction, or the vampire trend (Team Jacob ;D). (those of you who are, don't kill me! *ducks*)
So, what about you? Unscary monsters that are meant to be scary, stereotypes, a certain trend that you wish would go, cliches? Let me know!