Hello friends! Today I wanted to talk to you about some of my book review pet-peeves. I’ve spoken about my “bookish pet peeves” before (where I actually do mention one of these pet peeves already), but this post is directly relating to how people write reviews for books.
I want to start off this blog post by saying that I don’t mean to cause any offence with this post – it’s not directed at anyone in specific! These are just my own opinions on certain things that annoy me in reviews – however, I can still enjoy a review even when these pet peeves are present… I’d just rather they weren’t there!
Reviews that aren’t reviews
This is where the reviewer simply rewords the synopsis, every so often adding comments like “I really liked this character”, but never actually expands on their thoughts and feelings on the book as a whole.
I posted about this pet-peeve on Twitter, and it seems a lot of people are annoyed by the same thing. Simply re-writing a plot is not a review, it’s just editing. By telling me what the plot is about (after copy & pasting the synopsis above) does not help me decide whether I should pick up the book or not!
It’s not a review!!!
The use of ‘s
OK, so this is controversial, but gif’s in reviews irritate me. I’m all for a gif in other scenarios, but they just get in the way when they’re plopped into reviews. I always read around them, mostly never even looking at the gif, but it would just be nicer to not have them there! They break up the text in the most annoying of ways.
I get that gifs are like a trend now, but I wish they weren’t lol. (I used gifs in my reviews back in 2016 before I realised how annoying they were. Gifs and American Psycho don’t mix)
Stressing a lot of unnecessary words
Some people just really love to stress words in their reviews more than necessary. I’m all for using italics or bold to make my point clear… but only in a couple of sentences, not in them all!
It annoys me when an author overuses this method, let alone when I’m trying to read a review about the book. When I see a review where the bold text is rife, I often just bounce back out of it, my eyes can’t cope.
Negative reviews that judge the readers
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I just loooove to write a negative review for a book – it feels just as good as writing a nice one – so my problem here isn’t negative reviews. If you disliked a book, you disliked a book, there’s no way of getting around that. BUT, you don’t need to judge other readers if they liked the book.
Everyone has different views and opinions on things, and as long as they’re not offensive (racist, derogatory etc), then they’re doing no harm in liking something you didn’t… leave them alone!
Aaaand there we have it. Rant over!
Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to book reviews you seen online? I’d love to see what grinds your gears as much as these grind mine!