Top 5 Wednesday |Bookish Things You’re A Grinch About|Blogmas Day 6

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Hi guys,

How are you all doing? I’m currently enjoying a few days off work. 🙂

Here’s my first Top 5 Wednesday post of December. I’ve looked at the other topics for this month and I’m so excited to write up the posts.

I hope you enjoy,


Top 5 Wednesday (T5W) was created by the YouTubers Lainey – and Samantha – in 2013. I know I’m late to the party, but it’s better late than never eh? It’s a tag used by both YouTubers and Bloggers.

A new topic is chosen weekly and every Wednesday you upload a list of 5 books/answers that are related to the chosen topic.

If you would like to get involved and join in, here is a link to the Goodreads group where each topic is published:


*Spoiler warning for All That She Can See – Carrie Hope Fletcher below – avoid answer if you’re planning on reading this.*

1. Typos

This is something that bothers me so much. I understand that one typo or grammatical error in an entire book isn’t bad going, but I feel as though editors and proof readers should notice them all.

I know we’re not all perfect, heck I get things wrong too, but as an aspiring editor, this tends to be something I pick up on a lot when reading.

2. Historically inaccurate plots

This is something I find irritating. If you want to write a book that’s not set in the era you’re currently in it’s logical to do as much research as possible before writing.

It annoys me when I read book, particularly if it’s one centred around World War Two, and it contains weapons or transport that weren’t used or invented yet, for example. I understand that it’s difficult to research every detail of a plot and that many readers wouldn’t notice, but thorough research should be important to the author.

3. When characters that hate each other suddenly fall in love

This has happened in a lot of books that I’ve read and it bothers me so much. For example I recently read Carrie Hope Fletcher’s – All That She Can See. While I enjoyed the book, I felt that it was completely unnecessary for the main character, Cherry, to fall in love with someone she hates throughout the first half of the book. It happens so suddenly and it just feels like a forced relationship rather than a natural one.

I’m not bashing the book as a whole, as I did enjoy it, but this specific plot line annoys me in general. If the character’s love blossoms slowly, through the characters development and change then I’m all for it, but not when it happens suddenly.

Side note: I also dislike instant love in novels. I understand that you can be attracted to someone when you first meet, but so many books over exaggerate this and it’s not realistic. I prefer the characters to get to know each other first.

4. When all the character’s unrealistically survive

This may be a controversial one. For example, in fantasy books when all of the “good guys” fight the “bad guys” and win without any casualties – It’s just not realistic, especially when all of the “bad guys” end up dead or imprisoned.

Now I understand that you can’t kill off all of a main cast and I wouldn’t want that to happen, but sometimes I think it’s necessary to the plot for a pivotal character to be injured or die if there’s a big battle.

5. Unnecessarily killing off characters because it’s trendy to do so

On the flip side to my last answer, it annoys me when authors kill off characters unnecessarily. Ever since Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead have become popular, it seems to be trendy to kill off well loved, popular characters for literally no reason at all, other than to shock the reader.

While this can work in certain situations, a lot of the time I just find it frustrating and annoying.

What are your book related peeves? Do you agree with some of mine or do you disagree? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂


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29 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday |Bookish Things You’re A Grinch About|Blogmas Day 6

  1. hrhthelastredhead says:

    Completely agree with 3&4! Especially 4. Cannot stand unrealistic results. Although game of thrones slaughters their characters, 9/10 it is a direct result of a mistake they’ve made. If you don’t want a character to die, then make sure they make the choices that lead to survival! My personal peeves are love triangles, 17 year olds saving the world and the chosen one troupe. Love triangles are such cheap and lousy ways of creating conflicts. Teenagers do my nut in and the last thing I care about is one with magical powers. Sorry Sarah J Maas, I love you but age your characters! And as much as I love Harry Potter, the whole chosen one who is good at everything vibe is a little tedious and unrealistic. Especially in comparison to poor ron who gets such a raw deal!

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    • Ash Williams says:

      I completely agree with you. Like obviously I get it with ages in YA books, but yeah it is unrealistic! Yeah that’s what I like about GoT the characters that die, die at the right times and it’s not for the sake of it!


  2. Mummy Cat says:

    I agree with the killing off characters for shock value, while its not book related at the end of Buffy the writer had to kill of two characters and while one felt justified the other one was completely unneeded!


  3. Kai Amal says:

    There’s an expression in Hebrew – each word is set in stone. It essentially means I couldn’t agree more!
    Especially with the falling in love thing, I hate it when love just pops out of thin air. Love should be gradual, not a just a sudden whim. That’s a big problem in the movies, I think. They have so little time to fit love in, that in many cases relationships end up being simply unrealistic.

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