In no particular order:
- Cheap trade paperbacks whose spine glue breaks enough for individual pages to slip out -or- discovering missing pages from a really good book you're reading because of this.
- When that spine glue breaks on first opening.
- Incomplete series. (I'm looking at you, Anne et Serge.)
- Inability to locate a book in a series (ie, it's listed as "missing" at the library, the bookstore doesn't carry it and it never shows up when they order it, Amazon's out of stock, etc.)
- You have to wait a whole year before the next book in the series comes out.
- That book you had to study in English Lit class.
- Someone recommends a book as Really Good, only it turns out to be full of dull plots, flat characters, blatant bigotry or leprosy-ridden rapists.
- Long-winded literary style that bogs down the pace. Also, why does Litrachoor have to be so depressing? (Exception: Paulo Coelho. Go read his stuff.)
- Bad cover art: butt-ugly; has nothing to do with the book; pornographic Fuschia Fabio Lust Covers (aka 1980's Romance bodice-rippers); terrible brown 1970's literary covers.
- You finally find a Really Good Book cover-to-cover, and it's too short.
What peeves you off about books?
Her Grace loves books. But yeah. There are moments.