Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge Day 7: Top Ten Book Bloggers Pet Peeves

Posted January 7, 2014 in Meme / 18 Comments


Rachel at Parajunkee has come up with a terrific idea to start the new year out right.  And it’s super easy… jump on and join along!  Just click on the image above or go HERE for all the details! 

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Oh yeah, baby.  Today we’re talking about those things that drive a book blogger to drink or consume massive amounts of chocolate.


Top Ten Book Blogger’s Pet Peeves


I could only muscle up seven.  So counting down…

#7 – That haul post video from the summer of 2012 where those two sisters picked up duplicates of ARCs from the ALA Conference in Anaheim, CA.  The only reason just about everyone knows about it is because they were kind enough to share a very long vlog showcasing every book.  Thank goodness that bad blogger behavior has stopped… I hope!


#6 – Spam in my comments – seriously?  There’s a person named “some famous person naked” commenting on my old posts?  I don’t find too many of those but they’re starting to creep in daily.  I almost don’t want to talk about it for fear of more spam.


#5  – WordPress and double spacing lines (aka “ ”).  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you’re lucky, don’t worry about it.  Double spacing and getting it to hold is the bane of my existence.


#4 – Authors behaving badly – I’ve kind of stopped keeping track of them but I DO watch out for them!  I have a few friends on Goodreads that have these great shelves called “will never read” or something like that.  I’m still sickened from the time the one reviewer/blogger’s personal information was made public by authors.  WTH?


#3 – Any reviewer/reader on Goodreads who continues to read and review an author’s book/series when they clearly don’t like the books, especially after they slammed the first book.  And yet they continue to bash the rest of the series.  That reader just needs to stop reading that author!  Seriously!!  Another, WTH???


#2 – CAPTCHA – It’s a royal pain and I know y’all need it to prevent spam but I can’t comment on your blogs from my iPad or phone if you have it on.  Sorry, no comment for you (but you get a page view!)


And last but not least, and this might surprise some of my friends who use these…

#1 – .gif’s – grrrrrrrr….


I’m like the little boy driving the gator, I just want to run over reviewers who only write reviews in .gifs.  I know you’ve seen them on Goodreads.  They take up entire multiple screen scrolls just to get to actual reviews.  And why do they have to be the first reviews?!  UGH, move over, let someone who can put words together through.  By the way, where do y’all find all these clever little things?!  I had the absolute hardest time finding any!!!  


… I’ve got to go hit the chocolate.









About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.



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18 responses to “Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge Day 7: Top Ten Book Bloggers Pet Peeves

  1. I actually like gifs, so long as the entire review isn’t all gifs, but a few are great, I think. Fortunately, I was completely unaware of any blogger/author drama until recently. I tend to do my best to avoid things like that. It’s ridiculous and silly. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
    Jessica Nicole recently posted…Music Monday (4)

    • K

      Actually, one or two are okay, especially in a blog. Its really the ones that are one .gif after another in an entire GR review. Especially when they are only Big Bang Theory or Sherlock clips… c’mon! Be original folks!!! tee, hee!!!

      • Oh, I agree! Honestly, most of the gifs I use (not on my blog but for other things) are Supernatural gifs. There’s just so many and they have one for everything! 😀

  2. I never thought of #3 & #4 but I agree with them so much!!

    As for double spacing on WordPress I’ve finally found a way of doing it. I only ever want double spacing on my lists so I haven’t bothered doing it to my whole theme.

    The way to do it is annoying and requires you to almost never come back to the post to edit it. First make sure the TinyMCE plugin is deactivated if you use it, then go to edit your post in the text (code) section. Once you’ve done that add all the extra breaks you need and hit save. The code should stick but the minute you click on visual editing they’ll modify it so it’s best to add your breaks last to the post, hit save and never look back lol

    Otherwise you might want to add double spaces to your themes CSS? That way you won’t have to do it manually ever again. 🙂
    Farhana recently posted…Top 10 Book Blogger Pet Peeves

    • K

      UGH, that is how it actual happens when I do get it to stick, but I don’t ever turn off my TinyMCE. Hmmm. I’m hoping when I switch over to Thesis that might fix things… err, I’m REALLY hoping!!! I’m so glad I’m not the only one 😀

      • It’s TinyMCE causing the problems. That thing likes to change things around on it’s own accord. I’ve had to turn it off multiple times for this challenge! Haha

        Good luck with Thesis, I’ve never used it so let me know how it goes! 🙂
        Farhana recently posted…Top 10 Book Blogger Pet Peeves

  3. Gifs make me a bit nauseated. I cannot read gif reviews.

    CAPTCHA must goooo! Although this new numbers one is easier than those blurry letters…

    I am guilty of #3, but only when I somehow end up with multiple books in the series (won, for review, purchased). I feel bad for not reading the rest if I have them, but I also feel bad reading a book I know I’m probably going to hate. But my feeling bad about not reading it ends up being worse. I also try to give series a second chance, so sometimes I’ll read the second book to see if it gets better. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. So I’m not doing it to be mean.
    Angie F. recently posted…Review: The Destiny of Violet & Luke (The Coincidence, #3) by Jessica Sorensen

    • K

      Oh, that’s totally okay with #3 the way YOU do it!!! I do the same thing!! It’s when someone requests an ARC specifically and then slams it again! I saw this one reviewer do it and kind of got personal about the author. It turned my stomach that the blogger was behaving so badly. But I totally get giving the author a second or third chance! Sometimes the story is so good but the execution sucks!! 😀

  4. I agree with all your pet peeves! I don’t even know how to post a review with all those GIFs! And one might be ok, but more than that to get you point across just isn’t necessary.

    #5 – I use a plugin called Shortcodes Ultimate that has a shortcode called spacer that adds extra spaces where I need them. I used to have to add those pesky little non-breaking space codes and hope they stuck. Now I don’t worry so much. It also includes a lot of other shortcodes I adore.

    Great list!
    Shari recently posted…ARC Review: Hope Flames by Jaci Burton

    • K

      I’m totally looking that plugin up! I might even have it already b/c it sounds familiar! I have one and it has so many bells and whistles I don’t know have the shortcodes on it 🙂 Thanks for the help!!!!!

  5. I completely agree with the gifs. I have that in my list as well. I wouldn’t mind if it were only one and it connected well with what the blogger was trying to say but a few blogs I have seen have several of them and then I have to keep scrolling down to find the rest of the words… I find that to be annoying.


  6. I totally know what you mean about those spam comments! This guy named ‘Macklemore’ has been commenting on ALL our posts with very inappropriate stuff… Ech. And the gifs can be cute at first, but seriously, they have got to limit it to just one per review or something.