Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Heidi @ Rainy Day Ramblings. There is a new discussion question each week. You can find all the details on her page. Hope you all decide to join!
This weeks question: What are some of the books that frustrated you so much after you completed reading them that you felt like hurling the book at the wall?
Okay, so I no longer set out to read books I know will get me worked up. I used to read a lot of non-fiction, especially political books. Now, I just want a nice, pleasant read. But we all know that even a book we think is going to be a pleasant read can set us off. Everyone has those certain things that drive them crazy.
Honestly, I don’t mind cliffhangers, as long as it’s part of a series I plan on continuing. It does irritate me when I waste time on a book that I end up not liking and it ends with an open cliffhanger, because it was like there was no point in me reading it. I also don’t mind love-triangles. Well, usually I don’t. It depends on the characters and the situation.
Now, what does get my blood boiling? Abusive relationships that are romanticized. Manipulative, unhealthy relationships that are supposedly swoon-worthy, especially in YA. That enrages me like nothing else. A book that did this for me was A Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder. There was physical, mental, and emotional abuse that I couldn’t look past. You can read what I thought of it here. If I hadn’t read this as an eCopy, the book would not have survived.
The other thing that gets under my skin is inconsistencies. They make me want to scream! I notice them in a lot of books, even well-known books I love. However, if they are very minor and it only happens once or maybe twice, then I can let it go. But there are books that I seriously have to wonder if the authors even re-read what they wrote. The most recent one that immediately pops in my head is Doomed by Tracy Deebs. There were so many. There are actually quite a few books, but I remember this one annoying me on a number of occasions.
You know what really irritates me, too, that falls under that category? Characters that lose their cars. Wtf is with that? Do you know how often this happens? Character A drives somewhere, then at some point gets in the car with character B or whatever, and then eventually Character A is being taken home without their car. Yet, the next day their car is in their driveway like nothing. It makes me want to punch the book.
There was another book I read not too long ago that I would have loved to hurl at the wall. The Weepers by Susanne Winnacker irritated me so bad. So many lame inconsistencies, stupid characters, and the first in a series. I was so mad that I wasted my time on this book, because no way was I going to read the next book. And if I saw someone refer to the creatures in the book as zombies one more time, I was going to flip. They were not zombie!
It’s probably a good thing I mostly read on my kindle. It saves the books from hitting the wall.