How to annoy a bookworm in 5 easy steps

Bookworms are generally assumed to be placid and docile, though many surprise onlookers with an outburst of passion about  a favourite book or character.

Still, they’re not generally associated with being quick to anger.

Yet, there are a few sure-fire ways you can bring a bookworm to boiling point.

Interrupt them when they’re reading

Bonus points for interrupting during the last chapter or final few pages.

Only to be attempted if you are really, really sure you can handle the fallout.

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(This one is for publishers) Not clearly marking when a book is part of a series

The number of times I have read a book, only to realise, once I’m already hooked that it is number 17 of 25 in a series. Just mention it somewhere – spine, back cover, inside front cover – all acceptable, but just not mentioning it at all is really annoying.


Changing the cover or size of the book halfway through a series

I’m not talking about occasions where the cover design is changed for a really good reason (e.g. to correct issues of representation) but where the design or size is changed, seemingly without reason.

This has happened to me a few times, usually when ordering a trilogy from Amazon. In two cases the first and third books were the same height but the middle book was much bigger…This just made me so sad.

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Damaging a book you have borrowed

I think the same goes for anything that you have borrowed from a friend, but items should be returned in the condition in which it was lent. It is also annoying when someone never returns a book that you have lent to them.

I have lost so many books over the years through people not returning them that I have now become quite cautious about who I lend them to.

Adapt a loved book into a movie…but poorly!

Most books suffer in the transition to the big screen as lots must be cut out to fit into the film’s runtime. However, a poor adaptation of a beloved book can really send bookworms’ blood pressure shooting up even more than usual, particularly when key plotlines have been cut or characters have changed so much that they are almost unrecognizable.

Can you think of any other ways to annoy a bookworm?

How do people annoy you when you have your nose stuck in a book?

Obviously, there are much bigger problems in the world…but at least you are now a few steps closer to keeping the bookworms in your life happy by NOT following the tips above!

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28 Comments Add yours

  1. Why do people insist on interrupting us while we’re reading?!?! Do they have no care about their physical health??? It remains a mystery… JUST.LET.ME.READ!

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    1. I know! Especially when its to ask what we’re reading…I don’t mind too much if I can give a brief synopsis and go back to reading, but if asked more I usually suggest, rather forcefully, that they read it after me!


  2. Yes! This list is absolutely perfect! I hate being interrupted when I’m reading and don’t change the covers/sizes!

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    1. It really is a problem, isn’t it? Especially when you’ve already bought the first 5 books in a series and the 6th one looks different. Especially if you really love the series, you just end up buying the first 5 again!

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      1. Exactly. And it’s so annoying because the original covers will never be complete.

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  3. Yup yup yup. Agree with all 🙂

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  4. Oh gosh, yes. Why is it that people seem to think, when you’re reading, that it means you want them to come talk to you??? When I was in high school, people would always interrupt me while reading. I wasn’t bored, I was busy! And YESSS it’s so frustrating that pubs/authors don’t make it clear that a book is part of a series! I shouldn’t have to hunt around to figure that out.

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    1. I have read a number of books over the years, then found out I’ve accidentally read book 3 in a series of 4 or something like that. Now that I have joined Goodreads it helps me to avoid that!

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  5. Kristina says:

    all pinpoint! specially interupting my reading, specially if I do so in english as it’s harder for me – and for something totally useless …. and yes to damaging books like 1bcdgihuojfkl I wanna keep my books intact, thank you very much. Go buy your own instead x)

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    1. Yes, I totally agree, especially when you’re reading in a second language. I have lost so many books over the years to people borrowing them and not returning them or damaging them…

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  6. Emma's Library says:

    Yes to all of these. Another way to annoy me and probably other visually impaired readers is publishers using tiny fonts in paperback books. I understand that there’s a quota of certain number of words per page depending on the page count but it puts me off buying physical copies of books when the font is too small. I was gutted the other day when I flicked through The Name of the Wind in Waterstones because I really wanted the book in paperback but the font was just that little bit too small for me. Yes, this is why my kindle is a godsend but I still love the feel of a good, popular book in my hands.

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    1. Yes, I agree, tiny print is a pain even if you have a text magnifier. I also like how I can change the colour of the screen and text on an e-reader as the glare from a white page on black can play havoc with your eyes! I generally find that hardbacks have bigger print than paperbacks, especially for longer books – maybe that’s worth a try?

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      1. Emma's Library says:

        Yes! I often change the colour on my screen too so it’s easier to read.

        I think I may see if that’s a possibility. I tend to prefer paperbacks for their portability but like you said, hardbacks generally do have bigger print so they’re often better to read from.

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      2. Hope you can find copies of the books you want! I like hardbacks to read at home and paperbacks or e-books for on the go!

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      3. Emma's Library says:

        I hope so too, thank you.

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