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5 Annoying Habits of Readers I Can’t Stand

You know, I never thought to consider this, but ranting on WordPress is a great way to let out a lot of typical teen angst πŸ˜ƒ.

Hey Pals!! Today, I am going to be sharing with y’all 5 Annoying Habits of Readers I Can’t Stand. And yes, I may have had a very weird day because this post is gonna be a little aggressive, but I can’t help myself, I think this is going to be so much fun! So, let’s get started with the full-on rant!

1: Readers judging other readers who annotate their books

I am going to be very honest here- if you lowkey have the time to make an entire freaking blog post about how you find those who dog-ear books to be worse than Satan, I think that it’s time you start worrying about possible career choices after 12th standard because girl, you’ve got way too much free time on your hands.

This is the meme that readers seem to absolutely love. Another thing they seem to love is to condescend people who scribble in notebooks or highlight stuff. And ahem…according to my imaginary therapist, coming across such people on social media is not very good for my mental health ☺️.

According to these people, the readers who annotate their books are hurting them because books are supposed to be “loved” and “caressed” and “treasured”. Well, just so you know, “treasuring” something doesn’t mean keeping it in pristine condition all the time. Sometimes “treasuring” something can extend to loving it so much that you can’t help but want to experience the feeling of having read a book again so you annotate it to remember all the memories you made while reading it! Get that in your head and stop judging people who annotate or dog-ear books! It’s their book, it’s their wish. 😑

2: Readers recommending me books and saying I’ll love them without giving me any insight as to why I’ll love them

This probably should not bother me as much as it does but I hate it when people are like- “omggGG this book is like soooooo good, you just have to read this book. Like just *closes eyes and sighs in exaggeration* I can’t even tell you how great it is, you just HAVE to read this book. Like just haaaveeEEE to read it.”

And I am like πŸ™‚-

I’m sorry, but there are lots of books that I know I just have to read, like my Maths textbook for instance, and I am not going to read the book you are recommending just because you think I just haveeee to read it.

Just because you love a book doesn’t mean I’m going to love the book too. There is a difference between recommending me something and forcing me to read it just because you love it. I mean, at least tell me what was so good about it! If you don’t know this about me, I am too much of a critique for my good. I can point out something negative about a book without even having to blink. That’s why I have so much pent-up anger and unpopular opinions all the time. So yeah, your choice is probably very different from mine. And unless you give me some good points as to why the said book is the absolute best in the entire galaxy, do not shove it down my nose every time we talk!

3: Booktubers pronouncing every “the” in a book title as “thee”

See, by now y’all probably know that I also have way too much free time on my hands if I have the energy to complain about trivial stuff like this. But forgive me, nothing can stop me right now.

I do not know how many people are aware of this, but there’s a very specific grammar rule regarding the pronunciation of “the” and “thee”. “The” is only pronounced as “thee” when it is followed by a word that begins with a vowel sound. For example- thee apple instead of the apple is preferred. But thee book is never grammatically correct.

So, you see, it kind of bothers me when Booktubers pronounce every single the in a book title as thee, because it’s just not grammatically correct!!! Apparently, The Language of Thorns is now Thee Language of Thorns. And it’s also not The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it’s Thee Girl with Thee Dragon Tattoo *waves air quotes*.

You are ruining the names of perfectly good books just because you think “the” is so replaceable that you can change it to “thee” anywhere you like! I am no Shakespeare but I know for a fact that even he did not use as many thees in the entire Merchant of Venice as you do in a single video! This is just so not acceptable and I am absolutely offended! 😀

4: Book bloggers using short forms for every book

Recently, I read a blog in which somebody casually mentioned how they read a book. What was the name of the book, you might ask? Oh, it’s called TATBILB πŸ™‚.

Now, that took me about two minutes to figure out. Two freaking minutes! To be honest, it was not that hard. It stands for To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, which is a pretty basic book so πŸ™„. The point is using short forms as pronouns is becoming so common that people don’t even bother using the actual book name once to let us know what book they are going to be shortening later!

Of course it does!

Let me try explaining this calmly. Imagine TATBILB as a pronoun for the actual book name (you do know what are nouns and pronouns, right?). Now the wise thing to do would be to mention the actual noun, which in this case is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and then use its short form wherever you’re too lazy to type the whole thing. Some people however are under the impression that their audience will understand their weird short form even when they do not use the actual book name anywhere in their post.

Not to mention, the number of short forms for books these days is insane! You do realize that 80 percent of your audience will still think of The Vampire Diaries every time you use TVD as a substitute for These Violent Delights? Why? Because that’s just the way most of the population think 😩! As long as the short form is not of a book like The Fault in our Stars or A Court of Thorns and Roses (both of which have very popular short forms) nobody will ever guess what book you’re talking about because short forms for books just aren’t that common or widely-used. So please learn to use them wisely!

5: Readers judging subtly condescending people for reading certain stuff

Now, this one does not happen that often, but it has happened a few times. Usually, when I’m reading a blog, I see people referring to certain genres like they might be some disgusting piece of trash. For instance- erotica. And like I said, this hasn’t happened a lot of times but it has happened, and it has been very infuriating because you’re not even judging the person who reads erotica, you’re straight-up looking down on them! The way people say- “I do not get the point behind reading meaningless smut,” they may not realize it but it does sound offensive to those who do read that stuff. And before you get your minds thinking πŸ‘€, I am not trying to imply that I read erotica, I am just saying in general. Not only erotica, sometimes I see readers being embarrassed for reading too much middle grade or romance, and I just want to ask- who made you feel this way?! You’re allowed to read literally whatever you want without bothering about what people think.

Now that I think about it, I want to ask- why do people even think!? I swear most of the problems in this world are because people “think”. If only people stopped trying to use their hay-filled brains all the dang time to “think” stupid stuff and put their heads to rest instead, more than half the people in this world would be way less depressed than they are.

Now, that was totally irrelevant and according to my imaginary therapist (which, did I mention, is my ghost?) it’s time for me to take some rest. So, I am gonna back away now.

Aah, the feeling of contentment after ranting so much for absolutely no reason 😌.

I’m done and now it’s your turn. Let me know if you relate to any of the points I mentioned above. Also let me know something you don’t like about readers, down in the comments πŸ˜€.



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110 thoughts on “5 Annoying Habits of Readers I Can’t Stand

  1. Yooo, this was a brilliant rant! And I agree with you…
    I don’t see what is wrong with annotating… Heck, I have been wanting to annotate my books for a while now… And I think I will start soon. :DDD
    Ooh, yes, those short forms are really annoying!
    Let’s not talk about the faces some people make when we tell them we read “fiction” … T.T

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    1. Thank you, your appreciation of my rant is much appreciated!
      And same, I haven’t properly ever annotated my books but sometimes I highlight stuff and people always think I’m crazy or something.
      I know right!
      And yes, we’re definitely not going to talk about them πŸ˜‚.

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  2. I got the full form of TATBILB before even reading the sentenceπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ but yea I did get confused when people started to use TVD for The Violent Delights because the first thing that used to come to my mind was definitely The Vampire Diaries (we just cant get over that short form because its just so famous)
    AND PEOPLE PRONOUNCING ‘THE’ AS ‘THEE’, PISS. ME. OFF. Like guys go and learn English again, why do you want to just flex your accent or something?
    Omg this was sooo much fun to read, you have no idea how interesting it was!! and also, the “it was one heck of a rant” made it more funnyπŸ˜‚

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    1. You’re a genius then, Siya. A genius, i am telling you! *proceeds to applaud*
      And yes, thanks for supporting the TVD-stands-for-the-vampire-diaries club 😌.
      And OMG, I freaking know right! Like being an Indian I wonder if my school taught me the wrong stuff about the pronunciation of the, but then I’m like no- these people are doing it wrong!!
      And thank you so much! Really good to know you enjoyed it, I did have lots of fun writing it! ,πŸ€“

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  3. Heeheehee, these types of rants are my absolute favorites! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    As a person who never does either of those things and just memorizes page numbers, I must admit I still love that monstrous dogear vs. bookmark meme 😁 I just hate dogearing or annotating my books PERSONALLY! But I see absolutely no issues with other people doing it to theirs. In fact, I find it super interesting to learn how and why they annotate and definitely don’t judge! I just don’t like my books being marked up because I reread a lot and it tends to distract me…

    And yes, getting recommendations that are simply “THIS BOOK IS SOOOO AMAZING!! I LOVE IT SO MUCH!! YOU HAVE TO READ IT!!” are kind of annoying πŸ˜… Like, I don’t care if you love this, I care about whether I’ll love it!!! But on the other hand, I also can’t stand when people tell me too many details about a book beforehand because I love going into them blind. Apparently, I’m just impossible to please πŸ˜‚

    And OMG yes!!!! The thee thing drives me INSANE!!! I thought I was the only one grammatically petty enough to be annoyed by this, so now I feel extremely validated 😎

    Regarding short-forms – I must admit I’ve been so puzzled by some of them that I straight-up googled them because I thought the blogger in question must be using some technical term I didn’t know, only to realize none of the search results made sense, use my brain cells, and realize AGGGTM might refer to that book they talked about earlier πŸ™ˆ

    And yes! Let people read what they want without judgment! 😊

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      1. Yeah, it wasn’t sarcastic. I mean, i do need to open the maths book almost daily because how else will I pass 10th boards…not to mention maths can be interesting sometimes when I’m in the mood.

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    1. I’m grinning right now because this comment is so amazing!
      Good to know you like rants! πŸ˜‚

      And yes, I do get it when people don’t dog-ear their own books. Like it’s obviously their book and their wish. I just wish people would be more acceptable to those who annotate their books because it’s really not something to make a fuss about.

      No, but at least tell me what you liked about the book. Like maybe you found the writing style interesting or maybe the plot twists. I am like- give me something at least, don’t leave it blank!

      Thank you! The more people who support the thee campaign, the better, this really needs to be stopped. 😌

      That one is a good girl’s guide to murder, isn’t it? It’s gotten pretty popular too. I can’t believe you actually googled that 🀣. I think we might be the only backward ones who don’t know enough bookish short forms for their own good.

      Yes, no judgement guys (Niall Horan pun intended).

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      1. Why do I have a feeling you kind of already knew I liked rants? πŸ˜‚ But yes, this one was awesome!

        And hey, back when I first googled AGGGTM, it wasn’t that popular yet, okay! (It definitely was.) It was a legitimate googlable question!! (It totally was not.)

        And yes, yes! As a fellow #theeonlybeforevowels campaigner, I always say to readers that you don’t have to prove nothin’, you can just be yourself! 😊

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      2. Yes, I knew you loved rants obviously. Evil minds think alike after all 😜.

        Uh huh, I still think it was a very un-googlable question.

        How is being yourself related to #theeonlybeforevowels? How did you even combine these two sentiments in one? 🧐

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  4. This is so apt! πŸ˜‚
    I’d like to add one: Readers who praise a book and then refuses to lend it to someone who’s interested to read it.
    I mean, I understand it to some extent. Some people can be careless with stuff and it’s better to steer clear of them, but some readers have this as a rule of not lending books!

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    1. Glad to know you think that!
      Omg, this is so relatable! 🀣
      But I don’t know, I do understand some people might not lend books because they’re very possessive about it. I probably would lend them the book, but there are a few exceptions. Still, I get what you mean πŸ˜‚.

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      1. Wait.I google (I literally google every single thing πŸ˜‚) the meaning of the word topper.

        a machine that cuts the tops of weeds.
        a hard protective lightweight cover or shell mounted on the back or bed of a pickup truck.
        a type of camper van mounted on a truck bed.
        a top hat.
        “he raised his topper to her”
        an exceptionally good person or thing. (Which you are. See you are a topper😎)

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      2. You actually copy-pasted the whole thing here wow 😲.
        And okay, so your definition of topper was different from mine. According to YOUR definition, I might be a topper πŸ˜‚

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  5. It took me a second to process the letters were To All The Boys πŸ˜‚I’ll admit I used to be a tad guilt of the first one – but then I had to start annotating books for school and it was actually fun! πŸ˜†πŸ’—

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  6. Ngl I do use the short form for so many books, mostly with stuff like Six of Crows and We Hunt The Flame πŸ˜… I have, however, started writing in books, and even though I avoid it on brand new books (I can’t bring myself to ruin that crisp perfection πŸ˜…) I do actually like annotating quite a bit. Great post Nehal, this was a lot of fun to read!

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    1. Oh, well lots of people use short-forms. I just don’t get half of them most of the times.
      And yeah, annotating isn’t bad but even I get the feel of keeping a brand new book kind of neat and clean sometimes.
      And thanks a lot, Cherry! πŸ˜€

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  7. I mean, in my posts I rarely use short forms, but in the comments I do, because I am just too lazy to type the entire thing, lol
    Also, the the-thee thing, I feel like in the general, Americans pronounce the as thee, so, idk about that.
    But I completely agree about the annotate thing, because like, even if you take a human being, you know you’re close to someone when you’ve hurt them without meaning to (or with good intentions), so yes, I don’t consider dog-earing or connotating that bad.
    And about readers who just say you’ll love this, I sorta get them, because sometimes (read: all the time), I read books which I love, but I just don’t know how to express my love for them, so well, yeah!
    Great post, though, loved it!

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    1. I think using short forms in comments is still fine because our comments are usually informal, if that makes sense.
      Hmm maybe Americans have their own weird rules we don’t know about 🧐.
      Yay, good to know you support annotating books!
      Yeah, but you do write book reviews, don’t you? That counts as expressing love πŸ˜‚.
      Thanks a lot, Riddhi!

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  8. Ok WOW also I fully agree with the short forms cuz sometimes I am just like huh? Which book?? Also the readers judging other readers for reading some stuff is soooo relatable like reading is not about judging real people Tis about judging the MC in books and their decisions

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  9. That dog earring one is true!! I almost always dog ear my own books and people actually always look at me like I’ve murdered someone πŸ‘€. And the short forms πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’ve seen so many people write short forms for every single book and I am ALWAYS so confused .
    Loved this post!

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    1. I have never dog-eared my books personally, but i get so mad when people judge those who do dog-ear books. It’s straight up wrong!
      I know right, i swear one day bookish short forms will take over the entire human civilization πŸ€―πŸ˜‚.
      Thanks a lot, Suhani! ❀️

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    1. Thanks a lot, Akshita! Also, thanks for commenting even though you’re on a hiatus.
      And yes, I know right, we’ve had enough of thee πŸ˜‚.
      And yesss, results were good! How were yours??


  10. Nehal, your intros – THE BEST, I SWEAR. Also also I agree SO MUCH with the first point, we need more people saying it all the time! I am a proud dog-earer, but hahhahah everyone talking about ‘all the dog-earing criminals who deserve to be punished’ when i joined the blogosphere I GOT FRIGHTENED. No but even schools are against it all (all those paragraphs in value education textbooks AGH), and it’s just annoying sometimes, SO THANK YOU FOR SAYING ALL OF THAT!

    i am, unfortunately, one of those to whom the second point applies *runs away* BUT WHAT ABOUT IF SOMETIMES YOU LOVE A BOOK SO MUCH AND IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT THAT INTO WORDS WITHOUT JUST SAYING, YOU KNOW, THAT YOU “HAVEEEEE” TO READ IT?? AHHHHHHHH but yes, your point is valid *takes note to never do it again. OR AT LEAST TRY to not do it again. but no promises made*

    LOVED READING THIS SO MUCH!! My favorite part was when we got to know your ghost is the aforementioned imaginary therapist.

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    1. Yessss, finally someone who appreciates my intros, even though they are so weird heheeee!
      And pleasure! Also, can I just say that thank you for being a proud dog-earer because we need more of those! I am just so much in the habit of using bookmarks that I never needed to do it but good to know there are people out there who r not scared to do it!

      And okay yes, I get that it can happen 🀣. I mean, it is not like u r doing something wrong just by recommending people your favourite book. I guess it is fine a few times but gets annoying when people don’t stop doing it lol.
      And yeah yeah, keep recommending those books, no need to change lol.
      My ghost is pleased to see you appreciating my therapist πŸ˜‚.
      Thanks a lot, Anoushka!!

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      1. Ahh I actually dog-ear pages that contain lines I love or something like that, but for remembering my place in the book I usually memorise the page number. *realises she had not needed to provide an entire explanation*
        *says eh and continues on anyway*

        THANK YOU!

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  11. I want to comment about this blog
    it is very relatable and has a connect with the readers!!
    As a reader of this blog, I feel a deep connect and I guess that’s the most important thing for a blogger, to establish a connect!!

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  12. I agree with everything except about the thinking. People don’t think enough, or more accurately, they are not armed with the proper tools for thinking. Judging, by your use of the term, β€œmaths,” I suppose you live in the UK (I’m jealous), so you didn’t directly suffer under the idiocy of the orange buffoon, who lived in our White House for four years-I’ve never called him President, and I never will. People NOT thinking is how he got installed. I’m so sick of people who are willfully stupid, or ignorant. Loved you post. It was hilarious.

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      1. To many of us trump is known by various insulting nicknames, one of which is, the orange buffoon. Those of us with intelligence are completely insulted by his existence. He was never Presidential. He refuses to read or understand our Constitution. I could go on. And, duh, I didn’t even think of the Indian connection. Sorry! I love reading about Indian culture, history, and eating the food.

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  13. Good post! Could relate to all of the points and could find myself guilty of doing certain things mentioned here! πŸ˜€

    Recollecting from my memory, once my 1st std teacher chided me for dog-ear-ing a page on my text book, mentioning that I’d forget whatever I read from that particular page which I dog-ear-ed. So never to do that again! I did believe and followed it for quite a while πŸ˜€

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    1. Thankss! And good to know you relate, haha!

      What a fun strategy your teacher did btw πŸ˜‚. I don’t get why people bother, it’s just a book, it won’t die if you fold in a corner lol.


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