Shannon Dittemore



So, I’m reading along, loving this cool, new YA book, when out of nowhere–nowhere, I tell you!–my pet peeve sneaks into a paragraph.


Before I know it, the vexing monstrosity has taken over the entire chapter and I’ve no choice but to throw the offending book across the room.

I hate that.

We all have them, I suppose. Pet peeves. It’s like that moment in the theatre when you stand up, dust the popcorn off your thighs, and stomp out. I tell you, if I could have stomped out on this book, I would have. I may have even blown a raspberry at the disappointment.

It’s that thing, you know, that THING–ARGH!–that drives you so nuts you’d rather pluck your eyebrows than read another page.

You read, right? Then you must have a thing.

What is it?

What drives you crazy?



  • Comment by elana Wilkins — June 2, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    I hate it when I get bored while reading. I am reading and somewhere along the way I get lost in a thought and have to re-read the whole last page. Not necessarily the author’s fault :o) Glad I am not an author, or even really a writer. I’m sure my blog posts are irritating at some point for those with a true writers eye, Love your posts… so easy to read… And I never get bored.

  • Comment by Shan — June 2, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    I love when you visit my blog, Elana! And I enjoy reading your stuff. No snoozing over here! But, man! Getting bored during a book is awful. I know that feeling. Like you, I pray, my words never do that to a poor soul. 🙂

  • Comment by Lacey — June 3, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    I love to read! It was a passion I found after high school. Unfortunately, I hated it before that. The thing that irks me the most when reading is too much detail (leave a little for the reader to have an imagination) and too much inappropriateness that doesn’t seem to fit into the story or add anything to it.

  • Comment by Shan — June 3, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Yes! Lacey! Yes… I so know.

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