P.S. I've found some wonderful posts on this topic by lovely bloggers, so all credit goes to them for coming up with this topic before me. Here's some links: here and here and here and here.
There are a few exceptions, but generally cover changes in YA series are THE WORST. It's even worse if the covers change mide series, so that the books DON'T EVEN MATCH. The worst offender for this is probably The Diviners series by Libba Bray. The first book had the most incredible cover, with a beautiful under-cover gold design of roses and lines (ooh, ahh). But then, typically, they changed it for the second book. At least the cover was still pretty, but it had none of the beauty of the first book. Then, imagine my horror when I found that they've changed the covers again (WHY!?) for the third book! *cries*
Other nightmare-ish cover changes include The Winner's series by Marie Rutkowski (but at least the publishers listened in this case and ended up releasing the last book with the beautiful original cover and the Across the Universe series by Beth Revis. The inital covers for this series were so beautiful, so WHY OH WHY did they feel the need to change them mid-series?!
There are a couple of exceptions to this rule, of course. Namely, the Anna and the French Kiss series and the Shatter me series. Seriously, both of those books badly needed a cover change and they ended up with beautiful covers.
Isn't it THE MOST ANNOYING THING when you get those oddly sized books that just don't fit anywhere on your shelves? One of the worst offenders are international editions, which I tend to buy if I can't get the US edition (I'll explain this in the next section). Like, why can't they just have a default size for books - paperback size, hardcover size and large hardcover size. Also, WHY DO MASS MARKET PAPERBACKS EXIST? I don't think I know a single person who likes them, and they're just so little and not floppy and ughhhhhhhh.....
A book series that is really bad for this is the Poison Study series by Maria V Snyder. Not only is it a nightmare to get similar covers since some of them are out of print, the last three books in the series are a completely different size from the first three!
This one I'm pretty sure I'm alone in. But....I kind of hate the UK/AUS book format.... The covers are always horrible, but worst of all, they come in this petite size which is completely rigid and has no floppiness to it, so it's impossible to read without breaking the spine. I actually kind of hate them. There are only three UK editions I like equally to the US editions - Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Even so, I bought the US edition of all three. And I've never found a UK paperback which I've liked. This is kind of a problem for me becuase I live in the UK, so US editions are super rare and it's a nightmare to get ahold of them. I've never met any other bookworms who feel this way, so.... If you love UK covers, I am so jealous of you, I wish I did! <3
Seeing a person's face on a YA book is an automatic NO for me. It looks so cheesy and generally the models are making dramatic faces which totally ruins the cover. This was a huge thing a few years ago, but thankfully seems to be fading out now. I'm Team "No Faces on Covers" XD
Movies covers are just the worst. I think that the fact that I hate movie covers so much is due to my love of simple covers, usually with typography. Movie covers are completely the opposite, usually cluttered and covered in faces (uh-oh). I would never buy a movie cover, no matter how much I loved the book. This might also be because I think it's important that people can imagine the characters however they like, so that they can relate to them more. Here are some of my most hated movie covers:
This one annoys me so much, I can't really say much about it without getting mad. One of my least favourite book tropes is when A main characters has a mental illness or disability, which upon the appearance of the love interest, disappears. Yes, having a supportive partner can mean the world in coping with your difficulties, but your struggles are yours alone and cannot be "fixed" by someone else. I particularly hate when characters with anxiety disorders suddenly become outgoing and not anxious at all after falling in love. THAT'S NOT HOW ANXIETY WORKS.
I work full-time as a bookseller every year and it pains me to sticker up books. I know when I find a book I want in a bookstore and see that pesky sticker on it, my heart sinks a little. I know they're supposed to be "fully removable" and "non-marking", but the truth is, sometimes they're not. I have a copy of Jenny Han's The Summer I Turn Pretty which will be forever marked with a sticky mess in the upper right hand corner where I tried to unsuccesfully remove a half price sticker. WHY? WHYYYYYY????
Do you guys have any weird bookish pet peeves? Do you agree with any of mine? Let me know.