So I’ve been writing these book reviews for seven months now and I think it’s time to reflect and look for patterns. One of my goals in blogging was to articulate an aesthetic, to figure out what I like and don’t like and why. I can’t achieve that goal just by writing a bunch of reviews: I have to go back and look at what I’ve written and find issues that come up again and again.
So this week I’ve written a set of four posts on a few pet peeves I’ve picked up in the past year or two of reading. These are things that annoy me consistently, so I took some time to think about why. I hope in linking back to previous reviews and pointing out what they have in common I can better understand and put into words why these things are so bothersome. Because in writing these posts I realized that these aren’t just mindless knee-jerk reactions, but they’re based on actual values and principles. When I don’t like something, I usually have a good reason.