Everyone has that one reading quirk that completely yanks them out of the book. That one thing that can sour an otherwise pleasant reading experience. I talked about this on twitter recently, but for me, that is when the title of the book is in the prose.
I don’t mean when the title is a place the protagonist goes, or a repeated image that frequently comes up, each time the meaning changing just a little. I mean that the title of the book is a phrase that occurs once, usually describing the protagonist’s internal state. Yes, I understand that this is a ridiculous pet peeve, but I can’t stop from rolling my eyes.
Worst of all, and what made me realize this to begin with, is when the last words in the novel are the title. It feels so on the nose and makes me think “purple prose” whether it is actually overwritten or not.
Full confession: I actually did not read the sequel to All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin because the last words in the novel are: all these things I’ve done. It’s been years since I read it and I’m still annoyed. (I even mention it in my review, but it’s only recently that I’ve realized ending with the title is a thing.)
Please tell me I’m not the only one with a silly reading quick!