Repeat Offenders – Held Breath

Repeat Offenders will be an infrequent blog topic where I basically sigh and gnash my teeth over things I read in books. Things I read in ALL the books. Things I read multiple times within the SAME book. Things that I just wish I wouldn’t see anymore.

It is possible that I am just exceptionally picky and/or grumpy, but in the event that you either agree with me about this one or have some repeat offenders of your own, I’d love to hear from you!

My First Repeat Offender

Repeat Offender #1 - I let out the breath I didn't know I was holding.

“I let out the breath I didn’t know I was holding.”

…and many variations of the same.

I see this so often that I’ve actually started applauding a book if I can finish it without reading some version of that sentence within. Most recently, The Girl of Fire and Thorns made me proud, but The Crown of Embers let me down (although it was different than any other version I’ve seen, but still). I’m pretty sure I read 5 different versions of this sentence in an ARC of Glitch (the worst, paraphrased: “I didn’t even realize he’d been holding his breath until he let it out.” Oh really? Now you’re paying attention to other people’s breathing?) But really… how many times have YOU read this sentence? Especially in YA books.

[Image stock provided by Leandras Stock. Font used in image: High Tower Text]

5 thoughts on “Repeat Offenders – Held Breath

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  2. i googled that phrase to see if someone else was bothered by this! i even say it out loud when i read it.. I HATE IT jajajajaja

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