Jennifer looks at what bothers her about books she reads…
Although, or maybe because, I’m so busy right now, I’ve been trying to find a few spare minutes to read. It’s more relaxing that sitting at my computer and makes me feel more productive than wasting time on Facebook. Plus, through Facebook groups, Twitter, other social media outlets and author friends, I’ve come across a lot of books that sound interesting to me, and I’ve been trying them out.
I’ve learned a few things:
1) Just because I know an author, doesn’t mean I like their books. This is not the case for everyone I know, but I’ve read enough books by people I know to be careful about promising a review. My tastes are specific and I enjoy certain types of books. Although author friends may say they write those, they don’t always. And even if they do, that doesn’t always mean that they write well or in a style that I enjoy (same goes for me, my writing and my friends).
2) Formatting issues bug me. I don’t like to be picky and I can overlook a lot when I get into a story, but I just read a book on my Nook with screwed up formatting and I hate to say it, but I remember the formatting issues more than the book’s title or author. The story was okay, but the formatting mistakes really bothered me.
3) Even tried-and-true authors don’t always hit a homerun. I finished a book today by a pair of authors whose books I really enjoy and the story was good…but not great. They’re known for complicated, kind of crazy plots that work in the end. And it did work in the end, but it wasn’t as complicated or as crazy as other stories I’ve read by them, even though it is part of a series. I found it a little predictable, which disappointed me.
4) A story that carries me away can make up for a lot of “mistakes.” If the story is good enough to make me forget where I am, not hear my kids, or get my heart to race, I can easily overlook word repetition, minor grammar mistakes and other small issues. I read to escape, and if an author can make me escape for even a short amount of time, I’m hooked.
So, what bothers you about books? Or, on the flip side, what do you really, really like?