Bad as in good?
Bad as in bad?
Or Bad as in Bad-A?
No, no, and no. I mean bad as in:
I can't read it anymore!
Recently I started reading a book that has been talked about quite a bit lately in the blogosphere, and has done pretty well in sales. I am not going to tell you what it is, because this blog is not meant for book bashing (even if they start with B). All butterflies and bunny rabbits around here! But I will say many people have loved it and given it favorable reviews. I wasn't one of those people. This is where I got irritated and stopped reading:
- After the excitement of the first few chapters wore off, things really slowed down to back story that wasn't even interesting. Sure it told me more about the protag and her family, even the world she comes from, but I don't care if it doesn't move the plot forward.
- When the writing style changed. Almost like the first few chapters had been heavily critiqued by someone else and then the author was left to her own devices for the rest.
- When I noticed too many repetitive pet words. I know I am guilty of this crime, believe me. But that's what critique partners are for, and editors!
- When I started noticing all the times I pulled my eyes from the page trying to find something more interesting to do.
What are some of your pet peeves when reading a book? What makes you put it down and not pick it back up?