I’ve been reading some books that are just not doing it for me lately. I am not talking trash here, like in my post To trash or not to trash. One is a fantasy book that you will see in my sidebar, and took me weeks too long to read. Another is a historical fiction (that I haven’t put there yet). Both received great reviews. Both seemed interesting and light – just what I needed. To hop into a world and be taken away. Yet, this didn’t happen with either.
Still, I read, and continue. I am not capable of quitting a book without getting to the end. I asked myself why do I continue? The characters, I told myself with the fantasy novel. I want to see where things are going, even though this is the first in a set of three. I even find myself considering reading the other two just because I began the series.
In the historical fiction book, I read because I should like it. Does that make any sense?
The novel is written by a woman who spent years researching it. She has a list of credentials and endorsements. Plus, I bought it, so I have to read it. The other came from the library.
The main problem for me with both novels is so simple I cannot understand why the editors did not insist on the change. The POV switches non-stop between characters. And I don’t mean at intended points or three asterisks or end sections, I mean from one paragraph to the next, and multiple times and viewpoints.
As a reader this is my biggest pet peeve. How can I get to know anyone this way? And, how can I trust the author?
So, what do I learn from this? Two things: 1. anything can be published (sorry for being so cynical) and 2. make certain I do not make the same mistake.
Ok 3 things. People will read (I did).
As a reader and writer, what is your big pet peeves when reading?
PS. This goes against my outlook of, if you have nothing good to say, don’t say it all. I just had to get this out – it’s been bugging me!