Top Ten is a monthly feature--topics change, and I'm not responsible for my lack of filter.
You’d think I’d be super lax about what I read for fun, right? Yeah. Not so much.
In today’s Top Ten, I’ll take you on a journey. Buckle your seatbelts and keep your hands and feet in the car.
Oh, and these are in no particular order.
- Books that don’t make me think. While I love a light, fun book as much as the next person, I think there should be a PURPOSE behind writing.
- Editing that is…less than stellar. I mean, every single book has a few proofing mistakes, or maybe a teeny tiny plot thing that was overlooked…but, WOAH! I’ve had to tap out before when the sweater a dude wore was green on one page and with a page turn on my Kindle, it was magically blue…amongst other things.
- Gratuitous shit. That includes sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll, folks. Okay. Maybe not the rock-n-roll. There’s always room for that.
- Cookie-cutter characters. When it’s obvious an author is writing a series with the same characters in slightly different situations and with slightly different physical characteristics.
- Extending a best-selling series and writing filler books. Like, “Oh, this is a trilogy!” Book three ends, there’s the first chapter of book 4. “Surprise! There are five books now!” Read book 4–filler BS and 3 hours I’ll never get back.
- Lack of research. Seriously. Don’t write a musician character and not know shit about being a musician. Just…don’t.
- We all know insta-love is supposedly a trope, but hey. It’s honestly a real thing because I’ve been there. BUT…don’t make it unrealistic. Seriously? I-love-yous within 24 hours?
- Surprising me with one of my triggers. Okay. This isn’t really an author’s fault, and I likely won’t stop reading them just because of the one book, but it’s a shitty thing and is likely to make me stop reading that specific book.
- Mis-subgenre-ing. I just made that up. Definition: When an author pops their book in an incorrect subgenre and I read it based on said subgenre…and it really isn’t in that subgenre.
- Misleading covers. So, I see a clinch cover and I assume it’s a romance. Maybe even download without really reading the blurb because the cover is so…romance-y. Denied. It’s about sex trafficking. Okay. Maybe I haven’t seen that specific book–I’ve tried to block out the trauma.
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