I’ve seen many bloggers say that what draws them to certain books or authors is good writing, and what causes them to stop reading a certain book or author is bad writing. What constitutes good writing and bad writing to you?
Good question!! I just had this happen. I picked up the next book in line from my request pile, liked the synopsis, liked the title and then started to read. Fifty + pages and had to put it in the DNF pile. It was very wordy, and in my opinion rambling at times. I still hadn’t been pulled into the story line by the 50+ pages. Picked up the next book, same thing, good synopsis, good title, started reading and was hooked by the first page and a half.
If I can’t connect with the characters, storyline and/or visualize the scenes through the author’s written words by the first 50 pages, then I can almost guarantee it will end up a not so good and/or a DNF. I used to have 100 pages as my cut off point, but an author told me that a reader should be “hooked” within the first few pages.
From Lori’s site:
We depend on each other for book reviews, giveaways, encouragement, friendship, but how well do we really know each other? So that is what this meme is all about, getting to know each other.
As I hang my head in shame and shake it no, I didn’t. First time that ever happened, I swear!! Since I am still not allowed to drive and hubby didn’t leave work until very late, he went straight to the polls and just made it himself.
Where do you get news about what’s happening in the world? (Newspapers, Internet, Local Television Stations, Cable News, etc.)
Morning routine includes booting up computer, grabbing coffee mug and turning on TV first for local news then to a cable news station, which stays on all day, just in case there is breaking news (have done this ever since 9/11). I also subscribe to CNN Breaking News for my computer.
Do you read in bed before you go to sleep?
Most of the time, but lately no, by the time hubby gets home, we eat, clean up, talk, we are asleep by the time our heads hit the pillows.