With that said, I added two more titles to my kindle before I left, then set out for some interrupted, distracted reading time (enter 3 kids again).
One book I picked was written by a very well-known author, and it hadn't been out for too long. It had gotten great reviews, and I had read some things by him in the past that I really enjoyed, so I thought I was going to be set.
I sat down to read and after being mildly entertained for a few reading sessions I would shut the cover of my kindle in annoyance, open it again and give it another hopeful, maybe even desperate try, then shut it again. I couldn't go on anymore. There was so much potential with the storyline that I really wanted to find out how it all ended, but something in particular was making me crazy.
That something was the characters. Or the shear number of characters, or the lack of character development, or the constant POV shifting between the characters. Just when I would begin to be interested in a character and their part of the story, the author would yank them away, and plop another in front of my face. And this teasing author did this OVER and OVER. It felt like I was watching t.v. with a channel surfer-"Hey! I was watching that!"
I guess it really got to me because when I invest time into a book, I really want to be able to connect and get interested in the characters. I want to know them, feel for them, love them, or even hate them. I want to feel something. If I can't feel for them, then why do I want to read their story?
Characters should feel real. I love when I can picture their appearance, the sound of their voice, the way they stand, or how they like to talk with their hands. I want the characters to feel so real, that maybe I have to remind myself what I read was just a book, not an excerpt out of my life story.
For the record I did finish the story, and when I say finish I mean skimmed through the last half because I did want to know how it ended, and I left feeling very unsatisfied.
Is there a particular thing that you just can't get past when reading a book?
What is your annoyance/pet-peeve when you are reading a novel? What causes you to shut the book before you finish?