Hi Readers. This week my fellow BCT Bloggers and I are talking about Pet Peeves. I know I have a few. How about you?
Right now, there is a trend, especially by indie authors, of purchasing a stock cover for their books. Unfortunately, as a reader who has purchased duplicate books on more than one (or a dozen) occasions, this can be a problem. Example, the cover above. I love the cover above used for THE UNLEASHING by Shelly Laurenston. I also saw the same cover on books by indie authors as well at least three times. The same model, the same pose, just missing the birds in the background. Purchasing books is hard enough without this confusion.
Don't you hate it when you love a favorite prolific author who has a few series going, and they stop writing books for one of the series? I know sometimes its the publisher doesn't want the series to continue. Or maybe they have writers block, but when they continue with other series after promising "next year" for book three and it's now year five. Ugh.
These have been driving me crazy lately, but they are with other readers.
1. It seems like people that aren't voracious readers have a lot of complaints when they write reviews. Some may be valid, but others are YOU ARE LAZY! It is hard today to find stand alone books in fiction in nearly all genres. People do some research before you read a book. This has been going on for years. If you buy a book #10, that is your fault that you feel lost. Almost all series are marked on the cover. It's not fair to the author that you hated it and you post a bad review.
2. SERIOUSLY! You gave one star to a book because Amazon hasn't delivered it yet! That's fair to the author. NOT!
3. I like to read reviews by other readers, especially if I love or hate a book. I'm curious as to what everyone else is saying. What is it with people who hate a book and write a scathing review...longer than the book! I bet these people take their coffee back at Starbucks 4 or 5 times just because nothing ever pleases them.
4. Lately, people aren't writing SPOILERS in their reviews. It's not fair to other readers to put something out there when a new book is out.
5. Read the book! Everybody skim reads over parts of books on occasions. It's not fair to write, accusing the hero or heroine of something heinous which they didn't do. They might have thought about doing something, but didn't go through with it. Unfortunately, the reviewer is now putting out misinformation because they were lazy.
Well, these were a few of my peeves. Let us know some of yours. Don't forget to stop by my fellow bloggers at BCT to see what they have to say!
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