This weeks topic is: ‘What are your pet peeves regarding grammar and spelling?’
I’ll tell you a secret, I am a forgiving reader. If a book has an engaging and interesting story line and I enjoy the characters I frequently don’t even notice small things like the odd spelling error or punctuation hiccups.
My own spelling has never been a strong point although I do try to ensure my spelling in posts is correct. I often type quickly and then I can make careless mistakes, but that is a function of my always trying to do to many things at the same time. Did I ever tell you that I read both of my blogs at the same time, one on each of my computers. I also read both of my twitter accounts at the same time. It usually works for me, but occasionally I get into a small muddle.
The most important thing about a book for me is a unique plot. There are so many books out there that are a rehash of old story-lines and, as I have been reading avidly all my life and have read thousands of books, that is a turn off for me. I was reading a book of short stories compiled by Roald Dahl the other day and I came across a story that reminded me of Stephen King’s book The Dark Half. I wondered if he’d ever read this story.
I do like a book to be well written and appreciate good English and descriptive language. Those of you who read my blog regularly know I have a passion for classic books and enjoy books with a strong dystopian and political message [even if I don’t necessarily agree with the message]. I have always found classic books to be well written even if they contain the odd typing or spelling error.
I have been most fortunate in my writing and blogging community and nearly all of the books I have read by Indie authors have been properly edited and mistakes are rare. I often pick up at least one error but that does not bother me and I certainly wouldn’t point out one or two minor errors in a book review. I will comment if the book is full of errors, obviously, as that would become annoying and I would feel obligated to do so.
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