Formatting issues with books

I planned to read The Mummy Case, the third in the Amelia Peabody mystery, by Elizabeth Peters this week. However, I got hung up on formatting issues with the ebook copy I got from the library and was unable to continue.

In my case with this particular ebook, it was a space between paragraphs that I couldn’t get past. I felt like I was reading a screenplay, which oh, yeah, is another format I don’t like, well, in a novel, for example, Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Or mixed-media formats like The Illuminae Files series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I wanted to buy into the hope for those critically-acclaimed books, but I just couldn’t get over the hump of how they were formatted.

Even in print books, I have issues with formatting, with another example being italics. I especially loathe italicized flashbacks, although I did read one book recently that was pretty good despite the use of italicized flashbacks. That was The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware. However, most of the time I find it lazy writing.

This leads me to the question this week for you all: Do you ever stop reading a book because of how it is formatted? Share in the comments.

Signed up for the October 2019 Readathon

I’ve signed up for the October 26, 2019 Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. At first, I wasn’t sure that I’d have the Saturday off from work, but on Thursday, I found out that I’ll be having arthroscopic surgery on my left knee for a degenerative meniscus only a few days before the event on October 22. So now I’m definitely in, and I already have begun thinking about what books I might read as I start my convalescence.

Topping the list are two books apropos for a weekend so close to Halloween:

  • The Unforeseen by Dorothy McCardle
  • The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb.

The first is a recommendation from a friend, who also recommended to me I read McCardle’s The Uninvited, her first novel, which I did and enjoyed. Now I’m going to give her second novel a go. The second is the basis for one of my wife’s favorite movies of the same name, starting Robert Mitchum, and one of my favorite scenes in two movies:

A third very strong possibility is a Halloween tradition reread: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which a patron at the library where I work got me started doing a few years ago. I might mix it up like I did one year and read the graphic novel adaptation by writer P. Craig Russell; illustrators David Lefuente, Scott Hampton, Kevin Nowlan, Tony Harris, Jill Thompson, Stephen B. Scott, and Galen Showman; and colorist Lovern Kindzierski.

Beyond that, I might throw in a dash of poetry, but as always, we’ll see.

As for what I’m doing this weekend, I’m…


  • The Mummy Case, the third in the Amelia Peabody mystery series, by Elizabeth Peters after reading The Curse of the Pharaohs, the second in the series, earlier this week.


  • Friday Night Dinner, a British comedy, now available on Hulu, with my wife.

Listening To

Are you going to participate in the October readathon? If so, what are you planning on reading? Either way, what are you up to this weekend? Whatchya reading, watching, listening to, doing this weekend?

Bruce, Elton, Four Tet & 3 Brothers

This past week, this is what I have…


I received this in a book blogger gift exchange a few years ago, because my wife is a HUGE Bruce Springsteen fan. Then it went on a shelf on our bookcase and finally to a shelf on my computer desk, where finally I picked it up a couple of weeks ago after writing about how I need to read books that have been sitting on my shelves for too long. I read it over a week and a half, and I’m glad I finally read it as it probably will be up among the top books I’ve read this year, if not the top book at year’s end.


We rented this Friday night, and while we didn’t know it was a musical (think Moulin Rouge), we still loved it (we also loved Moulin Rouge). Worth it for Taron Egerton’s performance alone.

& Listened To

My wife and I also went to Three Brothers Wineries & Estates on Seneca Lake in upstate New York on Tuesday as they gave me two tasting passports for me and my wife to each of their three wineries and their brewery for my 50th birthday back in June. I can’t figure out how or if I can embed “Instagram Stories” to the blog, so I’ll just leave you with this link where you can see the highlights of our day trip:

So what did you read, watch or listen to this past week? Any other highlights from this past week?