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.

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?

A vignette in the middle of my #fakereadathon

Scattered Clouds, 65°F

VV4P+VH Lambs Creek, PA, USA

Continuing a #fakereadathon after starting early this morning. Interrupted by a bad brunch/lunch experience. The food was good, though a bit overpriced. The service was lousy, an unfriendly barista in a hot coffee shop. When I went back after my original order to get a can of iced tea, marked 99 cents but charged a dollar for, and paid with cash, she smirked as she broke a roll of change out of a paper coffee cup underneath the counter. As if cash was an inconvenience. Despite the decent but small sandwich, I never will return there. 

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