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.
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.
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.