I read a book today…my Kindle as a weapon

Posted August 4, 2017 by StaceyisSassy in Book Talk, I read a book today / 0 Comments

I read a book today...

 

I read a book today…

 

I just finished a book today and I’m feeling a little guilty.  See, I really enjoyed this book.  I know it seems strange to feel guilty about enjoying the book but I have a reason.  This particular book has some very similar things in it that were similar to another book I’ve read this year that I did not enjoy.  So, what made one enjoyable and one not?  After a slight deliberation, I’ve come to the conclusion that it can be explained by using a scale.  In the book I’ve just finished, the hero and heroine are both guilty of lies and deceptions.  In the previous book, the heroine’s lies and deceptions were not equally balanced with the hero’s (or lack thereof).  The hero was all things good and the heroine was self-serving and ignorant.  Should I change my rating of the previous book?  No.  To me, the difference is how the books made me feel.  The previous book made me angry and frustrated.  It did leave me smiling but unfortunately, I still felt like the scales were not balanced.  In this book, the scales are balanced AND I can see that the hard work both characters put in to make things right, definitely made me believe the scales will ALWAYS be balanced.  I believed in their HEA.

 

 

 

The book I read today nearly became a weapon…

 

No work today but I still woke up at 5:00 am and started reading.  I had only been reading for 5 minutes when Hubby turned onto his back and started snoring his head off.  I was awake already so decided to leave him be.  10 minutes of him blasting my eardrums and I changed my mind.  I’m ashamed to admit it, but I seriously considered using my Kindle as a weapon and whacking him on the head.  Lucky for him, I took a deep breath and made the monumental decision to get up early and read in the lounge room.  I turned off my Kindle and was preparing to get up and he turned over and went quietly back to sleep.  Again, lucky for him, he did this before I had alighted from my nice, warm and comfy bed.

 

Not just a book I read today…

 

Who else is shocked by how badly news articles are edited these days?  I use nine.com.au as my homepage (which I am thinking of ditching) to get daily news.  It is more common than not that I will open an article and find at least one, and sometimes more, spelling or grammar mistake.  Now, I’m definitely not an English Professor or Grammar Nazi, but if I can pick up mistakes, the person who SHOULD be picking up the mistakes is doing a bad job.  Where is the pride in your work?  Why is it acceptable that near enough is good enough?  How am I to convince my 14-year-old son who doesn’t enjoy reading (weird child) to read more and extend his vocabulary, when I’ve not convinced myself he’ll be benefited?  Sure, accidents happen and editing is expensive, but the kind of mistakes I’m seeing are not of the advanced kind.  The common problems with the use of – to, too and two, and also, their, there and they’re, should be picked up in a read through by an AUTHOR who wants to get paid for their work.  Like I said, these are not advanced or hard to understand rules, but basic English.  To me, an author should have the basic principles down pat if they want to get paid for their work.  I think we’ve started to accept inferior work as satisfactory.  What worries me is that by ignoring incorrect work now, we won’t recognise it in the future.  Will we even care?

 

 

 

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