I love to read. And when I saw a post by my friend Tika over at Reading the Bricks, I had to participate. **I won't make it to ten, but I will at least make it to one.
**I'm a big, fat liar. I made it to ten. Read on.
- I hate it when an author uses an expensive word more than once in their book. I'm talking a word like "mercurial", which one author used FOUR TIMES in one book and then it showed up in the next THREE BOOKS that I read (by different authors). I blame the first author for starting that train wreck.
- When I find spelling, grammar or punctuation errors in books I am always like, "DIDN'T ANYONE EDIT THIS?" because it is so glaringly off to me. I want to phone up the publisher and say, "Hey buddy, you forgot the period here." Or whatever.
- I prefer to read books that are left justified as opposed to perfectly justified because perfect justification makes the kerning all off on the middle words, which seems like an unnecessary eyesore to me. DID I JUST SAY ALL THAT? Someone slap me. Once I was in an Old Navy store and the kerning was HORRIBLY off on a sign and it was all I could do to not tell the cashier that it needed to be fixed. Doesn't anyone check these things before they go to print? I mean come on, Old Navy MUST have a design crew behind their crappy signs, right? My husband kept telling me to keep my voice down and I was all, "THIS ISN'T RIGHT!" I also hate it when floor tile patterns don't match up properly. Life is agony for me.
- If I'm reading a murder mystery and someone doesn't die within the first three pages, I consider it a failure.
- I haven't read or seen Twilight or Harry Potter for the same reasons. But I know more about what happens in Twilight than Harry Potter and I blame you, society, for that.
- I read books based on their covers, which has led me down some disheartening paths. It also almost made me NOT read "Justin Case" by Meg Rosoff, even though Meg can do no wrong. The publisher, however, can do all things wrong just by making a bad cover.
- I don't read Canadian literature as a rule. And I am Canadian.
- I think everyone should have died at the end of The Hunger Games. Every. One. I prefer books where all (or almost all) the characters die. This is why I love Connie Willis because she isn't afraid to kill a main character. Kill them, Connie, kill them all.
- I prefer books written from a man's point of view.
- 95% of the books that I own are either hand-me-downs from my sister or I bought for under $2 at a thrift store. I haven't bought a new book in years.