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Sandi Shilhanek | Does a Book Have To Be Perfect To Be Enjoyed?

June 21, 2009

Sandi ShilhanekA Simple ThreadThis week I read a new to me author, Marie Bostwick. I read her book A Thread of Truth. When I started it I was warned that there might be numerous typos. With that thought it mind I set out to not enjoy the book, because last year I attempted to read a different book by a different author that was so riddled with typos, both spelling and grammatical that after four days of reading I hadn’t even made it to page one hundred.

I’m very happy to report that even though A Thread of Truth was the second book in the series I had no trouble following along, and that the typos didn’t pull me out of the story, and I truly feel that there were only two times that I would have even noticed them had I not been warned. I’m also thrilled to say that I had been told for some time that Bostwick would be an author I would like, but I had been putting her off, and I was not misled…Bostwick is now on my must read list.

So while we want a book to be perfect, and for the storyline to flow in a smooth easy manner, what do you do when you notice the typos be they spelling or grammar? What happens when the story line loses its natural flow, or doesn’t flow the way you thought it would? Do you continue reading or say it’s not worth the time and effort to continue.

I don’t know about you, but I have to sign off now so I can go check out Marie Bostwick’s backlist, and perhaps start a new book by this author that has suddenly found herself on my authors-to-look-for list.

Until next week happy page turning!

Sandi Shilhanek

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  • Maureen June 21, 2009 at 6:32 am

    If I like a book and the author's way of writing then I am not going to be pulled out of the story by some errors. If I am having trouble getting into the story then the errors will irritate me but I think I am just looking for an excuse to stop reading the book.

  • Qwill June 21, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Usually typos don't bother me unless they are abundant. I generally finish every book that I start, even if it's excruciating!