I consider myself quite fortunate that I receive requests to read books by authors I'd probably overlook. Most of these indie authors have provided me with great books. There are some books that are, shall we say, lacking... These books aren't necessarily lacking in plot or writing but perhaps lacking in editing and proofreading. Even with these deficiencies I've enjoyed reading the books. Finally, there are those books that I've either not been able to finish or simply could not provide a review without being brutal. Regrettably these are books that seem to be lacking in plot, character development, editing, and proofreading...in otherwise simply bad writing. These are books that I may finish, but usually not, and I wind up sending an email to the author stating why I can't provide a review.
Now lest you think I'm picking on indie authors, let me assure you that I've come across the bad and the ugly in mainstream publishing as well. Although I receive books from mainstream publishers to review, the bad and ugly aren't limited to these advanced reader copies. I've often paid good money for ebooks that are literally garbage. In most instances a mainstream publisher will try to make good on a bad digital copy, but in a few cases the problem wasn't a bad digital copy but simply bad writing coupled with poor editing and nonexistent proofreading. I guess this just proves that even a good author can have an off period with writing that isn't quite up to par.
I've been doing quite a lot of reading lately, most of it for review purposes although I've been able to get some personal reading in as well. I received the book Flight of Shadows by Sigmund Brouwer and decided since this was book two in a series I would read the first book, Broken Angel. My review for Flight of Shadows will post shortly, but let me tell you these books are pretty interesting dystopian reading that also tackle the topic of genetic modification. I was especially intrigued since much of the action takes place in Appalachia. I was finally able to get to Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens. I wasn't sure if I liked this story through the first 50-75 pages, but I kept reading and I'm glad I did. This story packs quite a punch. I started on The Printmaker's Daughter by Katherine Gouvier yesterday and decided to put this on hold for a day and re-read some older Nora Roberts titles: Honest Illusions and Private Scandals. I consider these light reading after the heavy topics the previous books presented.
Many of you have remarked upon the gratitude giveaway of an ereader. I was in a quandary as to what to give to show my gratitude not only to my followers (new and old), but also just show my appreciation to my fellow book lovers. Since I had upgraded to the B&N NookColor earlier this year, I found that I wasn't using my Sony Touch ereader as much. I know, I could have sold the ereader on eBay but I wanted to know that it would be going to a good home. I presume that if you are following book review blogs then you must be a pretty dedicated reader, so a dedicated reader equals a good home.
Thanks to everyone that has stopped by and entered the giveaway. I hope you are all having a great weekend. Take a minute and share what you're reading.