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I have been a reader for a long time and one of my pet peeves when reading used to be the editing, or should I say lack of editing. After dinosaurs ruled the world but before the internet and eBooks came to being, there used to be only paper copies of books and magazines and newspapers. I know some of you out there are shaking your heads in disbelief but its true. Reading a book that was not edited properly was a fairly uncommon thing. Spelling, punctuation, nouns, verbs and other assorted grammatical rules mattered. Not to everyone (teens back then didn’t like English classes either) but to most people who read a lot of material, it mattered. The first book I remember reading that I was totally disgusted with the complete lack of editing was the first edition of

And Ladies of the Club

And Ladies of the Club by Helen Hooven Santmyer

The editing was so bad, that it made it really difficult to read the story, so difficult for me that I couldn’t finish reading the book. (Well that and I really thought the book went on for several hundred pages longer than there was a story). And yes, I have tried to read the book a couple more times, different editions, but I still couldn’t finish it. But I think part of the problem for me is that I just can’t get past how badly unedited (is that even a word) the first edition is.

Happily, due in part to the internet and eBooks, I have been able to get past bad editing to see the story and what message the author is trying to convey. There are still books out there that I don’t care for but its not because of the editing or lack there of, its the whole story.

I’ve noticed that a lot of people put down indie authors and publishers citing poor editing. But I read a lot, both indie and mainstream and I’ve noticed that even the big publishing companies aren’t doing much better.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins

I’ve heard, though I’m the first to say that I have not personally read the Hunger Games, that the books in the series need some serious editing and of course the flip side to that is I’ve also heard that the bad grammar and punctuation is deliberate. (When I write heard, I mean read…hmmm…maybe I need to do some editing) So my question is why is editing a book so important?

For me I find that there are times that due to bad or improper editing it really effects the flow of the story. I have at times gotten so caught up in the grammatical and punctuation mistakes that I stop actually reading the story because I just can’t concentrate anymore and I just lose interest and I really think that’s sad. And I do have to admit that there are times when I am writing a review that the editing of a story directly affects how I write my review. I have gotten a little less hard core about the editing but that’s only because so many written works are so badly edited. I think part of why I try not to let it bother me so much is having my blog. After I post an article or a review, a day later I’ll be looking over something and realize that the sentence structure is wrong or that I’ve used the wrong word (I always get messed up with effect and affect).

I guess what I’ve been trying to say is that I think editing is important for the flow of a story not necessarily the story itself. I can overlook a lot of editing mistakes if the story is good and the characters are well fleshed out and the plot makes sense but if some of those are not quite there, then editing can really become an issue. I hope that authors and publishers (indie and the big ones) will start to look a little more carefully at the editing of a book and not just rush it out to publication.


Notes to Self Notes to Self  by  Avery Sawyer

 

This novel brought back an extremely difficult period that happened in my son’s life. When my son was around 12, he had an accident at the skateboard park. His head struck the ground so hard it literally cracked his helmet in two pieces. He was hospitalized overnight, and for several weeks after he had moments of extreme disorientation. It was so hard on him, and his family and friends. This YA contemporary novel will help to make the confusion and suffering a traumatic brain injury causes easier to understand.

 

 

This is an amazingly moving and realistic story of the challenges a girl faces in her life after a horrific traumatic brain injury.

 
When 15-year-old Robin Saunders and her best friend Emily climb the Sling Shot ride at Fun Towne one night because as Emily says “you were supposed to go a little crazy once in a while; its practically our duty”, the unbelievable happens. From several stories up, in the middle of that dark, cold night, Emily and Robin fall.

 
Robin wakes up, confused, in horrible pain and unable to remember anything after Emily and her had looked up at the ride. She has problems understanding what is being said to her, trouble remembering the right words to use and no ideas on how to do basic things like showering. But even more painful and troubling is that Emily won’t wake up.

 
Robin just wants Emily to wake up but first she must find her way in a mind-boggling new world and a new life without her best friend to help her.

 

 

A contemporary young adult fiction novel that I would recommend to anyone. The story was well plotted, well paced and very believable. The characters are not written as perfect people, but as real people, with real flaws. Each chapter was headed with either a word, Gravity, or a sentence, We’re here to help you freak out, that described perfectly what was in the chapter. It gave the story a touch of teenage humor and sarcasm that isn’t always there in other YA novels.

 

 

I received my copy through LibraryThing and my review was unsolicited.

Ahhh Friday…


Ahh..Friday. I’ve always loved Fridays. the end of the workweek, the start of the weekend, usually a chance to relax, get caught up with friends and family. For me its the day I get my next week’s to-do list. Now my list doesn’t have the usual things like paint the living room, was the car, make cupcakes for my daughter, because thankfully, for once, she actually gave me the school request 2 days before they’re due instead of the day of and other honey do lists items.  No, my list includes what new books will become available the next week, what books I want to read, what books I want to read and review and my list usually takes up a whole sheet of paper, and is covered with writing and arrows and smiley faces.  Then I proceed to ignore the list and read what strikes my fancy! I make those lists every week and every week I ignore them.

This leads me into book clubs. Yes, it really does. The way I make my lists and then ignore them, is exactly what happens when I  join a book group and then I’m told what I have to read.  That just doesn’t sit well with me. I like to read what I want to read when I want to read it and not be told what I have to read.  Don’t get me wrong, book clubs are great, they’re just not for me.

Yesterday I received a hard copy of the novel The Trouble with Half a Moon  by Danette Vigilante, her debut novel.  It’s a middle grade, teen book, but it was very powerful. What a tremendous book! I picked it up to look through the first chapter around 10 last night. I didn’t put it down til it was finished at 230 this morning. I will be posting my review soon.

Time to make my weekend list.

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