I’m sure you’ve all come across a typo, wrong tense, or a few clunky sentences during your reading experience – even with the well-known authors. Some books, especially in the self-published field, contain quite a few. I usually give the non-edited writers a little latitude, usually if the story or characters jump out at me. For authors with more seasoning, I grade them on a higher plane. Unfair? Maybe….
My pet peeve concerns writers who make continuity mistakes in their books. Blondes who become Brunettes after a few chapters. Men with dark brooding looks mysteriously switching to fair-haired pallid individuals. Houses turning into apartments, and so on. When I start a book I make a chart for all my characters. Name, height, weight, skin/hair color, facial hair, tattoos, glasses, etc, etc. Then I add quirks, habits, personalities (snarky, apathetic, morning person), and any things they would tend to repeat constantly (rolling necks, greetings, goodbyes).
My question to you…..What irritates you the most as you’re reading a book???