Thursday, December 17, 2015

Can't tell a book ...

Disclaimer: The opinions on this post are just the ramblings of an old lady, not to be taken seriously, not really.

You know by now that I have been making good use of my Kindle Unlimited. Have not kept track of the titles - too many. Some of them are novellas and some are longer and some are continuing books. 

When I was writing, I was informed that you must have a great cover, well ... That is not always true, as my selections have proved. Some great covers are just that, and content is mediocre. The same can be said for the other way around.

Most of what I have been reading this past week or two have been about mail-order-brides of the west. I never did any research on how much time it took to get from cities on the east coast to various points west, but by some of the stories, neither did the authors. The timelines were so widely varied - somebody was way off. I tried not to think about it.

Some books touted a bride story, and then they were short with an added story - not related, not even the same time frame, and not even something I was interested in. I felt cheated, somehow. I know that I shouldn't feel that way because it was free, but was time I wouldn't get back, you know?

I always worried that I had my punctuation wrong, maybe too many commas. Try reading a book with no commas. Long, run together sentences, which could be read differently. The small writer in me was proofing the whole read and guessing what she had to say.

Spelling. OMG, a proofreader would have made the world of difference to some of the books I read. What was their hurry? The glaring homophones - wow, it was the comedic relief in some rather boring reading. I will take back saying that anyone can write a book.

I did read a lot of good stories that put a person right in the middle of the smoke-filled sod dugout or log cabin. Their lives felt real.

O ~ O ~ O ~ O ~

Jack and Jill both need batteries for their collars. The radio controls are blinking like Rudolph. DH will (hopefully) bring home new batteries after work. Jill seems oblivious, but Jack acts like its a bomb and is acting worried.

We are having a beautiful day, the sun is shining and yesterday's gloom and rain are a thing of the past (for now). Rain is forecast for Christmas, but that can always change, this is Tennessee after all.

Have a great day!

 

 

10 comments:

  1. When I choose a book to read the cover is the first thing I am drawn to... but you are right, you cannot judge a book by its cover. It is the meat and potatoes inside that count. I just got my son a Kindle with 3G for Christmas. I don't know much about them but I'm thinking that you can download books anytime, anywhere...? That sound right to you? I paid enough for the darn thing so I'm hoping that is the case. Glaring homophones?? LoL! Glad you are getting sunshine. Ours is rain, rain, and more rain. Gracie did get a walk yesterday but today I can tell she has already given up hope. Happy reading to ya!!

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    1. I can download anywhere, so I imagine you can too. If he gets the unlimited, it's limited to 10 at a time, then you "send" it back to get something else - you are just "borrowing" whatever. Purchased doesn't count in the limit.

      Yes, glaring - "He road his horse" for an example, thought I would choke! Was the first time I ran into THAT one. LOL!

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  2. I have a book in my head but I would never know how to write it or to even start, wish I did.

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    1. Just go ahead and write it. Then have someone help you or take some classes. Have fun with it, but don't be in a hurry.

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  3. i liked your recap of some of the authors' work. :) hope the blinkies stop!

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    1. DH brought fresh batteries home for the dogs and chocolate blueberries for me!

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  4. Poor Jack, hope he gets his battery soon! I have Kindle Unlimited too and have found some good books to read. I can't stand a poorly written book, so those I will return for a, hopefully, better one. Not sure I will stick with it.

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    1. Is still new for me and I imagine I will keep it at least until the weather warms in the spring.

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  5. I have read more "free" books that I probably would not have ever picked up in a library since I bought my Kindle. I know exactly what you mean about "glaring" mistakes. I'm being nosy, but why do the dog's collars need batteries?

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    1. We live right on a busy country road - Jack and Jill wear receivers for wireless fencing. If not for those collars, they would have been buzzard cuisine long ago.

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