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What Killed It For Me #8: Personal Preferences

Looking back at the posts in this series, I’m starting to get a complex about being wayyyyy too picky with my reading. Thankfully, I’m running out of reasons why I stop reading books, so I’m going to finish this series with a final post on why … Continue reading

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What Killed It For Me, #7: Issues with Sequels

I started this series talking about issues in books that pretty much everyone can agree are a problem: weak writing, clichéd characters, unclear character goals, etc. Last week’s post on Action Openings was a little more subjective, and today’s pet peeve … Continue reading

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What Killed it For Me #6: Action Too Early

It’s likely that we’ve all encountered these stories—the ones that open with an explosion, plague, car chase, alien abduction, fist fight, or other volatile scene involving a main character that we know virtually nothing about. I get why authors do … Continue reading

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What Killed It For Me #4: Clichéd Characters

It’s hard to come up with characters who are believable yet don’t sound like every other character out there. It’s especially easy to fall into this trap with certain archetypes, like witty sidekicks or wise old mentors. Unfortunately, a recent … Continue reading

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What Killed It For Me #3: Too Much Going On

  And now, for the latest book I gave up on. This one was a fantasy and there were like five books in the series, so I figured it would  be good. And it WAS very promising. But it was … Continue reading

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What Killed it for Me #2: Characters Who Aren’t Endearing

For my first post in this series, I focused on a common reason that readers might stop reading: Lack of a Clear Goal. If the main character doesn’t have a goal, or if it’s not revealed early on, readers don’t know … Continue reading

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Books I Didn’t Finish, AKA, What Killed it For Me

I like keeping lists. And I like books. So I guess it makes sense that I have a lot of book lists. Books To Read, Books I’ve Finished, Books I Want to Buy, and possibly the most informative one: Books I … Continue reading

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