Since I started writing and reviewing here, I've discovered that I have become way more critical of the books I read. Instead of thinking "this is a good book" I find myself going "hrm, lots of tell here, not show" or "this author has a clumsy way with words". These are in published novels! I'm not sure if it's damaging my enjoyment of books or enhancing it! Currently I am reading the "Stravaganza: city of ships" and I have found several nit-picky issues with it - poor character development (it's the fifth in the series, and as every book introduces a new MC but the old ones become background characters, it's just getting too many to develop any but the MC at all - even the "romantic interest"). The author also has the unfortunate habit of snatching the reader out of the scene halfway through and then revealing what happened by having the characters discuss it later. Which is getting tiresome. Once was okay, but it's every other chapter! And there was just an entire scene which seemed to me to be utterly pointless and not progress the plot AT ALL. So, has anyone else found themselves nit-picking at actual, published books? It's funny how many flaws there are in them!