Every now and again I'll finish a book that I really enjoyed, without even noticing gaping plot holes. If a story pulls me in, is fast-paced, and/or has interesting characters, I tend to get caught up in the action and read happily along, totally oblivious.
I write my review, then go blog hopping to find others who have read the book so we can gush back and forth about how awesome it was! Only to discover that others weren't as impressed because they, unlike me, noticed incongruities.
For instance, there was a hot book not too long ago that several readers, me included, absolutely loved. However, there were also bloggers who couldn't get past certain plot holes that I never even noticed until I read their reviews. Once pointed out, I realized that yeah, that didn't really make sense and what the heck was the author thinking? I still thought it was a good book, but it sort of cast a pall over my excitement and I felt a little bad that I never noticed.
So I was curious about what bothers other readers about books, plots, characters, etc?
As already mentioned, I don't seem to have a problem with gaping plot holes, so long as the bulk of the book is strong. But I can't stand typos and wrong words, as they slam into my face at 100 mph and pull me right out of the book.
For instance, transposed or missing letters seem to be common errors. I understand if your fingers can't keep up with your muse, but please go back and re-read what you wrote! Aren't there drafts and rewrites and copy-edits and other boring writer stuff you're supposed to do?
And I hate it when we're talking about a male and the author refers to them as "she", or someone I thought was dead walks through the door (and they're not a ghost/zombie/vampire). I go back and re-read that bit to make sure I didn't miss something. Movies have Continuity Editors, so why don't books?
Please let me know if I'm the only one who doesn't notice when there are plot holes large enough to drive a semi through! Do typos bug you enough that you can't enjoy the story? How about unlikable, hateful characters? What will pull you out of the story and annoy you enough to set the book aside?