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Posted by on November 20, 2017

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

Okay one random little bit of shop keeping as it were before I jump into this weeks Muse. I have noticed since the take over that while Teaser Tuesday still seems to be doing well and healthy, Musing Monday seems to be getting less and less participation. Now I do not want to seem like I am whining I promise I am not, but I have to ask is there something I could do better? Are the questions to boring or different? Or perhaps it is time to retire this weekly meme? I won’t be offended whatever the answers might be. I do just honestly want to make sure everyone is enjoying the memes. Alright with that out of the way on we go.

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: Do you like or dislike series books?

A friend and I talked about this not to long ago, he does not really like series books were I tend to enjoy them because I like spending time with characters I get to know. For me when I get involved in a series that I like I enjoy being able to watch characters grow and spend time with them. Sometimes it can be like spending time with old friends. I can say that I have even mourned when a series ends and I no longer gets to spend time with the characters I have grown to love. So what is your feeling on series books?



Posted by on November 14, 2017

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read</http://thepurplebooker.com/wp-admin/themes.phpem>
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

I am very sorry about not posting Musing Monday yesterday. I have hit the super duper busy time for my little business and have been working my tail off. My crochet hooks are on fire *lol* and I am just going into launching a big new slime collection so no rest for the wicked!


“I have always been a reader; I have read at every stage of my life, and there has never been a time when reading was not my greatest joy. And yet I cannot pretend that the reading I have done in my adult years matches in its impact on my soul the reading I did as a child. I still believe in stories. I still forget myself when I am in the middle of a good book. Yet it is not the same. Books are, for me, it must be said, the most important thing; what I cannot forget is that there was a time when they were at once more banal and more essential than that. When I was a child, books were everything. And so there is in me, always, a nostalgic yearning for the lost pleasure of books. It is not a yearning that one ever expects to be fulfilled.”― Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale



Posted by on November 9, 2017

In the first novel in Winston Graham’s hit series, a weary Ross Poldark returns to England from war, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his beloved Elizabeth. But instead he discovers his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth—believing Ross to be dead—is now engaged to his cousin. Ross has no choice but to start his life anew.

Thus begins the Poldark series, a heartwarming, gripping saga set in the windswept landscape of Cornwall. With an unforgettable cast of characters that spans loves, lives, and generations, this extraordinary masterwork from Winston Graham is a story you will never forget.

This was of course a re-read for me as I have loved Ross Poldark for quite sometime. This book of course was as good as I remembered and Ross the hotheaded but good hearted man I remembered him to be. The new cover art thanks to the new BBC movie is also something worth enjoying (lol) truly I think that Aidan Turner makes Ross to spring off the page.

There are many who don’t like the books because of some of the content. All I can say is two things about that. The first being Ross and the others in the book are very flawed humans not the standard romantic heroes. So they do a lot of wrong things. Also when these books were written the style of romance was much more forceful. Simple as that. This is not to make excuses and there are things I don’t appreciate that happen, even when they are done by my beloved Ross.

Anyways I digress. This book is well written and tells a story that could truly happen to any of us. Ross was a happy young man who went away to war with the thought of love and what he would come back to. However, war changed him, but worst of all the world he left was as if he stepped through the looking glass when he returned. His father gone his lady love going to marry his cousin. You can hardly blame the man for being angry for lashing out. Can you honestly say that any of us wouldn’t act in a similar manner? He is a good man with a heart that hates seeing people treated unfairly. I don’t want to go too far into saying things because I could truly go on for a long time about the whole series and giveaway the spoilers and details.

This is one that you should read even if you already watch the show. If you have not read the books you really are missing out in my humble opinion.

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Posted by on November 7, 2017

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read</http://thepurplebooker.com/wp-admin/themes.phpem>
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

A book that was long favored by many of my friends. I noticed that I often have a habit of staying away from books when they first come hot on the trend list. I am not sure why that is…this one was even given to me as a gift by a friend to encourage me to read it. I set it aside…over and over. No particular reason why, lol. This last week was a busy so I did not read as much as I had hoped so you get another quote from this one. All that being said I can say that I am kicking myself for taking so long to get around to this book and enduring many I told you so’s.


“All morning I struggled with the sensation of stray wisps of one world seeping through the cracks of another. Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes — characters even — caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you.”
― Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale



Posted by on November 6, 2017

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

Okay one random little bit of shop keeping as it were before I jump into this weeks Muse. I have noticed since the take over that while Teaser Tuesday still seems to be doing well and healthy, Musing Monday seems to be getting less and less participation. Now I do not want to seem like I am whining I promise I am not, but I have to ask is there something I could do better? Are the questions to boring or different? Or perhaps it is time to retire this weekly meme? I won’t be offended whatever the answers might be. I do just honestly want to make sure everyone is enjoying the memes. Alright with that out of the way on we go.

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: What do you think of ghostwriters??

As someone who does a fair amount of ghost writing myself for work I have long wondered what other’s think of them. For my part I try and stick with non fiction work and blog posts, things like that. I have been asked on ocassion to do fiction but most of the time I turn it down because I feel if I am going to write a work of fiction it will be my own. With that being said I know that there are some huge names out there that use ghostwriters. This is going to sound hypocritical because I do writing work but often times I don’t like it. Maybe it is because I do the work that I can generally tell when an author has used a ghostwriter? We all have our own style and even when a ghostwriter tries to copy as close to the ordinal as possible it still to me feels different. This can often ends up with books in the same series feeling like they do not belong together. I won’t automatically stop reading an author if they use a ghostwriter I try to judge books on their content more then anything. What about you?



Posted by on October 31, 2017

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read</http://thepurplebooker.com/wp-admin/themes.phpem>
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

Happy Halloween and Happy Samhain to those who celebrate that way! One of my favorite days of the year indeed. I hope everyone has a great one.


“There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.”
― Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale



Posted by on October 30, 2017

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: Have you ever met someone who really REALLY likes to talk about all the classic books they have read? If so what did you think?

I have no real idea why this one is on my mind today but it is book related so here it is. I myself have met people from all walks and indeed some have loved to list off the classical books they have read like a badge of honor. In general I do think most of them were just making conversation and not meaning anything by listing classical books. I know in one case these really were the books they enjoyed.

That being said. I have also come across a few who I think were just trying to be pretentious about it. I hate saying that and I hate saying the term book snob too, but sometimes that is what it is. These times I have known it was about reading higher minded things were usually after I had mentioned a bodice ripper or YA book that I enjoyed. It came across as very well ha you’re reading THAT? Here is what I have read. So what if I like a nice fun bodice ripper sometimes? I know what they are it is not like I think they are Dickens. I have read my share of classical books too, some I like some bore me just like modern ones. I am all about read what you like personally.



Posted by on October 24, 2017

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read</http://thepurplebooker.com/wp-admin/themes.phpem>
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

I confess I finished this one but I really wanted to use a teaser from it this week and since I haven’t read anythig else just yet I figured it counted. Right? This book is funny and intense and the mini series was too. One of those times I think the book and the TV version were both really good.


“Bonnie and her mum are both members of Amnesty International,” said Abigail.
“Of course they are,” murmured Madeline. This must be how Jennifer Aniston feels, thought Madeline, whenever she hears about Angelina and Brad adopting another orphan or two.”
― Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies



Posted by on October 23, 2017

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: Are there any books you really want to see made into Tv shows or movies?

As book readers we see it all the time and have probably even said it ourselves, the book was better. Then we get to enjoy the occasion when they do the book justice on screen. No matter what the screen version and book version of things are always going to be a bit different. There are also, of course way more things based on books than most people notice. I got to pondering though do any other bookers like I occasionally wish a favorite book or book series would be made into something on screen?

I would love to see the Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR ward series be made into a screen version. I am sure some of the visuals would be a little tough, but I am game to see what they could come up with! I would also love to see Stephanie Laurens Cynster series brought to the screen. Come on look at the success of Outlander and Poldark! We need the Cynster’s in our lives! Finally,` I would like to see a new and better done version of The Harry Dresden series the Dresden files. I know they did one season, but it was So different from the book and they really changed to many things they don’t seem to be the same source material at all.

How about you?



Posted by on October 17, 2017

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read</http://thepurplebooker.com/wp-admin/themes.phpem>
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.

I couldn’t settle one just one teaser this week. I have a lot going on in my mind lately and these seemed to really resound as I settled in to try and pick a teaser. So I have decided to share both of them this week.


“Arriving late was a way of saying that your own time was more valuable than the time of the person who waited for you.” ~ The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler

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