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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 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 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 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 16, 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: Do you like or dislike memoirs?

I have been watching a number of documentaries or movies based on memoirs as of late and I always end up looking for the books as well if I haven’t read them already. So what do you think of memoirs? I have found in my circle of friends folks either love them or hate them there is no in-between. I enjoy them for the most part though I have read a few that just seemed like self serving drivel, but most of them have been great. So what do you think?



Posted by on October 9, 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 read a book that changed your life?

As book lovers we all have books special to us. Maybe it is one that made us fall in love with reading or one that holds special memories. One thing I have not heard anyone talk about often is a book that literally changed their life, changed how they looked at the world. Have you ever had a book like that? I feel like in the fact that I have had a couple of books change things in my life. One of those was Good Grief by Lolly Winston. There was something about that book that reached into me and just shook my core. I can’t really explain it in words but I know it was a life changing book. It is one that I need to go back and read again now that my life has indeed changed so much and see if I can find a way to say how it made me feel better. So how about you?



Posted by on October 2, 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: What do you do with your non keeper hard copy books?

Hello October! Isn’t the year just flying by? I know it is for me! Whew! So I am sure as book fans we all still have some hard copy, I have a lot really but what do you do with them when you are done? I try to be strict with how many books I actually keep on hand so you have to be a really really good book to get on my hard copy keeper shelf. I used to swap all my books out over on paperback swap. I have not been active over there to much lately so my last batch of books I no longer needed was dropped off at the FOL sale. How about you?



Posted by on September 25, 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: Do you like book clubs or not?

I have for many years looked at ways to get myself out of my anxiety a bit more and find more friends. Finding friends with a common interest always seemed like a great plan, so of course book clubs came to mind right? When I was still home in Minnesota I was happy to be a member of the PBS local chapters. A book club of sorts but there was not required reading for meet ups, we just shared what we were currently reading and other things both book and life related. Sadly when I left Minnesota I lost that core group of people and have not found another local chapter to join since.

I have looked at other book clubs through various places like meetup and the library. The biggest problem I seem to have is when I look at past or current reads most of the groups arent reading something I would normally be drawn too. Now that isn’t to say I won’t give new books a chance but when it is month after month I get worried. I don’t consider myself a super picky reader but do have my genres that I feel most comfortable in. So far it is that which has kept me from joining any groups again. Maybe I am being to narrow minded. So how about you? Do you like book clubs or do you feel a bit scared off by the general choices in reading in them?



Posted by on September 18, 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: Do you like something playing in the background while reading?

First I want to just thank everyone who comes to my blog and takes part in Musing Monday & Teaser Tuesday. I know I have not always been active in replying (and I am making a vow today to get better at that!) but I do read every comment that comes through and I do visit the links left. I must confess that it is my social anxiety that has kept me from interacting as much as I want too. It has been pretty bad lately, tends to be worse when there are other stressors going on. It is not an excuse of course but I felt that I should share that is what causes it, I feel that is the first step to doing better and working through that social anxiety because all of you are wonderful and of course we all have at least one thing in common a love of books!

Now, with the mushy stuff out of the way a reply to last weeks muse gave me the inspiration for this one. Unless you are listening to an audio or have kindle reading to you, reading a book generally requires that you sit in one spot and only do that right? For some reason I feel like having the TV on in the background or some music makes it less “lazy”. I don’t know why that works for my brain but I guess it makes me feel more like I am multi tasking when I have something going on in the background. Yet I know people who much prefer to have silence when they read. So which do you prefer?



Posted by on September 11, 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: Do you plan a reading list while on vacation?

Since I had a mini vacation over the weekend I thought this question fit. It was literally just a few days 2 hours from home to see David Cook and Idina Menzel. Not a huge deal, but GREAT fun to me! I admit that I did more crochet than reading on this trip. That being said, there have been lots of trips where I just bring books, books and more books. I simply adore reading on vacation. You have time, you’re relaxed and it tends to be filled with nice long stretches of time to sit and dive into the world of the book. How about you guys?

Let us also take a moment of silence and remembrance for this day.

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