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Posted by on March 27, 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 was your favorite picture book as a kid?

I went with a fun and easy one this week after my slightly heavy Sunday Salon, that and I am always trying to think of kids books to add to collections. My favorite book with pictures is a toss up. I LOVED Hop on Pop it was probably my all time favorite for YEARS. My Dad used to read it to me all the time. Also I had the Golden book of 365 stories It had pictures in it but it was more story focused. Either way this was another one my Dad or Mom would read to me. One story each night before bed, that one is still a favorite as well. Good memories.



Posted by on March 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…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: I am going to stick with the theme I started with Sunday Salon for a moment. I hope no one minds. What do think of fairy tales in general? The book versions and their movie counter parts?

With all the live action movies coming out fairy tales are on the mind again for me. I love them and for me while I love the Disney take I really love to read the books that they come from. The books are of course always darker and that is some of the fun. Like the Snow Queen or The little Mermaid (two favs) for me. Although later this year a new version of The Little Mermaid is coming that is a (closer to the) book version vs. Disney so that is going to be fun.

Maybe I have a dark sense of humor like some friends say..I do love Into the Woods after all..lol

Have a Happy Monday!



Posted by on March 13, 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 post book reviews right after you finish the book? Or do you wait a while so you can fully digest it before posting a review?

I wish I could say I was cut and dry on how I post reviews, but I am all over the place! As we saw I posted my last one from 2016 in 2017, well into it. LOL. I usually try to be somewhat prompt on my reviews with a book, but I will take some time to think about it. Of course, doing that will often mean I get distracted with the other million things I end up doing.

With all of the above said, if there is a book that I am just really, really excited about and head over heels for in love with. Well of course I have a habit of running right to my keyboard and hammering out a review while its clear and I am still buzzing with the excitement. Sometimes I will be so angry at a book I will do the same, LOL. So which do you prefer?

Have a Happy Monday!



Posted by on March 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…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION:If you could be best friends with an author, who would you choose and why?

For me this is a tough one there are so many different Authors that I like. That said I would pick Mark Twain. He is a relation on down the family line and I really love his books. I think it would be fun to talk to him about things and learn about his sense of humor in person.



Posted by on February 27, 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 accidentally destroyed a book? Such as accidentally dropped it in the tub, or run it over with a bike? How about accidentally on purpose or simply purposefully?

Before I go in and answer this weeks random question, I just want to say Thank you to everyone who has come over to this blog for the Musing Monday & Teaser Tuesday posts. I can admit I was a little nervous to take over, since the meme was so well established by a wonderful host. I am trying hard to be creative and make things fun and I appreciate everyone who posts. If you ever have any suggestions of questions you would like to see posted, feel free to drop me a line I will happily take submissions and give you credit unless you want to remain anonymous.

 

Now here we go about this weeks random question. I have sadly accidentally destroyed several books. I am glad to not have done so in a while, but oh many there was a period of time where I did it a lot I felt like a person bringing doom upon books. Just a few ways I accidentally destroyed books:

Dropped in tub

Dropped in snowbank

Dropped down an ice fishing hole

Dropped into the manure pile

Trampled by several horses

Dropped in camp fire

Dropped in pot of stew over camp fire

 

Yes..you read all of those right, lol. I hope the books can forgive me.

 

 



Posted by on February 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…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: Do you like new book smell? Old book smell? All book smell?

So this weeks question is rather random but it is something that I ponder frequently because I love old book smell. New books are nice too but there is just something more familiar and calming about the smell of old books to me. The lack of book smell was one reason that I did not jump onto the Kindle bandwagon when they first came out. Price was a factor too (is it me or were they way more expensive when they first came out? Like massively.) but it really did come down to the lack of book smell for me.

I still love walking into a used book store the smell is one of a kind. I will always pause and just enjoy that smell for a moment before I go on to continue my shopping. I often do the same thing when I walk into a library. I know they have tried to replicate that smell in candles and the like but for me it is never the same. Old book smell is one of a kind.



Posted by on February 13, 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: If you could travel to one place you’ve read about in a book, what place would you visit and what book was it from?

I thought I would walk a little more on the creative side with the muse this week. I have been needing a little bit of a creative kick in the pants lately and this might be just the thing for me, I hope it is fun for you guys too. Books take us to different worlds, with different people and we can often see things we would never otherwise dream of. This is not only fantasy lands of course but times of the past and even modern times just with different jobs. A lot of the places I read about are dangerous but I still find that I would like to go there.

This is a question that for me will probably change depending on my mood or what I am currently reading. With that said I think right this moment if I had to pick I would like to go to the world of Harry Dresden. Harry lives in our world but of course it is a bit different. Harry gets to go and play with the Sidhe (okay not always that fun) and just some of the adventures he has seem fun even if they are dangerous. Besides, who wouldn’t want to get to talk to Bob the Skull? Or leave out pizza for toot toot the fairy. So, what world would you like to go to?



Posted by on February 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…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: Do you try out genres you have not liked in the past once in a while just to see if your taste changed?

This is actually something I have thought a lot about over the years as I Have seen where my reading likes go and how they change. When I was in high school I could not get enough of true crime style books I simply could not get enough of the Dr. Kay Scarpetta novels by Patricia Cornwell I think Blow fly was the last book of hers that I actually picked up and read though. I couldn’t read books by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg fast enough but I think Buried evidence was the last of her books that I picked up. I wouldn’t be caught dead reading romance. Now of course I enjoy romance, I still tend to be more in the historical area with it as that is where I started to enjoy it but I have found some urban romances that I like as well or books that I consider cross genre. So as we grow and experience different things in life our tastes change in things right?

I have always enjoyed Vampire Novels and that is one genre that I can say I still really love, but I feel as if it needs a new shot of adrenaline to it a really good story teller to draw me in again. Anne Rice was my icon for a while but Prince Lestat fell so flat for me I have not bothered to read the one released after it. Charlaine Harris was fun with the Southern Vampire Mysteries which turned into the popular show True Blood, but I feel she just slapped all her fans in the face with how she ended the series so that took some of the joy out of it. I am still working on the Anita Blake series, I was excited for a while but now the books are not holding my interest as much, it has become a bit serial. Anita gets beat up, men worry, Anita gets mad, Anita has more sexual partners then she thinks she should, Anita beats herself up over the morality of it. Anita kills some bad guys. Wash rinse repeat.

Urban Fantasy was not a genre I ever thought I could get into but I am complete obsessed with the Dresden series. So much so that I read the entire series back to back twice. So these days I am more open to poking at genres I used to like but no longer feel I do to see if maybe I find a way back to them. I am also more open to picking up books from genres I didn’t think were “me”, because you never know what you are gonna end up really enjoying. How about you?

*This rambling Musing Monday brought to you by me avoiding some work I Have to do*



Posted by on January 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: What is your preferred reading format?

I am fairly sure that this has been asked before but it is on my mind today so it seemed to be all I could come up with, blame my one track mind perhaps. When the Kindle first came out on the market I admit I dug my heels in and I refused to get one. I wanted to stick with my hard copy books and only my hard copy books. I love the smell of books, the feel of them in your hands as you read. I still do tend to prefer the hard copy, but I am of course as seen by my whine about my broken kindle not so hard nosed about it anymore. The kindle has it’s place, it is more environmentally friendly of course, fantastic for vacation because you can have as many books as you want in the palm of your hand and for me of course there is the fact that I can have text to speech going while I am working on a crochet project. Of course it is hard to overlook all the fantastic deals that you can often find on kindle books. I think I will always prefer hard copy books as a matter of the memories they can bring forward and you can’t beat that great smell, but I do enjoy my kindle as well. So which do you prefer?



Posted by on January 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 WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: How do you make time for reading when you are very busy? Or how do you find a better balance between wanting to spend time reading and other commitments?

I have had this particular thought on my mind a lot lately and thought it would be interesting to see what others thought or do. I have been extremely busy the last few weeks with work. I have also had personal stuff but it is the work that has been keeping me from reading. This week especially I was not able to read at all. I feel like I cheated on my book by not reading it, lol. So hit me with you tips,  or just your muse.

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