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Posted by on March 18, 2019

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: Do you read to cope with grief or stress when it comes into your life?

Alright everyone, fair warning this weeks Musing Monday reply is going to be a bit personal. It is okay if you want to skip it, I understand. Especially since Musing Monday has been gone a little while, though I did have that little sputter start a few weeks back. I really am trying to bring it back and find questions that will spark interest for everyone. Feel free to submit some questions if you like. I am always happy to have someone reach out and have that lovely contact me page going on to make it easy. Now with that warning applied, time to dig into the question this week.

Some may wonder why I asked this question. Well Late Thursday March 7th my adopted Gran, my friend’s Gran passed away suddenly. While it wasn’t an unknown thing that could happen, it was a shock. 8 years ago she had been told she had 3 months to live, so to say she out did what the Doctor’s said would be an under statement of the century. Everyday was treated as the gift it was. In recent months mentally she had gone down hill drastically, but health wise things weren’t to terrible. The last few weeks, concerns were coming up but still manageable. Thursday it was decided that she should go to the ER and have a bed sore checked out. It was getting a little concerning and everyone agreed it should be looked at by a medical professional before it got worse. An ounce of prevention and all of that. A few hours later I was told that she passed. I thought maybe it was a joke, a bad joke but one none the less. She had been well enough and it was just a trip to get ahead of a sore. It of course was not a joke. After being triaged with a weak and thread pulse she was put into the waiting room. They took her for some x-rays and then back to the waiting room. She passed in the waiting room while her Granddaughter (my friend) read Harry Potter to her. It was fast. A team did come out and took her back to a room when things happened, but he had a DNR so as her heart had already stopped there was nothing to be done. She lived a good life. Is missed. However, we are also happy that she is no longer in pain. She is no longer confined to a bed and she is with her husband whom she loved and missed dearly.

I noticed yesterday while I read a book and kept falling asleep with my face on it, (I have been sick too…different story.) that I tend to bury myself into the world and lives of others when I am working through and processing grief of my own. I did the same when my Great Gran passed away in 2006 on St Patricks day. I miss her and I still find myself mourning on the day, while also making sure to enjoy the day because she would want me to. Reading for me helps that. When I am stressing I tend to try and read as well, although sometimes my brain just won’t focus on the words when I am overly stressed. Sometimes it makes me mad because I want to read but I guess we don’t always get what we want right? Ah well.

So there is my long reply for you. I look forward to hearing everyone elses answers.



Posted by on February 18, 2019

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…

After a long break (since Oct ’18) here comes Musing Monday. I thought that was a great way to welcome my new computer to the book family, lol. So here we are starting up Musing Monday once again. Please jump in and enjoy. I know it has been gone a while, but I personally have always loved Musing Monday. It can be like meeting with friends and chatting about books. That I something I miss personally.

This week’s random question: Do you get excited about books and try to get friends to like them too? In the way that some people get excited about movies & TV shows?

I can say my answer to this one without even thinking is yes. I get excited when I get hooked on a new series. I know I am not the only one though. As I have had several friends who have gotten excited and gotten me hooked into different series as well. For me I think it can be really fun getting friends hooked into a series that you are excited about. One big key one for friends is The Dresden files. I got turned into the series, and I have turned others into the series as well.



Posted by on February 11, 2019

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…

After a long break (since Oct ’18) here comes Musing Monday. I thought that was a great way to welcome my new computer to the book family, lol. So here we are starting up Musing Monday once again. Please jump in and enjoy. I know it has been gone a while, but I personally have always loved Musing Monday. It can be like meeting with friends and chatting about books. That I something I miss personally.

This week’s random question: Do you judge a book by it’s cover?

We have all heard the phrase that you should not judge a book by it’s cover, but how often do we actually do just that? I know the saying has gone on to mean much more then the surface meaning about books, but as readers we can look at it. I am the first one to admit if I see a cover that catches my eye I am going to be the first one to scoot over to that book and check it out over a book that has a plain cover that doesn’t catch my eye. Does this sometimes bite me in the butt? It sure does. Other times it has lead me down a great rabbit hole of fun and enjoyment with some books. I have managed to read some fantastic historical fictions purely because the cover sucked me in. So, yes I admit to one and all I have and likely will continue to judge a book by it’s cover. How about you?



Posted by on October 29, 2018

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: What is one over-hyped book that you’ve heard so much about but strongly dislike?

This is one of those questions I usually avoid because people can be very passionate about it. I know I can be passionate about it, because when I love a book even if it has hype, I love a book. That being said, I must of course answer my question this week, since I chickened out last week, lol.

One book that has been so hyped up that I really just can’t stand is Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. The movie looked good when it came out and since I took the pledge to read before I watch, of course I got a copy of the book. I really wish I had not. The movie wasn’t fantastic either, but better than the book. I don’t understand the hype at all. The book is boring, it is very clear she did not do as much walking on the trail as she claimed and she made me not like snapple lemonade which was one of my favorite lemonades. I have to stop myself from going on more now, LOL I really am passionate about not liking the book. I don’t hold back much in my review about it either. So how about you?



Posted by on October 22, 2018

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: If you could only have 5 books for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

First things first, I am sorry about all the typos last week, last time I work up a post after a night of no sleep, lol. Second thing Good luck on the random question this week, haha I feel cruel because I don’t think I can answer my own question. Instead, I am going with, Up next I think I’ll read…. something not historical. I have been reading a lot of historicals lately, with a smattering of modern here and there. I picked up the second book in the Angel Series by JR Ward when I was back in MN and that one seems to be calling my name…



Posted by on October 15, 2018

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…

I took a few weeks off from posting Musing Monday to make a choice on what I wanted to do with it. I have also been super busy, so it was a good time to let it breath as it were. For the moment I want to keep going with Musing Monday and I hope that everyone still enjoys it.

This week’s random question: If you could no longer read, what do you think you would do as a hobby instead?

Okay, I know the idea of not being able to read is a horrow show for most of us. I know it is for me, but perhaps that is suiting for the month of October, since it is my favorite time of the year. But in all honesty what do you think you would be spending your time doing instead? I have a lot of hobbys, several of which have been spun into buisness work and if I am honest I have struggled in the past few years to fnd more time to read. I am working on that though. So for me this question is fairly easy.

If all of a sudden I couldn’t read or all of the books suddenly vanished from the planet I know I would have severl things I could fall back on. Crochet would be my first choice more then likely. After that I would do some of my other favorites like beading, candle making and a lot of the tinkering stuff I do. Pen pal of course, because I could never live without my paper and my fountain pen ink and pens.

I could probaly make a never ending list of things I would do with more time. I will also of course say if books vanished I would make it my personal mission to write some books so that we could have books again. I love to write, truly and I have many book ideas that I have just not been able to sit down and work on, flesh out and write. It is on my goal and to do list to find the time. Most likely once my buisness is in a place where I feel like I can step back a little more. Being better about all of my blogging would be a good place to start, right? I am so behind on reviews I wanna swat myself for it, but people forgive me, right? *LOL*

So now that I have made a little bit of a novella here for you about what I would do without books, you may think I would be fine without them. I totally wouldn’t, I love my books and want them here. So what would you do?



Posted by on October 8, 2018

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…

I took a few weeks off from posting Musing Monday to make a choice on what I wanted to do with it. I have also been super busy, so it was a good time to let it breath as it were. For the moment I want to keep going with Musing Monday and I hope that everyone still enjoys it.

This week’s random question: What helps you make the choice to read a certain book?

I think we all have habits and routines when it comes to picking what we will read next, so I am curious what yours might be. Do you go based on the author? Only a certain genre? Maybe the cover? It takes a series or an author I really, really like to have them go right on my must read list. There are a few that make it though, Lauren Willig is one of those lucky few. I will also admit that I like covers, I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes I just can’t help but be drawn in by one. I try not to dismiss a book because I don’t like a cover, but I can be a sucker for a good one for sure.



Posted by on October 1, 2018

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…

I took a few weeks off from posting Musing Monday to make a choice on what I wanted to do with it. I have also been super busy, so it was a good time to let it breath as it were. For the moment I want to keep going with Musing Monday and I hope that everyone still enjoys it.

This week’s random question: Do you ever use reading to procrastinate?

I am totally guilty of this one, especially lately. When I know I have to do something I might not really want to do I find it easier to get lost in one of my books. I did a lot of it over the weekend, I really should have been working on my shop website and setting a better balanced schedule for my never ending to do list, lol. So rather than deal with it, I read. Could be worse, right? Thankfully, it wasn’t anything so important I made big problems for myself by allowing myself a happy procrastinate land.



Posted by on September 3, 2018

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…

Happy Labor Day. I hope everyone is having a fantastic day, sometimes Monday can be alright if it is a holiday right? LOL

I don’t have a random question this week for musing, but I do have a question. Do you still want to see Musing Monday going on? As I mentioned last week I feel as if I have perhaps not been doing as well as the OG handler of musing Monday, there just does not seem to be to much participation.



Posted by on August 27, 2018

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…

Random Question: If you could change one thing about the way book readers can be viewed by society in general, what would it be?

I feel like I am letting the musings get a little deep the last few weeks, but I am playing around a bit to see what kind of musings everyone prefers. It seems like this meme is dying a bit and I feel bad about it, like I am letting the OG musing Monday down. I’ll keep on trying though.

If I could change one thing about how society currently looks at readers honestly, it would be that it is seen as a bit odd to regularly read these days. Once upon a time reading was the normal way of things. It makes me sad when people are surprised to find out I read regularly, it isn’t the blog part that seems to be a surprise these days but the actual reading. The amount of people I hear say, “Oh, I haven’t read a book since high school” just makes me sad. Reading to me is like breathing and it is so enriching, I feel sad that so many people are missing out on that.

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