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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 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 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 August 13, 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: What would be the first book you would want someone who has never read a book before to be?

A talk with a friend the other day lead me to think about how much I take for granted that I can read. Not only can I read, but I have been encouraged to read for well probably longer than I remember. There are still places where this isn’t the case, and they aren’t all developing countries either. Plenty of literacy issues right here in the United States to go around. I think for me the first book I would give someone to read is Black Beauty. For me that book is just one of those books that can change how you feel about reading, even life changing. Sure, it is a classic, but the story it tells is still so relevant today. The message of Kindness being best and that we all go through hard times in our lives, lose friends, yeah now I am getting emotional thinking about it. I really love Black Beauty. I would probably also include Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as follow ups because two more stories that I will never get enough of.

So what book would you give?



Posted by on July 30, 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: Is there anything you don’t like about reading?

I know this seems like a very silly question to ask a bunch of readers. However, I think even in the things we love there is always a little something we don’t like. An example for me is with my crochet, I LOVE it. I love everything about it, except when it comes time to weave in all the ends at the end of a project. This I HATE.

So when it comes to reading for me I dislike the fact that I have a hard time DNFing a book. I suppose that is more about me then reading itself but off the top of my head that is the biggest thing I don’t like about reading, lol. I just have this habit that it is very hard once I have committed to a book for me to say I just can’t finish it. I have this habit of saying, “Well I will give it one more chapter and see if it gets better” and then it will go “Well I am already 150 pages in I mean it would be sad to stop now…” and thus I get myself stuck in a book I really don’t like much, lol.



Posted by on April 2, 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 just noticed the last Musing Monday question was very poorly phrased. I as on Nyquil when I did it, sorry about that everyone.

Random Question: How to you pick what to bring with you for reading on a Holiday/Vacaction?

Choosing something to take with me on a vacation used to be a horrible experience for me, lol. When I was a kid I can remember being in tears because I could only take one or two books with us to the lake. Sometimes my parents took pity on me and put some more of my choices in their luggage, lol. It was a hard thing too even as I was older, especially when I was packed out on horse back trips. Lots of reading could be done but can’t bog down your gear. I know a few times I chose to bring a second book instead of a hairbrush, lol. Thankfully NOW we have devices that are tiny and can happily supply our whole library with us. I usually end up bringing a packup paperback though in case my device runs out of battery and I can’t charge, lol. How about you?



Posted by on January 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…

Random Question: None..call its a free space day?

Sorry this is so late and there is no question today. My internet has been a real pain in the rear end all day. I swear it has something against me most days. Back to normal next week.

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