Category Archives: Musing Mondays

Musing Mondays (July 8)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing:

My musing today is about time management. I don’t seem to have enough time in the day to do everything I need to get done. (or want to get done!) I am a pretty organized person, so I normally don’t struggle too much with this but lately it seems I’ve lost the organization and my life is spiraling out of control. (Ok that is an exaggeration…lol) Maybe it is the fact that it is summer and I would rather be outside but it seems I need more time to do the things I want to do (read/Shift (Shade, #2)write/ splash around with the kids in the backyard) rather than the things I have to do (work/laundry).

Maybe I just need a vacation!

Anyone else struggling with time management lately?

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Musing Mondays (June 24)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!


My Musing: 

I bought Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready at Walmart a while back and let it sit on my shelf for some time.  I got hard into my kindle and just forgot about the book.  I know I read the back and must have loved it but for some reason I forgot about it.  Then about two months ago I found the book on my shelf and started reading it, this time without reading the back.  OMG I was instantly engrossed and surprised.  Had I read the back I would have realized the guy in the story dies at the beginning.  It is the whole point of the book.  But holy cow since I didn’t read it, it was so powerful I wanted to cry when he died.  I wonder if that is common in other books?  I mean you have to read the back insert to see what it is about but it’s too bad we can’t just start with a clean slate.  I am looking forward to reading Shif next but I’ve decided not to read the back.  And then onto Shine.  Very excited.  

 Shade (Shade, #1)  Shift (Shade, #2)  Shine (Shade, #3)

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Musing Mondays (June 17)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!


My Musing: 

In the world of technology we have many new ways to read books.  The traditional paperback in either hard or soft cover, the many ebooks Kindle, Nook, Kobo etc.  You can download onto your PC or IPhone or tablet or pretty much endless devices.

My question is what do you do most of your reading on?  And what do you prefer and why?

I will always love the traditional Hardcover books.  There is something about the smell and feel of these books that makes me love them.  However the price for these is a little steep, therefore I do most of my reading these days on my Kindle.  It is funny actually that I bought a kindle (which is an american product) when I live in Canada.  When I downloaded a book I had to do the conversion from American to Canadian on my credit card.  This was a big downer which influenced my buying a KOBO for my kids.  I love the kindle more.  More variety, more free books etc.  I was delighted when Amazon came up with an Amazon.ca with all the same features.  I now avoid the whole money conversion and absolutely love my Kindle again.  I just wish it was a Kindle fire or one of the newer versions with a back-light.  Can’t have everything I guess…lol

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Musing Mondays (June 10)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!


My Musing: 

My Musing this week is about the Series or the Standalone…which do you prefer?

I think I prefer the standalone book.  I hate waiting all that time for the next book to find out what happens in the story.  Having said that I think my favorite is a series that each book is independent of each other.  For example: The Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer:

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Each story is an independent story on its own, but still relates to the overall story as a whole.  This way you still anticipate the next book, but your not left waiting for what happens next.

Note:  Brigid also wrote short novella’s in between each of the stories each about 50-60 pages long to keep us until the next full length book:

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What is your favorite Stand alone book or Series?

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Monday Musing  is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

Musing Mondays (June 3)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!


My Musing: 

I’ve commented before that I found a site on Goodreads that participates in Read for Reviews in which authors give their books to people free in exchange for a review on various websites.   Well I have really been enjoying this activity and have been lucky enough to come across some really great finds.  My musing today and my predicament is that I am not sure what to do with a book that I just couldn’t finish.  Either the writing was not edited very well or the story was boring or whatever.  I have no issue with constructive criticism, but I hate telling someone that their book is not up to par.  I was hoping that maybe someone would be able to offer advice.  Should I give the honest review and say it is a 1 or 2 star and say what is wrong with it?  Or should I sugar coat it a little bit?  I don’t think it is fair to the good books to say it was good when it wasn’t.

Then I started thinking about other reviews say from fellow authors that are trying to promote their work.   Hopefully I will get some good comments to help me with my dilemma.

 

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Monday Musing  is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

Musing Mondays (May 27)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!


My Musing: 

I often go through my list of TBR titles that are desperately waiting for me to devour them.  However, I don’t always have the money to just buy every book I want to read.  Top that off with a couple kids who are always “Mom can I download a book on my Kobo?”.  Seriously do they not understand those downloads cost money?

Well the solution to my problem is that I found a site on Goodreads where new authors post a Read for Review.  Love this idea.  The author gives away so many copies of their book for free in exchange for an honest review posted on Goodreads, Amazon and anywhere else you can think to put one.  I love this!  I think I said that already but OMG I really love this.  I have participated in one so far    To Stand Beside her by Kristin McMichael.  A review is posted.

This is the next one I am participating in.  Stay tuned for the review.

Product DetailsThe Second Sign by Elizabeth Arroyo

Bred to believe in the war between angels and demons, Gabby has come to the conclusion that love is responsible for war, jealousy, and all the other deadly sins she can think of. So when she’s exiled to the middle of nowhere for getting kicked out of her fifth school for fighting, she doesn’t expect to meet Jake. Much less fall in love. But Jake is quickly drawn to the eerie beauty of her violet eyes while Gabby is unsettled by their undeniable connection.

When a demon guardian comes to collect her soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not a demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance, and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.

As Gabby and Jake begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever. (Goodreads Excerpt)

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Musing Mondays (May 13)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!


My Musing: Product DetailsThe Fault in our Stars by John Green.

I am about half way through this book and it is not the type of book I normally read.  I actually hate sad books that make me cry but this one is done exceptionally well.  I don’t want to spoil it so I will leave it at that but will do a full review when I am finished reading (and crying).

Product Details Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer is the book that I can’t wait to get my hands on.  Apparently it has already been released (so not fair!) but will not be released in Canada until the end of the month.  I love love love this series.  It is rare to find a book that captures me as much as this story did.  Each book/novella is about one of the characters and you get an in depth look at each one making the story more compelling each time.  I can’t wait.

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Monday Musing  is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!