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Musing Mondays: Sequel

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This week’s Musing Mondays (hosted by Books and a Beat) asks this question:

What sequel do you have yet to read?

The first one that springs to mind is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

I’ll also say there are a couple of entries in the Jack Reacher series I’ve not read yet and there’s a new Harry Bosch novel on the horizon that I’m eager to read!

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Musing Mondays: Let’s Get Together

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Time to kick off the week with Musing Mondays (hosted by Books and a Beat).

This week’s random question is: If _____ and _____ were to get together and write a book…

My first thought on this one was: If George R.R. Martin and Douglas Adams were to get together and write a book, it would be a least five years late getting to our shelves.

Adams once said that he loved the sound of deadlines as the “whooshed by” and if you’re a reader of Martin, you know that he’s not exactly the most consistent when it comes to meeting publication dates.

Beyond that, I’m not certain that these are two great tastes that would taste great together.

I think I’d rather see Martin get together with Jim Butcher.  Butcher has one of the best fantasy series on the market today in the Dresden Files and he actually publishes more than one book every decade.

The mystery lover side of me thinks a novel by Michael Connelly and Raymond Chandler might be interesting.  (Impossible, yes because Chandler is no longer with us).

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Monday Memes: Musing and Movies

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Time to kick off the week with a couple of memes.  First up is Musing Mondays hosted by Books and A Beat.  This week’s open-ended question is:

Have you ever read a book after watching the movie/television version only to find that you don’t like the book as much as the adaptation?

For the most part, my literary side wants to read the book first (if possible) and then see the adapted version.   But there have been a few times I’ve seen the adaptation and gone back to the source material to find I didn’t like it as much.  One of these is Forrest Gump, a movie that took some of the good ideas from the book and created a far better movie.  The original novel doesn’t quite have the same heart that the movie does and I think it loses something in the translation. Continue reading

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Musing Mondays: Make Your Choice

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Kicking off the week with Musing Mondays (hosted by A Daily Rhythm).

Today’s question asks:  How do you choose which books you read?

There are a variety of factors that go into choosing the books I read.  Sometimes I’ll pick up a book based on a recommendation from a friend.  There are other times I may pick up a book because I like the author and enjoyed his or her works in the past.  Another time, it could be that I just like the cover or the description on the dust jacket or back cover.  Or it could just that I’m in the mood for a certain type of book and the book I find fits the bill.

There’s no rhyme or reason to it, really.

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Musing Mondays: Appeal

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Time to kick off the week with Musing Mondays (hosted by A Daily Rhythm).

This week’s random question asks: What makes a book really enjoyable for you? And, conversely, what would turn you off about a book?

Back in my high school days, one thing that could turn me off from a book was having it assigned to me as reading.  Part of this may have been the feeling that I might not be paying enough attention to pass the pop quizzes based on the assigned reading material and worrying too much about making sure I got every detail into my memory rather than really enjoying the novel or story on its own merits.

Now that I’ve graduated (a long time ago, mind you) and generally pick the books I’m going to read, I can’t necessarily put my finger on what will make a book enjoyable for me.   It can be anything from a great character or characters to a novel that challenges me on some level (emotional, intellectual, spiritual, etc.).  It could be just a story that demands to be read and that I can’t wait to turn that next page to find out what happens next.  Or it could just be a new entry from a favorite author that really gels me with me.

A lot of times, I think what makes a book appealing to me is my own mood or it coming across the TBR pile at the right time.  Sometimes I’m just in the “right place” to have a book speak to me or connect with me.  And other times I’m just not in that right place and I may put the book aside to either come back to later or not pick up again (this isn’t a regular occurrence mind you)

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Musing Mondays: A Book By It’s Cover

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Time to kick-off the week with Musing Mondays (hosted by A Daily Rhythm).

This week’s random question asks: Have you ever chosen a book, mostly because of its cover art, and then regretted it because the content didn’t live up to your expectations?

There’s the old adage that we should never judge a book by its cover.  But it’s something that I know I do.  In my college days, I learned that magazines have six seconds to get someone to pick them up and/or purchase them on impulse.  I think the same thing is true for books.

I’ve judged a lot of books worthy of my attention and reading time by their cover over the years. And many times this pays off. And then, there are others where it did not.   Continue reading

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Musing Mondays: Seasonal Reading

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Time to start the week of with Musing Mondays hosted by A Daily Rhythm.

This week’s random question asks: Do you have different genres for different seasons? For example, do you choose lighter reading material for the summer, and chunkier books in the winter?

It’s rare that the change of seasons affects my reading choices that much.  Often I find the change of seasons makes me take a moment to re-assess my to-be-read pile and pull some things up closer to the top that have been languishing there for a while.   I will sometimes make a list of books to read during a certain season and get through a quarter of it before I get distracted by books coming in at the library, new books coming out or just being in a different reading mood.

That said, I do enjoy a good scary story or novel around Halloween and there are certain stories I want to hear or read during the Christmas season.

I’m curious to know what others have to say or if there are certain types of books or genres you want to read during a certain season?

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Musing Mondays: Hardcover or softcover?

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This week’s Monday Musings (hosted by A Daily Rhythm) asks us to look at the following random question. Do you prefer Hardcover, Trade Paperback, or Mass Market Paperback? Why?

Interesting to note that e-book isn’t included here.  🙂

If I’m collecting a book as part of a series or one that I might get signed, I generally prefer hardcover is available.  If I’m purchasing, I prefer mass market paperback because they’re more priced lower and it’s easier to take a large collection of them to my local used bookstore to trade in.

If I’m checking out from the library, I don’t really have a preference in most cases.

The one caveat I will put on it is when it comes to thicker books (like the longer tomes from Stephen King or George R.R. Martin) I prefer the e-book.  The last couple of 800+ pages books I read were heavy and could be unwieldy for the first quarter and the last quarter of the book.

And with that statement, I am off to get my early bird special at the Picadilly….

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Monday Musings: Influences

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Welcome to a new week and the latest installment of Monday Musings, hosted by A Daily Rhythm 

This week’s random question asks, “Who (or what) influences your reading most?”

I know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to literary material that can be one of the first things to draw me in.  Not just the artwork on the cover, but the author name or the title or sometimes even a blurb or pull quote, if it’s by an author or reviewer that I’ve got good recommendations from in the past.

Another influence can be the source of the book and if there is a time limit to it.  If it’s a library book, I may read it first because the book is due by a certain date.  And if it’s a book that is high demand and my check out time is less, it may get bumped up to the top of the reading list.  This can also happen digitally — borrowing books from the library is great, but they expire on the exact date and time they are due.  Sometimes with physical books I will keep them an extra day or so and pay the fine to finish them up.  This can’t and doesn’t happen with digital library books — once I hit the due date, they’re gone!

On another level, an influence can be whether or not I enjoyed the author’s previous work I read. If I did, I’m likely to try some of his or her back catalog or be on the lookout for a new book.

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Musing Mondays: What Are You Reading?

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It’s time again for Musing Mondays, hosted by Should Be Reading.

This week due to President’s Day, there’s no random question.   So, instead I’m going to answer one of the weekly questions the meme poses.

  • 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…

What I’m currently reading — I’m currently participating in the NetGalley challenge to try and clear some of my backlog of ARCs.  I’ve modified it to include both NetGalley and the Amazon Vine program.  That’s why I’ve got a lot of books on my “currently reading” plate right now.

Up next, I’ve got a couple of Doctor Who tie-in novels.  One is an audio book and the other is ARC of the latest Peter Capaldi era novel.

In the past week, I’ve been busy blogging as well.  Here’s some of what I posted.

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