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Musing Mondays: Favorite Book of the Year

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This week’s edition of Musing Mondays (hosted by A Daily Rhythm) asks a tough question.  What has been your most favorite book, so far, this year? Why?

Looking back over the multitude of books I read, there were a couple that stood out to me for a variety of reasons.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee — I re-read it before Watchman hit the shelves and was struck again by just how awesome this book is.
  • The Happy Hour Choir & Bittersweet Creek by Sally Kilpatrick — Even if I wasn’t friends with the author, these two books would be on “best of” list for the year.  They’re outside my usual reading comfort zone, but they’re so well done with such engaging characters that I don’t feel too strange for loving them as much as I did.
  • Scary Close by Donald Miller — Miller’s latest book about dropping the act and becoming really open with the people closest to us really struck a chord with me and is one that I’ve kept thinking about long after I finished it.
  • A couple of Doctor Who Target audio books — Full Circle, Remembrance of the Daleks and The Ark in Space all took my on a trip down memory lane and each book was a much fun as I remember them being.  Now if this audio range could see fit to give us Day of the Daleks, I’d appreciate it.
  • Star Trek: New Frontier: The Returned by Peter David — I waited five years for the next New Frontier installment and then got three e-books that make up one larger story.  And it was everything I love about this series and then some.  And it left me panting for more!  Mr. David, please give me more!

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Musing Mondays: Spooky Reading

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

This week’s random question asks: Do you read any horror, or something scary, in honor of Halloween? Why, or why not?

halloweenA couple of weeks ago, I talked about an audio version of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Telltale Heart that I dubbed onto cassette from my local library that I listened to a lot when I was much younger.  It was narrated by Vincent Price, who had the perfect voice for the story and I really enjoyed it.  I used to listen to that a good deal during the lead-up to Halloween.

These days, I read a lot of scary and horror stories all the year round (big Stephen King fan), so I don’t necessarily go out of my way to read them as we lead up to Halloween. But this year, I’ve read a couple of things that have a supernatural element as we get ready for costumes and candy.

Part of this was my TBR pile is scary big and needs to be whittled down a bit.  And part of it was that I wanted to read something with a scary element for Halloween.

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Musing Mondays: Seasonal Reading List

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Time again to start the week with Musing Mondays hosted by A Daily Rhythm. It’s been a few weeks since I participated, so let’s try to get back into the swing of things.

Today’s random question asks: Do you make a seasonal reading list? How do you choose what goes on it?

While there are certain books and certain types of books I enjoy reading during the various seasons of the year, I have to admit I don’t necessarily make a seasonal reading list.

But I do like to read certain things at certain times of the year.  For the past several years, for example, I have enjoyed listened to a different audio version of A Christmas Carol.    Each narrator brings something unique to the performance and it may lead me to see something about this familiar story in a new way.

I also enjoy a good scary story or two around Halloween.

Growing up, I checked out a record (yes, I’m old….) from the library that had Vincent Price reading stories by Edgar Allen Poe.  One of them that was very memorable was a rendition of the Telltale Heart.   Price’s voice was just perfect for the reading and telling of the story and it’s stuck with me.  I don’t recall what other stories were on the record (I copied it onto cassette tape), but I’d love to hear some of them again.

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Musing Mondays: Rainy Days and Mondays

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

This week’s random question asks: Is a rainy day likely to inspire you to read?

It all depends.  It could depend on what other activities I have planned for that day or things that need to be accomplished.  Or it could depend on if there is football being broadcast on television or a show that I’d like to catch that evening.

But on a rainy day, I hope I can find a bit of time to enjoy a good book.

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Musing Mondays: Excited and Trapped

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

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…

Earlier this year, my old friend Sally Kilpatrick published her first book, which I read and loved.  It’s called The Happy Hour Choir and if you haven’t read it yet, let me recommend it to you.

Well, it seems that won’t be the only novel from my friend hitting shelves this year.  Her next novel Bittersweet Creek is due out in October and ARCs just went up for request on NetGalley last week.  I requested the book and it’s on my Kindle.  I’m really intrigued to see what Sally has in store for us next.

This week’s random question is: If you were forced to spend the rest of your life in a library, a museum, or a zoo, which would you choose — and why?

Interesting question.  I think just for the sheer diversity of the offerings, I’d have to say the library.  Books, audiobooks, collected comics, access to the Internet, movies.  Yeah, I’ll go with the library.

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Musing Mondays: Favorite Book

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It’s been a few weeks since I participated in Musing Mondays (hosted by A Daily Rhythm).  As we close out the month of August, this week’s random question asks:

What is your favorite book? (or, one of your favorites!)

If you were to force me to choose, I’d say my favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird.

But that would mean leaving out another favorite, Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor.

So, I guess those are my two  choices.

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Musing Mondays: Reading Friends

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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 made a new friend because of a book? (or books)?

I’ve made new friends both on and off line thanks to being a bibliophile.  I’ve met friends at book clubs and also through this blog and other reading related social media outlets.

It’s always interesting to see what others are reading, what they recommend and what they are looking forward to reading next.   And it certainly helps ensure I have a healthy TBR list on Goodreads and that my reserve queue at the library never gets stagnant!

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Musing Mondays: A Reader In Motion

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Today’s Musing Mondays (hosted by A Daily Rhythm) has an interesting random question.  But first a couple of other things.

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading… The Fold by Peter Clines, Alive by Scott Sigler and Doctor Who: Frontios by Christopher H. Bidmead
  • Up next I think I’ll read… Star Trek: New Frontier — The Returned, Part 1
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…  I’m currently on a big time re-watch of The X-Files, including doing recaps of my thoughts about them.  You can read along if you want!

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Are you able to read while in a vehicle (in motion)? Have you always been this way?

Thankfully, the answer to this one is yes.  My dad was career military and summer time growing up sometimes meant moving — usually by car.  We traveled cross country a couple of times and I read a LOT of books on those trips.  In fact, I recall my mom and dad would buy me a couple of books that were meant to be saved for our trip.  They’d sit tantalizing me on my bookshelf for a few weeks before we finally got into the car and after I got tired of looking out the window, I’d crack the covers and get reading.   In fact, this was one of the ways I got into Star Trek — reading novels based on the shows during cross country trips.

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Musing Mondays: Vacation Reading

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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 book (or books) would you take with you on vacation? Why?

If I’m headed to the beach, I may have to take a couple of books because there is nothing I enjoy more than sitting in a beach chair, enjoying the warm sun and listening to the waves  crash while I read a good book.  I have to admit that tie-in novels, especially some of those from the Star Trek universe, can be great beach reading.

For most vacation reading, I want something fun that I won’t get too lost in or too bogged down in the details.  Something to give my mind a bit of a vacation as well, I suppose!

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Musing Mondays: Waterproof Books

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

This week’s random question asks: Last week, I came across someone’s idea to create waterproof books {see it here}. What do you think about this? Good idea, or bad?

On the surface, it sounds like a good idea.  But then part of me wonders if the waterproofing would add to the overall weight or size of the book.  For most books, this would be OK, but there are some epic tomes by Tom Clancy, Stephen King or over in the fantasy genre that might become too large to handle if you added more dimension to the book.

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