Musing Mondays: May 6th

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As per usual, Musing Mondays is hosted over at Should Be Reading

Musing 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!

In the past couple of weeks, and even before then, I’ve always thought about reading books that are a part of a series. Personally, I really enjoy reading books that are a part of a series just because I love getting to know all the people involved with them and following all the things they go through and so on. That’s not to say that everything I read is from a series, but a lot of books are. Here’s what gets me about series though.

I have a tendency to gorge myself on a series. When I get that first book, if I like it I’ll buy every book from the series I can get my paws on and then I won’t stop reading them until I can’t stand them anymore. At that point, I’ll take a break and eventually I’ll go back to them. This doesn’t happen with every series I read, the getting sick of them part, but it happens enough that I’ve picked up on it.

The other thing that I’ve noticed about reading series, is that when a series ends, a lot of times I go into a mini ‘MY SERIES IS ENDING WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH MY LIFE?!?!?!?’ depression. In my mind its kind of like, I loved this series and I followed it and now I have to say goodbye to all these characters I love in a way. Whenever I read the last book in a series I actually have a tendency to be very jumpy about it. I don’t know how else to explain it. Maybe I’m just weird like that.

My question for you… Are you a reader of series? How do you read them – all at once, or do you break it up? Ever go into that sad-place when a series you love ends? Do tell.

Musing Mondays: April 8th

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As always, Musing Mondays is hosted over at Should Be Reading:

Musing 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!

I’m just going to mention my current read right now which is…

beautifulbastards

So, last night I couldn’t decide what I wanted to read, and I didn’t want to start anything heavy so I decided to crack into Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren. I finally picked up a copy last week because I was really curious to see what it was about and I’d heard lots of contradicting things about it. I’m only five chapters in, but so far it’s definitely the fluffy read I was looking for. Beyond that I don’t really have much of an opinion yet, though I am noticing some trends and it’ll be interesting to see if they hold throughout the book.

What are you reading right now? I’d love to know!

Musing Mondays: March 11th

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It’s Monday…

Musing 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).
• 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!

This week I want to mention my super awesome current read!

bookofmadnessandcures

Even though I’m still not that far into the book I’ve already decided it is an awesome book! When I was browsing the library the title is what caught my eye and I decided to just bring it home. The Book of Madness and Cures is about Dr. Gabriella Mondini and takes place in the 16th century. I’m loving the characters (or loving to hate them) so far and I can’t wait to see whats coming next.

What are you guys reading or musing about today?

Musing Mondays: Early Morning Tuesday Style

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Yes, so technically it’s Tuesday now, I was a little late to the MM party this week, lol. Better late than never though! =]

Musing 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).
• 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!

So, I don’t really have anything planned to write this go around. I just finished the two books that really had my attention in the last couple of days. Those books are One Bullet Away by Nate Fick and Rush by Maya Banks.

The next two books I’ll be reading are Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller and Leviathan by Scott Westerfield.

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Happy Reading!!

Musing Mondays: February 18th

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Today is Musing Mondays – and it’s coming with a few new additions!

Musing 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).
• 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.

*NEW!* … thanks to Caite, I’m adding a new weekly question to MM, and that is: Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!

*NEW!* … Caite also inspired me to add:  Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

Even though there are new options for MM today, I’m actually going to talk about a current read. longlongsleep

I’m currently working on A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan. It’s actually one of my ‘review catch-up’ books. To be quite honest, I don’t know how I feel about it yet. Kinda ehh, is the best way to put it I suppose. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. I do have questions though, so I’m going to keep reading if only to get answers. Hopefully it will get better as I keep reading because I really do want to like this book.

How about you guys? Reading anything good? Do tell.

Musing Monday’s: February 11th

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It’s Monday which means it’s time to get my musing on!

Musing 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).
• 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.

This week I’m going to go with the first option since I keep laughing about this particular thing to myself and I kinda want to share it. A few weeks ago I found this on Pinterest…

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 When I saw that, I literally laughed aloud and thought to myself, “Yes! I’m not aloneee!” Very often when I’m reading I get impatient and I can’t always catch myself before I read a couple paragraphs ahead because I want to know whats going to happen that bad. I’ve tried to find ways to stop myself from doing it, but as yet I haven’t found anything that sticks. Quite honestly, it doesn’t bother me enough to keep looking for a way to stop or to keep fretting over it, but it’s still a reading quirk of mine.

My question to you, do you ever find yourself looking ahead to see whats coming next? Have you done this in the past but managed to reform yourself? Please share, inquiring minds would like to know. =]

Musing Mondays: February 4th

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Ahhh! Musing Mondays! It’s changed a bit since I last participated, but that’s all good. 🙂

Musing 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).
• 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.

I’m totally going to go on a mini-gush rant about one of the books I’m currently reading…

phantomsinthebrain

So… ever since I saw one of Ramachandran’s TED talks I’ve pretty much been a fan-girl of his and I’m finally, gloriously reading one of his actual books. I actually started reading Phantoms in the Brain at jury duty last week to help me pass the time (what with all the waiting and being bored and more waiting). This book is all about neuroscience-y stuff which is like crack for people like me who are downright captivated when it comes to the inner workings of the brain (because seriously, the human brain is amazing… and a half). There are really cheesy jokes and mind-blowing case histories of patients Ramachandran has actually worked with and it’s beyond easy to read. So yeah… I’m loving it. A lot. I can’t wait to finish it and be able to gush for real in a review!

Anything you guys are loving at present? Please share!

Musing Mondays: Favorite Places

Todays Musing Monday asks:

Where is your favorite place to read?

I can read pretty much anywhere, it’s just how I am. The best place to read… outside when the weather is nice. If I’m on vacation, that means I’m up in the hills and mountains of Vermont where the weather is cool and the breeze blows… and it’s quiet, and I can literally lay for hours in the grass and read. The rest of the time when I’m home, I’ll go to the park and read. Whether I’m sitting on a dock overlooking the water or in the middle of a grassy field, if I’m outside I’m happy to be reading there.

Unfortunately, I can’t read outside all year round. The winters in CT get a little cold even for me to curl up outside with a book. During the winter time I can be found curled up in bed, on the couch, or in a quite corner of the bookstore or coffee shop reading.

And those are my favorite places to read… depending on the weather. Where do you read?

 

 

 

Musing Mondays: Real Reads

This weeks Musing Monday asks…

Do you care if the book’s storyline is unrealistic? Will you keep reading, or will you set the book aside?

This is one of those questions where I have to say, it depends.

When I’m reading science fiction and fantasy, which I’ve come to love, obviously certain parts of the stories are going to be unlikely to ever happen. I doubt I’ll ever live to see travel between planets or galaxies, but I still read books that involve that sort of thing (I am, after all, a Star Wars lover of epic proportions). The same goes with books that have story lines involving the paranormal.

When it comes to how characters behave, well, as unrealistic as the behavior may seem in the story, there is probably someone out there who’s done it. There are certain things that make me go, “REALLLLLLY?” but chances are I’ll still keep reading, because I want to know what is going to happen in the book.

What’s your take?

Musing Mondays: Reading Families

This weeks Musing Monday

Do the members of your family read? Do you think it was passed down to you?((or, if you want you can answer this: Who do you think influenced you as a reader?))

Most everyone in my immediate family reads, some more than others. If I had to say who influenced me to become a reader though, that would definitely be my grandma on my mom’s side. I spent a lot of time with my mom’s parents growing up and the two of them have been readers since before I was born. My uncle is also a big reader who tends toward plays. My mom, she reads, but its mostly really boring books for work. She does throw in a fiction or a non-fiction-for-fun every now and then though. My dad kind of reads, as in it takes him about six months to read one book, but hey, he’s a busy guy so I’ll cut him some slack. Lastly is my stepmom, she likes to read though she has not been able to in quite some time. Between finishing her degree and raising two small children she just doesn’t have much time for reading, though she constantly tells me that one of these days she’ll pick up a book and read for pleasure again.

That was short and sweet.

Do you come from a reading family?