Musing Mondays (June 30)

My Musing:

I love bookmarks. You might have guessed that from the name of my blog! I love collecting them, receiving them as presents, making them up as I go along, and hoarding them up. I have been known to use bus and plane tickets, seagull feathers, old postcards as bookmarks. I used to dog ear pages as a child. But somewhere along the way, I just stopped and switched to bookmarks instead. I have soooo many now, especially since book fairs and festivals always have so many lying around to be picked up. I’m always slightly disappointed when I’m reading a book with a built-in placer, the thread type thing. This here was a Birthday present from V this year and I think it is one of the prettiest things I ever owned. Don’t you agree?

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Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of 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!

Musing Mondays (June 23)

My Musing:

I tried an audiobook, finally! I know that they’ve been around quite some time and they’ve become very popular with folks who listen to books while they drive. I received an offer for a free book from Audible, which I’d vaguely heard of and decided to take the plunge into ‘listening’ to a book for the first time. To be honest, I was rather disappointed. I downloaded Gone Girl, the infamous book from last year. Perhaps it wasn’t the right choice for a first book!
But it wasn’t just the content. The progress was so slow! When I read, I think I am a much faster reader and so I get through books fast, in general. But because it was narration, it was very slow, and I got through a chapter in some 15 minutes, instead of five. I could notch up the speed but then it was just annoying, like listening to quacky duck! It was nice to be able to rest my eyes and such and I think I should have downloaded a book of poems or something, but because it was free, I didn’t have much choice.
What was your first audiobook? Do you have any good free suggestions for me to try out?

Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of 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!

Musing Mondays (March 31)

My Musing:

There are reading lists, reading challenges, word count challenges, NaNoWriMo, blogging challenges and whatnots afloat on the web these days. While I enjoy reading and keeping myself up to date with some bloggers’ progress when they participate, I don’t participate myself. A couple of years ago when my life was crazy, I decided to participate in the April A to Z Challenge, simple because. And while, looking back, my posts from A to Z on each of the letters of the alphabet were hasty and rudimentary, it was still nice to have favourite fictional characters rounded up. Last year, of course, I wrote about Scotland.
Anyway, I did it the first time and enjoyed it, I do not think I could take on too many challenges ever. I never seem to have the time. And also, one of the reasons is to keep my other blog alive, I have a soft corner for it. This is what I’m doing for the third instalment of this writing spree starting tomorrow. Do you ‘do’ a lot of challenges?  

Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of 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!

Musing Mondays (February 03)

My Musing:

Have you read about my first reading challenge ever?
What do you think? Which one is your favourite? Which one should I start with?

Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of 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!

Musing Mondays (January 27)

My Musing:

Remember times before the internet and personal computers, when book reviews were in newspapers alone? When I was in my early teens, I remember waiting eagerly for the weekly supplement to the newspaper that came with reviews. Now, with Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Riffle, blogs and whatnots, I never read reviews in the newspapers anymore.
A lot of people miss those reviews, mainly because they were written well, by professionals, who gave each book its due time. I can’t say I miss those reviews at all. Simply because those two or three reviewers do not represent my tastes in books at all! With the advent of the internet I have relied completely upon books recommended to me by people who recommendations I like! I do not need to buy a book that scores have liked only to be disappointed, and nor must I miss a book that no one’s heard of but I’ve loved!
On social networks, I have built around me a wall of people whose reading inspires me, whose recommendations are worthy of my time, and who have given me the best gift of all – the gift of reading more.
No, I don’t miss the olden days on this one!

Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of 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!

Musing Mondays (January 13)

My Musing:

Question: Are “best” and “favourite” the same thing? If someone asked you “What’s the best book you ever read?” would the answer be the same as for “What’s your favorite?”

Absolutely not! There are some books which aren’t my favourites by a long long shot, but if someone asked me to make a list of best books, they would feature. While they do not make it to my favourites list, I am better for having read them. For instance, one book that would immediately fall into that category is The Fountainhead. It is not a favourite, it is not a book that I would heavily recommend to one and sundry. However, I feel it is a book that people should read. Reading a book like that makes you think, makes you introspect, and make you take sides that tell you who you really are as a person. So yes, it is one of the best books I’ve read.
Other books like that are Catcher in the Rye and Norwegian Wood.
Also, do check out Dravite’s first Musing post!

Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of 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!

Musing Mondays (January 06)

My Musing:

After a long time, I began reading a series, The Clifton Chronicles, written by Jeffery Archer. I happily embarked on the journey, completely convinced that it was a trilogy. Woe of woes, I’m midway through the third book and was told by a friend that it is actually a five part series, and the last two books have not been written yet. Now I’m annoyed with myself because that means that when part 4 is released, I’ll have forgotten a great deal of the story line; after all, it is a year from now.

I try and let the author finish writing all parts before I start reading a series. Else, either I end up not finishing the series at all or I have to re-read the earlier parts. This one’s a good series though 😛

Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of 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!

Musing Mondays (November 18)

Since this is nearer the date, here’s a repeat post 🙂
Also because I’m busy

My Musing:

So, the background being that Book Week Scotland (25 November to 1 December 2013) is about celebrating books and reading in every part of life in Scotland.
More than 330,000 free books will be given away during the Book Week Scotland campaign this year, including 150,000 free copies of a new short story and poem collection celebrating the most treasured possessions of various Scots.

“Treasures” is a free book for all of Scotland to share, celebrating the nation’s most loved possessions. Aaaaaaand, my piece is in it. And, one of the eight book covers doing the rounds of Scotland -Tada! I am going to be in 150,000 books and on the cover of like 37,000!

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More info here:
– http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/reading/book-week-scotland/about

– http://www.publishingscotland.org/news/book-week-scotland-2013/

I know that many of you who follow my blog are published authors and have felt this before. So, to you, I say congratulations again. And to those of you that are aspiring writers, keep writing and keep feeling inspired.

Pick up a copy if you’re in Scotland; what can I say, one more reason to be here!

*skipping around with stupid grin on face*

Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of 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!

Musing Mondays (November 11)

My Musing:

This is a repeat post for my new followers
Last night, as I was trying hard to fall asleep, my mind drifted off to thinking about movies that have been made out of books… and my trail of thought landed on all the ones that I’d not read or seen. So, nor have I read these books, I haven’t even seen the movies. Yet.

1. The Chronicles of Narnia

2. Twilight

3. The English Patient

4. The Bourne Series

5. The Godfather

6. Wuthering Heights

7. It’s a Wonderful Life

8. Emma

I have no intention of reading 2. From the rest, I have to get through the books first, so the movies have to wait. Having said that, I’m not a massive movie person. Here are some of the movies that are based on books that I have enjoyed. In all cases, I’ve read the books first

1. Harry Potter series

2. The Lord of the Rings

3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

4. Gone with the Wind

5. Rebecca

6. A Beautiful Mind

7. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

8. The Devil Wears Prada

9. Bridget Jones’ Diary

10. A Clockwork Orange

11. The Kite Runner

12. To Kill a Mockingbird

13. The Other Boleyn Girl

14. Memoirs of a Geisha

15. Lolita

16. Like Water for Chocolate

17. The Wizard of Oz

18. The Picture of Dorian Gray

19. The Bridges of Madison County

Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of 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!

Musing Mondays (November 04)

My Musing:

I have followed this series since its inception as I used to follow his wife Nicole’s Blog (she does incredible work too). I think he does a fabulous job on every piece and I enjoy what seems to be a very original idea.

Details: Obvious State

Musing Mondays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of 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!