Teaser Tuesday (28th April)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

Sunday felt pinned inside something that didn’t quite fit her body, as if she’d been forced into a stiff, partially rusted suit of armour. Then something gave – something relaxing in her brain – and the final transition to embodiment occurred.

        ~p.p. 127 Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds

*I’ve highlighted ‘gave’ as in the book the word is in italics.

Musing Monday (27th April)

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of A Daily Rythym that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • 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…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you prefer Hardcover, Trade Paperback, or Mass Market Paperback? Why?

My Musing:

I have always loved paperback books. When I was growing up my dad had shelves of hardbacks, so somewhere in my mind I always associated hardback with grown-up classical literature. Of course, now I know that has nothing to do with it, but I still vie towards paperback, partly because it’s cheaper, but also because hardback books are heavier, and as reading is already an exhausting act, I don’t see the point in adding weight-lifting to it.

However, since the creation of e-readers, I started having an interest in digital books. I’m particularly interested in how the technology can create new reading experiences (something that is still very tentative and not that normal yet).  Otherwise I’m happy reading any book in whatever format it comes in.

Generally speaking, if I’m going to buy a book new (which isn’t too often thanks to the library and charity shops), I now try and buy it digitally, simply because I’m trying to cut down on having as much physical stuff. To be honest, it isn’t really working as I keep picking cheap books up at random shops and I literally have piles of them (not to mention the hundreds still on my bookshelf at my parents’) and reading library books instead of them.

So I guess I don’t have a preference really, other than not reading too many hardback books (sometimes it’s the only format the library has), but I don’t actually have anything against them. Am interested to see what others have written about this for their Musing Monday posts this week.

Teaser Tuesday (21st April)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

You never think your own life is going to include the feeling ‘that was another age, another time, another world’. But it does, it will for you.

~p.p. 24 Tomorrow by Graham Swift

Musing Monday (20th April)

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of A Daily Rythym that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • 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…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you use your local library? What do you like (or dislike) most about it?

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a brief comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

My Musing:

I don’t really need to be borrowing books as I have a large TBR pile cluttering up my flat, but I just can’t resist the allure of the library and everything it offers.

Anyone who has been reading for long will know I love my local library. Obviously the main reason is it’s a source of free books to read and the diversity available. When I visit my library I don’t usually know what I’m going to pick up – yes, I do use the online service to reserve books, but nothing beats wandering round looking at what’s available. Today I went in on a whim (it’s on my way home from the grocery shops) and came out with Dodger by Terry Pratchett; Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds; and Tales From Below Stairs by Margaret Powell – one fantasy, one sci-fi, and one autobiographical which is quite a mix.  Honestly, I don’t use many of the other services available, though this is more due to lack of time and energy than anything else (and no, I can’t list everything available at my local library), but I do rely on my library as a source of information on community events, such as performances I might want to see, etc.

My dream job is to be a librarian, with the limited hope they won’t all be taken over by machines by the time I’m able to work.  Obviously I love books, and, to me, being a librarian is a good way to share this love and pass it on (especially to younger generations).  The thing is, libraries mean a lot more to me than the books I borrow. They have come to be places of safety and refuge for me, somewhere I can go when there’s nowhere else I want to be.

I know everyone’s library is slightly different. I know I’m lucky as I don’t have to pay a membership (though I gladly would if they asked) and I don’t get charged for borrowing books from other libraries in the area. But honestly I believe libraries are essential to every community. Do you agree?