Musing Mondays

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about reading on the go… I always like to have a book with me at all times – call it a nerdy grown-up security blanket – and rarely do I leave the house without slipping one into my bag (even if I KNOW I’m not going to have a chance to read it). Do you take a book with you? Do you take whatever book you’re currently reading, or do you have a special on-the-go book? And do you have a preference for a these types of book (paperback, hardback; short stories; poetry etc)? I always have at least one book in my purse, sometimes two, and a couple on the car seat. The one in my purse is the one I'm currently reading. I usually only read one book at a time, not counting the book I'm reading aloud with my daughter in the evenings. I personally prefer paperback, simply because they take up less room,...
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The Strength of a Sparrow

The Strength of a Sparrow by Tim "Dr Hope" Anders From the cover: The Strength of a Sparrow is based on a true story- the story of the author's parents. The character of a tenacious young woman, Bouvette Sherwood, who is a successful New York Broadway producer and actress, drives the plot. In the mid 1940s Bouvette meets and falls in love with a charming alcoholic, Hughie Hewitt. He has a secret though, which he keeps from her during their intense courtship- he is a Catholic priest. Their love story unfold into a kaleidoscope of intrigue, suspense, betrayal, and romance. My thoughts: What would you risk for love? What would you be willing to give up for the life you dream of? Bouvette "Boo" Sherwood and Hughie Hewitt risk everything to be together, including the wrath of the church and the respect of family and friends. And they do manage to find happiness together for a while. Boo's strength is obvious throughout the story. Her...
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Booking Through Thursday

1. Do you get to read as much as you WANT to read? 2. If you had (magically) more time to read–what would you read? Something educational? Classic? Comfort Reading? Escapism? Magazines? Of course I don't get to read as much as I want to.  If I did magically have more time to read, I would lean toward escapism, but hopefully with a few classics thrown in. I love books that I can get lost in, but whose topics aren't too heavy....
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Brave New World

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley "Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of Aldous Huxley's utopian World State. "The world's stable now. People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can't get. They're well off; they're safe; they're never ill; they're not afraid of death; they're blissfully ignorant of passion and old age; they're plagued with no mothers or fathers; they've got no wives, or children or lovers to feel strongly about; they're so conditioned that they practically can't help behaving as they ought to behave. And if anything should go wrong, there's soma." Soma is a drug engineered to eliminate side effects of sickness, while promoting submission. The revelation of Huxley's world, how it is created and how it functions leads to powerful messages about the purpose of humanity, the pursuit of happiness, the role of suffering and the need for individual human dignity and freedom. It also illustrates Huxley's theory that the masses are...
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“Waiting On” Wednesday

This week's "can't-wait-to-read" selection is: Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels, book 3)release date: March 31, 2009 Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with these days. And in Atlanta, where magic comes and goes like the tide, that's saying a lot. But when Kate's werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games - an invitation only, no holds barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament - she and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta's shapeshifting community... I'm a sucker for these urban fantasy novels, I admit, even though they seem to blend together after awhile. I really enjoyed the first two of this series. Kate is a great character, strong, independent, but I think she really does want someone to come home...
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