Bookish (& Not So Bookish) Thoughts

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Bookish & Not So Bookish Thought

is a weekly men hosted by Christine over at Bookishly Boisterous, where we post things that are on our minds.

1.  I can’t read – or do anything for that matter – if it is quiet.  I have music playing almost all the time, except later at night if someone puts on the TV.  I usually have on some sort of singer-songwriter station, or my old stand by of DMB.  Nothing too loud or annoying.  I am actually loving a little playlist of DMB, James Taylor,  Springsteen, and Mumford & Sons.

Dot To Dot Fesival Various venues, Bristol 23 ...

Dot To Dot Fesival Various venues, Bristol 23 May 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2.  My husband is away- just for one night, but I still can’t sleep well without him here.  So now I am tired, have a headache, and he is in FLA.  Not fair.

3.  I read this great post over at Parajunkee about a perceived slow down in the blogging community.  The comments were really interesting.  What do you think?  I definitely have seen less reviews/more promotional posts out there.

4.  It has been a busy week for me.  We finally painted the dining room- a great color called “wine glass”- and it is all ready for company.  So is it terrible that I love the way it looks so much that I don’t want anyone to go in there?  Ever.  I yell at the dogs when they go in there.

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5.  We are settling into the cold weather here- had snow the other day, and I even ran yesterday when the wind chill was 15 degrees.  I think I was way more proud of myself for that than I should have been.  Shorter Days + colder weather = more hot tea.  I think I rather this equation- long days + warm weather = sangria.  I love to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea, but I really love the bask in the sun, read a book, and sip a fruity cocktail.

6.  I have an addictive personality.  I finally gave in and read a King novel (The Shining)- loved it so much that I read the sequel (Doctor Sleep)- then was about to grab another King book.  I made myself read something else- and of course I was totally disappointed.  Thankfully, the book I just stared is pretty good- and fast reading.  Do you get really into one author and just plow through their work?

7.  On a similar topic- I hate it when I see a book that I think looks really good, only to find out it’s like the 5th in a series.  I have picked up lots of books like this at the library, and of course they never have the first books in the series.  I have an awful feeling that I am missing out on some great books.

8.  I have two dogs- a chocolate and a yellow labrador.  If you know the breed, you know they always want to eat.  Always.  A vet once told me that a lab would never voluntary stop eating- they are the breed most likely to eat until their stomach bursts.  I can attest to this.  My yellow eats everything- rocks included, but not fruit or veggies.  The chocolate will eat everything- EVERYTHING- except for celery.  They eat in the morning and again in the evening.  I aim for 5 pm, but Jack (the chocolate) has begun begging incessantly until I feed him.  His begging is starting earlier and earlier every day.  He is bad.  I am a bad owner.

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9.  I just got a notice from the library that 2 books that I requested have come in!!  I put holds on We Need to Talk About Kevin and The End of The Affair– light reading?  Anyway, I think I should feel more guilty than I do about not reading the ARCs I have lined up.  Shouldn’t I?

1383880_500687686696617_2096843661_nWow- I actually made it to 9!

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13 thoughts on “Bookish (& Not So Bookish) Thoughts

  1. We have to feed our cat twice a day because he doesn’t know how to be a grazer (and when we load up his food because we’re going out of town for the weekend, we strongly suspect that it’s gone within a couple hours). Ever since the time change he wanders around in the evenings whining like we’re never going to give him food again. Poor guy. Hard to reason with a cat. “I KNOW it looks like the middle of the night, but I promise, it’s really not 6:00 yet. You’ll get your food the same time you always do.”

  2. Thanks for the link to Parajunkee’s post. Very interesting! About six months ago, I stopped hosting giveaways, promo posts, interviews, etc. I switched to reviews only, plus a mailbox/recap post once in a while. I was afraid I’d lose followers, but instead my numbers have grown steadily. That makes me happy! The promo posts were just too time-consuming and stressful. I wanted more time to read. =)

    • Glad to hear that worked out for you. I thought it was an interesting post. I like doing one or two memos, but the whole reason I started the blog was for the reviews, si I try to concentrate on that- though I have been SO lazy lately- I have three books waiting to be reviewed and I keep putting it off.

  3. I have collies. My 8 year old female started begging about a year ago. She gets a morning meal and is supposed to get another at 4. She starts begging at 2 now. If I don’t respond, she forces herself to have the dry heaves. I love her to death but don’t know what to do about this. She is not starving and, in fact, needs to lose some weight. My male dog is so inconsistent that I worry he doesn’t eat enough. They sure are high maintenance. 🙂

  4. I can’t read without something else going on either. I always have music or the tv on no matter what I am doing. I loooove Mumford in Sons.I saw them in concert a few months ago and it was a great experience. If you are looking for another good King book to read I really recommend The Long Walk. It’s one of my favorites by him and it’s a really quick read! I think the new dining room color is awesome! I hope your husband get’s home safely so you can sleep again!

  5. I need background noise, too, in order to concentrate. It’s weird, but I totally understand.

    Oh, wow, your dining room is beautiful! That color is amazing! Your Thanksgiving will be oh so lovely.

    I get burned out too easy to stick with one author back to back, but King is an awesome choice to plow through. There is a lot of diversity there.

    Aw, look at your puppy. 🙂 I’ve had some lab mixes that could do some serious eating.

  6. You’re not a bad owner! What’s funny is that my lab mix WILL stop eating and it’s my other one (some mix of corgi/bulldog/terrier, we think) will eat and eat and eat and eat. Unfortunately, they also know how to open doors and cabinets and it can be pretty annoying!

  7. Love the paint color.

    I think the blogging slowdown is caused by frustration over changes made by Google and Facebook to what is seen. It is demoralizing to follow the rules that build momentum, only to have the rules change. And change. And change.

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