Musing Mondays (April 20th)

April 20, 2015


Musing Mondays is a weekly meme, hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm, 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?

Answer:  I definitely use my local library! It is a small and delightful library, and it is connected to a consortium of 19 public and academic libraries where I can take out books, DVDs, and anything else I want. I can order them to be delivered to my "home" library, or I can pick them up at the other libraries (which I love doing because seeing other libraries is fun), and if I want I can return them to my local library when I'm finished! This gives me a wonderful chance to find interesting books and movies. 

Also, these libraries have many interesting events on their calendars -- book clubs, author visits, Toastmasters, knitting groups, yoga, movies, games, etc. in which members can participate.

Weekly Roundup - April 18, 2015

April 18, 2015

This is a weekly roundup of literary news, great magazine articles, and other reading-related stuff. Not all if it is new. 

The New York Times talks about how The Dictionary of American Regional English will probably be shut down due to lack of funds – unless you have about $500,000 to donate to them? 

Mental Floss ponders 10 Awful Words and the People They’re Named For. 

Newsweek speculates on Why Vinyl Has Made a Comeback

The New York Review of Books asks if Agatha Christie influenced John le Carré in The Art of Deadly Deception

The New Yorker explains The Bizarre, Complicated Formula for Literary Fame.

Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

April 14, 2015
Title: Me Before You 
Author: Jojo Moyes 
Format: Kindle 
Year Published: 2012 
Source: I purchased this book. 

Jojo Moyes’ novel Me Before You has been labeled a romance novel or chick-lit. 

However, the book tackles some very serious issues: What if your life is irreparably changed in an instant? What if you suddenly have no control over any aspect of your life? 

Louisa Clark gets a job as a caregiver for a quadriplegic, Will Traynor. Will was a man who lived big – he was a financial wheeler-dealer, he climbed mountains, jumped out of planes, and loved traveling the world. All that changed when he was hit by a speeding motorcycle and his life was changed forever. 

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